Backpacking & Whitewater

Imagine routefinding across a vast expanse of tundra in Canada’s Yukon Territory or working with fellow participants to cross a swift creek rushing out of the high country of Patagonia. Or enjoy a gourmet backpack meal while nestled into the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest in Olympic National Park. Our backpacking courses explore a variety of terrain and locations, while teaching you skills at the highest standard of the outdoor industry.

Few other sports that span the range of human experiences can boast the same adventure that rafting has to offer. Rafting trips can provide moments of exhilaration and adrenaline as well as relaxation and leisure. River expeditions combine the best elements of every type of outdoor recreation to create a wholly original experience that can challenge both the body and mind. From the cold clear meandering rivers of northern Alaska, to the big water of the Amazon, the dangerous waters of east Africa, and the lazy floats through America’s canyonlands, IWLS Whitewater courses open the door to a new kind of adventure.

Yukon Territory
24 days

Canada’s Yukon Territory contains some of the wildest rivers and remote backcountry areas on the continent that have lured adventurers for years. From huge, braided glacial drainages to tight gorges and plunging waterfalls, the rivers of the Yukon offer varied features, perfect for learning and polishing skills.

Pacific Northwest
24 days

The mighty Owyhee flows from its source in northeastern Nevada, winding its way north through Idaho and Oregon before it joins the Snake River. On this IWLS course you’ll receive six days of Swiftwater Rescue Technician and Raft Guide training, then test your newly polished skills on an Owyhee River expedition.

Ecuador
24 days

Natural wonders abound within the small country of Ecuador.  Ecuador has one of the highest concentrations of rivers by area in the world, and spectacular grasslands, forests, and alpine lakes cover the Andean plateau. This course explores the Taochi, Blanco, and Upano rivers, towns of Quito and Tena, and the heights of Sangay National Park.