The River School

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This is our most popular class for people who want the ultimate immersion into boat handling and river Rescue. The River School is a six 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 starts with two days of boat handling skills, then two days of River Rescuer training and finishes off with an overnight river trip to bring all of the skills together.

Course Length: 6 Days

Course Price: $995

Course Dates:

  • June 16-21
  • July 21-26

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
  • Rope Skills:
    • Rope Strengths & Construction
    • Anchor Building
    • Knots & Hitches
    • Mechanical Advantage
    • Tension Diagonal
  • Multi-Day River Trips:
    • Site Selection and Camp Setup
    • Dutch Oven Cooking
    • Leave no trace
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