Volunteer Opportunity: Community Paddlers for Spring and Summer 2017

Healing Waters Wilderness Adventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Founded in 1996, our mission is to empower, inspire and enrich the lives of people challenging HIV/AIDS through wilderness adventures.

Seeking: volunteers for our 2017 outdoor season. Our main program activity is Class III whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the American River. Volunteers are the heart and soul of Healing Waters, representing diverse cultures, ages and abilities. Have fun while experiencing the joy of helping others:

  • Enjoy adventures with great participants
  • Discover a community of outdoor enthusiasts
  • Develop guiding and group leadership skills
  • Change for our participants’ lives - and yours!

Community Paddlers: 2017 is shaping up to be a big water year on the river. Record snow pack will translate into high water levels through July. To prepare, Healing Waters is training Community Paddlers to assist our river guides. Community Paddlers are responsible for added leadership and strength for our participant trips.

On participant trips, we will assign Community Paddlers among the boats as needed and determined by the rafting guides.



  • Learn paddle strokes (forward, back, turns, draw strokes)
  • Responsiveness: paddle now and rally the crew to paddle together
  • Help pull swimmers into the boat
  • Equipment set-up, guide support
  • Cares about community building


  • Community Paddlers must be strong swimmers with quick reflexes.
  • Must have good communication skills and positive leadership abilities.
  • Required one day of training (more than one day is encouraged) during the Saturday or Sunday river runs during new guide training. (Five options: Saturday April 8, Sunday April 9, Saturday April 29, Sunday April 30, Saturday May 20.)
  • Required two Saturday participant trips over the summer. (Seven Saturday options: June 3, June 10, June 17, July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29.)


Costs: Free – donations for food, camping and/or river fees are gladly accepted.

Application: https://goo.gl/forms/3LdKnJJa3hQRKWTy2

Email: info@hwaters.org