A continuation of our full immersion. Learn to pick apart rapids, slow things down, and make difficult sections of river more manageable as you develop your skills and confidence.

A continuation of our full immersion, with an emphasis on precision river running and the addition of essential risk management and safety techniques. Learn how to dissect rapids, slow down your approach, and render challenging river sections more manageable as you develop both your skills and self-confidence.

The primary objective of this course is to equip you with the necessary skills to confidently navigate rivers alongside your peers. We will instruct you on determining whether it's appropriate to run a rapid or if it's advisable to take an alternative route.

This course is well-suited for individuals who have completed our Full Immersion course or possess equivalent skills in Class II-III river running. Additionally, it serves as a prerequisite for our Lower Deschutes Whitewater Kayaking Camp.

Equipment List

Tumalo Creek Provides

  • Boat, paddle, skirt, and helmet
  • Immersion gear (wet or dry suit)

Participant Provides

  • Lunches and snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Extra layers (no cotton)
  • Change of chlothes

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

Meeting Location

Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend, OR 97702 541 317-9407


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.


You or someone you know may also be in our three day, raft supported, whitewater kayaking camp! You'll be primed and ready for this trip after taking the Intermediate Course. Come join us on the river for great paddling, camping, instruction, and food.



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.