Improve Your Skills!

Glacier River School provides training in-river and rope rescue skills as well as boat handling training in all crafts. We are based at the west entrance to Glacier National Park in Montana. We are part of the Great Northern Whitewater Raft and Resort, which has 41 years of experience in whitewater and fishing trips on the Flathead River in Montana. Our guides are the best in the industry, they excel in professionalism, expertise and unparalleled experience. Now you can learn from the best by attending Glacier River School at Great Northern Resort on the boundary waters of Glacier National Park. Our instructors are certified by Rescue 3 International and the American Canoe Association and each instructor is specialized. Some focus on technical river rescue. Others specialize in kayaking and developing a boater from learning to roll to playboating techniques. Still others are devoted to helping rafters with boat handling skills on both oar-framed and paddle rafts.


Join our American Canoe Association certified paddleboard instructor for training on flat water or the river.

Our paddleboard program provides instruction from flat to moving water. Whether it is your first time on a board and you just want to learn the proper strokes or you are ready to make the jump to the river and learn how to read water, our ACA instructor has the progression to help you get there. Glacier River School provides you with instruction and plenty of encouragement.

Course Pricing:

Pricing is based on number of people and amount of time requested. Fees based on actual time spent working on technique, both on water and dry land and the shuttle to the river. Depending on where you choose to work, your vehicle may need to be available for a shuttle. Glacier River School provides an appropriate amount of instructors as the number of students increases. Boards, drytops, pfds, helmets, and paddles provided by Glacier River School

  • 1 person – $150 (3 hours)  –  $250 (6 hours)
  • 2 people – $250 (3 hours)  –  $350 (6 hours)
  • 3 people – $400 (3 hours)  –  $500 (6 hours)
  • 4 people – $500 (3 hours)  –  $600 (6 hours)

Larger group pricing available. Call for details.

Skills Practiced:

  • Strokes & Braces
  • Board Remount
  • Enter/exit of eddies
  • Ferries
  • running rapids
  • Choosing lines/ reading water
  • Surfing- more advanced
  • Scouting vs “reading and running”


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