2012 Guide Training Dates
May 26th to June 3rd, 2012
RequirementsYour training will include River Morphology, Safety Techniques, River Etiquette, Daily Procedures, River Rescue and lots and lots of whitewater rafting! In short, everything you will need to pass the Maine Whitewater Rafting Guide Exam for the Kennebec River, except for CPR and Basic First Aid. These can be acquired through the Red Cross, local EMS, hospitals, or schools, but it must be completed prior to whitewater training.
See also: NEOC Internships
To sit for the Maine Whitewater Guide Test, you must:
- be at least 18 years old
- provide proof of at least Basic First Aid and CPR certification
- provide a completed Maine Guide Test Application
- supply a Run Sheet certifying that you have completed the appropriate on-river training
- pay the State of Maine fees of $192.00
Additional information concerning the State of Maine's Whitewater Guide Certification can be found online.
To offer an affordable training course, we require a financial commitment in combination with two uncompensated trips that you guide for New England Outdoor Center after you have received your guide's license. The cost of the training is $100.00. A $50.00 non refundable deposit is due with your application by April 1, 2012 with the balance of $50.00* due May 1, 2012. The full amount is due upon enrollment if enrolling in the course after May 1. This fee includes staying at Magic Falls Rafting campground in your own tent, use of a training manual, and all needed equipment (wetsuits, life jacket, and paddle). You will be responsible for your own meals. The training classes will be limited to 18, so if you are interested you should let us know right away.
Level II Training
After you attain a Level I license, you may participate in our Level II training for a nominal fee/commitment.
What to Bring
- Clothes (including synthetic undergarments, fleece or wool clothing including socks, hat, rain gear and outdoor clothing)
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Water bottles
- Sleeping bag, tent and sleeping pad.
- Ice Chest with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner items and non-alcoholic beverages
- Flashlight and headlamp
- Battery powered alarm clock
- Tevas, Chacos, River Sandals or old sneakers
- 2 Copies of your CPR and First Aid Certifications
- A positive attitude!