Class IV Rowing School


Class 4 Rowing -Awesome

★★★★★
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This is a great opportunity to go on some great rivers near Hood River, and improve skills and move up from class 3 to a class 4 mindset. Zach , Michael and Brody the instructors are expert level rowers, rafters and kayakers bringing many years of experience to the class. Overall regardless of your ability this is an awesome experience for which I am likely to even do again. Hood River , the river ,was our day 2 and 3 training site and is a gem of a river. Highly recommended! Check out YouTube Drone training videos and some of Zach’s Gear Garage videos as well.

class IV rowing class

★★★★★
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I took the class IV rowing class in order to get more time on the water and have professional level support and training. What I received was an in depth and well thought immersion into whitewater rowing, rigging and safety techniques. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to better their skills under the watchful eyes of true professionals. You will be pushed just enough to expand your abilities and constantly reminded to think safety first. These folks really love what they do and it shows. The house and property were a wonderful base camp where deliscious and plentiful food was served and staying there alone was worth the cost of admission. I strongly recommend NWRC and their wonderful staff whether it be for this class or any other program they are involved in as their passion and professionalism tell me anything they put their name behind will be first rate. Mike Kemna

Totally worth it!

★★★★★
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The class IV course was my second course with NWRC. I am somewhat familiar with the Rogue, but I still had trepidation about other rivers. Going to the Hood River with NWRC for this course was the best thing I could have done to learn technical boating in swift water under expert guidance. I feel like I learned a lot, I grew as a boater and as part of a team. The class IV course was the best thing I could have done to progress in rafting. The guides are seriously the best (Zach, Michael, Brodie, Dustin, Emily and Dan), and the whole experience was more than worth the money. The food was pretty amazing too.

Exceptional

★★★★★
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These 4 days of learning far exceeded my already high expectations for this class. It is clear that Zach and his guides have meticulously thought out every detail of the curriculum and found the right balance of on and off the river learning. The rivers/ rapids we rowed were fairly continuous whitewater and allowed us to concentrate/focus our learning in ways we could not achieve on a 7 day multi-day trip. The progression of learning was such that we were constantly challenged yet found ourselves each day a bit more confident. I came to this class having rowed many class three rapids, a few class 4, and have led several multi-day trips. I have no aspirations (at least in the near future) of running big water class4/5 rivers. However, I wanted the confidence to lead family and friends on rivers that had a few class 4 rapids. My confidence now is soaring - not in a cocky way, but with the knowledge that I have the tools to analyze a rapid and make the right moves. I have the confidence that with a group of boaters I can work as part of a team, think ahead about safety, etc, instead of blindly plowing down the river. The guides on this trip were exceptional and all brought a unique perspective while at the same time consistently reinforcing common themes. Michael embodies the qualities you hope to find in a leader: calm, confidence, good humor and flexibility. Brodie is an exceptional boater, a great example, and an all around great guy. Dustin is an amazing teacher, someone who clearly has devoted his life to understanding learning styles and techniques. Emily's enthusiasm and sense of humor is infectious. Dan kept us laughing down the river and could break the tension when we were most nervous. Zach - what can I say, he is a wealth of knowledge and a lot of fun to boat with A quick note on the time off the river. The house, rooms and food were amazing. One of the other students and I commented that the trip would be a great deal even if we just lounged around the house all day and ate the food. A spectacular trip and learning experience!

Beyond expectations

★★★★★
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I've been rowing for a few years primarily as a vehicle for steelhead fishing. Most of my skills were self-taught, and I felt confident in smaller rapids. As I had a daughter, started taking friends out on the water and becoming more interested in white water boating, safety and knowledge became paramount as I sought out professional training. After asking around town [Portland, OR] and combing the web, NW Rafting was continuously recommended. I signed up for the class IV instruction with a little trepidation since I had not taken the class III course. Speaking with Michael and Zach about my experience and expectations, they assured me I would be fine. Now, after having taken the class, I can confidently say, they were correct. The course taught me so much more than I could have imagined and changed my expectations on what it means to be a safe, team boater. The four days were enough to see various stretches of water on the same river under differing flows. We also were able to row a completely different river to put our skills to the test on the last day. Each day, the lessons were knowledgable and we had the opportunity to put the teachings to practice. NW Rafting has developed a curriculum that is simultaneously challenging and tangible. I owe them a debt of gratitude for the potential future misgivings I might have had, if I had never taken their class. Honestly, I left knowing a tremendous amount but realizing how much more I have to learn. I’d probably sign back up for the class IV school again because it was so incredible.

You really need to take this class

★★★★★
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I took the class III rowing school last year, and based on that exceptional experience attended this year's class IV rowing school. Best river dollars I have ever spent. The water was swift and the rowing technical but not overwhelming. Michael and Zach spent hours each day both on and off the water in instruction, review and critique. They used ipad video, still shots and even overhead drone footage of our rivertime to great advantage in reviewing the days runs and pushing for improvements going forward. The emphasis on safety and team boating left me a much better, more conscious boater and team member. The last day's run was an opportunity to put all of our learning to good use on a stretch requiring a bit more self-reliance and was a challenging and fun way to close the class. Zach and Michael were exceptional in every regard and really fine tuned the class to our needs and skills. This was an invaluable learning experience and an awesome fun time.