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Adventures Family

We are a guided Whitewater Rafting company with trips on the Big Pigeon River in Eastern Tennessee bordering the Smoky Mountains National Park. We raft near Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville areas in Tennessee, and Asheville, Cherokee, and Maggie Valley areas in North Carolina. The Team at Outdoor Adventures has been training people just like you to be professional river guides for over 30 years.

Become a Rafting Guide!

Many guides have turned a summer job on the river into a lifelong career, traveling to every part of the world, while others have taken the skills they learn on the river to help them excel in whatever they pursue later in life. There is something special about being a river guide that gives you a boost of confidence while at the same time making you humble in the beauty and power of the water.

We have a very diverse staff of 25-30 guides in the summer months. The senior guides have typically 10+ years of service and are your mentors during your training and rookie year.
There is nothing like living near Smoky Mountain National Park
If you love the outdoors The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is only minutes away with 850 miles of hiking trails. There are more Class III+ rivers within 2 hours of our location than anywhere else in the world. Many off days will find the staff on another local river. There is never a shortage of things to do, trails to hike, or rivers to run.
Due to high demand, we will have a limited number of spaces available in our 2024 Guide School. Apply now to be considered.

Guide Training Program Details

Our guide training program includes:
  • Technical skills
  • River safety
  • River etiquette
  • Basic rescue training
  • Guest service
  • Risk management
  • First Aid/CPR training
Our Raft Guide School is designed to be affordable, with full-time guide positions offered to those who excel and pass the course. When you register for guide school, you can apply the code “GUIDE” at checkout to save $100 to allow you to purchase the few pieces of equipment you will need to complete training.
$150 7 day course

Are you the Ideal Candidate?

We’re looking for fun, friendly, healthy, active, team-oriented individuals who are eager to learn and that enjoy working with the public to join our team. We need folks that love the outdoors and want to share that passion with others.

How to Apply

Fill out the application below, include a resume, and tell us a little something about yourself. After your application is submitted, we will schedule a phone interview and if accepted into the program we will provide the enrollment link to register. What are you waiting for? Join our team! We can’t wait to hear from you!
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