First Timers & Training Trip Information

Thank you for your interest in working at Buffalo Joe’s Whitewater Rafting as an inexperienced/first time guide. You can have the chance to become the part of the most experienced and best crew on the Arkansas River! When you work for River Runners you can be sure that you will find an outdoor loving crew that will have you challenging yourself all summer. Whether you are rafting the Arkansas, kayaking a Lake Creek waterfall, or screaming down the Midland Trail on your mountain bike, you will find that the River Runners team will test you every day!

River Runners has positions available for inexperienced guides for the upcoming whitewater rafting season. As mentioned on the home page, there is a limited number of positions available, so it is important to get your application turned in ASAP!

All first-time guides will be required to complete the River Runners training program. The initial training will last two weeks and the cost $500.00. The payment for the training program will need to be completed before it starts!

The training program starts at River Runners at Browns Canyon around the third week of May. Expect long days on the river for the first two weeks. Camping is included.

The training program includes guide instructors that will teach you:

Rigging Oar Boats Geology
  • Maneuvering
  • Paddle boats
  • History
  • River Safety
  • River Rescue
  • Scouting
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Minimizing resource impact
  • And various other subjects!


You will be encouraged to bring the list mentioned below on the training trip with you:

On the river Off river Miscellaneous Camping Equip
  • Shorts or swimsuit
  • Polypro shirt
  • Tennis shoes
  • Wool socks
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun screen
  • Long pants
  • Shirt
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Dry shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Wool hat
  • Gloves
  • Rain coat
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Bio-degradable soap
  • Small towel
  • Flashlight
  • Brush or comb
  • Coffee cup
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ground pad

You will not want to wear anything made of cotton on the river. Cotton clothing will not dry quickly keeping you cold and wet. You may also want to buy a water-proof camera (available at the Buffalo Joe office) to snap on your lifejacket and take pictures throughout your training trip.

Please fill out the on-line application and make sure that you fill out the section describing why you feel that you would be a great addition to the Buffalo Joe’s Whitewater Rafting team.

Thanks for your time and we hope to see you on the river this summer!