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River Guide Training

Every summer, Outdoor Recreation offers its customers exciting whitewater rafting trips down the Arkansas River, but this wouldn’t be possible without our very own river guides.

This year, Peterson Outdoor Recreation is offering a River Guide Training Program for the 2019 river season, and you might have what it takes to be one of our new river guides.

This is an incredible opportunity for anyone looking to become a river guide or to get their start in the Outdoor Recreation industry. Our river guide training program is intended to train guides to our standards for possible employment at Peterson Outdoor Recreation.

Please note:  We cannot guarantee you will be hired as a River Guide (NAF employee), but the experience gained during this training will allow you to become a better river guide. We hire the best and expect a high degree of professionalism from our staff. Being a river guide can be difficult, but the rewards far outweigh the demands.

 To sign up for Guide Training at 719-556-4867 or email Peterson.Outdoor.Rec@us.af.mil.



Become a licensed river guide in the State of Colorado.
Training locations – Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 640 and along the Arkansas River.
Cost – $299/person.
Registration deadline – Noon Wednesday, March 27, 2019
POC: To sign up, contact John, 719-556-4867, peterson.outdoor.rec@us.af.mil


Training dates (14 days) –
Saturdays & Sundays: April 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19
*Note:  Dates are subject to change.


  • Anyone is eligible
  • Must be age 18 or older
  • No weight limitations
  • No prior rafting experience necessary.

Disclosure:  The AF is dedicated to the full implementation of federal laws mandating equality of opportunity for NAF employment. Recruitment and hiring of NAF personnel is based solely on the principle of merit and qualifications. Employment at Peterson AFB under Nonappropriated funds (NAF) is subject to satisfactory completion of all pre-employment regulatory requirements.



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