Our guides are all-stars. When choosing a rafting company, guides are your most important consideration. You’re with your guide for the majority of the day. They should be fun, interesting and a pleasure to be around. A role model for your children. And most importantly, they should be safety oriented. Our river guides check these boxes.
Kern River Outfitters’ guides are well educated. 91% of our full-time guides either have a bachelors degree or are currently enrolled in a university or college. Trust us, you’ll love the other 9% as well.
Kern River Outfitters’ guides are well-traveled. All have been out of the country, over 75% have traveled to six or more countries. Pre-pandemic, 85% had been out of the country in the last year.
Kern River Outfitters’ guides are adventurers and self-starters. Some have ridden bicycles across Africa. Others have knocked out first descents in South America. A handful have picked up coding and have even written enterprise software (entirely on their own). And when the lockdown went into place in the spring of 2020, they didn’t just sit around, they got busy. In the last six months, four have started their own businesses. And that’s just the short list.
Kern River Outfitters’ guides are well trained. Everyone has first aid and CPR. All full time guides are Swift Water Rescue certified from Sierra Rescue, the only program that is internationally recognized. All of our Trip Leaders are Wilderness First Responders or higher. One is in medical school but we can’t count that yet.