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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: $1845
  • Additional Cost: $250 for boat rental

Extremely Helpful

★★★★★
I found the course content and presentations extremely helpful. The instructors treated all participants with the utmost respect, evaluating our individual abilities and instructional needs in a positive, encouraging, manner. They provided active coaching as we practiced, and useful followup advice and tips.
- Lincoln Fancher

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 41 reviews.
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Extremely Helpful

★★★★★
I found the course content and presentations extremely helpful. The instructors treated all participants with the utmost respect, evaluating our individual abilities and instructional needs in a positive, encouraging, manner. They provided active coaching as we practiced, and useful followup advice and tips.
- Lincoln Fancher

Amazing Experience

★★★★★
Whether you are an experienced rafter or a first timer, this class was an amazing experience for anyone who wants to become a better boater.
- Ben Swanson

Great Learning Environment

★★★★★
From the very beginning of this trip, the guides provided a professional, positive, and non-judgmental environment. The trainings taught on the water and on-shore were excellent and launched my skill level. The food was excellent, plentiful, and I felt well taken care of. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to improve their whitewater skills in a fun environment and beautiful location.
- Andrea Bixby-Brosi

One of the best experiences of my life

★★★★★
One of the best experiences of my life. The guides work so incredibly hard and are so knowledgeable. I learned everything from how to row class III rapids to how to set up a proper campsite. I could not have been more impressed. 10/10 experience that I would recommend to all my friends and family. I will be back again soon!
- Robert Simpson

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