Test the waters and decide if kayaking is the right activity for you.

Tumalo Creek’s Intro to Kayaking course is the perfect opportunity to give a new activity a try! Test the waters with us while learning equipment basics, essential paddling strokes, and getting in and out of your kayak.

If you end up enjoying the sport, join us for the Basic Skills Kayaking course, Intermediate Course, and with enough practice - the San Juan Islands Sea Kayaking Tour (held each September).

Equipment List

Tumalo Creek Provides

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • PFD

Participant Provides

  • Water shoe or Bootie
  • Synthetic top and bottom
  • Rain top and bottom
  • Sun hat or Fleece hat
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunglasses with retainer strap
  • Light snack

Gear required for this trip is available for purchase at our shop.

Meeting Location

805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend, OR 97702


Tumalo Creek Deposits and Cancellation Policies:

One Day Lessons/Tours: 48 hours prior to departure date required for cancellations or date changes. No Shows, cancellations or date changes for any reason inside the 48 hour period will be subject to forfeiture of all fees.

Tumalo Creek (TC) Initiated Cancellation Disclaimer: Applies to all one day lessons, trips, tours, multi-day trips, camps and special events. TC reserves the right to cancel, postpone or reschedule one day lessons, trips, tours, multi-day trips, camps and special events within 24 hours of the scheduled date. Circumstances include but are not limited to low enrollment, weather (ex. thunderstorms/lightning), natural disasters (ex. forest fires) and events or circumstances beyond TC’s control.


Weather conditions can be variable so bring extra layers when the temps are cool. Wear quick-drying bottoms and tops, and consider an extra change of cloths.

We recommend river shoes, or sneakers for the kayak lesson.


Can I bring my own gear?

If you have your own gear and or boat you are more than welcome to bring your gear to the classes. It is always good to practice in the same equipment you will use after the class.

Can kids come to these lessons?

We have a strict age requirement of 15 for standard lessons. If you have a child younger than 15 please check out our offerings for Tumalo Kids or email [email protected] to get information on private classes.

Do I have to get on the water?

If you are taking a class we do require you to come out on the water and practice the techniques we are covering. Though we start on land most of our instruction is on the water so students can try the new skill in real time.

Do I have to participate in the self rescue?

It is entirely optional but highly recommended that you try your hand at a self rescue during class. Practice makes perfect and what better way to practice than by having a certified instructor right there with you.

Will I fall in?

It is entirely possible that you will fall in the water. We will always suit you up with all of the necessary safety gear for the discipline you are participating in, and our certified instructors are well versed in water rescues. But still, be prepared to swim.