Choosing a Rafting Guide|
Key Questions to AskHere is a list
of things to consider and questions to ask when selecting an outfitter for your
next outdoor adventure.
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you carry liability insurance?
- Are you a certified guide service?
- Do you have licenses on National Forest Service, National Park
Service, Bureau of Land Management lands?
- Are you bonded?
- May I have a list of references?
Guides & Instructors
- How long have your guides been with your company?
- How much experience do they have on this particular river?
- Does your state have minimum requirements for guides to be
- Are your guides advanced first aid and CPR certified?
- Do you have both male and female guides?
- What is you guide-to-client ratio?
- What kind of additional wilderness first aid experience do your
guides have? (EMT, nurse, etc.)
- Do your guides have special training working with
- How new are your boats and equipment?
- Do your boats represent the latest in technology? (Are your
- What kind of transportation is provided and what do I have to
take care of? (Cars, trucks, buses, planes)
- How many other participants are on the trip?
- How strenuous is the trip? What kind of physical health fitness
- What other activities occur while on the river trip? (Hiking,
exploring, wildlife and bird watching, historical and biological walks)
- Do you bring different types of boats to try on your trips?
(oar rafts, paddle boats, inflatable kayaks, dories, whitewater canoes)
- What am I expected to do (or not to do) on this trip? Cook,
clean up, carry gear?
- Is the gear for the trip carried on the rafts or on separate
- Are camps set up each night?
- What riverside comforts are provided? (Warm water, chairs,
- Do I have to rent additional equipment for the trip? (Sleeping
bags, tents, life vests, etc.) How new is it?
- What kind of food is served on the river? Can accommodations be
made for special dietary needs? What type of beverages are supplied?
- Can I bring my children on this trip? How old should they
- Do you have children's life jackets?
- Are there activities for children of various ages?
- Do you provide breaks for parents to take time for
- Do you provide anything special for children on you trips?
- Do you allow pets?
Contributed By: Dave and Sheila Mills
- Do you have special programs to provide information about the
areas you will be visiting?
- Do you practice low-impact camping techniques on your
Rocky Mountain River Tours takes
people on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River of Idaho each summer and in doing
so offers an experience, a vacation unequaled. We tour in oar-powered rafts
designed for safety and superb handling. If you're contemplating floating the
Middle Fork there are several things to consider in selecting a tour.