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 volunteer for a designated number of trips and become certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR before being considered a guide.


Beginning Whitewater Rafting Guide School

Classroom Sessions: Completed for 2018
River Sessions: Completed for 2018

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.

A $515 / B $625
Applications Due: Application are no longer being accepted. Check back in 2019.

"BGT has been a truely incredible experience! I went in not expecting this program to be as unique and unforgettable as it was. I feel connected to this new and exciting community that I am stoked to become even more a part of. 10/10 trainers. Ya'll rock!"

- BGT Trainee 2018


Rock Climbing Guide School

Date: April 14-15

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.

Applications are no longer being accepted. Check back in 2019. Fee: $95/$125




"Rox has been my favorite guide school! ...Getting encouragement from the guides/participants/myself to persist in ascending to the top was AMAZING."


Sea Kayaking Guide School

Classroom Sessions: Oct 4 & Oct 11 ; 7-9:30pm
Weekend Sessions: Oct 6-7 & Oct 13-14
Fee: TBD
Applications Due: Sept 24

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 18, 25 and Nov 1; 7-10pm
Weekend Sessions: Oct 20-21 and Oct 27-28
Fee: $105A/ $130B
Applications Due: Oct 8

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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.