In the past, when I was a customer on rafting trips, there was always a certain mystique to the guides. They were aloof, driven, dedicated, and the thing I always noticed most was they were always smiling. This made me wonder, "what is it that draws these folks to this lifestyle?". Well, it turns out that it's a love for moving water; a love for the river, and a love for the guiding lifestyle. Four years ago I decided to take the plunge, and enter guide training. It was without doubt the most challenging learning month of my life-even harder than studying Engineering in college! But it changed me, four years later I'm a partner in a rafting company, doing my best to make a living doing something I love. Now, as our 2016 trainees get ready to end their training program and become guides, I can't help but see a little of myself in some of them. It takes a lot to endure our top-notch guide training program, and it is with great pride that I introduce our new guides!