Maine River Guide Training Course

The Three Rivers Whitewater Guide Training Course is a nine-day program with very high standards. It is an experience that our professional guide staff hold near and dear to their hearts.


This course is designed to make all dedicated participants proficient in all the necessary skills to be a safe, knowledgeable, and entertaining Registered Maine Guide. These areas of training include boatmanship, river geography, hydrology, rescue techniques, guest service, risk management, equipment care, outdoor trip logistics, and more.

All trainees must have current Basic First Aid and CPR or higher certification previous to the start of training. Every year Three Rivers hosts a Basic First Aid Course which is available for all trainees.

Whitewater Guide training is physically and mentally demanding. Rafting trainees and guides have responsibilities to themselves and others while training. Whitewater boating has inherent risks and hazards. All trainees will be required to sign a release of liability that indemnifies Three Rivers Whitewater inc. from any claim. Trainees assume all risks related with training.

For this year’s course the fee is $300 which is due 30 days prior to the start of training. Our newest payment option for the training class is a train for trade option.  This requires a $100 deposit and three days guiding unpaid once you obtain your guide’s license. Transmission of this application does not guarantee you a spot in this program. All applicants may be required to attend an interview before acceptance.

Please call with any questions 1-207-663-2104.

President and Training Coordinator,

Joseph Christopher


“Become a River Guide” – 2018 Training Dates:

  • Friday May 11th, 2018 – Saturday May 19th, 2018 – Level 1 Guide Training
  • Friday May 25th, 2018 – Saturday June 2nd, 2018 – Level 1 Guide Training
  • TBD – 2018 Level II (Penobscot) Training

2018 First Aid Dates:

  • Sunday April 29th, 2018  – 10:00 AM – Basic First Aid & CPR (The Forks)
  • Sunday May 20th, 2018 – 10:00 AM – Basic First Aid & CPR (The Forks)
  • TBD – 2018  Advanced First Aid & CPR (The Forks)

Start time will be 10am (with CPR taught first). Class will be held at Three Rivers – The Forks. Please call or email us if you would like to take this class, space is limited. When calling to reserve a spot please let us know which certification(s) you need. There is a fee charged for CPR & First Aid which will be collected before you take the class. Cost for one class is $59 per person and for both CPR & First Aid classes it is $69 per person.

Please fill out our Online Guide Training Application or print the  pdf version and mail it to us.

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