Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking Weekend


Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking Weekend

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Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking Weekend with Tumalo Creek! The focus of the Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking class will be precision river running and paddling finesse. As much time as possible will be spent on the water, building a foundation of whitewater paddling skills. The class will cater to the skill level of each paddler, refining basic technique for those who need more time, and adding challenges for those who are ready.

Tumalo Creek guides are American Canoe Association (ACA) certified, First Aid certified, River Rescue Technicians and have been guiding on the Deschutes and other rivers for decades.

Class Requirements: This is NOT an introductory kayaking class. This class is designed for paddlers who are already familiar with the sport of whitewater kayaking. If you’ve taken Tumalo Creek’s Full Immersion class and you’re ready for more, this is the perfect next step.

Note: Please call the shop directly for reservations occurring 24 hours or less from class start date, 541.317.9407. Minimum enrollment needs can periodically result in course rescheduling.

Where: Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend OR 97702 and possibly the Deschutes, Mckenzie and North Santiam Rivers.

What (Day 1): Participants meet at the shop at 8 am, review equipment and depart. After warming up, skills for the Full Immersion Weekend will be reviewed. Why spend time revisiting basic whitewater paddling skills? Successfully running the toughest rapids is highly dependent on having a strong foundation of basic skills, and we’re committed to helping you build this. By the afternoon, new intermediate skills will be introduced.

Skills we will review and build on:

-Outfitting a kayak

-Basic strokes and bracing

-Ferrying, catching eddies

-Reading water and scouting

-Boat control, understanding edges and boat tilt

What (Day 2): Introduction of some of the more advanced paddling skills and eventually shifting focus to fundamental rescue techniques. These crucial skills will make you a more confident paddler. We’ll practice assisted and self rescue techniques as well as best practices for active swimming and boat recovery. Paddling locations are dependent on conditions, but may include the McKenzie

Skill we will introduce:

-Side slips and skulling

-Boof strokes and timing

-Assisted rescues

-Self rescues

-Retrieving equipment

-Active swimming

-Rescuing swimmers

Cost: $195 for a two day course including rental gear

Dates: July 15-16, August 12-13, 8-5pm

Tumalo Creek provides:

  • kayak
  • paddle
  • spray skirt
  • PFD
  • guide

Even in warmer weather, dry tops are recommended as the temperature of the river is around forty degrees and colder. Bring high-energy lunch and snacks, a towel and a change of clothes for the end of the day.

Participant provides (dress to get wet):

  • Wetsuit booties or river shoes with wool socks
  • Synthetic insulating layers
  • Sunglasses with Croakies or Chums
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Water bottle
  • Towel and change of clothes
  • High energy snacks and lunch

Gear required for this trip is available for purchase at Tumalo Creek and other local retailers.