Whitewater Rafting Guide School 5/25-6/1

Whitewater Rafting Guide School 5/25-6/1


You can take the guide course for fun and to learn how to run your own raft or to obtain a Maine Guide Licenses.

We conduct a State of Maine certified Commercial Whitewater Guides School in Maine. This seven day course is a requirement of the State of Maine to take your Maine Whitewater Rafting Guides test. Completion of the guides school and all other application procedures will provide the necessary requirements for hire. We will then conduct an interview. Applicants must have or obtain current CPR and First Aid and be at least 18 years of age. 

We are always looking for full and part whitewater rafting guides in Maine. No previous whitewater experience is necessary, but outdoor recreation skills are preferred. Whitewater rafting trips are run on the Kennebec, Dead and Penobscot Rivers in Maine. The Season runs late May – October. A Commercial Whitewater guides licenses is required to guide in Maine. All guides are required to have current CPR and first aide. For more details about our whitewater guide’s school and an application click here or  call 800-866-6943




2024 Sample Itinerary

Day 1

7 a.m.   Meet at the lodge at Lake Moxie Camps.  Introductions, sign-in, question/answer

session.  Receive equipment assigned for training (wetsuit/booties, paddle, P.F.D., helmet.)

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Leave for Harris Station Dam.  Take a shake down run through the Kennebec Gorge. Take an additional two trips with trainees guiding the rafts, then float rafts to ‘take-out’ at The Forks.  Return to campground.

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free time dinner

7 p.m. - 9:00p.m. Classroom training at the lodge weekly schedule (see page #2).

Day 2-7

7 a.m. Meet at the lodge dressed and ready to go.  Bring lunch,snacks,drinking water, for the day any medications, etc. 

We will do the following daily: Do 3-5 runs on the Kennebec River. Review safety lecture, full raft safety inspections, trip management, river rescue, throw-rope, boat placement at put in, trip safety rescue signals both whistle and paddle, running orders and equipment care.

7 a.m. - 5 p.m. -  Leave for Harris Station Dam.  The goal is to do a minimum of five ‘runs’

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. -  Free time, showers, dinner, etc.

7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Classroom training at the lodge .

One of the river days will be on the Dead River Spencer Rips to The Forks.

Day 8 (optional)

7 am  Meet at Lake Moxie base, participate In a Kennebec or Dead River Commercial trip. Training class will guide their own boats

After trip Finish day finalize paperwork, contact information, test dates-say goodbye!

Test dates will be made available as soon as they are scheduled by the Dept. of Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife





This itinerary is a sample of how the week will go and subject to change based on weather and water release conditions.







Lake Moxie Camps, Moxie Outdoor Adventures 38 Troutdale Road The Forks, Maine 04985


What to Bring


What you should bring:

  • Tent & Ground Pad -

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Two Water Bottles

  • Fleece Or Wool Socks (Your feet will be wet all day every day, bring extras)

  • Wool hat/gloves

  • Warm Jacket

  • Rain Gear/Coat

  • Personal off River Clothing,

  • Head Lamp

  • Alarm Clock (Battery Powered) -

  • Sunscreen

  • Prescriptions

  • All your medications

  • Bug Spray (Including an Extra Set)

  • Bug Net

  • Towels for showering, toiletries

  • Sunglasses

  • Synthetic Undergarment

  • Personal Paddling Gear (Polypropylene, Capilene, etc.) If you have any (wet suits will be provided)

  • Note pad, Pen or Pencil


High energy/protein, calorie dense.

Bring a weeks supply, you will have little time to go to grocery store.

Limited access to kitchen so bring,

  • Cooler and ice for food storage

  • Cook stove

  • Plate, Cup, cooking utensils -paper or plastic

We will be eating our lunches on the River daily: you will have to pack lunch, drinks, and snacks for the day, plan accordingly.

What we provide:

Full wetsuit/ booties

Training packet

Camping site for the week

Whitewater guide instruction in accordance with Maine law

During the training week there will be offered a CPR/First Aid class, the cost is $40 per person.

IF&W testing and licensing fee $189 total, $100 testing fee, $89 for 3 year license. The IFW accepts checks or cash, they cannot accept debit/credit cards on the day of testing.


Camping & Lodging

Campsite is provided for the course. 

Trip Details

Guide Training
Trip Length: 1 Day
Difficulty: 4
Minimum Age: 18 yrs

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Price: $350

2023 Maine Whitewater raft guide training dates: June 1-8