Whitewater ROWing School

Looking to develop your rowing abilities or gain experience before embarking on an extended whitewater wilderness trip? Our ROWing school will equip you with the skills and confidence you need, with a good dose of adventure thrown in. 

Led by highly experienced guides, you’ll explore the Lower Deschutes, Lower Salmon, or Rogue River while practicing technical maneuvering and completing safety training. In addition to enhancing your river skills under the watchful eyes of our professionally trained team, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy off-river activities with a group of like-minded individuals. 

Each night, we’ll camp along the river where additional classes will be offered while dinner is being prepared. Everything from practicing ferrying to self-rescue techniques and preparing gear will be covered. This comprehensive, hands-on course is designed for those who thrive in a small class setting, with a combination of group and one-on-one training provided. 

Join us for an exciting opportunity to increase your personal boating skills, explore some incredible rivers, and meet new friends!

ROWing School Snapshot: 

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whitewater rafting
rafters sitting in circle on beach
group of people stretching on river bank
river guide carrying rope in water
whitewater boaters in idaho
whitewater raft on the rogue river
yellow raft with gear riverside
whitewater rafting
couple with little rubber ducks
red whitewater raft in rapids
female whitewater guide
salmon on cedar boards with rafts in the background
whitewater guides giving instruction
rafters in dry suits
two people hanging out at rafting camp
whitewater guides giving instruction
female river guide holding up a whitewater helmet
whitwater rafters carrying raft down boat ramp
female guide rowing an oar raft
rafting equipment set up on sandy beach
people sitting in a circle near a river
whitewater rafting camp
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Itinerary

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Itinerary: 

In 2023 we'll be offering our ROWing school on your choice of the Lower Deschutes, Lower Salmon, or Rogue River. Our itineraries range from 3-6 days, but will feature a similar format and progression of boating and whitewater skills. Longer trips naturally lend themselves to a deeper level of instruction and detail. If you're unsure which ROWing school itinerary would be right for you, please inquire with our talented team of Adventure Consultants to help select the best option based on experience level and desired outcome.

Course Objectives:

Our ROWing school is designed to help you improve your skills on the water in a safe and supportive environment. Led by professional guides you will:

  • Gain familiarity with a variety of equipment
  • Develop your understanding of river etiquette
  • Learn a range of important knots and how to use throw bags
  • Practice proper boat spacing and order
  • Gain the confidence to scout rapids
  • Learn how to make informed decisions on the water

Areas of Instruction:

Each ROWing school looks slightly different, depending on the river and itinerary. On all of our courses, the following topics will be covered:

  • Planning and gear preparation
  • Rigging boats
  • Rowing mechanics
  • Boat maneuvering
  • Scouting and reading water
  • Hydrology
  • Choosing and executing lines
  • Pushing and pulling
  • Catching and leaving eddies
  • Boat spacing and pacing
  • T-ing up to waves
  • Camp skills - set up, safety, and Leave No Trace ethics 
  • Flip and rescue skills 
  • Advanced oar work (shipping, double oar turns, feathering)
  • Emergency and evacuation plans

Dates & Rates

DatesAdult (USD)Child (USD) 
May 21, 2023 to May 24, 2023
4-day Lower Deschutes River ROWing School
$1,395£0€0$0$0$1,395£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
May 26, 2023 to May 29, 2023
4-day Lower Deschutes River ROWing School
$1,395£0€0$0$0$1,395£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Jun 02, 2023 to Jun 04, 2023
3-day Lower Deschutes River ROWing School
$1,045£0€0$0$0$1,045£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Jun 08, 2023 to Jun 11, 2023
4-day Lower Deschutes River ROWing School
$1,395£0€0$0$0$1,395£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Jun 16, 2023 to Jun 21, 2023
6-day Paddle Guiding School (St Joe or Moyie River)
$2,095£0€0$0$0$2,095£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Sep 01, 2023 to Sep 04, 2023
4-day Lower Deschutes River ROWing School
$1,395£0€0$0$0$1,395£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Sep 04, 2023 to Sep 09, 2023
6-day Lower Salmon River ROWing School
$2,095£0€0$0$0$2,095£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Sep 12, 2023 to Sep 17, 2023
6-day Lower Salmon River ROWing School
$2,095£0€0$0$0$2,095£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Sep 12, 2023 to Sep 15, 2023
4-day Rogue River ROWing School
$1,395£0€0$0$0$1,395£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Sep 17, 2023 to Sep 20, 2023
4-day Rogue River ROWing School
$1,395£0€0$0$0$1,395£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Sep 27, 2023 to Sep 30, 2023
4-day Rogue River ROWing School
$1,395£0€0$0$0$1,395£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW

Supplementary Information

Includes: 

  • Service of our professional Guides and Adventure Consultants
  • Professional whitewater instruction
  • All meals and beverages as indicated on the itinerary (including beer and wine)
  • All rafting and camping equipment
  • Transportation to and from river meeting points

Does Not Include: 

  • Land and water access fees, as determined by selected river and itinerary
  • Travel to and from trip destination
  • Travel protection
  • Gratuities for Guides
  • Pre and post-trip accommodations
  • Items of a personal nature

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