The River School

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This is our most popular class for people who want the ultimate immersion into boat handling and an introduction to river rescue. The River School is a five day course designed to give an individual the tools they need to begin their training as a professional guide. It is also an excellent course for someone who just bought a boat and wants to make sure they know how to handle it, and also what to do if something goes wrong.
The course is full of hands on boat handling. We believe in experiential learning, so plan on a lot of time on the oars or the guide stick. Through the five days you will learn to navigate through class III whitewater. Add a River Rescuer certification to the course if you want more time to work on technical rescue skills!

Course Length: 5 Days

Course Price: $995

Course Dates:

  • June 1-5

Skills covered in The River School:

  • Hydrology and Reading Water
  • Medical Considerations
  • Evacuation Considerations
  • Safety Talks
  • Aggressive Swimming Techniques
  • Defensive Swimming Techniques
  • Strainer Swim and Self Rescue
  • Throwbag Training
  • Shallow Water Crossings
  • Foot Entrapments
  • Body Entrapments
  • Contact Rescues
  • Live Bait Rescues
  • Raft Flip Drills
  • Kayak Pins
  • Wrapped Boats
  • Boat Handling Skills:
    • Paddle Raft Guiding
    • Commands & Strokes
    • Oar Framed Rafts
    • Maneuvering with oars
  • Multi-Day River Trips:
    • Site Selection and Camp Setup
    • Dutch Oven Cooking
    • Leave no trace
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