River School Classes

Here at Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys, we provide classes to strengthen your whitewater skills!

Check out our current list of classes being offered below.

Whitewater Rafting Guide School

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. Join Zoller’s whitewater rafting guide school to see what the fun is all about.

This is NOT your average river school! What you typically find in a whitewater rafting school is the promised recruitment of seasonal guide work from an outfitter. Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys goes the opposite direction and customizes 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 guide school sessions are held on and in the river. Lunch is provided each day. Students may choose to camp together at a riverside campground or stay in local lodging facilities. Guide School 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 tye III or Vpfd (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 28th – 31 2021
Class: III+
Min. Age/Skill level: Strong teens and adventuresome adults
Food: Lunch included for each day! See our menu »
$600 per person
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Whitewater Raft Rowing Clinic

 

Gracefully sliding your craft down a river with your hands on a fine set of oars is hard to top when it comes to amazing outdoor experiences. No matter your river preferences, big whitewater or smoothly flowing rivers, you will experience the feel of the river and the fun unlike most folks ever get to.

Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys Oar-Boat Rowing Clinic puts you into the driver’s seat of a SOTAR raft and gives you the chance for on-river training with a proven professional at your shoulder. 

Class Logistics

Our clinics are purposefully kept small with an instructor to student ration of no more than 3 to 1. The two days are spent on water, hands-on, providing miles and miles of training and practice.

Zoller’s provides your SOTAR raft and all associated river gear along with lunch each day. Students provide their personal river gear such as a PFD, helmet, footwear and wet-suit or dry suit.

Students meet their instructors at Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys headquarters (1248 Hwy 141 White Salmon, Washington) both mornings. Zoller’s provides all shuttle and logistics for the two days. Clinics generally conclude no later than 5:00 each day.

Local lodging and eateries are available. Students are responsible for lodging and meals with the exception of lunch being provided both days (bring snacks too, because you can’t float a river without snacks).

Students that desire to bring their own craft may do so and their craft will be utilized on day two (second half of day) as students go solo under the watchful eye of their instructor. 

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

Season: May 22nd 23rd 2021
Class: III+
Min. Age/Skill level: Strong teens and adventuresome adults
Food: Lunch included for each day! See our menu »
$480 per person
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