An OARS guide helps a Green River Rowing Clinic guest perfect his oar stroke.

Whitewater Rowing Clinics

Guest looking over their shoulder as they row in a boat.

Rowing Courses with OARS

For those looking to push their skills to the next level, OARS offers a collection of beginner whitewater rowing clinics on the Colorado, Green, Lower Salmon, the Wild & Scenic Rogue River and a one-of-a-kind (intermediate) dory school on the Lower Salmon River. During these multi-day instructional programs, private boaters, aspiring guides, and newcomers will learn how to safely pilot oar rafts and dories (dory school only) through Class II-III whitewater.

Learn to Row Your Own Raft or Dory

With river operations throughout the West, OARS runs hundreds of multi-day river trips each year that utilize oar rafts and dories. Clinics are taught by professional OARS guides with formal swiftwater rescue training and extensive guiding experience. Participants will dive into the mechanics of rowing as well as other useful river skills.

A participant in an OARS Green River Rowing Clinic works on rowing

A Classroom on the River

Rowing clinics will include lessons on river hydraulics, boat rigging, packing, rope techniques and river etiquette. Participants will also receive handy tips on setting up camp and some of the best river recipes in the West.

Beginners are welcome on our Rogue River, Upper & Lower Green River, Lower Salmon River, and Colorado River Rowing Clinics. Prior experience is required to join our intermediate dory school on Idaho’s Lower Salmon River.

While OARS’ rowing clinics and dory school are ideal for anyone looking to learn something new or develop their whitewater rowing skills, our whitewater guide school programs are better suited for aspiring river guides with no prior experience.

An OARS guide rows on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

Become a Professional river guide

If you’re interested in working toward becoming a professional river guide, and getting your foot in the door with OARS, see our Hiring and Guide School FAQs.

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