What makes this course commercially oriented verse private?
As mentioned earlier, the emphasis of the course is towards commercial guiding over private boating. While the skill sets learned over the week are tightly intertwined between the two, it’s important to note the key differences.
One aspect of a commercial guide is you are frequently tasked with training new or green paddlers. That training lies in the foundation of the quality of your “Paddle Talk” which is the lesson you give to the group on how to paddle together under your command so you have effective control of your raft from the moment you push off from shore. In essence, in our whitewater school, you will be practicing a lot of paddle talks. With private boating, you are often with people who know what they are doing and may not require one.
We also focus entirely on paddle boats over oar boats. Many private trips, especially on multi-day trips, will have a need for someone to row an oar boat. Our commercial Kern river trips don’t require this so we don’t introduce that style of boating at any time during the week. As an aside, if we were to offer that instruction, the course would have to be quite a bit longer, as learning to row is much more difficult than learning to paddle guide.
Again though, the fundamental skills learned in our course will benefit the participant in both a commercial and private setting.
What equipment does KRO provide?
In addition to the usual required equipment such as rafts, we also provide all the necessary personal gear such as PFDs, helmets, wetsuits and splash jackets. This keeps your cost down as you don’t have to commit hundreds of dollars right away to purchasing your own gear.