Whitewater rowing Class and River instruction course overview
This class is perfect for anyone looking to advance their boating skills. Whether you are looking to go on extended overnight rafting trips or just take the family out for a day trip through whitewater this is a hands on learning experience that will give you the confidence and skill to do so safely.
Each day while on the river we will practice rowing techniques, ferrying, catching eddies and scouting and running rapids. We will also work on self rescue and rescues involving other people and boats. Another key component to this trip will be learning to rig to flip and how to keep your boat as safe as possible for you and your passengers. Our guides will help walk you through rigging and rowing throughout each day with the goal on day three having you rig your own raft and get it downstream with confidence!
We will camp at a new camp each night and learn on the river LNT practices and minimum impact camping techniques. As a group we will set up camp and get everyone comfortable setting up a river kitchen as well as the groover and other basic camp amenities. While dinner is prepared there will be drills and activities to get you comfortable with the various aspects that come with multi day rafting.
In addition to on river and camp skills we will walk you through basic boat care and maintenance and ways to get the longest life out of your boat and gear both on the river and during transportation to and from. We will also go over commonly used knots on the river as well as rope safety.
Half Day Lessons
Already can row a boat? Come out with us for half a day and we will work on dialing in rowing technique, proper seating and setting up your raft! Give us a call to schedule your private lesson!
Full Day Lessons
Our full day lesson is a great way to gain experience whether you are an avid boater or a beginner. We will float a section of river suited to your ability and practice rowing, ferrying, eddying out, basic safety and river etiquette and more.
Give us a call to schedule your full day rowing lesson!
Dates and Rates
River Section Information
This class will take place on the upper Main Salmon River, we will begin the trip at the town of North Fork Idaho and continue downstream for three days until we reach our take out at Corn Creek boat launch.
Day 1 is mellow class I-II whitewater with good pools of flatwater and moving current through out the day. We will use this to practice and hone in rowing skills before we reach our class III stretch of rapids.
Day 2 is our first big rapid day, after we have breakfast and coffee and break camp we will get on the river around 9 am.
Our first rapid of the day will be a class III pine creek where we will take our first opportunity to go over scouting a rapid as well as raft set up and safety through out the run. We will continue to practice rescue skills and boat maneuvering in whitewater for the next 10 miles.
Day 3 we will pack up for our final day on the water. This will be the day to showcase your newly learned rigging skills and get the boats ready for a day of big whitewater. Rapids will begin shortly after we push off. The last days rapids will be a step up from the previous days. We will run Cramer Creek rapid as well as Kitchen Creek (aka Hells Kitchen), and proctor creek rapid. Cramer and Kitchen are both sizable class III+ rapids below the confluence of the Middle fork and Main Salmon. This will be a great opportunity to get a feel for big volume rapids as the flow will be double our first two days.