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.
This is a hands-on course catered to individual as well as group. Each night you'll camp riverside beneath the stars, where your instructors will prepare 3-course meals allowing you to recount your victories, talk about techniques and ways to improve, and recover from the day's events.
The main objective is to give students the opportunity to gain rowing experience under the watchful eye of our instructors. Other objectives include:
1. To try out a variety of equipment
2. Experience scouting rapids
3. A better understanding of river and camp etiquette
4. Experience with boat spacing and boat order
5. An introduction to whitewater safety topics
6. Experience rigging a variety of boats
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.
Every rowing school is a little different, but we try to follow the schedule below:
Day 1: Rowing fundamentals. Familiarity with equipment. Introduction to pulling. Reading obstacles. River hydraulics.
Day 2: Pulling practice. Catching eddies. Ferrying. Reading current.
Day 3: Introduction to Pushing. Eddy techniques. Using the water.
Day 4: Safely negotiate Mule Creek Canyon and rowing challenge in lower Blossom Bar. We do not allow students to row the top half of Blossom Bar Rapid.
Day 5: Independent rowing in pods. Flip practice. Boat rigging.
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 try a variety of crafts and 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.
We're partnering with SOTAR to provide a boat for each participant. At the end of your course, you'll even have the option to buy gear from SOTAR Inflatables and Sawyer Paddles and Oars at rates normally reserved for professional outfitters!