Health Insurance Assistance Program

Photo: Kyle George (note: the split twig figurine featured is a modern replica.  Please do not disturb genuine archeo sites.)

Photo: Kyle George

(note: the split twig figurine featured is a modern replica.  Please do not disturb genuine archeo sites.)

The Health Insurance Assistance Program (HIAP) was created in honor of Tim Whitney to encourage boatmen to get health insurance by offsetting the costs with an annual stipend. In general it is open to guides who have worked at least a full season in Grand Canyon and who have purchased their own health insurance plan.  The application process opens February 1st and closes May 15th.

Don’t have health insurance? Our program is designed to be MORE appealing to you by offering an even larger stipend to first time insurance owners. Give us a call and we can set you up with an insurance broker free of charge. 


I chose outdoor education and guide work almost twenty years ago and feel that it is a noble and worthy line of work which holds a valuable place in society. It has always been difficult to get even the most basic needs met in choosing this lifestyle, even with an effort to live simply and frugally. Thanks for this program.
— 2017 HIAP Recipient
My husband and I try to stay optimistic in the face of these relentless bills, but most months it feels overwhelming just to make our insurance payment. Your assistance is a buoy for our family during a very challenging time. I thank the Whale Foundation for the support and my heart is warmed by the light of Tim’s legacy.
— HIAP Award Recipient

Banner Photo: Dawn Kish