Basics of Whitewater Rowing

"In my mind, confidence, grounded in knowledge, is a really critical element to success on the oars. Zach's whitewater rowing course is rich with content & hyper-focused on safety, for yourself and others. Upon completion, your understanding of river safety, knots, navigation, reading water and plenty more, will be vastly improved."

- Chad Jeffries

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How long do I have access to the course?

Answer: Indefinitely

Question: Can I rewatch the lessons in the course?

Answer: Yes

River Safety

We will discuss hazards you may encounter on the river, communication, swimming, and other river safety considerations.


Learn about equipment you'll need and how to set up your oar raft.

Reading Water & Navigation

We'll cover the fundamentals of reading water and navigating rapids.

Brought to you by the professionals from Northwest Rafting Company

Northwest Rafting Company has been offering on-river rowing instruction for over 10 years. Our rowing school curriculum has helped thousands of people become confident boaters.

Meet the Team

Zach Collier

With decades of whitewater and teaching experience, Zach is a wealth of river knowledge. As the owner of Northwest Rafting Company, his life and career are centered around getting people outside. His passion for the river pours over into his teaching, imparting an overwhelming desire to get out on the water.

Nick Wright

Hailing from Maui, Hawaii, being on the water has always been a critical part of Nick's life. After discovering river guiding in college 8 years ago, Nick has developed a deep passion for running whitewater. He loves to share that passion with others through whitewater instruction.