Paddle Boat Operator Courses

Intro to Paddle Boat Operator Course

This course introduces basic guide paddle strokes, recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, paddle commands, boat maneuvers, and raft recovery upon a flip. After the completion of this one-day course, participants will have a better understanding and awareness of paddling rafts.

Minimum gear requirements:

  • Dress appropriately for weather (drysuit, wetsuit, etc.)
  • Helmet (lightweight water or kayak helmet)
  • PFD (USCG Type III or V)
  • Shoes (thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes)
  • Throw bag
  • Two locking carabineers

Prerequisites:

  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical shape

Other course information:

  • Price: $95
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Duration: 1 day (8 hours)
  • Minimum Age: 18 years old
  • Course Capacity: 8 – 18 participants

Course availability:

Paddle Boat Operator 1 Course

This course teaches basic guide paddle strokes, recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, paddle commands, ferrying, eddy hoping, and raft recovery upon flipping. Students should feel confident guiding Class II whitewater and have the chance to guide on Class III whitewater by the completion of this course.

Minimum gear requirements:

  • Dress appropriately for weather (drysuit, wetsuit, etc.)
  • Helmet (lightweight water or kayak helmet)
  • PFD (USCG Type III or V)
  • Shoes (thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes)
  • Throw bag
  • Two locking carabineers

Prerequisites:

  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical shape

Other course information:

  • Price: $185
  • Experience Level: Beginner – Intermediate
  • Duration: 2 day (16 – 18 hours)
  • Minimum Age: 18 years old
  • Course Capacity: 8 – 18 participants

Course availability:

Paddle Boat Operator Advanced Course

This course teaches advanced paddle raft maneuvering, recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, R2/R4 maneuvering, dealing with hydraulics, the anatomy of a pin, and raft recovery upon a flip in a rapid. Students should feel confident in guiding Class III whitewater by the end of the two-day course. All students must have completed Paddle Boat Operator 1 Course at the USNWC prior to registering this course. We also provide the Basic Paddle Raft course and the Advanced Paddle Raft course as a combined class.

Minimum gear requirements:

  • Dress appropriately for weather (drysuit, wetsuit, etc.)
  • Helmet (lightweight water or kayak helmet)
  • PFD (USCG Type III or V)
  • Shoes (thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes)
  • Throw bag
  • Two locking carabineers

Prerequisites:

  • Must have completed Intro to Paddle Boat Operator Course and Paddle Boat Operator 1 Course
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical shape

Other course information:

  • Price: $185
  • Experience Level: Advanced
  • Duration: 2 day (16 – 18 hours)
  • Minimum Age: 18 years old
  • Course Capacity: 8 – 18 participants

Course availability: