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Ouzel Outfitters
Box 817
Bend, Oregon 97709

2018 Schedule & Dates
Our training programs are foundational, comprehensive, thorough, and fun, and our instructors have decades of experience.  We help each candidate realize their fullest potential, and nurture both the "hard" and "soft" skills that make our guides true outdoor professionals.  We take pride in having the best trained guides in the business!  
Wilderness First Aid:  This 2 or 3-day class focuses strongly on patient assement and includes first aid considerations for the backcountry environment.  This certification exceeds Oregon State standards for guides and outfitters and Ouzel requires this as a minimum level of first aid certification for its guides. New applicants must have this certification prior to beginning work (not for training).  If a class is hosted (we teach the Red Cross curriculum), current Ouzel guides who need re-certification have sign-up priority. No first aid courses are currently scheduled.
Swiftwater Rescue (SRT)
This enhances river rescue training includes a Level IV ACA Certification and is offerred to returing guides every few years. SRT this year will be held on the McKenzie River, May 19-20.

Returning Guide Training (RGT). This training is open to all Ouzel guides who have completed their first year with us; it is mandatory for those guides that wish to be eligible for our bonus pay program. All Returning Guides are strongly encouraged to attend. We sometimes invite experienced new candidates to participate in this training as well. RGT will be held on the Rogue River this year from May 25 to May 29.

New Guide Training (NGT). This 9-day training is mandatory and free for all new candidates. Each day we will meet at the warehouse and, after a short training session on different topics, drive to a different stretch of river that Ouzel runs commercially. After running the river, we will return to Bend and de-rig the trip before you are turned loose for the evening. Skills you may learn include:  reading water & navigation, boat control and paddle captaining, safety & rescue, and many "tricks of the trade" that will make you a highly effective guide.  It is likely that we will spend days on the Deschutes, the McKenzie, and the North Umpqua – your skills will crescendo as the difficulty of the rivers increase. In 2018, NGT will begin on June 2 and run through June 10.

Multi-day Trip Training (MDTT):  Candidates who exhibit potential during our New Guide Training will be individually selected and invited to this program.  This 4-day training is designed to introduce those trainees unfamiliar with rowing a boat to the skills needed to rig and run gear boats and to the commercial camping scene. Experienced applicants benefit by becoming familiar with Ouzel gear, systems, and the commercial stretch from Warm Springs to Maupin on the Deschutes. MDTT for 2018 is TBD.

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For further questions and/or information, contact John Halushka (john@oregonrafting.com) or Brian Sykes (brian@oregonrafting.com). We would be happy to talk to you about guiding in general or specific opportunities at Ouzel Outfitters.


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