Train as Guide

Would you like to guide for a career – or freelance in your spare time? The adventure business is booming in Southern Africa and there’s a constant need for properly trained and qualified river guides. The Riverman can help you!

Trainee guides practising a Vee-Lower rescue scenario

Here’s how to get involved.

Join a trip led by one of our experienced Pro guides: you will be mentored in the many skills, ranging from paddling and rescue to camp management and catering.

Attend one of the regular courses run by Adventure Standards Africa: These take place at our base on the Vaal River but can also be run for operators at a place of your choice. Courses are run in river skills, hiking, ropework, mountain biking and other specialities.

Get experience assisting on trips: To qualify in any adventure skill you need at least 21 days logged in that skill. It means you need work – and we will try to place you in jobs.

Read, watch videos, talk to those who know: The guiding game involves lots of networking and making of personal connections. You don’t have to be rough, touch and an adrenalin junkie. This is for males and females, and what matters is that you get on top of the techniques and the knowledge.

Think about your career goals:  Do you want to make a living in the great outdoors? What kind of life do you envisage for yourself, guiding members of the public in potentially dangerous situations? Are you up to it? Are you ready to go?

Introduction to adventure careers – leaflet

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