The 2012 rafting season is here and guide training has started. We have a great group of people that started their training on Saturday the 31st of March. Arriving at 9:00 on Saturday morning, they looked on as Joel and Jeremy gave them a tour of the facilities and explained what was expected of them as guides. Later they were on the water as a part of our trip for the day and were shown the river from a guest's point of view.
As they returned Sunday, they were all excited to get back on the water, despite the cold water temperatures. Jeremy, our general manager, and a few of our returning guides split them into smaller groups for the second day and took them down on their first run in smaller 4-man rafts. During this run, the trainees stopped and looked at a few of the major rapids on the Lower Yough such as Cucumber Rapid, Dimple Rapid, and River's End Rapid.
Later in the day, they returned to the river. This time, however, they were captaining their own rafts as the more experienced guides paddled along showing them the lines. At the end of day two, the trainees look tired but excited for a great season on the Youghiogheny!