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Class III Rowing School

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Class III Rowing School

  • Length: 5 days
  • Dates: June 1-5, June 8-12, June 15-19, August 28-September 1, September 3-7, and September 22-26, 2021
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Location: Rogue River, Oregon
  • Trip Price: $1595
  • Additional Cost: $200 for boat rental
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Anyone looking for a great week to challenge yourself in a hands on, safe learning environment with talented and fun teachers in the beautiful land of the Pacific Northwest need look no further!

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 25 reviews.
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Talented and Fun Teachers

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Anyone looking for a great week to challenge yourself in a hands on, safe learning environment with talented and fun teachers in the beautiful land of the Pacific Northwest need look no further!
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Far Exceeded My Expectations

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The river and the instruction far exceeded my expectations. I'm so grateful to the crew for the lessons, encouragement, humor, food, and camaraderie. Such an impactful experience that I'm truly grateful for. I can't imagine a better trip. Thanks so much to all of you!
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Positive Learning Environment

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Honestly this course was exceptional. I say that as someone who has coached rowing (crew not white water) at the middle school, high school and collegiate level. They were able to teach both experienced boaters and total newbies simultaneously and make it a positive learning environment across the board. I loved the enthusiasm, compassion, humility, professionalism and care with which the guides approached every aspect of this experience. The Rogue is beautiful and the food was great. As well, the women’s rowing school attracted an awesome group of chicks. I met some of my favorite people I’ve met in years and I expect to be running rivers with members of this class for years to come! Thanks so much, can’t recommend this highly enough!
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Thank you NWRC!

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Awesome crew their love of rivers and teaching show at every opportunity. The lessons were relevant, professional, and well suited to each students level and confidence. Excellent balance of fun and training. I came away from this trip with a bunch of new friends and great memories. The guides were able to take great care of us while at the same time making us feel like we were part of the team. The whole experience was more like a good trip with old friends than a guided tour of the river.

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