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Private Rafting Instruction

Private Instruction

  • Dates: Year Around, Available Upon Request
  • Location: Depends on your skill level and goals
  • Trip Cost: $375 per day
  • Boat Rental: $50 per day (if necessary)
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2 Day Instruction

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I just got home from a 2 day private instruction with Daniel. I can't say enough about what I learned about rowing and river safety. I've always been a 'stubborn' learner which has held me back in some things but Daniel has an easy way about him that is so refreshing. Zero arrogance and just a really great guy and instructor. If the other guides are as talented and professional as Daniel, you have a great group of people. I would highly recommend private instruction for anyone. Easily exceeded my expectations.

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.

“I highly recommend this training for anyone who desires to learn running whitewater with an emphasis on whitewater safety.” – Ed Marlatt

This is a great way to avoid developing bad habits and to 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.

We have course itineraries and experienced instructors available to instruct the following topics:

  • Introduction to whitewater rowing
  • Preparation for rowing the Grand Canyon
  • Swiftwater Safety and Rescue
  • Inflatable Kayaking
  • Packrafting
  • Transitioning from Class III to Class IV
  • Introduction to overnight trips

Example Two Day Private Instruction Itinerary

Day 1 Morning: Start on flat water to warm up and discuss equipment. We’ll work on rowing technique and practice flipping boats in calm place.

Day 1 Afternoon: Get on the river. We typically focus on oar management and communication during this first afternoon. We’ll also take some video and discuss it at the end of the day.

Day 2: This is a full day of practice on the river. We’ll typically work on eddy hopping, boat spacing, and communication in addition to oar management. We also stop along the way to do some practical swift water rescue training.

“I have been rowing a drift boat for several years but wanted some formal class III and IV whitewater raft training. The focus on whitewater safety alone is worth taking the class. My confidence in reading the water increased greatly.” – Ron South

Our instructors are both river guides and private boaters who have experience in many situations and many types of boats. You are welcome to bring your own raft/cataraft or you can rent them from us at a discounted rate.

Trip Highlights

  • Personalized instruction
  • Hands on safety drills
  • Thorough review of all equipment
  • Supervised practice on the river

Quick Facts

  • Customized private instruction to fit your needs and interests
  • Choose from instruction in paddle boats, oar boats, and/or river safety
  • Training is tailored to your personal needs
  • Bring your own boat or rent one from us

Trip Reviews

Private Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 8 reviews.
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2 Day Instruction

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I just got home from a 2 day private instruction with Daniel. I can't say enough about what I learned about rowing and river safety. I've always been a 'stubborn' learner which has held me back in some things but Daniel has an easy way about him that is so refreshing. Zero arrogance and just a really great guy and instructor. If the other guides are as talented and professional as Daniel, you have a great group of people. I would highly recommend private instruction for anyone. Easily exceeded my expectations.
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Thank You NWRC team

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I went in with goals and no expectations. NWRC helped me achieve those goals. Michael is exactly the type of instructor I needed.
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Exceptional 2-day Private Class

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I've spent a lot of time boating on flat water, and being a paddler in whitewater rafts with several crew, but never "driven" my own boat. To prep for an upcoming trip to Alaska I wanted to get professional training and experience to build my skills and confidence. Mike made sure my goals were exceeded! His clear instructions and easy demeanor made it easy to learn and retain what I need to know about boat rigging, river navigation, rescue, and repair. Each day of the trip Mike evaluated where I was and pushed me just beyond my comfort zone to let me see that I indeed could handle it. If you want white water lessons, come to Northwest Rafting.
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Awesome Instructors

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I have been rafting for a few years now, but felt like I had reached a plateau with my skills and confidence on the river. I decided to take a couple days of private rowing instruction with NWRC to gain the skills I needed to get on more rivers and out of my comfort zone. The goal I set was to “be confident on class III.” Zach and Brodie seemed to curate the training around that one requirement, and it worked. Getting to focus on pushing my comfort zone in a safe environment while working on safety and practical river skills was a much needed experience for me. These guys were a blast to spend two days with AND I walked away feeling more confident on class III.

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