This year we have a goal: Expose the youth of Delta County to the natural wonders in their own back yard. What better way to do that than train them as river guides? We have designed a comprehensive 9 day training course specifically designed for graduating seniors. During this training, new guides will learn stand up paddle, whitewater rafting, river rescue, hydrology, how to instruct and guide trips, outdoor cooking, and much more. This course will span 3 of our local rivers, and include a 3 day overnight trip.
The North Fork of the Gunnison River flows through the heart of our community, but to many it is off limits due to lack of equipment, knowledge and experience. The Gunnison and Colorado Rivers are also with in a short drive, but equally out of reach for those who unfamiliar with wild rivers. This program will begin to remove the barriers to these amazing local resource
Anyone who has been through river guide training can tell you that it is a challenge that demands all you have, and sometimes more. Whitewater rivers are truly wild places. Upon first entering this environment, these rivers appear as foreboding beasts with lives of their own, and they are. But trainees will learn their secrets and intricacies, swim through whitewater, and conquer their own fears. In the end, many river guides become more comfortable on the river than off of it.
If you meet one of our 2019 trainees on your next trip with Western Slope SUP, ask them how it went. I’m sure they will have some great stories for you.