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River Guide Schools Trips

Have you ever wanted to be a river guide, experience river guiding, wanted to be able to get to those desirable fishing holes or fine tune some of your river guiding skills, but never found the time or where unable to take a week-long guide program?

This “one on one” program is specifically designed for outdoor enthusiasts with a busy schedule, for those looking for private lessons & river folks wanting to hone in on specific skill sets.

This river training course covers and exposes you to the primary fundamentals necessary to ensure safe and exciting river running. There is a lot more to being a safe, responsible and proactive boater than knowing how to basically maneuver a river craft.

This course is taught by senior High Country river guide/instructors. With this in mind private river guide training is only available during none peak season dates, September through May.

Our course philosophy is to expose one to as many hands-on river scenarios as possible.

People retain 20% of what they hear,
50% of what they write
& 80% of what they do!


Depending on what your goal is you will be exposed and have the opportunity to learn some or most of the following:

River running
  • Whitewater river Navigation
  • Oar & paddleboat techniques
  • Route selection
  • Foresight, proactive and aversive boating techniques
  • Hydraulics & reading water
  • Strategies (momentum, ferry angles…)
  • River etiquette
  • Paddle & Oar boat safety talk reviews
River rescue & safety
  • Swimming in whitewater
  • Ropes, knots, slings, and anchors
  • Dealing with flips
  • Dealing with wraps
  • Basic "Z" rigs
  • Swift water crossings
  • Throw bag rescues
  • Strainers
  • Hand signals
  • Foot entrapments
  • Dealing with an accident
  • Evacuation strategies and planning
  • Load Placement Strategies
  • Rigging frames
  • Gear rigging strategies
  • Proper Care of Gear
  • Boat patching - valve repair, jammed valves
To name a few.

This is a very unique opportunity for anyone wanting the utmost attention and exposure to this wonderfully spiritual world of river running.

Please contact us and let us create a course designed specifically to your needs and desires. Whether you are looking for a one day private river experience or a custom course that can stretch out over a season.

We look forward in sharing a wonderful, exciting and educational river experience with you on the river.


Private River Guide Training
Private River Guide Training
Private River Guide Training

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Discounts available for groups, corporate outings and other special occasions. Please call to get more details, or check out the specials page.

High Country Expeditions leads whitewater rafting trips on some of the finest scenic rivers in Oregon and California.