Mountain Waters Rafting

Raft Guide

May - August 2021 • Durango, CO

What I liked

Staff community, flexibility of schedule and hours, on-site training, opportunities for TL training, pay.

What I wish was different

I wish we weren't as busy or at least had more staff to help cover shifts, but I understand this was a weird year and everyone was understaffed.


If you're curious about guiding, sign up! They offer a guide school at the beginning of the season to teach you how to read water, how to row oar rigs and how to paddle guide. No experience required. It's a lot of fun especially if you like meeting new people and you like boating (or want to get into it). They upped wages this year, so for guides base pay is 15/hr, and that increases with certifications and such. You also make tips, which account for about half of my income!
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