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Adventure Guide School: The First Step in Outdoor Leadership Training

Since Rock-N-Water’s beginning in 1989, we have trained and hired dozens of guides every year. We love to pass on our knowledge and experience of guiding outdoor adventures. Additionally, we are passionate about showing others how adventure activities can help create new opportunities in youth ministry. Besides, we believe that outdoor adventure programs are playing a critical role in helping youth leaders as they minister to their students.

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student setting up a top rope climb during guide schoolAre you a world traveler? Might you be a city dweller? No matter what place you are coming from our instructors will provide you with opportunities for growth.  There is no experience required for this outdoor education program course (10 days of instruction in experiential learning).

Goals & Objectives

This course is designed to provide students with the basic skills and information necessary to become an Adventure Guide. This includes: Class III white water rafting guiding,  top-rope climbing instructor, and the keys for success in outdoor ministry. Instruction, practice exercises and intensity will vary each year based on the needs of each year’s participants. Most importantly, the overall goal is to train Christian leaders to guide adventures in the outdoors in a practical and safe manner. Typically participants will experience 6-7 days of river training and 2-4 of rock climbing & canyoneering training.

Topics Covered:

The course will focus on elementary and intermediate  paddle raft guiding, outdoor top- rope rock climb guiding, basic canyoneering and outdoor recreation skills including but not limited to:

  • Safety
  • Injury and incident prevention
  • Communication
  • The big picture
  • Environmental concerns
  • Equipment rigging and care
  • Ministry in outdoor youth ministry
  • Creating education programming

All participants will need a high fitness level. Each participant should be prepared  for a great workout during this rigorous course. These courses often have you both figuratively and literally running from one adventure to the next. The days are long and include both all day adventures and classroom time. All guides are encouraged to continue pursuing further outdoor training and experience following the course.

Options and Opportunities

First, 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.

Second, 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. First Aid and CPR are required for all Rock-N-Water staff.

Third, partial scholarships towards the price of guide school might be available to participants that are applying to be on staff. Please contact us if you are worried about the cost.


  • [May 30, 2023]-[June 9, 2023] Start: Tuesday 5:30 PM End: Friday 9:00 PM
  • Includes: Camping
    All Meals
    10 Days of instruction
  • Must be 19 or older
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Guide School Participant
Outdoor leadership training. Must be 18 years old or older.
$ 1,000.00
5 available

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. Refund / Cancellation Policy Details