Maine White Water Rafting Guide Training

Sea Bass dropping the Final Chute in the Class V Cribworks rapid on the Penobscot River in Millinocket, Maine.

Get your Level I and II Maine White Water Rafting Guide License and a summer job with us!

Would you like a summer job in guiding white water rafting trips? First you must become a registered Maine White Water Rafting Guide. To become a Maine Whitewater Guide you must train with an outfitter, Penobscot Adventures, pass the State exam, and be trained in at CPR and at least Basic First Aid. Basic first Aid and CPR courses are available from the Red Cross or the American Heart Association.

Level I Guide Training

Our Level I Maine White Water Rafting Guide Training will be held June 18th-25st. The training will include steering a raft, safety, river rescue, river etiquette, daily trip procedure, and industry standards.  Everything you need to become a Level 1 Maine Whitewater Guide certified on the Lower Penobscot, Dead, and the Kennebec rivers, except for First Aid and CPR. Please complete these courses before signing up for training.

The cost of the training is $250. The fee includes your camping, a training manual, and use of all needed equipment (wet suits, life jackets, and paddle). You will be responsible for your meals. Limited to 8 the training class books quickly, if you’re interested you let us know right away.

Level II Guide Training

Our Level II school will be held June 22nd +23rd on the Penobscot River. It is free for our Level I students or $150 if you got your Level I license with another outfitter.

After you have completed the guide training you will be ready to take the State exam for the Kennebec River, Dead River, and Lower Penobscot and become a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide, Level I. The application/testing fee is $103.00 plus $89.00 for a three-year license. Once you have 6 commercial trips and complete Level 2 training your license upgrades free of charge.

To take Maine white water rafting guide training with Penbscot Adventures we need from you:

  • A completed Guide Application Form (available below)
  • A completed Employment Application
  • A copy of your First Aid and CPR (get a class here Red Cross)

If you have any questions or need more information, please call 1-877-356-9386, or email

Download our Employment Application

Maine State Whitewater Guide Application Form