Spending time on the water is one of life’s true pleasures. Rushing waters carry people to a destination of their own and remind them that life is to be savored. Those who choose help others discover the joys of river rafting love what they do. They love being in the great outdoors and working closely with others who share their passions. Most of all, they adore teaching others to appreciate the magnificent waterways that can be found in so many parts of the world. While being a river rafting guide is fun as well as work, it’s also not a full time job. Fortunately, there are lots of things river rafting guides like to do to earn a living when they’re not right out on the water.

Student Life

Many river rafting guides are students for at least part of the year. They may study everything from history to accounting. Working during the season allows them the chance to get away from their large stacks of books and think about something other than formulas, test scores and the next paper they have to write. Life in the wilderness offers a great change of scenery. It also helps students earn much needed funds in order to help them further finance their education. Many students find they return to school fully refreshed and happy to begin a new term.

Flexible Jobs

Another thing many river rafting guides do when they’re not on the water is work at jobs with flexible hours. For example, a highly trained nurse can often have her pick of hours and job locations. She can easily fit in a season of river rafting guiding in between jobs caring for patients in an NICU or other specialized facility. This allows her to decompress from her busy schedule and the high demands of her job. It also allows her to come back to nursing with a renewed sense of purpose. The same is true for many people who work as teachers during the rest of the year. During their off season, river rafting lets them continue working closely with others as they continue to teach others something important. Teachers in all fields from science to art find being part of the river rafting world relates to their chosen profession and helps them expand their personal skills when they aren’t teaching.

Other Kinds of Settings

Many river rafting guides are true nature lovers. Few things make them happier than being outdoors. For those who love the outdoors, seasonal opportunities are abundant and varied. Many people find the change of seasons brings lots of jobs. A river rafting guide may hit the slopes and teach others to ski properly down the most dangerous paths. A river rafting guide may bring people who want to climb mountains up difficult peaks and provide them with the skills they need to hit the very top. River rafting guides also look for other locations such as places down south where the weather is warm all year long. Here, they may serve as life guides, river boat crew and kayak guides to help people see the natural world from the seat of a boat. As highly skilled river rafting guides, they have the skills, determination and love of people that helps them succeed at anything they choose.

This article, Colorado’s top vacation destinations this summer, was written by Ryan Thomas for Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting. Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting has guided thousands of whitewater rafting trips on Clear Creek and throughout Colorado.