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Guide Rotation and Days Off
Once you have passed your check-out run and are hired, you will be placed in our guide rotation with the other first year guides. Full-time guides check the trip board each evening to see if they are guiding or have hourly work assignments the next day. Weekend guides call in on Thursdays to see if they are guiding on Saturday and/or Sunday.
If you are not scheduled to guide or do hourly work but you still want to go on the river, you are welcome to go on a scheduled trip if you help out with the trip and the shuttle. You may be asked to paddle on a customer boat or you may go on a boat with other guides who are not scheduled to work.
Colorado State Parks requires guides to have a minimum of 500 river miles after training in order to trip lead or to do a single boat trip. This means that you will always be assigned to a trip with at least one other boat until you have met your 500 river mile requirement. Senior guides get more trips than first year guides because senior guides can be trip leaders and run single boat trips plus they receive preference in the guide rotation.
Guides can increase the number of trips they guide by getting their friends to come rafting as paying customers. If you have four to seven friends come rafting as paying customers on a single day, you will receive one extra guide day in the guide rotation. If you have eight to eleven friends come rafting as paying customers on a single day, you will receive two extra guide days. If you are guiding a boat with at least two paying customers, you can have a friend raft for free if you guide for 1/2 pay and you can have two friends raft for free if you guide for no pay. You do not get extra trips in the guide rotation for bringing friends who raft for free.
Many rafting companies cater to walk-in business. They require their guides to hang out at their office without being paid in case customers who are driving by stop and want to go rafting. Acquired Tastes does not cater to walk-in business but we do occasionally get customers who book a trip in the evening after the guide board has been posted or who book a trip the same day they want to go rafting. When this happens, we will call you and ask you to guide after the guide board has been posted. Trips added after the guide board has been posted count as extra trips so they do not reduce the number of trips you receive from the guide rotation.
Full-time guides receive six days off and weekend guides receive two days off during the season. In order to receive the days off that you want, you must request the days off and have them approved by the owner of the company. If you are a full-time guide and need to take more than six days off during the season, each day in excess of the six days counts as a day in the guide rotation. Guides who take six or fewer days off will be put in the same place in the rotation when they return as the guides who were available to work. For example, if you are a first year guide and you are off for six days and the other first year guides guided for three of those days, you will be placed in the rotation as though you had worked three days instead of six days. This means that guides who take time off do not move ahead of guides in the rotation who did not take time off.
We will be scheduling trips from Sunday, May 19th through Sunday, August 11th. Monday, August 12th, is clean-up day. You will be expected to work through August 12th. If you need to leave earlier than August 12th, you should request that some or all of your six off days be at the end of the season.