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Five Days of Training and Practice on the Rogue River

Class III Rowing School

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Class III Rowing School

  • Length: 5 days
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Location: Rogue River, Oregon
  • Trip Price: $1695
  • Additional Cost: $200 for boat rental

Fabulous Team

★★★★★
All three instructors were great transmitting their considerable skills and knowledge with enthusiasm and positive feedback. Even my unintentional swim at John’s Rapid was turned into a professional impromptu real-life rescue learning experience. Peter Fox later took the time to soothe my ego and rebuild my confidence before entering Mule Creek and Blossom Bar. And on the last day when an equipment change put us behind the main group, his one-on-one instruction and positive feedback added immensely to my confidence and skill level after the flip at John’s. Emily’s added responsibility as head guide did not hindered her teaching or her dance moves the last night. She was clear, concise and enthusiastic when relaying her instructions. Daniel also was an upbeat positive teacher who graciously passed on tons of experience. He runs a Phat Cat like mine and was extremely helpful in fine tuning the rigging and oars for me. Tim, Peter the Younger, and E-Mac were behind-the-scenes gurus who made the support and meals seamless. All-in-all, a fabulous team.
- Patrick Stewart

Gain experience maneuvering oar rafts and catarafts on the Rogue River, where the class II and III rapids are ideal for beginner and intermediate boaters. This course offers supervised practice and safety training will offer you further tips and techniques you’ll need to read water and row oar boats. Participants should have some basic rowing experience or, if you’re totally new to the sport, be physically and mentally able enough to learn the skills quickly. Under the watchful eyes of professionally trained river guides, you’ll learn-by-doing in a fun and supportive environment.

Class III Rowing School on the Rogue River
Each student rows a raft or cataraft in our Class III Rowing School

This is a hands-on whitewater rowing course where you’ll be gaining experience by rowing your own raft or cataraft. Every night we’ll camp along the river and have optional classes while dinner is being prepared.

Course Objectives

The main objective is to give students the opportunity to gain rowing experience under the watchful eye of our instructors. Other objectives include:

  • Improve individual rowing skills
  • Practice proper boat spacing and boat order
  • Familiarity with a variety of equipment
  • Understanding of river and camp etiquette
  • Learn important knots and proper use of throw bags
  • Obtain a foundation of whitewater safety practice

After this course students should have the confidence and skills to scout and row Class III rapids and be able to make an informed decision about what feels comfortable and works best for their rowing goals.

Typical Itinerary

Every rowing school is a little different, but we try to follow the schedule below:

Day 1: Equipment preparation and rowing mechanics
Day 2: Boat maneuvering, scouting, and rope work
Day 3: Introduction to pushing and rescue techniques

Day 4: Safely negotiate Mule Creek Canyon and lower Blossom Bar. We do not allow students to row the top half of Blossom Bar Rapid

Day 5: Independent rowing and flip practice

Raft Flip Practice
Raft Flip Practice

Our rowing school is designed for those who want to improve their rowing skills on a multi-day rafting trip down the beautiful and famous Rogue River. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn from both group and one-on-one lessons. We’ll have a basic outlined agenda to follow, but the small class setting is perfect for adapting the course to individual needs.

Trip Highlights

  • Learning how to row a raft or cataraft
  • Camping along the Rogue River
  • Trying out a variety of equipment
  • Practice flipping a raft
  • Hands on river safety training

Quick Facts

  • One of the original 8 designated Wild and Scenic Rivers in 1968
  • The Rogue Starts at Boundary Springs near the north edge of Crater Lake National Park
  • Flows southwest through the Cascade Mountains, and on through the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest to the Pacific Ocean
  • Quick 2-hour drive to Crater Lake National Park
  • Salmon return from the ocean and have just over 215 miles of uninterrupted water for spawning

Trip Reviews

ClassIII Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 32 reviews.
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Fabulous Team

★★★★★
All three instructors were great transmitting their considerable skills and knowledge with enthusiasm and positive feedback. Even my unintentional swim at John’s Rapid was turned into a professional impromptu real-life rescue learning experience. Peter Fox later took the time to soothe my ego and rebuild my confidence before entering Mule Creek and Blossom Bar. And on the last day when an equipment change put us behind the main group, his one-on-one instruction and positive feedback added immensely to my confidence and skill level after the flip at John’s. Emily’s added responsibility as head guide did not hindered her teaching or her dance moves the last night. She was clear, concise and enthusiastic when relaying her instructions. Daniel also was an upbeat positive teacher who graciously passed on tons of experience. He runs a Phat Cat like mine and was extremely helpful in fine tuning the rigging and oars for me. Tim, Peter the Younger, and E-Mac were behind-the-scenes gurus who made the support and meals seamless. All-in-all, a fabulous team.
- Patrick Stewart

Grateful for the Patience and Knowledge

★★★★★
Couldn’t be more grateful for the patience and knowledge shared in a very short amount of time. The immediate trust in the students and the acknowledgment that we were all going to be vulnerable and learning together made the trip for me.
- Brandon Clark

Solid Foundation of Knowledge

★★★★★
This class exceeded my wildest expectations. I feel I left with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to build upon as I continue my journey of growth down the river.
- Ben Salthouse

Communication and Support

★★★★★
The crew at NWRC made the learning experience easy and fun. Being new to rowing, the trip seemed daunting and scary, but with their communication and support I felt cared for and safe to try something new.
- Christopher Glantz

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