It's not the commercial river permit you need but the commercial liability insurance which is typically more coverage than the average school district's insurance.
I co-lead an outdoor ed program for two years at my last school. We did mtn biking, rock and ice climbing, trail running and rafting. The rafting was the most difficult because of having to find a commercial outfitter that would volunteer resources for the cause. The company I worked for at the time did it, but we had to do a lot of fundraising to compensate him. The other components of the program were covered by local outfitters with liability insurance.
I took a group of the kids to Costa Rica as a culminating trip to raft, hike, etc. and not only did we have to sign on through a tour company, we had to pay for million dollar liability insurance for the kids. It was worth it though.
Originally Posted by bth
hmmmm....this is all very interesting re:the need for a commercial river permit. unfortunately, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome would be the issue of cost- and therefore i worry about the costs associated with connecting a commercial outfitter (nothing against them- i work for one!) to what i see as more of a "field trip."
if there isnt a financial gain- i.e. trip costs are split among participants just as they are on any other private trip i've organized- why the need for a school to use a commerical permit??