Guide School

School Details

Why just be a paddling participant when you could captain a whitewater raft through class III+ whitewater and learn technical moves that will gracefully take a whitewater raft through the rapids? Learning to safely guide a raft down a river is only half the challenge in the great outdoors. What if an unforeseen circumstance should put you and your crew in harm’s way, or you come upon a fellow boater in distress? Your whitewater guide training plus practicing these skills will put you in a position to help others without putting yourself in unreasonable danger.

This is NOT your average river school! What you typically find in a whitewater rafting school is the promised recruitment of seasonal guides for an outfitter. Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys goes the opposite direction and customize their river schools for those who have a passion for ‘do it yourself’ (DIY) rafting. Whether it is a day trip on the White Salmon river or an expedition trip down the Rogue, at Zoller’s, we want to train you to be a competent and confident leader on the river!

Our training sessions are held on and in the river over a four-day period. Lunch is provided each of the four days. Students may choose to camp together at a riverside campground or stay in local lodging facilities. Students may bring their own cook gear for breakfast and dinner or stop by one of the local diners for their meals. All students are responsible for providing their own camping gear, breakfast/dinner, and river clothing.

The basic river clothing you need to provide for yourself includes:

  • Dry suit or wet suit
  • Neoprene river shoes
  • USGS approved pfd (personal flotation device)
  • Helmet

Day one training starts at the Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys headquarters on the White Salmon River. Zoller’s will provide all rafts, paddles, safety ropes, transportation to/from base camp to daily training sites lunch each day and qualified trainers.

If you have questions about our guide school, give us a call or send us an email!

Season: May 22nd – 25th 2020
Class: III+
Min. Age/Skill level: Strong teens and adventuresome adults
Food: Lunch included for each day! See our menu »
$550 per person
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