Performance Tours



The 2021 guide training program will start on Monday, May 17th and run for two weeks (Monday – Friday). The training location will be at our Buena Vista location at 115 Gregg Drive.

Training with Performance Tours is a fun, rewarding, and very demanding experience. Our top 4 trainers have a combined 130 years of experience as river guides/instructors, and have developed a program that is second to none. The two week training program will cover: river safety, rigging, reading water, maneuvering paddle boats and oar boats, scouting and running rapids, river rescue, teamwork and communication skills with your coworkers and guests, geography and history of the area.


We ask that you are available from mid-May through at least mid-August, with many guides staying on through early September. You will be required to have a minimum of Basic First Aid and CPR, but higher levels of medical skills and certifications are highly recommended. It is best to have this certification before training, but we can help you find a class as needed.  Colorado River Outfitters Licensing Statutes and Regulations require all commercial guides to have received a minimum of 50 hours of on-river training by a qualified instructor. You should expect to have a total of 100+ hours of training by the time you do your certification run with guests. We have very little turn over at Performance Tours and we are primarily interested in hiring guides that are planning on guiding for more than one season.

Flynn and her dog chola


We conduct interviews, and if you are offered a training spot and successfully complete the program you will be hired for the season. If you are offered a training spot with Performance Tours the cost of the course is $575 per person. Personal checks and credit cards are accepted. The class size will be limited and applying early is recommended. A deposit of $300.00 is due to confirm your training spot.  The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the first day of class. Cancellations made more than 31 days in advance will be refunded one half of the deposit. If you cancel within 30 days of training there will be no refunds. If you work through the entire season you will be refunded $ 275.



During training we will provide all the rafting equipment that is needed.  After training river guides are expected to invest in their own personal equipment. We offer a competitive wage and a great work environment. Guides can choose to live on site at Performance Tours, or find their own accommodations.  


If you are interested in a fun, challenging, rewarding and demanding position with Performance Tours, please fill out an application online. We will contact you for a phone or in person interview after receiving your application.

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