Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)teamed up with RiverStone Adventures for a third year of whitewater raft training on the Deschutes River. The OMSI team, comprised of 5 outdoor educators, whom are incredibly knowledgable in all the sciences sharpened their river guiding skills along their 42 mile river trip from Buckhollow to Heritage Landing. This was the first of their four part training. The OMSI crew from Fossil, Oregon will set out on another Deschutes River trip in a few weeks, followed by 5 days on the Grande Ronde and a water Rescue training course in Bend, Oregon.
The Deschutes River was flowing at 6400 CFS pushing the rafts down river at an average of 4.5 mph. We would like to thank our old river friend “WINDY” for staying calm and even helping blow us down stream. While on the water Michael Ahmuty, owner of RiverStone Adventures instructed the team using the American Canoe Association Level 4 paddle boat and oar curriculum. The group discussed and felt the effects of the wind, waves, weather and water. During this hands on training the boats played follow the leader, the “clock game,” (a training technique used to improve on maneuvering a raft), and eddy hoping drills.
Off the river they learned and reviewed their knots, the Z-drag set up and even fit in some yoga. A healthy body makes for a happy river guide. Harris camp was a highlight. The group watched sheep work their way up the east canyon walls, gazed at stars and counted satellites. Just a perfect river training trip with a great group of guides.
RiverStone Adventures trains schools, river guides, private boaters and families in water safety and boat handling. Be safe, have fun and boat often.