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River Runners Advanced Whitewater Rafting Workshop

  • Three Rivers Hideaway 43365 Sierra Drive Three Rivers, CA, 93271 United States (map)


Arrive: Saturday Night (please do not plan on arriving Sunday morning as you are expected to be fed, dressed and ready for a long day by 8am)

Depart: Class will finish around 3pm on Thursday

Cost: $350

Cost includes; Camping Fees, Tuition, River Fees

Cost DOES NOT include: Meals, Cooking Equipment, Personal rafting gear


What will be covered: This workshop will cover the more advanced elements of whitewater navigation. Instruction will be primarily in the medium of paddle guiding a raft. Students will be encouraged to develop the ability to read chaotic river currents and a dynamic approach to navigation.

Many skills will be demonstrated and practiced, including:

  • The dark art of using rocks instead of avoiding them

  • The troubling art of planning for the best and expecting the plan not to work

  • The fine art of thinking of every paddle stroke as unique

  • Planning out and successfully executing unconventional lines within rapids

  • Navigating a river uncontrolled by dams and being comfortable with daily and yearly changes in flow and obstacle placement

  • Intentional and unintentional rock slipping and pivoting

  • Controlled and uncontrolled raft surfing

  • Catching microeddies in a larger craft (it’s not just for kayakers)

  • Pinballing and shaboinging

  • Lowsiding (and highsiding)

  • Running rapids without the luxury of calling a get-down

  • Intentional and unintentional swimming of rapids

  • Avoiding man-made obstacles, like bridges and pipes

  • Negotiating strainers and foliage-choked passages

  • Intentional and unintentional scenarios involving rafts pinned on rocks and rafts being surfed in holes

  • Treating a river trip as an expedition

  • Rescue on the Run

  • Downstream safety

  • River safety triage

  • The joy of R2ing

Earlier Event: March 25
IRF GTE Workshop with Mark Hirst
Later Event: June 29
Expedition : Alps