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Team Boating and Whitewater Safety Course

Rowing School

Whitewater Rowing with Rafts or Catarafts

Class IV Rowing School

  • Length: 4 days
  • Date: March 21 – 24 and March 27-30, 2021
  • Location: Hood River, Oregon
  • Trip Cost: $1195
  • Includes: Food, five nights lodging, and top-notch instruction
  • Additional Cost: $200 for single room, $150 for boat rental

Thanks for a great week

★★★★★
You are about safety and that is so important as one moves into riskier waters. I really thought that Emily, Elly, Brody and Michael were all outstanding. Patient, knew their stuff, positive, fun and serious. I appreciated that after I went “swimming” that it was dealt with professionally as a teaching moment right from the rescue to the after action discussion. I also appreciated that Michael did not make a big deal of it, let me get my bearings and simply waited for me to indicate I was ready to get back on the oars and we proceeded on. I had minimal time with Elly on the river but certainly appreciated her kitchen organization, her talk and affability and willingness to answer any questions. Emily clearly knew what she was doing in front of our pod and I appreciated her teaching and orientation to keeping us safe. Thanks to Brody for his very positive time with Russ. As a parent, it was fun to watch Russ learn and do well on the river. I hope that all of your parents have had a chance to see what you do, appreciate your physical, teaching and customer service skills, and be proud of their children as well.
- Jim Bayuk

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.

Rowing Training on Oregon's Hood River
Rowing Training 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.

Raft flipping practice in our Class IV Rowing School
Raft flipping practice in our Class IV Rowing School

You will need solid Class III experience 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.

“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

Typical Itinerary

Every Class IV Rowing School is a little different based on river conditions and the group’s ability level.

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
Day 4 Big Picture Scene Safety, Half Day on the River, and Final Topics

You are welcome to bring your own boat, or we can provide one for an additional $150 rental fee.

Trip Highlights

  • Rowing Class III and Class IV rapids
  • Video review
  • Hands on safety drills
  • Whitewater safety emphasis

Quick Facts

  • Just 60 miles east of Portland, Hood River is close to a number of great whitewater rivers
  • We stay at a house just outside of town
  • Classroom sessions accompanied by on water experience

Trip Reviews

ClassIV Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 9 reviews.
5 1

Thanks for a great week

★★★★★
You are about safety and that is so important as one moves into riskier waters. I really thought that Emily, Elly, Brody and Michael were all outstanding. Patient, knew their stuff, positive, fun and serious. I appreciated that after I went “swimming” that it was dealt with professionally as a teaching moment right from the rescue to the after action discussion. I also appreciated that Michael did not make a big deal of it, let me get my bearings and simply waited for me to indicate I was ready to get back on the oars and we proceeded on. I had minimal time with Elly on the river but certainly appreciated her kitchen organization, her talk and affability and willingness to answer any questions. Emily clearly knew what she was doing in front of our pod and I appreciated her teaching and orientation to keeping us safe. Thanks to Brody for his very positive time with Russ. As a parent, it was fun to watch Russ learn and do well on the river. I hope that all of your parents have had a chance to see what you do, appreciate your physical, teaching and customer service skills, and be proud of their children as well.
- Jim Bayuk

Excellent Instructors

★★★★★
The excellent instruction made time on the river the best part of the class. Many thanks to everyone.
- Mike Harris

Will definitely recommend to my friends!

★★★★★
This was a repeat of the Class IV boating class and it was a great experience! House was awesome, food was great, amazing time on the river that really challenged me especially the 1st 2 days.
- Jeff Michael

Class 4 Rowing -Awesome

★★★★★
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.
- Bruce Cooley

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