Mini Series: Guide School 2013 — Day 1

Becky WiseChattooga River, Nantahala, Ocoee River, Pigeon River, White Water Rafting

Guide School 2013 has officially begun!  Not sure what that is?  Anyone who wants to be a raft guide for Wildwater gets to go through Guide School first.  It’s a 5-day crash course on raft guiding, starting at the basics.  They begin their mornings in the classroom, then go out on the river for the second half of the day and immediately apply what they’ve learned.  The guide hopefuls start their training at the Chattooga River, and will then travel to the Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers to learn different aspects of safely navigating whitewater in a raft.

For the next 5 days, we’ll be following several raft guide hopefuls.  Today we’ll be hearing from Olivia Sons, two-year CRCT canopy guide, who wants a fun new challenge.  Here’s what she had to say about her first day at Guide School.


“I have worked with this company for a few years and grew up less than an hour away, but I’m attending Guide School for the first time.  Today was very long but very exciting; we learned about the features of the river and a good portion of the basics, like safety.  We all got to go down Section III of the Chattooga, carry rafts and get a chance at the back of the boat to get our “river legs”.  Overall, the day was great, educational and fun — can’t wait for the Bull Sluice runs tomorrow!”

Olivia Sons

Special guest author: Olivia Sons, CRCT canopy guide and Chattooga River raft guide hopeful.