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Guide School - The 4 Basic Parts of a Rapid

Guide School - The 4 Basic Parts of a Rapid

Rafting Magazine's class II guide school series is designed to help you get acquainted with the basic principles of whitewater guiding. Whether you are thinking about guide school and want to get a jump start or you are new to boating and you are interested in getting your basic skills down this course will help you understand some of the essential skills of class II boating. Our convenient Modules help you learn at your own pace and study in your free time off the river with your instructors Daniel and Trevor. *These modules are not designed as a substitute for hands on training with a qualified instructor*

In this lesson we will be taking a look at what basic elements you should be looking out for when you are breaking down a rapid in your head. This guide will help you understand some of the basic features of a rapid as well as giving some basic ideas on what to watch out for while you are scouting a rapid. The four parts of a rapid we will be discussing in this lesson are:

  1. Flow

  2. Gradient

  3. Constriction

  4. Obstruction

This will provide a basic useful framework for features that boaters should be on the lookout for when evaluating objective hazards in a river.

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