Hire one of our private instructors for guidance and instruction in the world of whitewater rafting. We can customize a course to teach you to row or paddle whitewater rafts and kayaks. We can also provide customized one-on-one swift water rescue instruction.
This is a great way to avoid developing bad habits and to get practice under the supervision of a safe and competent instructor. You will also have the opportunity to try out different boat and oar configurations to help you make a good decision when you purchase a raft or cataraft.
Our instructors are both river guides and private boaters who have experience in many situations and many types of boats. Intermediate and advanced rowing instruction is offered by the owner Zach Collier who has 15 years of experience rowing rafts and regularly wins rowing competitions including taking first place in the oar boat slalom at the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival for the past 4 years.
"Two days of training on the Hood River with Zach Collier, owner/outfitter, Northwest Rafting Company is an exceptional experience and should not be overlooked, even by the seasoned whitewater aficionado. I highly recommend this training for anyone who desires to learn running whitewater with an emphasis on whitewater safety." - Ed Marlatt | Los Altos Hills, California
You are welcome to bring your own raft/cataraft or you can rent them from us at a discounted rate.