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Class V Guide School - Based on interest. Dates to be announced.

Very few Class V guide schools exist, MRA has one of them.
Register early! Not for beginners, valid previous experience required (download flyer)

This course is hard-core and provides top of the line instruction and experience towards understanding the river and running challenging Class V whitewater!  This is one of the few legitimate Class V Guide Schools offered anywhere in the world and quite possibly the only guide school to offer instruction on Class V whitewater every day of the course.  This course taught by our elite guiding staff trains students in advanced river navigation, advanced safety, advanced rescue, emergency response, and much more.  The course begins on the Upper Kern River’s famous Class V Thunder Run section and ends with a 3-day trip down the world renowned Forks of the Kern section.  It is highly recommended for those who have valid experience running rivers and/or commercial guiding and are ready to take it to the highest level.  Besides previous guiding experience, another prerequisite is passing a class II rapid swim test on the first day of guide school.  River Experience Logs and/or valid references are required to take this course.  Having a valid SRT certification or taking our SRT course in conjunction with this course is highly advised.  This is a challenging course for those who love the river and the wilderness, and it could provide more excitement and fun than you’ve ever experienced rafting before!  There is no guarantee that you will guide a class V rapid during or after this course.  You must prove yourself to be ready during the course.  We will run well over 100 rapids, over a dozen will be class V rapids, with plenty of class III, IV, & IV+ rapids to train on.  Our elite trainers will assess your ability and progress continually to allow you to guide appropriate rapids.  You will not emerge a solid class V guide immediately after taking this course (our guides continue with many years of training on class V whitewater before commercially guiding Class V rapids), but you will be provided  with advanced skill training to guide friends, family, or commercial guests down Big Water confidently and with knowledge of how to minimize the risks and respond appropriately to river emergencies.

  • All meals ARE included with this course and you will participate in cooking for the group in the wilderness on a multi-day adventure. 
  • Good physical health is a requirement for this course!
  • This course is subject to cancellation with refunds due to the water flow being too low or too high!
  • Combine this course with our SRT course and save over $100 to participate in a 9-day world-class adventure.
  • You will receive a highly respected certificate upon successful completion of the course that will be recognized worldwide.
Preseason Price per student $899.19
Regular Season Price per student $1099.01
Take 20% Off...

Did you know that MRA provides a 20% discount on Class IV Upper Kern river trips for
non-profits? Call to chat about the possibilities. Valid on new reservations.

20% off camping
February 1st - April 1st | give us a call

Details at a Glance
Class V Guide School April 29 - May 5, 2013
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