Nick- Raft Guide, Explorer, Adventurer


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As top-quality whitewater rafting outfitter we feel that our raft guides are our biggest asset!

All of our guides have at least 4 years of professional guiding experience to help ensure a fun and safe adventure. Many of our guides however, have much more than 4 years of river rafting experience under their belt.

One of those is Nick Zajac, who is in his 12th season as a whitewater rafting guide. He allowed us a sneak peak into the adventurous journey of a true raft guide and explorer.


What made you choose the river life?

My friend’s older brother was a raft guide. He used to tease me and told me that I wouldn’t be able to become a whitewater rafting guide. So one day I walked into the first company I could find, told them I wanted to be a raft guide and started training. You could say that I basically became a raft guide to prove a point but it just so happened that I fell in love with the river.


What whitewater activity do you enjoy most?

I like to attack the river with my inflatable kayak and then go down waterfalls. It is also great to pack for multi-day trips and see where the river takes you. I just love traveling, seeing new rivers and see how they interact with our eco system.


So where did your river journey take you?

I started training and then guiding on the Pigeon River in Tennessee. Since back then the rivers have taken me all over. – Virginia, North Carolina, California, Brazil, New Zealand…


When I was rafting on the Gauley River I met a lot of cool people from Colorado and they told me about The Adventure Company. I got hired when I came to Colorado 4 years ago. I also joined the National Raft Racing Team, which took me to California, Brazil and New Zealand.



I love how the river takes me on adventures.


This past winter I spent in New Zealand. It was an amazing experience, everything from the scenery to the ice cold glacier rivers over to the bright blue water was beautiful. I mostly rafted the Catatonia River on the South Island, which has big drops and the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall. Next winter I will try to work in Australia and see where the river takes me from there..


We are glad you returned to Colorado to guide with us this summer again! What is your favorite river section around here?

Definitely The Numbers on the Arkansas River!

Besides all your professional raft guiding experience, what do you think helps ensure safety on the river?

Communication and teamwork between guides is key to help ensure a safe trip.


Nick chasing the summer in New Zealand last October! 


Excited to see more of Nick’s whitewater rafting adventures?

Check out his YouTube channel and follow his river journey!


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