River Instructor Course

Credit: Brad Christensen

River Instructor Course

On this course, you will develop and refine the teaching and leadership skills needed to prepare you for professional positions at NOLS. The primary purpose of this course is to train and evaluate potential NOLS instructors. Each participant’s skills and abilities will be assessed and evaluated by the course instructors with the intent of determining their potential as an instructor.

This course takes place in Utah’s canyon country, a beautiful and colorful region of rich human and geological history. You’ll travel in rafts, kayaks and canoes through deep incisions of limestone, shale, and sandstone.

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APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2018 INSTRUCTOR COURSES

  • The application deadline for 2018 instructor courses is November 15, 2017
  • You will be notified of your application status by February 1, 2018
  • We will begin taking applications for 2019 instructor courses on August 15, 2018

Dates

Dates

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Specifics

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Tuition

TBA
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Equipment Deposit

$250

Duration

24 days

Minimum Age

21 yrs.

Academic Credit

4 College Credits
  • 2 Outdoor Educator
  • 2 Leadership
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Start/End

Vernal, Utah

Fly in/out

Salt Lake City, UT

Skills learned

Rafting/kayaking

Additional Details

Prerequisite: Minimum of a 70-hour Wilderness First Responder and current adult CPR certification

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What Our Grads Say

“I considered the responsibilities I had that evening: cooking dinner for the group, setting up my tent, being present and engaged for classes, and something in me clicked. I was able to move beyond my exhaustion, to put it aside and focus on what needed to be done for the good of the group. I had felt that I had reached the end of my rope, but I found energy reserves I had previously been unaware of.” 

— Kaitlin C., NOLS Rocky Mountain River Instructor Course grad

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