River Training

River Training 1

Increase your confidence and skills with our river training tailored to your goals and interest.

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Learn from experienced and competent river guides!

River Training 2

Our river training courses are led by passionate, patient, and professional river guides who have an in depth knowledge of river safety and rivers, both locally and worldwide. Our courses are taught on some of the best rivers Montana and Idaho have to offer, all within a close distance to our hometown of Missoula, MT. As an active participant, you will experience hands on learning in both our guide school and private instruction courses. Rowing rafts swimming rapids, rigging boats, and making decisions in a dynamic environment are just some of the skills you will learn. The river is an exciting class room and our courses will help you build confidence on and off the river, regardless of your ability level. If you love spending time on the river, and want to take that excitement to the next level, then you’ve come to the right place. 



Our instructors want to ensure that you’re not just receiving quality training, but helping you grow as a whitewater boater.

River Guide School

During this 5 day course, participants will gain the skills needed to work as a professional river guide.

River School FAQ

River Training 2
Cancellation Policy

Payment is required in full. Cancellations made 48 hours or more before the date of your trip, will receive a full refund. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made within 48 hours of a trip’s departure time. ZTS reserves the right to cancel a trip at any time if faced with unsuitable or unsafe weather or river conditions. If ZTS is forced to cancel a trip, you will be notified immediately and a full refund or alternative booking will be arranged.

Do I need any kayak experience prior to taking a ZTS class or lesson?

The answer is NO! We teach all levels of kayaking from beginner to advanced. We love beginners!

Do I need my own kayak?

No, but if you have one, bring it!

Will I be upside down if I'm learning how to whitewater kayak??

Yes! One of the first skills we work on is underwater comfort. Getting comfortable upside down in your kayak is an essential skill to learning the sport.

Are full day lessons structured to individual skill level?

Our full day lessons are structured based on your skill level.

What type of gear should i bring for a kayal lesson?

Booties or river sandals



Re-usable water bottle

Non-bulky synthetic layers like nylon, poly, or fleece. (anything but cotton)

Bathing suit

Dry clothes for after

Reusable water bottle