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Guides who lift you up, every step of the way

Our world-class guides have diverse backgrounds and extensive experience. What unites them is a tireless commitment to helping folks from all walks of life have a blast outside. Their infectious charm, boundless empathy and safety-first approach will have you wondering how you ever got by without them.

Discover the many roles every REI guide plays

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A guide stands on a canoe while other paddle in kayaks down a river
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A guide talks to a group of hikers about plants she has picked up in a field
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Training & certifications

REI guides receive extensive training and certifications from the most trusted organizations in the outdoor industry

Wilderness first aid & CPR

REI guides receive advanced training in first aid, CPR and wilderness medicine, earning certifications from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and other top providers

Safety & rescue training

Depending on their roles, many guides receive additional safety training, taking courses in avalanche awareness, mountain rescue, swift-water rescue and more

Instructor certification

Every guide completes comprehensive instructor training that meets or exceeds nationally recognized standards for climbing, paddling, biking, and other outdoor skills

Environmental stewardship

To reduce our impact on the natural world, we train our guides on how to minimize the environmental footprint of every REI Co-op Experience

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars

I’ve never done a guided trip in the US before, but on this trip the guides so enriched the experience.”

Big Bend National Park & Beyond

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars

My guide tailored the instruction to my learning style and personal challenges. He was patient and encouraging and did not talk down to me or push me too hard. I live two hours away but this was completely worth the trip!”

How to Ride a Bike Class for Adults

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars

The guides got along with our group right from the start. One thing I loved is they took so many pictures for us! The food was amazing and plentiful. Two of us are vegan and they completely accommodated.”

Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars

We had two of the best guides we could ask for—both highly skilled and intimately familiar with the area. They were great at motivating people and invested in making the trip fun for all, whether you were coasting or struggling on the trail. They were patient with everyone, and an immense source of knowledge.”

Yosemite Backpacking – Half Dome

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars

The guides were fantastic and all the safety info was great. As I got out on the lake, a smile popped up on my face and wouldn't leave. It took me 73 years to find this new hobby, and with the instruction I received from REI I can keep smiling, fishing, and paddling. Thanks REI—your classes and guides are great!!!”

Kayaking Class for Beginners

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars

I cannot rave enough about the great quality of our food, varied menus, variety of fresh vegetables and fruits with each meal and snack, and the attention given to individual dietary needs or desires. They even emphasized food presentation. It added so much to our fantastic experience in one of the most beautiful national parks!”

Yosemite Hiking & Camping

Frequently asked questions