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Ouzel Outfitters
Box 817
Bend, Oregon 97709

2019 Schedule & Dates
Our training schedule for 2020 will be finalized soon. Dates will be similar to those outlined below for 2019. New Guide Training traditially takes place during the first week of June.
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/CPR:  We will be sponsoring a 3-day WFA/WFR-recert course with Oregon Rescue from February 15 to 17, 2019. You do not need to be an applicant to join this course.  Give us a call if you are interested in joing this class. Cost is $295. Space is limited.
Swiftwater Rescue (SRT)
This enhanced river rescue training includes a Level IV ACA Certification and is offerred every other year. We will not be hosting an SRT course in 2019.

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 23 to May 27.

**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.  We will spend days on the Deschutes, the McKenzie, and the North Umpqua Rivers, typically camping on the North Umpqua for the last two days of training.  In 2019, NGT will begin on Friday, May 31 and run through Saturday, June 8. (Tuesday, June 4th is a day off).

**We realize that taking a week off of work is not easy. We also realize that this is the week before finals (for most Oregon schools). For many reasons, this is the optimal (and only) window we have for training. As such, we can be flexible for certain applicants. It is not unusual for us to hire highly motivated or previously-experienced applicants who have missed some of the training days. Remember, you will be selected for training based on your interview, experience AND availability for training. Missed days will be agreed to ahead of time.

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. In 2019m MDTT will run from June 21 through June 24.

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For further questions and/or information, contact us at 541-385-5947 or ops@oregonrafting.com. We would be happy to talk to you about guiding in general or specific opportunities at Ouzel Outfitters.




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