Raft Guide School
**Early Bird Registration Discounts**
- December 1st– December 31st: $25 discount
Learn from the experts! Nantahala Outdoor Center has been the leader in outdoor adventure since 1972 with professionally trained guides that have led more whitewater trips than any outfitter in the world.
At NOC Guide School, participants can expect top notch training to gain the skills needed to pursue work as a professional raft guide for commercial outfitters, summer camps, clubs, and outdoor schools. Join a small group of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts for an intensive multi-day training at our 500-acre campus in the Nantahala River Gorge just outside of Bryson City.
Participants will learn to:
- Read whitewater
- Use river signals
- Maneuver and rig rafts
- Tie knots
- Work with guests
- Other basic river operations
Guide School not only teaches essential river skills, but it also provides students of all ages and academic levels with personal growth and development, building skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, and self-confidence.
Once you complete Guide School, utilize your new skills and apply for a fun and exciting position with NOC guiding guests down one of multiple rivers in the southeast.
Limited scholarship opportunities are available.
Students must be 18 years or older.
Included in Course:
- All necessary specialty whitewater equipment
- Week-long class includes Sunday-Friday night lodging and Sunday dinner through Friday dinner.
- Weekend class includes Friday-Saturday night lodging and Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.
- NOC’s renowned instruction from highly trained guides
- 35% off river essentials during your guide school date: PFDs, Helmets, Knives, Carabiners, Pulleys, Whistles, Webbing, and Rope
If you have ever had the slightest interest in being a raft guide, SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS!! Whether you are 18 or 50 I promise you won't regret it. It was one of the best weeks of my life and helped discover something I had a passion for. Carpe Fluvium!
I recommend this to anyone. This was a fantastic school taught by some great people. Best vacation you will take.
– Jim K.
If you want a life changing experience, take a week and go do raft guide school. It will change your life. Best medicine ever.
– David S.
Course In Action
|Raft Guide School||Feb 27th - Mar 5th||Bryson City, NC||$500||Book Now|
|Raft Guide School||Mar 6th - 12th||Bryson City, NC||$500||Book Now|
|Raft Guide School||Mar 13th - 19th||Bryson City, NC||$500||Book Now|
|Raft Guide School||Mar 20th - 26th||Bryson City, NC||$500||Book Now|
|Raft Guide School||Mar 27th - Apr 2nd||Bryson City, NC||$500||Book Now|
|Raft Guide School||Apr 3rd - 9th||Bryson City, NC||$500||Book Now|
|Raft Guide School-Split Weekend Pt 1||Apr 8th - 10th||Bryson City, NC||$500||Book Now|
|Raft Guide School||Apr 10th - 16th||Bryson City, NC||$500||Book Now|
|Raft Guide School-Split Weekend Pt 2||Apr 15th - 17th||Bryson City, NC||$500||Book Now|
|Raft Guide School||Apr 17th - 23rd||Bryson City, NC||$500||Book Now|
|Raft Guide School||Apr 24th - 30th||Bryson City, NC||$500||Book Now|
|Raft Guide School||May 8th - 14th||Bryson City, NC||$500||Book Now|
- Weekend courses start the weekend listed and require the following weekend to complete the course.
- April 8-10 includes the weekend of April 15-17
NOC provides the primary gear needed for each course, including boats, paddles, PFDs, helmets, dry tops and bottoms.
Participants will need to provide individual gear outlined below.
- Alarm Clock
- Band-Aids, Tape, Basic First Aid
- Bed Linens or Sleeping Bag and Pillow
- Clothing and Personal Items
- Shorts or Swimwear
- Synthetic, Wool, or Silk Long Underwear
- Wool Socks
- Rain gear
- Water Shoes or Old Sneakers
- Sunscreen and Lip Balm
- Sunglasses and eyeglass strap
- Hat or visor
- Ear plugs