For more than 45 years now the Dvorak family - Bill, Jaci, Matt, and Anicka - have owned and operated all their expeditions in the U.S. They have been outfitting whitewater adventure trips in the Southwestern USA on 8 different rivers and over 28 canyons. It’s not unusual to call DVK with questions and find Bill or Jaci Dvorak answering the phone and they will answer those questions anytime.
We are proud to have trained and hired hundreds of guides in the past 45 years. Many of our professional team have been with us 10 years or more. They are experienced, personable (to say nothing of fun), they take your vacation very serious no matter what you choose to participate in; rafting, kayaking, stand up paddling, fishing, multi-sport combinations and if learning a new skill is your goal, we’ve got the expert instructors to make it happen. We hand pick our guides from our guide training courses.
Your DVK guides and staff are customer-focused and are always learning new tricks from guests, who share their knowledge as well to make for unique group dynamics throughout the rafting trips. DVK guides are local “experts” about the geography, environment and natural resources of the land and rivers we operate in. Our crews are highly versatile and multi-talented individuals who are responsible for water safety awareness for guests, food preparation, trip logistical planning and creating a hassle free adventure. Anyone who may have taken a whitewater adventure will know their guides will make that trip ‘River Magic’.
Bill Dvorak’s guide training stems from his own life long participation in all kinds of adventures around the world and his teaching degrees in experiential education. You will find him on the main guide training and instructs with his son Matt most of the Rescue 3 -Swift water rescue courses. He has honed a whitewater training program demonstrating the important skills of leadership, leave no trace and flora-fauna seminars, river geology and conservation/sustainable ethics for our natural world. Safety comes very important in their training requirements; First aid and CPR, whitewater and swift water rescue technicians each and everyone. He also works for the National Wildlife Federation as Colorado’s public lands coordinator for the past 10+ years.
Bill and Jaci Dvorak have been operating Dvorak Rafting and Kayak Expeditions, located in the scenic Arkansas River Valley at the headwaters of the Arkansas River in Colorado, since 1985. As one of the early pioneers of western whitewater river rafting in America's Rocky Mountains, the Dvorak’s own the first outfitter license by the state of Colorado. Bill Dvorak’s river trips, whitewater skills camp and swiftwater training programs are world renown and have been featured in ESPN, National Geographic, and the Chicago Tribune and in several travel books and television specials.
Bill and Jaci Dvorak are outdoor educators of long standing. Married in 1969, the Dvoraks spent many years teaching school in Australia and managing outdoor leadership courses for Outward Bound in New Zealand, Asia and England. In 1979, Bill Dvorak took over the leadership of the Partners River Program out of Denver, an outdoor educational program for disadvantaged youth, which he and Jaci purchased in 1984 and renamed Dvorak’s Kayak& Rafting Expeditions. Bill and Jaci have a daughter and son who are both active guides with Dvorak Expeditions. Bill received his Masters in Alternative and Experiential Education from the University of Colorado in 1981.