Get All You Can from Outdoor Adventures with CRU Membership

CRU (Campus Recreation and Unions) Membership, formerly known as ARC Membership, incorporates the amenities and services of the ARC and other CRU programming. Benefits include significant discounts at Outdoor Adventures, the Equestrian Center, the Craft Center, The Games Area and Youth Programs. They also include low-cost access to Fitness and Wellness programs such as Group Exercise, Instructional Series, and Personal Training. In addition, CRU Members enjoy free access to Intramural (IM) Sports, the Rec Pool and Hickey Pool. To explore your own CRU lifestyle, visit

Guide Schools: General Information

The goal of every guide school is to equip you with the skills and experience necessary to guide trips for Outdoor Adventures. All of the Outdoor Adventures programs are taught by our talented and enthusiastic experienced guides.

Entry into each guide school is based on an application and interview process. Upon completion of the guide school, all guides must TA a designated number of trips and become certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR before being considered a guide.

Price Key

A: UC Davis Student/CRU Member
B: Non-UC Davis Student/Non-CRU Member

Beginning Whitewater Rafting Guide School

Classroom Sessions: TBD (Spring Quarter)
River Sessions: TBD (Summer Break)
Applications Due: TBD

Outdoor Adventures is proud to offer what we consider to be one of the most comprehensive rafting guide schools available. It consists of 12 classroom hours and 8 on-river days spent camping and rafting on the South Fork American River. During this course, you will not only learn the fundamentals of white water rafting, you will also become certified in Swift Water Rescue. Upon course completion, you will be able to guide commercial rafting trips for Outdoor Adventures and other rafting companies. This is a great way to spend your spring break, learn a fun new skill and make lifelong friends in the process.

Rock Climbing Guide School

Date: TBD
Fee: TBD

If you're interested in becoming a rock climbing guide for Outdoor Adventures or taking your climbing skills to the next level, we have a special new guide school format this year. We are coordinating with the Professional Climbing Guide Institute and Cliffhanger Guides to offer a weekend of climbing and instruction at our most popular climbing area, Cosumnes River Gorge.

Sea Kayaking Guide School

Classroom Sessions: Oct 5 & Oct 12 ; 7-9:30pm
Weekend Sessions: Oct 8-9 & Oct 15-16
Fee: $100A/ $125B
Applications Due: Sept 23

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This course is designed to develop your sea kayaking skills and give you the ability to lead sea kayaking trips for Outdoor Adventures. The school consists of three classroom sessions and two weekends working on paddling, safety, navigation, rescue, leadership and teaching skills. The weekend sessions take place in the challenging coastal environments of Tomales Bay, San Francisco Bay and the outer coast. All kayaking equipment and group camping gear is provided. Previous experience recommended, but not necessary.

Wilderness Guide School

Classroom Sessions: Oct 19, 26 and Nov 2; 7-10pm
Weekend Sessions: Oct 21-22 and Oct 28-39
Fee: $105A/ $130B
Applications Due: Oct 6

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Outdoor Adventures runs a wide variety of wilderness based trips. From week-long backpacking trips in Yosemite to overnight camping trips on the coast, we try to offer something for everyone. If you’ve ever wanted to lead outdoor trips, Wilderness Guide School is a great way to get started. In this 2 weekend course, you’ll learn essential skills necessary to lead wilderness trips. Upon successful course completion, you will become an Outdoor Adventures guide and can start leading wilderness trips.