Gain expert insights from our dedicated and highly experienced team of instructors. Don't miss this opportunity to unleash your kayaking potential!

At Tumalo Creek, our mission is to foster a lifelong love for paddling, where kayaking becomes not just an activity but an integral part of who you are. However, we understand that this transformation takes time and commitment.

If you're seeking a challenging yet incredibly rewarding experience, look no further than whitewater kayaking.

Enroll in Tumalo Creek's 2 1/2 day Full Immersion Whitewater Kayaking Weekend, and embark on a comprehensive introduction to this thrilling sport in just a weekend. With the guidance of our expert instructors, you'll be immersed in the river environment while gently encouraged to push your limits. By the end of the weekend, participants will have the opportunity to tackle Class II-III rapids.

The course begins on Friday evening from 4:00-6:30 pm on our back lawn and a calmer stretch of the Deschutes River, where you'll master essential safety techniques and proper boat fitting. Saturday (9 am - 4 pm) will be dedicated to skill practice in the Deschutes River's more manageable rapids, and on Sunday (9 am - 6 pm), you'll navigate a longer stretch of the McKenzie or another nearby Class II-III river. Get ready to embrace the kayaker within you!

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.

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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.