Our Class IV Rowing School is designed as a follow-up course for our Class III Whitewater Rowing School. We’ll run a variety of Class III and IV rivers in the Columbia Gorge near Hood River, Oregon. This is an opportunity to boat some wonderful rivers, improve your boating skills, and meet some new friends. Each evening you'll come back to our base camp to review the day, take a shower, and sleep with a roof over your head.

Our Rowing School is based on Oregon's Hood River

Our Rowing School is based on Oregon's Hood River

This course will include more in-depth swiftwater rescue training, scouting and portaging rapids, and working with challenging put-ins and take-outs. You will gain a lot of experience working with ropes and techniques for efficiently hauling boats. We'll use iPads to improve our rowing techniques with video review.

Video review at our base camp with an iPad

Video review at our base camp with an iPad

You will need solid Class III skills to attend this course. We’ll be on continuous whitewater rivers with multiple Class IV rapids and cold water. This course is the perfect opportunity for you to push your limits under the watchful eye of our instructors.

As someone who had experience running class III’s and was looking to challenge myself and further my abilities, NWRC’s Class IV Rowing School was a great next step. Running class IV was definitely part of the class, but the experience gained goes well beyond running class IV water. Zach and his staff place a lot of emphasis on whitewater safety and team boating concepts, and are very good at teaching the finer points. The video review at the end of every day is invaluable. This class literally takes years off the learning curve. Zach runs a great operation – his staff, accommodations for the class, logistics. I highly recommend this class for someone ready for the step up to class IV, and wants to learn from folks who really know what they are doing.Eric Brady

You are welcome to bring your own boat, or we can provide one for you for an extra $150.

Our Partners

We can provide equipment from three of the best rafting manufacturers in the world: SOTAR, Sawyer, Madcatr Creations, River Hardware, and DRL River Gypsies. All three are based here in Oregon!

Sawyer, SOTAR, Madcatr, River Hardware, and DRL River Gypsies are our Rowing School Parnters

Sawyer, SOTAR, Madcatr, River Hardware, and DRL River Gypsies are our Rowing School Parnters