Outdoor Leadership Training: Guide School 2017

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Adventure Guide School – Outdoor Training Leadership

An intensive two week training program for individuals 18 years old and older who are interested in learning more about working in outdoor youth ministry.

Since Rock-N-Water’s beginning in 1989 we have enjoyed training and hiring dozens of guides every year. We are thrilled to invest our knowledge of guiding and outdoor youth ministry into students enthusiastic about this mission field. We believe that outdoor programs can play a critical role in helping youth centers and youth leaders as they minister to the digitally connected youth of today.

student setting up a top rope climb during guide schoolThere is no experience required for this two week outdoor education program course (10 days of instruction). It is designed to provide students with the foundational skills and information necessary to become a Class III whitewater rafting guide, a top-rope climbing instructor, and to work in outdoor ministry. Instruction will vary each year based on the needs of each year’s specific participants, helping train leaders for the outdoors and leading outdoor education trips. Typically you experience 6-7 days of river training and 3-4 of rock climbing training.

The course will focus on basic skills, safety, injury/incident prevention, communication, the big picture, environmental concerns, equipment rigging/care, working in outdoor youth ministry, creating education programming, and encouraging the pursuit of further experience after the course. Be ready for a great workout during this class as we will often be both figuratively and literally running from one adventure to the next.

Potential graduates of this outdoor leadership training Guide School are encouraged to apply for paid summer employment at Rock-N-Water if they are interested. Letters of introduction mailed by January 1st receive highest priority.

Details & Options

There will be an optional 8 hour basic Wilderness First Aid & CPR class on the Saturday after training for those that are interested for $80.

Partial scholarships towards the price of guide school might be available to participants that are applying to be on staff.


  • June 6 -17, 2016
    Start: Monday 8:00 AM End: Friday 5:00 PM Time Off: Saturday & Sunday
  • Includes: Camping
    Monday lunch through Friday lunch
    10 Days of instruction
  • Must be 18 or older

More Information

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Guide School Participant$975.00

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refund if canceled within 14 days of booking (and at least 14 days before the trip).
  • 75% of Trip price refunded if canceled at least 14 days before the trip.

You can secure your spot with as little as a 25% deposit within 14  days of making your reservation. Our office will review your reservation and confirm the details within 1 business day.

Statement of Belief

We believe we should, "Love the Lord (our) God with all (our) heart, and with all (our) soul, and with all (our) mind," and "The entire law is summed up in one command: Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37, Galatians 5:14. We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal and only Son of God. That He died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice, paying the penalty for all our sins, and then rose from the grave. It is through faith alone in Jesus Christ that we have received the free gift of salvation and eternal life. We are saved by grace, not works, “that no one should boast”. We believe the Bible is accurate, reliable, and the Word of God. (Luke 5:20-24; John 1:1-18; John 3:15-21; John 14:1-15; Ephesians 2; 1 John)

Booking & Reservation Questions

We've tried to spell out who we are and why we think spending time in the outdoors is so valuable. But if you've still got questions, please don't hesitate to contact us we'd love to help.

Who we are

Rock-N-Water is a group of Christians who want to impact young people with the joy of God's Living Word, so they might come to know Jesus and pass on God's love with excitement. We focus our program on biblical principals, and we use the help of nature, friendship, and challenge to develop character.

Contact Info

Mail: PO Box 307 Coloma CA 95613

Phone: 1-800-738-0555

Fax: 1-530-344-0398