• Difficulty: Class I-II
  • Age: 12+
  • Length: 4+ hours
  • Start Location: Thorp WA
  • Class Size: 4-10 People
  • Dates: Beginning of May – Mid September
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Rafting 101

Embark on an educational journey with our River 101 class, where safety and navigation take center stage. During our comprehensive hour-long classroom instruction, our instructors will equip you with the fundamental knowledge of river safety and the art of navigating waterways.

Discover the secrets of reading the water and identifying potential hazards as you prepare to conquer the Upper Yakima River. Feel the rush of adrenaline coursing through your veins as you navigate thrilling class I and II rapids.

Throughout the class, our instructors will not only point out actual river hazards but also empower you to develop the ability to spot them yourself. Embrace the excitement of approaching each rapid with flawless technique.

Take a pause from the action and indulge in a well-deserved riverside picnic. Whether you bring your own homemade meal or have Rills provide a fresh picnic lunch.

As the Rafting 101 class draws to a close, bask in a profound sense of pride and achievement, as you navigate the river with ease and expertise. Armed with newfound knowledge and confidence, you’ll be ready to embrace new challenges and embark on thrilling whitewater adventures.

Book your reservation today and let us guide you towards becoming a skilled and confident river explorer!

Please note that reservations made within 48 hours of departure must be made via phone 509-964-2530



Absolutely! Our rafting 101 class is specifically designed for beginners who want to learn the basics of rafting and feel confident on class I and II rivers.

First, we will meet at the river or at our office in Thorp.

After introductions, we will do a 1-1.5 hour in-class session.  

After the classroom portion, you will learn how to inflate your equipment and fit your vests. 

Once your equipment is ready, we will start the on-water portion. 

On the water your instructor will teach you how to navigate your chosen craft and will help you to identify actual river hazards.

You can book a guided rafting trip! If your group is large enough, you can also request to have a private boat. Maybe if you’re really nice to your guide they let you in on some tips and tricks.

No, we will provide all the necessary equipment and gear, including life jackets, paddles, and rafts. However, we do recommend wearing comfortable, quick-drying clothing and shoes that can get wet.

Yes, our rafting 101 class will teach you the skills and techniques necessary to navigate class I and II rapids. However, if you’re interested in more advanced rapids, we recommend signing up for our spring guide academy.

While basic swimming skills are recommended, you will be wearing a life jacket and will receive safety instructions as part of the class. Additionally, we will only be rafting on class I and II rivers, which are generally considered safe for beginner rafters.

We will still hold the class in light rain, but if conditions are too severe (such as lightning), we may need to reschedule. In the event of a cancellation, we will work with you to find a new date that works for you.

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