Rafting – Denver Rescue Mission – Rapid Recovery Program

Browns Canyon Rafting Trip a Win/Win Program for Rafting Company and Non-Profit

2013 Denver Rescue Mission Video

2015 Denver Rescue Mission Video

Wilderness Aware Rafting donates 50 to 70 seats per year on a Browns Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip to the Denver Rescue Mission. The Mission uses it as a motivation tool for encouraging program participants to stay actively engaged in their substance abuse recovery program. Program participants look forward to the reward and the challenge.

Program resident Earl Says… “I was apprehensive, then I thought ‘This is cool’” Earl had been “acting crazy, living on the street” before landing at the Mission seven months before the trip. “That river was fast, but life can be fast too. What I think now is that if you know your way to steer around or through a challenge, you’ll be fine. You may look at something and feel afraid. But sometimes you get into it and it’s not bad. Like today, I was scaring myself over nothing. I’m over that…. I’m ready for the next hurdle.”

New raft guides have a hurdle to cross as well. They have been training for 3 weeks in preparation and the trip serves as a “check out run” for the managing agency and guide certification. An experienced guide sits next to the newly trained guide ready to take over in the event of trouble. So far no new guide has gotten in over their heads and no Mission participant has ever been injured.

First year raft guide Ben Greiner, son of the Wilderness Aware owners Joe and Sue Greiner had this to say…”Since I was seven years old, I had been hearing about the big Rescue Mission trip from my parents and the other guides. After training as a guide my turn came. I knew where I wanted my raft to go. Knowing the river was not an issue. Knowing what would happen when I called a command with a crew I trained myself was new to me. I learned you have to watch and retrain your crew more than you do with a crew made of raft guides. I feel this trip helped me be a better guide.”

Wilderness Aware stands ready to offer advice to any non-profit that would like to start a similar program for their residents in other areas. Wilderness Aware has offered this program every year since 2000.

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What Our Guests Say:

Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
Joe M.
We booked our trip cold off the internet and found from the very beginning a very friendly and courteous staff that helped out and answered all our questions.
Carolyn W.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
Pete was great. Extremely friendly and he took great care of us and really put our group first. Our trip was relaxing and fun!
Erin L.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.
We had an awesome time! All staff we dealt with were very personable and helpful. I can’t imagine anything you could do to improve!
Rusty B.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
I started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like your manager has done a wonderful job. I see why you are a successful company.
Phil G.
Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
Jamin R.
We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
Lisa P.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.

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