Whitewater Rafting: Tipping Your River Guide
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Whitewater Rafting: Tipping Your River Guide

Are Tips for the Rafting Guides Acceptable?

That’s a really great question and one we get a lot. We don’t actually have a tipping policy for our guides but let’s just say this. Our rafting guides are the best in the business. They are highly trained professional who are passionate about what they do. This is not just a job for them; it’s a way of life. Our guides do much more than guide your raft down the river; they are storytellers, history buffs, amateur geologists, animal and plant identifiers, comedians and protectors. If you feel your guide has done a great job and made your experience a memorable one, then you can certainly show your appreciation by giving a tip. The amount is totally up to you. Many people believe that anyone in a service type of job (like restaurant and hotel employees, hair dressers and dog groomers, etc.) should get between 10-20% of the total cost of the service. That is not to say that’s what we suggest, but that’s what most people tip when they do tip. So, for instance, if your trip was $200.00, and your guide made your experience a memorable one, a $20-$40 tip would be generous and greatly appreciated! If your guide was so exceptional that you want him or her to be your guide on all future trips, simply request him at the time you make your reservation. While we cannot promise he/she will be available that day, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your request. The earlier you contact AVA to schedule your rafting trip, the better your chances of getting the guide want.