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Class III Rowing School

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Class III Rowing School

  • Length: 5 days
  • Dates: July 21-15, July 28-August 1, September 3-7, and September 12-16, 2020
  • Dates: May 25-22, 2021 (Women’s Rowing School)
  • Location: Roue River, Oregon
  • Trip Price: $1345
  • Additional Cost: $200 for boat rental

So Impressed

★★★★★
Honestly, I'm struggling to find words to express how utterly impressed with your fantastic team and how thankful I am for this experience. I had the most challenging, empowering, and enjoyable week thanks to the knowledge, professionalism, and fun-nature of the NWRC crew. Their ability to balance teaching with direct feedback and complimentary skill building (rapid swimming, boat flipping, rigging, etc.) was top notch. From the beginning of the trip to the end, my rowing has drastically improved, and I feel confident being able to pick lines and then execute them, catch eddys, ferry, and just generally read the water better. They solidified my love for this sport even more, and I can't thank them enough for what I've gained coming out of this rowing class. You guys are amazing :)
- Ariel Ursitti

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.

Oar Raft and Cataraft Training on the Rogue River
Oar Raft and Cataraft Training on the Rogue River

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 17 reviews.
    5 1

    So Impressed

    ★★★★★
    Honestly, I'm struggling to find words to express how utterly impressed with your fantastic team and how thankful I am for this experience. I had the most challenging, empowering, and enjoyable week thanks to the knowledge, professionalism, and fun-nature of the NWRC crew. Their ability to balance teaching with direct feedback and complimentary skill building (rapid swimming, boat flipping, rigging, etc.) was top notch. From the beginning of the trip to the end, my rowing has drastically improved, and I feel confident being able to pick lines and then execute them, catch eddys, ferry, and just generally read the water better. They solidified my love for this sport even more, and I can't thank them enough for what I've gained coming out of this rowing class. You guys are amazing :)
    - Ariel Ursitti

    5 Stars!

    ★★★★★
    As a person that is not easily impressed, I was and still am blown away by the awesomeness of the trip, the instructors and Northwest Rafting Company as a whole. The knowledge passed on in the 5 days on the river was incredible. From the time we left Almeda to the takeout at Foster Bar there was never a lack of instruction or helpful tips (or great food). Between 5 days of on river instruction and the multiple on shore "classes" I feel I have the knowledge and skill to run class III rapids safely and with confidence. This trip was a true life changer and I am now hooked on the river!
    - Zach Romero

    Fun and professional crew

    ★★★★★
    I arrived at the Rogue Class III Rowing School an eager boater who has been running Class III with the help of guidebooks and other boaters who let me follow their lines. I thought my push stroke was weak because of my size and strength. I was wrong. The instructors changed my oar setup and gave me real feedback on my push stroke making me feel instantly stronger. The skilled, highly professional instructors coached me in strategies and techniques that allowed me to leave the Rogue trip (still eager) with more confidence to read the river, find my own lines, and boat with more intention. They did let me spend a couple of days on one of the catarafts, which could be a problem as now I want to buy a new boat . . . . I look forward to the Class IV Rowing School once I’ve had a bit more time on the sticks. The instructors were fun to be around at camp and the food was amazing!
    - Kim Criss

    Great time!

    ★★★★★
    Terrific five days on the river building skills. Good food, great guides, spectacular river, and some really fun rapids. The guides' love of rafting shows through in their instruction. They seemed to truly enjoy sharing their knowledge, which of course made it all the more fun!
    - Sadie

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