Guests ridge an oar rig, one of the types of rafts ACE uses in the New River Gorge, through a rapid.

ACA L5 Whitewater Rafting (Oar)

$400 Per Person

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L5 ACA Whitewater Rafting (Oar)

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L5 ACA Whitewater Rafting (Oar)



DURATION: 16 Hours/2 Days


MEALS(S): Lunch

ADVENTURE: ACA Whitewater Rafting (Oar) L5

SEASON: Spring/Fall



LOCATION: ACE Adventure Resort

The L5 Advanced Whitewater Rafting (Oar) course is designed to refine and expand judgment, decision making and techniques of advanced oarsmen on class III to IV whitewater. Advanced techniques include, but are not limited to advanced rowing, boat control, high water techniques and technical river running as appropriate to the site. This course will use on-the-water scenarios to assess risk, evaluate rapid features and complexities, develop strategies, and nurture good judgment. The course will emphasize the use of proactive, aggressive rescue skills stressing self-reliance. This course should only be taken by those with SWR experience and self-rescue skills. Participation in a SWR course within the last three years is strongly recommended.

Course Prerequisites:

    • Completion of an ACA Level 4: Whitewater Rafting (Oar) course (or equivalent) in class III whitewater
    • Proficiency and experience in executing maneuvers and techniques required for rowing on class III whitewater.
    • Proficiency and experience in oar use and different oar configurations
    • Swiftwater Rescue (SWR) experience and the ability to aggressively self-rescue is required.

Course Learning Objectives:

While navigating class III/IV rapids in an oar raft the participant will learn to:

  • Identify, evaluate, and maneuver through complex whitewater features
  • Make advanced on water maneuvers
  • Use strategies for good judgment in complex whitewater
  • Apply methods for risk assessment
  • Use proactive, aggressive rescues skills

Course includes:

  • Transportation to and from River location
  • All rafting equipment (raft, oars, and frames)
  • Med kit
  • Lunch
  • Wet-suit rental available

Participants need to bring:

  • A $40 ACA Membership is required in order to receive a course
    completion certificate.
  • Swim attire
  • Closed-toed water shoes.
  • Personal rescue gear including throw rope, PFD, carabiners, whistle, knife.
  • Willingness to learn.

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