Guide Schools

Outdoor Adventures' Guide Schools

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


Price Key

A: UC Davis Student/CR Member
B: Non-UC Davis Student/Non-CR Member


Beginning Whitewater Rafting Guide School

Classroom Sessions: TBD for 2020
River Sessions: Spring Break 2020
Price: TBD 2020
Applications Due: Applications closed

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 eight on-river days spent camping and rafting on the South Fork American River. During this course, you will not only learn the fundamentals of whitewater rafting, but 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.

*An additional $135 will be charged for food and personal safety equipment.

Rock Climbing Guide School 

Classroom Sessions: TBD 2020
Weekend Session:  TBD 2020
Fee: TBD 2020
Applications Due: Closed

Wilderness Guide School

Classroom Sessions: Oct. 29, Nov. 7, Nov. 14
Weekend Sessions: November 2–3, November 9–11
A $125 / B $150
Applications Due: October 11 by 5 p.m. Please download the application HERE.

Outdoor Adventures runs a wide variety of wilderness-based trips. From weeklong 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 two-weekend course, you’ll learn the essential skills necessary to lead wilderness trips.