Whether it is your first time in a whitewater kayak, or you need a thorough refresher after years out of your boat, Tumalo Creek’s Brace & Roll (winter) Classes are a great place to start. Tumalo Creek offers a two-hour and three-hour Brace & Roll (winter) Class at Juniper Swim & Fitness Sunday evening through the end of April (except during holidays).
SPECIAL 2017 PACKAGE DISCOUNT NOW OFFERED THROUGH APRIL! This consists of three consecutive Sunday Brace & Roll Classes (the first, a 3-hour and the following two, 2-hour) for $65, plus a 10% discount on follow-up course options Full Immersion or Women’s Whitewater Weekend when all three Brace & Roll Sessions have been completed consecutively. Call store for sign-up and details!
Meets at Tumalo Creek where we’ll take the first hour to get to know each other and get to know the sport, with a complete introduction to the roll, an instructional video, plenty of time to learn about gear and get comfortable in our boats. If you are new to paddling and have never been introduced to the roll, wet exits or t-rescues, this is the class for you.
Our three-hour Brace & Roll (winter) Class costs $35 (+ Bend Park and Recreation registration fee) and goes from 3-6 p.m. every Sunday. Meet at Tumalo Creek for the first hour of class. We’ll then drive over to Juniper Swim & Fitness for the pool portion.
If you have completed the full three-hour class or one of our Intro to Whitewater Classes, you are welcome to join us every week for the Two-Hour Brace & Roll (winter) Class from 4-6 p.m. for $25 (+ Park and Rec registration fee).
The two-hour Brace & Roll (winter) Class is just the “pool time” portion of our three-hour Brace and Roll (winter) Class. This class is most appropriate for those who have at least some familiarity with wet exits and t-rescues.
We’ll spend the remaining two hours in the heated pool learning and practicing hip snaps, high and low bracing, and t-rescues. We’ll give plenty of one-on-one time with each paddler to introduce and refine the roll.
We are happy to provide gear, so please be sure to fill out your height and weight when registering online.
Registering for the roll session is now a two-step process. Please see below for directions on how to sign up with Bend Park and Recreation. Students are now asked to book instruction with Tumalo Creek (through our online system Xola) AND register with Bend Parks and Recreation. Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any complication.
Sign up instructions:
• First decide on the date or dates of your roll class.
• Register for those dates online with Bend Park and Recreation by following this link.
• Create your account. Once you have been redirected back to the main registration page, scroll down a little and look for a box that says “Activity Number” on the right middle of the page. Enter activity number: 405100
• Sign up for the dates you would like to join our roll session class. It is $12 in district, and $16 out of district (district being Bend Parks and Recreation).
Please also sign up for the class with Tumalo Creek through Xola by following the BOOK NOW links in the sidebar. We do not take online reservations within 24 hours of the class. Please call the shop, as there are often spaces open last minute: 541-317-9407. We require a minimum class size, so periodically we need to reschedule due to low enrollment.
Additional Options and next steps:
Our Brace & Roll (winter) Clinic at Juniper Swim & Fitness through Tumalo Creek, is just one of the many options available to new boaters who are looking to improve their skills and become more confident paddlers. This summer we’ll be offering a Rapid Progression Thursday Paddling Clinic, paddlers are also welcome to practice rolling on their own in our heated pool during Independent Roll Practice, available whenever the pool is not being used for classes (May-September). We encourage female paddlers to sign up for our exclusive Women’s Whitewater Weekend featuring some of Bend’s finest whitewater instructors. Remember, you can practice technique in any season with Tumalo Creek because we also offer Brace & Roll (summer) Classes at our on-site solar heated pool.