A great chance for the established paddler to hone their skills. Elevate your rescue techniques, paddle finesse, and proficiency in handling challenging waters. (A prerequisite for our San Juan Islands sea kayaking tours.)

If you have completed our Intro to Kayaking and/or Basic Skills Kayaking class this is the next step for you. In this class we will re-establish basic skills and introduce additional strokes, rescues, and rough-condition paddling. Basic navigation and boat packing will also be included for those interested in joining our San Juan Islands sea kayaking tours.

Class will involve some on-land training and will include several breaks throughout the day, however the majority of the class will be spent on water. Please bring plenty of high-energy snacks and a lunch. Lunch is NOT provided but a cooler will be available to keep your food and drinks cool.

The Intermediate Skills Kayaking course will be taught at Elk or Suttle Lake where paddlers can experience open water conditions.

Class meets in Bend at the Tumalo Creek Shop: 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend, OR 97702. If choosing to meet us at Elk Lake, please notify us beforehand. (541) 317-9407

Directions to Little Fawn: From Bend, travel 35.5 miles southwest on Cascade Lakes Hwy (46), then 1.7 miles east on Forest Road 4625.

This class is geared towards adult paddlers and we recommend participants be 15 yrs. or older.

Equipment List

Tumalo Creek Provides

  • Transportation
  • Lunch Cooler
  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • PFD
  • Skirt
  • Immersion equipment (upon request)

Participant Provides

  • Lunch/snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat/Sunglasses
  • Water appropriate shoes
  • Quick drying cloths
  • Insulated tops and bottoms (weather dependent)
  • Towel and change of cloths
  • Any personal paddling gear you would like to use

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.


IMPORTANT: This class meets at our Bend store located @ 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend, OR 9770. Please arrive by 8:15 am. We will utilize this earlier departure time to collect extra equipment you may need allowing for sufficient time on the water.

This class is a prerequisite for our San Juan Islands sea kayaking tours.

If you are interested in other classes and tours including the San Juan Islands sea kayaking tour please visit our web site 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.