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Becoming a Whitewater Rafting Guide

Looking for a job that gives you a first-class adrenaline rush and a good soaking? Welcome to the wet, wild and wonderful world of whitewater rafting, where guides take tourists down some of the world's wildest rivers! Kidzworld takes a look at the life of a whitewater rafting guide.

Rafting Guide - Getting Started

The best way to get started is to volunteer with an outdoor adventure company that runs rafting trips. Many river guiding companies also run whitewater rafting guide schools, which teach guides how to read a set of rapids, how to avoid dangerous obstacles and what to do if a boat overturns or something else goes wrong.

Rafting Guide - Thrills and Spills

While guiding travelers through some of the world's wildest rapids, whitewater rafting guides can encounter several thrills and spills that can nearly make 'em crap their pants - anything from getting their boat turned upside down to being trapped underneath the boat.

Rafting Guide - Thumbs Up

One of the coolest things about being a whitewater rafting guide is the natural environment you work in. Just think about it - your office is a river canyon! River guiding is also a job that allows you to travel easily. It's a skill that can be taken all over North America and around the world. And it's a fantastic way to meet people!

Rafting Guide - Thumbs Down

One of the downsides of working as a rafting guide is that the business is often seasonal, meaning you may only be able to find work in the summer months. Some guides need to find a second job in order to pay the bills. But if you're willing to travel, you can find work year-round. Some guides will work in North America during the summer and South America during the winter.

Rafting Guide - How's the Bling?

Many rafting guides volunteer with a company for a year or more before being paid as a guide. You have to be passionate about the outdoors and be willing to pay your dues. Guides who have worked for two or three years will generally make around $140 to $175 a day plus tips, which varies depending on the company the guide is working for, the location and how well a guide is able to impress their passengers.

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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? It's really nice that your mother supports it, that always helps!! I'm glad that your family enjoys his company as well. Being 16 while he's 20 is alright. It's a slight odd age gap. But, I think as long as you both are ready, it's alright. Make sure you're mature and safe with your choices though. Personally, I think you should wait until you're closer to at least, 17. But, as long as you two are smart about what you're doing, it should be alright when it come around to it.
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"Shygirl15" wrote:I really like this boy in my second period class but i dont know how to tell him because he knows that im transgender do whatever makes you feel comfortable or just wing it and tell him and if he tells you something because you're trans forget about him! He doesn't deserve you. But it's totally okay if you want to play it safe and not go up to him. You do you. :3 
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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? i suggest you wait i mean you are going to be 16 that's way too young to be dating someone who is 4/5 years older than you,no? You can still talk to him when it comes to your anxiety attacks and all of that because I have those too every night so I know how it feels, but maybe you should wait. But at the end of the day it's your decision I'm just here to give advice 
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Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice???
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I feel like that too. My best friend will always hang out with her 'new friends' that I have a really bad opinion about. My friend will treat me rudely all the time and sometimes make fun of me with her friends. But, when I needed her the most in my life, she was there for me, and I told her how I felt. She says that she just wants to hang out with more people and apologized, people can be a little teasy at times.  Also, after seeing each other for a long time, people make new friends and start hanging out with them more, it doesn't mean that she doesn't like you.  This may be different for you, but just tell her about it, she will have to know you feelings at one point.  Hope I helped you. 
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