YOUTH RIVER SCHOOL

YOUTH RIVER SCHOOL

Is your child eager to answer the call of the open water? Great Northern offers excellent multi-day courses for the youth adventurer who wants to learn the basics of river safety. Our courses will teach your child the fundamentals of boat handling, the dynamics of moving water, and river practices that ensure an exciting and safe experience!

INTRO TO RIVER SKILLS

The introduction to River Skills course gives students an opportunity to build the fundamentals of boat handling. Starting with dynamics of moving water, students learn how to read the river, pick their line, and maneuver their boat. We use both oar frames and paddle rafts.

This is an excellent course for a beginner boater who wants to learn the basics of running whitewater. We cover fundamental river safety and boating skills, including maneuvering both paddle rafts and oar-rigged boats. After two days you will gain experience reading and running class II-III whitewater.

Course Length: 2 Days

Course Price: $305/person for the group class. *Private and custom tailored instruction is available. Call for details.

Course Dates:

  • July 23-24
  • August 16-17

INTRO TO RIVER SKILLS (AGES 13-17)

  • Hydrology and Reading Water
  • Safety Talks
  • Throwbag Training
  • Raft Flip Drills
  • Equipment
  • Rowing Techniques for an Oar-Rigged Boat
  • Commanding a Paddle Crew for Paddle Rafts
  • On Water Practice on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River
  • Discussion of River Rescue Techniques

 

What to Bring

Required Equipment:

  • Personal Flotation Device
  • Drysuit or Wetsuit
  • Helmet
  • Sturdy Footwear
  • Neoprene Gloves

Suggested Equipment:

  • Locking Carabiner
  • Throwbag (so you can practice with what you will use)
  • River Knife
  • Whistle

Great Northern has rental equipment available. Call to reserve.

RIVER SENSE LEVEL I

This is a one-day course designed to introduce kids to a moving water environment and identify dangers while stressing safety. The course takes place on the Middle Fork of the Flathead between West Glacier and Blankenship Bridge on a thrilling raft trip! Under supervision, kids will have the opportunity to practice self-rescue techniques in a fun, controlled environment. The goal is to develop an awareness in each participant that might save themselves or a friend should an emergency arise.

Ages: 8-12

Course Price: $82

Dates: July 11, 15 and August 5, 8

RIVER SENSE LEVEL I

  • Classroom talk about Hydrology and Hazards in the River
  • Offensive and Defensive swimming techniques, emphasis on Self-Rescue
  • Throw bagging – Kids will practice receiving the throw bag and getting towed to shore.
  • Log Strainer Swim – Woody debris is the biggest hazard in western rivers, knowing how to safely avoid them is critical!
  • Shallow Water Crossings – Practice various techniques of crossing streams and accessing someone in trouble.
What to Bring

Required Equipment:

  • Personal Flotation Device
  • Drysuit or Wetsuit
  • Helmet
  • Sturdy Footwear
  • Neoprene Gloves

Suggested Equipment:

  • Locking Carabiner
  • Throwbag (so you can practice with what you will use)
  • River Knife
  • Whistle

Great Northern has rental equipment available. Call to reserve.

RIVER SENSE LEVEL II

This is a one-day course designed for high school age teens. It is modeled after a swiftwater rescue program with emphasis on self-rescue and planning for safety. In addition to the skills learned in the level 1 course, students will also work on simple rope rescue systems and working through rescue scenarios. Students will also have the ability to practice swimming and catching eddies in whitewater. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to help set up a tension diagonal (a water-based “zip-line”) for moving across a current. The course takes place on the whitewater stretch of the Middle Fork of the Flathead between Moccasin Cr. and West Glacier. This is a great course for an aspiring river guide or outdoorsman!

Ages: 14-17

Course Price: $93

Dates: July 12, 16 and August 6, 9

RIVER SENSE LEVEL II

  • Classroom talk about Hydrology and Hazards in the River
  • Offensive and Defensive swimming techniques, emphasis on Self-Rescue
  • Throw bagging – Kids will practice receiving the throw bag and getting towed to shore.
  • Log Strainer Swim – Woody debris is the biggest hazard in western rivers, knowing how to safely avoid them is critical!
  • Shallow Water Crossings – Practice various techniques of crossing streams and accessing someone in trouble.
  • Rescue Scenarios – Scenarios are based on potential issues in the whitewater environment.
  • Rope Rescue Techniques – Students learn knots and mechanical advantage systems.
  • Advanced River Swimming – Students get to swim bigger rapids to develop better whitewater swimming skills and confidence in the water.
What to Bring

Required Equipment:

  • Personal Flotation Device
  • Drysuit or Wetsuit
  • Helmet
  • Sturdy Footwear
  • Neoprene Gloves

Suggested Equipment:

  • Locking Carabiner
  • Throwbag (so you can practice with what you will use)
  • River Knife
  • Whistle

Great Northern has rental equipment available. Call to reserve.

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