- Rowing Class III and Class IV rapids
- Drone video review
- Emphasis on team boating and safety
- Introduction to swiftwater rescue
- Hands on safety drills
Team Boating and Whitewater Safety Course
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 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 we’ll come back to our base camp to review the day, take a shower, and get a good night’s sleep.
This course will include swiftwater rescue training, scouting 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.
You will need solid Class III experience to attend this course. We’ll be training on continuous whitewater rivers with cold water. This course is the perfect opportunity to practice whitewater skills under the watchful eye of our instructors.
“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.”Eric Brady
Every Class IV Rowing School is uniquely designed based on river conditions and the group’s ability level. The following is a sample itinerary.
Day 1 Introductions, Equipment Review, and Half Day on the River
Day 2 Knots, Mechanical Advantage, Scouting, and Half Day on the River
Day 3 Full Day on the River, flip practice, and throw bag practice
Day 4 Big Picture Scene Safety, Half Day on the River, and Final Topics
You are welcome to bring your own raft or cataraft, or we can rent you one of ours.