Full Immersion Whitewater Kayaking Weekend with Tumalo Creek! Join us for well-rounded instruction from our passionate and experienced staff.

Here at Tumalo Creek, it’s no secret that we want to help create life-long paddlers who consider kayaking part of who they are, not what they do. But we also know this doesn’t happen overnight.

If you are looking for a challenge with big-time rewards, whitewater kayaking offers both, in healthy doses. It takes some dedication, but most paddlers would agree it’s well worth the effort.

Sign up for Tumalo Creek’s 2 1/2 day Full Immersion Whitewater Kayaking Weekend, and you’ll experience a complete introduction to the sport in just two and a half days. Our expert instructors will keep you engaged on the river, while gently encouraging you to challenge yourself. Participants will get the opportunity to run Class II-III rapids by the end of the weekend.

The course begins Friday evening from 4:00-6:30 pm on our back lawn and flatwater stretch of the Deschutes, where you will learn essential safety techniques and the key to proper boat fitting. We’ll spend Saturday (9am - 4pm) practicing our skills in some of the Deschutes River's milder rapids. Sunday (9am - 6pm) we’ll run a longer stretch of the McKenzie or other nearby Class II-III river.

Equipment List

Tumalo Creek Provides

  • Kayak
  • Sprayskirt
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • PFD
  • Immersion gear (wet or dry suit)
  • Instruction

Participant Provides

  • Sunglasses with Croakie or Chums
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • River appropriate shoes
  • Synthetic top and bottom (i.e. thermal underwear
  • 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 our shop.

Meeting Location

805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6 Bend OR 97702


Tumalo Creek Deposits and Cancellation Policies:

Multi Day Lessons/Tours: 14 days prior to departure date required for cancellations or date changes. No Shows, cancellations or date changes for any reason inside the 14 day cancelation 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.


If you enjoy this course consider participating in one, or all of our summer progression. We offer weekly kayak and roll sessions, intermediate whitewater courses, and multi-day whitewater kayaking camps.

If you would like to learn more visit our web page www.tumalocreek.com


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.