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Sierra South Class V Rafting & Paddler's Evaluation

Class V Rafting

Class V rafting is strenuous, adventurous, and, for those who are ready, an incredibly fulfilling experience. It requires previous Class IV experience, full participation, teamwork, and paddlers who are in good physical condition.

Our Class V Paddler’s Evaluation is not competitive. The purpose of the test is to evaluate the ability of guests to deal with situations we might encounter. It is done to emphasize teamwork, build confidence, and as a tool for you and us to judge your readiness to paddle Class V whitewater.

Sierra South reserves the right to turn away people we feel are not ready to tackle the Class V trip. In such an event, they will reeive a full refund of trip fees paid to Sierra South, less a $25.00 processing fee.

Class V Paddler’s Evaluation

A Class V Paddler’s Evaluation may include:

  • Calisthenics and running
  • Hang from a bar for one minute
  • On-river swimming and river skills, including: swimming across currents, catching eddies, swimming through a Class II-III rapid and throw bag practice.
  • A Class V safety and paddle talk

Please note: The exact makeup of this test is at the discretion of the trip leader and will depend on the river, the water level, and the paddlers.

Participating in a Class V Paddler’s Evaluation in no way certifies your ability to successfully paddle Class V whitewater or guarantees your safety.

Sierra South reserves the right to substitute oar/paddle combinations for paddle boats.

RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY All Sierra South trips and classes involve physical activity and include certain elements of risk. We make every effort to run trips and classes in the finest, most fun-filled manner as possible. However, we cannot guarantee your safety. It is your responsibility to evaluate your level of fitness and to select a trip or class which is appropriate for you. Seek medical advice before your trip if you question your physical condition. It is your responsibility to follow our instructions. Everyone will be required to sign a release of liability/assumption of risk form and photography/video waiver form before departure. Minors under 18 not accompanied by their parents must bring a release form signed by their parent or legal guardian. Click here to download the Release Form (PDF). Also, please review our Kayaking and Rafting float notes (PDF) to see how to get to Kernville, what you need to bring, and other important information.

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