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Russian River Estuary
Explore in lake like tidal salt water.
50 Yard River Mouth Restriction:
Deadly River Mouth Currents. "Stay back at least 150 feet" from , river mouth, wildlife resting area.
Avoid "Point of No Return Currents" flushing into the Pacific Ocean. If you feel a current, you're too close.
Weather / Water Forecast
River Mouth: Open.
Lake like in main estuary.
10/18/2022: Seasonal Transition Begins
Tue-Wed: Calm: Skys clear to highs 68-72.
Thur: School research . 8:30 and 9AM rentals only.
Fri: Temps drop slightly highs to 66 as skys clear.
Sat: Potentially very early strong winds. Temps to 66.
Sun-Wed: Highs to 68. Strong pm winds on Sun reduce each day as temps prepare to drop for possible rain on Thur.
Overall: Periods of strong winds and high waves cause periodic river mouth closures prior to main rain season.
Ocean Temps: Update Link: Goat Rock Sea Temp 55 °F :
Families with children
or first time paddlers.
Start early on breezy afternoons.
Early Fall : Common "in Jenner" : Wind from E,S, or W is much calmer . Occasionally : WNW and NW can bring strong winds.
Calmest and Hottest: Mid August into October.
Windiest : End of March. Peaks April into May. Reduces into July. Early Fall windy periods especially as season changes.
Check your wind Forecasts!
Our estuary has many calm days."This is a curving river". "Upstream" may have strong PM winds. Start longer trips early to beat possible winds.
"Long downstream trips"
Start / Finish Early on Windy Days : Paddlers can become "exhausted and even stranded" fighting PM winds on many California rivers. Summer Dam Season : Full day trips should start "downstream" and end with the wind at your back pushing you "upstream". (Not possible in rainy season.)
Forecasts can change.
See our safety page for the same sites and apps we use to track local conditions.
A full list of our seasonal weather and river flow limitations, and when we close for all activities, can be found here.
Resuming Guided Tours
As soon as we are again fully staffed.
Morning Kayak and Hike
Evening: Sunset, Full Moon,
Night Bioluminescent (Glowing Plankton)
Call Us! Paid Training / Paid Internships / College Credit / Veterans Encouraged
CPR, First Aid, Water Rescue: Renew Your Certifications
Or Paid Internship / Apprenticeship. Train with us to pass your certification now.
Be Part of a Fun and Professional Community Education and Recreation Safety Team.
Certification Fees Covered with Seasonal or Annual Employment Agreement.
Competitive Pay - We Reward Your Experience and Efforts!
We're Popular and Turning Away Clients Do To Staff Shortages
Wildlife Adventures by Kayak in a Marine Protected and Recreational Management Area.
Our Tourism Activities Support Education and Research.
Kayak and SUP Rentals, Guided Tours, Schools, Scouts and Other Groups.
Sonoma Safe Certified with Easily Adjustable Practices to Stay Open During Viral Surges.
Full-time and Part-time available May through October.
Full-time work available during school breaks throughout the year for experienced summer employees.
Employees, or paid internships: Upgrade your skills and certifications.
Gain Experience in Sustainable Recreation, Parks and Recreation, Outdoor Research, Education, Emergency Services (Lifeguards and Other Water Rescue) or Prep for Lead Kayak Guide and / or Instructor Certification.
College Credit and Work Programs accepted. We work with your college schedule.
Veterans Encouraged. Volunteer positions also available.
Certification fees paid with training and employment period contract.
Join us for another great Spring into Fall! Apply, Train and Work Now!
Then e-mail your resume with why you think we would be of mutual benefit to each other, then call us.
We will schedule an immediate opportunity to shadow us for half a day as an introduction to see what we do and as part of your initial interview.
Minimum Requirements: For All
Self-motivated quick learners
18 years of age or older
Great customer service skills
Reliable Team Player: Think Emergency Service Team. We all do our best to always keep our safety protocols first. Then we can each focus on sharing our best strengths and talents to have fun with our clients and reach our own personal goals in education, research, wildlife or plant biology or simply by being an outdoor recreation professional for sustainable activities in a very popular Managed Marine Recreation Area.
This also means you are at work, on time, and when you are scheduled; are always reachable on your 2-way radio while on duty, (this includes during your paid breaks and lunch).
We have each others backs!
Enjoys kayaking and the outdoors
Enjoys pushing to excel physically. (Required for safety positions).
Ability to learn and share information about our Managed Marine Recreation Area
Able to lift and move 50 lbs unassisted. (Usually not more than 40 lbs)
Reservations and Client Services
Part to Full Time: (Client Check-in, Reservations, Equipment Returns and Staff Communications) May not require certifications. However, to work full-time, or to assist with water safety duties or “on the water education”, a minimum of CPR / first aid will be required while upgrading “on the water” experience and potential certifications. You may be paid higher rates when working in those positions.
A dedicated, upbeat and fast paced multitasking person is needed to train to manage those duties Part Time throughout the year, and to Seasonal Full-time during education breaks.
Part to Full Time: Our safety positions require professional cpr / first aid / water rescue certification (Lifeguard or Swiftwater, Deepwater, or Dive Rescue), as well as training with our staff. (We train in wind to learn to help avoid our clients experiencing it. What’s fun for us can be too challenging for them.) Enjoy sharing timely safety and wildlife information while having fun. This is not a kiddy beach or pool which is a great upgrade for basic lifeguards. We track weather and water conditions to operate most of our rentals and guided tours in beginner friendly conditions. Day shift overtime or a second midday into evening shift may be possible during summer months and heat spells. (Expired certifications accepted to train but must be renewed at earliest opportunity and prior to working by yourself or earning safety position pay.) Some of our State's most elite Open Water Lifeguards are at Goat Rock Beach. We are happy to arrange for you to meet them.
Beach Launch and Safety Reviews: Professional CPR, First Aid and Water Rescue Certifications.
The main beach launch person provides our Rental Safety Reviews in between ensuring reserved kayaks are ready to go, along with a few extras. We get many walk up reservations as well. There is a standard flow once the Safety Reviews start. 15 minutes of safety review and 15 minutes of prepping kayaks or SUPs for the next Safety Review. Someone is flexing back and forth to assist you with the prep unless your working solo at the beach on a slow midweek day. Weekends, Holiday and Heat Spells can be very crowded and fast paced. Sometimes two of us are doing the Safety Reviews and often there's also live music just above us at the cafe or wine bar. This position rotates with the owner or other staff to take breaks, do river mouth safety checks, or to rotate to assist with a Guided Tour, if qualified or wanting to train to do that. Train at $18. We want you to rapidly advance to between $20 to $22 an hour. Assist Guide: Train to Assist Guide while upgrading certifications to become a Lead Guide.
Guiding and Instructing
An assist guide is not a lead guide. However assist guides, who are training to pass their lead guide certification, are always valuable members of our team. They also gain valuable experience assisting our Lead Guides with larger groups, including families, corporations, scouts and schools. There is a higher pay rate for interns actively assist guiding and working on their more advanced certifications.
We never have full-time work in Lead Guiding or Instructing. Two tours back to back would be too much overtime in one day as our evening tours can run quite late. It might be possible to do back to back classes with an introductory class followed by a more advanced class or by doing a full day class, but we can't do them everyday. For Full-Time Work: Shift over to Shift Safety Supervision and Safety Reviews before or after your tours or on days when we have no tour clients. Your pay would be split to what we negotiate for flexing over.
What is a Certified Instructor?
Our rental and tour safety reviews are not certified instruction. A paid certificate class includes the participants receiving a participation card from the organization that certifies you as an instructor. This includes The American Canoe Association (ACA), National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and British Canoe Union (BCU).
Other organizations exist. However, most often we partner with the ACA as they also have partnered with the US Coast Guard, for over 100 years, in helping to set boating safety standards in the U.S. The USCG focuses on motorized boats and watercraft while the ACA focuses on paddle sports.
A certified course is at least 4 hours long at minimum and normally consists of Full Day and Multiple Day courses to obtain a certificate, after "studying and practicing" truly effective skills as apposed to a short informational introduction or demonstration.
Our rental and tour safety reviews are the latter and are often performed by our "water safety", as part of their on the job training and experience to prepare for more advanced certifications, instead of our "instructional staff".
An instructor may also be employed at the high end of the lower rate for of and when working other positions to accumulate full time employment. We never have full-time work as an instructor and this is true for the majority of outdoor tourism / education entities.
Please do not attempt to apply for a certified instructor position unless you possess a "current instructor certification". For seriously dedicated "Team Members", we may assist with certification or competition fees.
Certified Instructors may negotiate pay, as you may also be helping to certify our own team members and / or teaching the general public as a subcontractor under your own insurance. Certified Instructors may be working part-time for more than one business or organization or mostly full time managing a similar business. They also may create mostly consistent work for themselves by contracting for changing seasons with different organizations in the U.S. or for activities in other countries.
Train to shift supervise for overall business success and to minimize rental, tour, and overall safety liability when not guiding. Must be experienced in maintaining our safety protocols and ideally a "Fully Certified" Lead Guide or Instructor. $25 to $30 an hour depending on experience and ability. This position would shift to higher pay rates when serving as Lead Guide or Instructor.
Certified Lead Kayak Guide:
Full certifications and experience to "Lead Guide" a team for groups of up to 35 people or student / youth groups. Requirements: ACA level 2 or equivalent "Trip Leader Certification" from a "Major" recognized organizations such as the American Canoe Association (ACA), British Canoe Union (BCU) or the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) or equivalent. Plus the ability to keep the tour on time with firm control while maintaining a pleasant attitude. Must be able to quickly do a quick repair if a boat becomes damaged. For example: Replacing a foot peg, managing a broken paddle, adjusting for sudden unexpected changes in weather or water conditions. $30 to $35 an hour. Negotiable for someone phenomenal. We have had incredibly phenomenal team members and full teams in the past. We do not subcontract this position. Additional "In House" Training is required to meet our safety and interpretation protocols for this location. $30 to $35 an hour depending on experience and ability.
Certified Guides, with their own liability insurance, may negotiate pay after training to our specifications, signing a contract to protect our proprietary information, and registering as a subcontractor for us. In most cases though, Certified Guides are part of our main team, covered under our contracts, training, and business insurance.
Join Us! We are rebuilding our team and look forward to bouncing back to our former glory and more!
To Apply: Call 1-707-865-2249 and E-mail your resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org