Chiara Eish – 2021/22 WSC Intern
What are you doing now after finishing your first season in Panorama?
“I am currently in the offseason, or the ‘shoulder season’ as they call it here. There isn’t much to do, because it’s not a very busy time. A lot of renovation happens; people are gearing up for summer, getting ready for the summer population, and getting their boats out on the lake. Finding jobs where you can is what I’ve been doing during this shoulder season. I’m currently working for a food truck called ‘The Deli’ to make some money; they make incredible sandwiches.
I’ve also been doing a lot of training for the raft guide job that I will be doing this summer. It’s my first year, so I have to go and do my training courses before I’m allowed to be a guide. I have already completed my swift water safety, and then I will go do my medical course at the end of May. I will then start my guide training with the company (Kootenay River Rafters) from the 31st of May until the 12th of June, and from there on, I will be paid, which is fantastic. The rafting works on 3 different rivers, which is excellent, and it’s a cool little community to be a part of. I only start working in June, so May has been very dead and quiet, but it’s just a time to rest your body after a long winter season and get ready for a fun summer season.
Since Invermere is very dead in May, and there isn’t much to do, you can use whatever money you end up making during this period to go on little trips. Many people who don’t go home in the shoulder season go to Canmore or Kelowna to get out of Invermere for a bit. So, whatever money I end up making, I will use it to go on a little trip before the summer season.” – 5th May 2022