Women’s Whitewater Kayaking Weekend


Women’s Whitewater Kayaking Weekend

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Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe is excited to provide a special opportunity to learn the exhilarating sport of whitewater kayaking in a supportive, all-female environment during the Women’s Whitewater Kayaking Weekend. This is a two and a half day introductory progression series to whitewater and a great launching point for the aspiring life-long kayaker. Participants will learn safety techniques, basic paddle strokes, how to read swift water and avoid hazards and boat control while enjoying the company and encouragement of other novice course mates and expert Tumalo Creek guides.

Women’s Whitewater Kayaking Weekend is comparable to Tumalo Creek’s Full Immersion offering and is suggested as a course for visitors and locals looking to challenge themselves and gain advanced whitewater skills. Participants will have the opportunity to run a Class II+ rapid by the end of the weekend.

Tumalo Creek guides are American Canoe Association (ACA) certified and have been guiding on the Deschutes and other rivers for decades.

Note: Please call the shop directly for reservations occurring 48 hours or less from class start date, 541.317.9407. Minimum enrollment needs can periodically result in course rescheduling.

Where: Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe pool, the Deschutes and Mckenzie Rivers, day 1 meet at 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend OR 97702.

What (Day 1): The course begins at Tumalo Creek Friday evening from 5:30-8 pm in the pool behind the shop. We will discuss boats, proper fit, spray skirts, paddles, helmets and safety equipment and be introduced to basic paddle strokes and essential safety techniques.

What (Day 2): On Saturday, from 9-4pm, the class will move onto the gentle rapids of the Deschutes River where boat control and critical paddle skills will be introduced. Boaters will also begin to develop a knowledge of how to “read” moving water and how to identify and safely negotiate river features like rocks, wood and rapids.

What (Day 3): On Sunday, from 9-6pm, the class will transfer their developing skills to a white water river running a Class II+ section on the McKenzie River near Blue River, Oregon.

Cost: $245 for a 2 and 1/2 day course including rental gear

Dates: August 4-6, 2017

Tumalo Creek provides:

  • kayak
  • paddle
  • spray skirt
  • PFD
  • guide

Participant provides:

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

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