Glacier National Park River Guide Training & Safety Courses

Our river guides are the best in the industry

Our instructors are certified by American Red Cross, Leave No Trace, Rescue 3 International and the American Canoe Association and they excel in professionalism, expertise and unparalleled experience. Each instructor is specialized, some focus on river safety and accident avoidance with technical river rescue while others specialize in kayaking and developing a boater from learning to roll to playboating techniques. Still others are devoted to helping rafters with boat handling skills on both oar-framed and paddle rafts!

Raft & Guide School

If you have the desire to seek employment as a raft guide or if you have fallen in love with rafting and want to take that passion to the next level, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you want to become a river guide or would like to confidently be able to guide your own private trips down the river with confidence, we have the courses for you.

Wilderness Medicine & Technical Rescue

Wilderness First Aid is an entry into the world of wilderness medicine. We will focus on river emergencies and provide the necessary training for individuals intending to guide professionally or individuals looking looking for a foundation for remote wilderness medicine.

Whether you want to become a river guide, a knowledgeable river recreation enthusiast, or trained public safety personnel we have the courses for you.

Paddleboarding & Kayaking

Are you coming to Montana’s Glacier National Park and looking for some fun this summer? We are in West Glacier Montana and have Stand-Up Paddle Board rentals as well as SUP instruction courses and SUP river trips.

Our experienced ACA-certified kayak instructors are ready to challenge you with a safe and fun day on the water whitewater kayaking. Whether you’re just looking to get started in the sport of whitewater kayaking, or its time to increase your skills by learning the kayak roll or kayak rescues, we’re excited to paddle with you!

We apologize for any inconvenience but our SUP program is now booked for the season.

Activities to Help You Understand & Appreciate West Glacier

Is your child eager to answer the call of the river and whitewater rafting? Give your kids more than just a full day river rafting trip, give them an understanding how the river moves. Our youth river camps, in Glacier National Park, are designed for kids of different ages and experience levels.

We also offer Leave No Trace workshops and courses designed to help change behavior and ethics in the outdoors by helping to create a nation of outdoor advocates. Our goal is to help protect the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly.

Our Friends

The American Canoe Association

The American Canoe Association is the way to go if you’re getting into boating. Their methods of skill progression have taken countless people from beginner to boatman.

Rescue 3

Rescue 3 International has been setting the standard for technical river rescue since 1979. Their instructors teach in over 32 countries worldwide.

Desert Mountain Medical

DMM’s vision is to empower outdoor professionals and recreationalists to feel confident and prepared to recognize and treat backcountry emergencies utilizing limited resources. 

Valor Equine Therapy Services, Inc.

A Montana based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established to help veterans and first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury.