Virtual Rafting Training
Technology: Skype or Google Hangouts
Example Topics: Rowing, Rafting, Multi-Day Trip Planning, Repair, Safety, and/or Swiftwater Rescue
Teaching Tools: Video reviews, chalk talks, demonstrations, and/or casual discussions
We love river training and are excited to offer virtual instruction during this unprecedented time. In these sessions the owner Zach Collier can instruct, chat, and provide demonstrations through video conferencing. We have a 2 different studios set up with full video conferencing capabilities:
- In the “Gear Garage” we can work on repair, swiftwater rescue, and set up a variety of boats for instruction
- In our main office we have studio with a chalkboard and whiteboards that allow for a more classroom setting
Afterwards Zach will provide lists, menus, diagrams, etc that we use for our trips via email.
About Zach Collier
Zach is the Owner of Northwest Rafting Company, a multi-day outfitter that runs trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, Rogue, Illinois, Chetco, and Owyhee Rivers. In addition, NWRC offers international trips including their popular excursions to Bhutan.
He began kayaking in 1994 which led him to become a river guide in 1997. From 1999 to 2003 he worked as a high school and community college teacher while guiding in California and Idaho in the summers. In 2004 he was hired to run ECHO River Trips which led him to starting his own outfitting business in 2009.
Zach enjoys both teaching and whitewater which led him to begin offering rowing schools for private boaters in 2008. Since then he has built Class III and Class IV Rowing School programs to improve rowing skills and team safety. He is also a level 4 raft guide and safety kayak instructor for the International Rafting Federation.