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Rowing School

Custom Training Program:

The Middle Fork Adventures Team is passionate about rivers and always improving our skills so that we can best enjoy our time on the river.  Lifelong learning is one of the things we believe keeps life interesting.  Teaching is one of the best ways for experts to hone their craft, and we're proud to offer river training.

We offer training in both Idaho, and Colorado.

Our Colorado training programs are offered in partnership with our sister company, Royal Gorge Rafting, and take place outside of Canon City, Colorado.  The Arkansas River offers Class II through Class IV water, and depending on the runoff, can range from low and technical, to big-water.

We offer classes from one day up to a week, and will put together a plan to work on the skills that you tell us you want to improve on.  This could be any combination of topics like rowing/maneuvering mechanics, reading water, safety/group management, expedition planning, packing and loading, or even boat rigging and outfitting.

Our Colorado programs are perfect for those who've caught the river bug and are thinking about getting their own boat, or maybe you've spent a season or two on the Upper Colorado and are ready to up your game to the Ark.  

Our Idaho training takes place at our warehouse in Salmon, ID and on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.  The Middle Fork is one of the crown jewels of the American River system, and is not to be missed!

This course is intended for boaters who are already proficient at rowing class III-IV water, but are interested in advanced expedition trip planning and specific guidance on the Middle Fork.

Depending on your preferred dates, the river portion of this course will be either 5 or 6 days, with an additional 2 days on the front end to learn menu planing, shopping and packing; equipment loading, and itinerary briefing.

Expect to learn a lot of "pro-tips" from our Team that will simplify the way you launch and rig boats, set up camp, and manage day-to-day life on the river.

In either location, you'll have the benefit of learning with our Team of professionals, and we know you'll come away wishing you could've stayed for the rest of the season!

The Details

Locations:

  • Arkansas River, Colorado

  • Middle Fork Salmon, Idaho

Price: 

  • Arkansas- $300/person/day

  • Middle Fork- $2150 and up

Trip Dates: ​

  • March - October

  • Call for specific dates

COLORADO RIVER TRAINING

Perfect Timing 

  • Spring and Fall boating on the Arkansas are perfect for learning skills you can take to the bigger river trips across the US.

  • Water levels can range from low and technical, to high and pushy.  Select your dates carefully to get the experience you're looking for.

 

Custom Curriculum

  • We tailor every Colorado Training Course to the participants' needs.

  • Rowing, Maneuvering, Reading Water, Safety, Planning and Rigging are just a few of the topics that we can focus in on.

Immersive Exposure

  • Camping and lodging is available right at the river!  This means less time driving, and more time spent learning and practicing on the River.

  • Morning and Evening classroom sessions bookend on the water training.

  • We eat, sleep and drink the River, so even after class is out, we're likely to be talking about the river around the campfire- soak it up!

IDAHO RIVER TRAINING

Perfect Timing 

  • Mid-Summer is when the Middle Fork shines, but that said, Spring and Fall can be great times to slow down, avoid the crowds, and get the most out of your time.

  • Water levels can range from low and technical, to high and pushy, while weather can range from snow to 100+ degrees! Select your dates carefully to get the experience you're looking for.

Advanced Curriculum

  • The Middle Fork is a demanding trip and requires participants to have a minimum set of skills.  Depending on water level, the Middle Fork ranges from Class II-III technical low water, to Class IV big water.

  • Advanced rigging, packing and rowing techniques are topics the Middle Fork is well suited to, as well as trip flow, pod management, and wilderness safety considerations.

  • Learn to really live on the river in a sustainable way from our Team that spends months on end on the river.

  • By the end of this course, you should feel much more confident in your abilities to plan, pack and execute a major multi-day river expedition.

Immersive Exposure

  • You'll spend the whole week right alongside our expert Team as we prepare for the trip, and make our way down the river.

  • There's literally nowhere else to go!  Take in all the Frank Church Wilderness Area and our Team have to offer.

  • Have a tip of your own?  We LOVE learning, so please share!!  This course is an amazing venue for sharing tricks, ideas and practices, and our students are often our best teachers.

  • We eat, sleep and drink the River, so even after class is out, we're likely to be talking about the river around the campfire- soak it up!

These courses are an incredible opportunity to learn from the best, in an open, collaborative environment.  Please call us for details on our Training Courses, including cost, availability, and customization options.

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