Oregon Whitewater Adventures



We accept applications for full and part-time guides from both experienced and new guides. If you have never guided professionally, you must attend a guide workshop to understand the demands and skills needed to be a commercial guide.

Experienced Guides
Please Email or mail us a cover letter and resume. Please include a separate river log detailing where and for whom you have worked and in what capacity, contact information, supervisor, and reason for leaving.

Beginning Guides
Oregon Whitewater Adventures offers a hands-on clinic that specializes in paddle captaining. Our school will teach practical skills such as reading currents, guiding rafts, rowing skills, raft setup and rigging, river safety and water rescue. In addition, we will cover knot tying, throw bags, equipment maintenance and repair, Dutch oven cooking, and planning a safe and enjoyable river trip.

Our philosophy at OWA is to create an atmosphere of support, fun, and acceptance, while building self-esteem and inspiring confidence and personal responsibility. This clinic is excellent preparation for both commercial guiding and rafting on your own.

OWA is offering the clinic May 25-28, 2018  The workshop consists of four days on the river, where the training is on the McKenzie, North Umpqua, or Deschutes river, depending on river conditions and river levels, these are rivers we offer commercially. The price of $395 includes meals, travel to and from river sites, and expert instruction.  Due to river flows and other variables, the rivers on which we teach are subject to change. Personal gear such as tents and sleeping bags are not included.

Participants of all experience levels are welcome. River guides need to complete a First Aid and CPR course. Basic First Aid is the minimum requirement. Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, or Swift Water Rescue are recommended but not required.

Oregon Whitewater Adventures is owned and operated by the original owners, Dave and Kay Loos, who are starting their 29th season. Trips are offered on some of Oregon's finest wild and scenic rivers, from half-day to five-day excursions on the McKenzie, North Umpqua, Deschutes, Owyhee, John Day, and Grande Ronde rivers.

~~ To register for Guide School, please call our office at 541-746-5422 or email us at info@oregonwhitewater.com,  we'd be happy to answer any questions or concerns. ~~


Dave and Kay Loos
Oregon Whitewater Adventures
39620 Deerhorn Road
Springfield, OR 97478
(541) 746-5422
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