Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe in Bend, Oregon is excited to provide a special opportunity to learn the exhilarating sport of whitewater kayaking in a supportive, all-female environment. If you are looking for a challenge with big-time rewards, whitewater kayaking offers both in healthy doses. It takes some dedication, but most boaters would agree that it’s well worth the effort.
Join us for our Women’s Whitewater Weekend, and you’ll experience a complete introduction to the sport in just two and a half days. Our expert female instructors will emphasize risk management out on the river, while gently prodding you outside of your comfort zone. You’ll will have the opportunity to run a Class II+ rapid by the end of the weekend.
The course begins Friday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the pool behind the shop, where you will learn essential safety techniques and be introduced to basic paddle strokes. We’ll spend Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. practicing our skills in the gentle rapids by the Healy Bridge on the Deschutes River, and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (ish), we’ll run a longer stretch of the McKenzie or another nearby Class II river.
You will learn critical paddle skills, boat control, how to read moving water, and how to identify and negotiate river features like rocks, wood and rapids. By Sunday, you will be ready to transfer your developing skills to a real whitewater river!
Get ready to have a blast while putting into practice all your recently-acquired river-running techniques!
Please note, we do not take online reservations within 48 hours of the class. You may call the shop directly, as there are often spaces open last minute: 541-317-9407.
If you can’t make it to Bend to our exclusive Women’s Whitewater Weekend there are plenty of opportunities to hone your whitewater skills in an engaged and exhilarating environment. Sign up for one of our other Intro to Kayaking Weekends – these are often taught by female instructors and don’t hesitate to ask who is teaching what weekend: firstname.lastname@example.org. Throughout the winter we offer a Brace & Roll Clinic at Juniper Swim & Fitness most Sunday evenings, and in the summer we have our own roll pool where you can practice independently or sign up for a Summer Brace & Roll Clinic or Thursday Whitewater Paddling Clinics.