Cascades Outdoor Center
Guide Training
So you want to be a river guide.

Basics of Guide Training:
In order to fill our seasonal staff we are training new guides to help bring our guests safely down the river. If you are a new or experienced guide our training program will prepare you for a summer of working on the rivers and lakes of the Oregon Cascades around Oakridge.
Training will occur the first 3 weekends of May. Training begins with a guide meeting at 8am on the Saturday of each weekend and concludes at 5pm on Sunday of the same weekend. Camping and a guide meal will be provided each Saturday night. Each time you train, you’ll master an additional set of skills, until you’ve completed the requirements to be hired as a guide. Many guide candidates should be able to complete the training in 3 weekends. Attendance at all sessions is not mandatory but those who attend all 3 sessions are more likely to be hired. Guides must complete each requirement before their first paid trip.
Who We’re Looking For:
The bottom line is that we’re looking to add enthusiastic, guest-friendly people to our staff. Here are a few questions that most river guide candidates ask. Hopefully this will help get you started toward a long and fun-filled experience at Cascades Outdoor Center.

What is the minimum age to start training?
You must be at least 18 years old in order to enroll in our River Guide Training Program.
How do I start training? E-mail us at [email protected] and tell us about yourself. Feel free to attach a resume but resumes are not required.

What do I need to bring? Comfortable layers that are appropriate for current weather, camping gear if you plan on staying over, rafting and kayaking gear if you are experienced(if you are not experienced we’ll provide what you need to get started but before working you’ll be expected to purchase your own equipment). Food for lunch(on the river) and breakfast. We provide an evening meal on Saturdays. A $35 one time training fee. Once this fee is paid you can attend all training sessions.

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


Do I need any prior experience to be a river guide candidate?
Not really. You’ll need to be a reliable swimmer and comfortable around water in general, but whitewater skills are a big part of what we teach in our Guide Training Program. If you approach this job in a natural, outgoing, people-friendly manner, you’re already more than halfway there. The rest you can learn from our trainers, and by shadowing real trips down the river.

About Cascades Outdoor Center

Guided river rafting, hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking and daily shuttle services are offered by this family-friendly mountain outfitter. Year-round explore the Willamette National Forest, the headwaters of the Willamette River and the trails around Oakridge – known as the Mountain Biking Capital of the Northwest. Tour highlights include summer "forest bathing" trips and winter snowshoeing treks to Oregon's second highest waterfall. The guides are friendly, professional and knowledgeable – and eager to share their enthusiasm for the Cascades. Trips can be customized for all ages, abilities and interests. The Cascades Outdoor Center is based at the Westfir Lodge

Application Instructions

send an e-mail telling us about yoruself to [email protected]