Learn how to navigate rapids on a paddleboard using whitewater specific strokes, techniques and stances. This half-day clinic will introduce you to the fun and dynamic nature of downriver whitewater SUP.

Learn how to take your flat water paddleboarding to the next level. Join TCKC for a half-day introductory course on whitewater paddleboarding.

The whitewater SUP skills course will be held at our home base in Bend, Oregon on the Deschutes River. We begin our progression in flat water introducing whitewater strokes, techniques and stances. Once proficient, we will practice our newly acquired skills in approachable, small whitewater near our shop. spent in a whitewater setting practicing navigation, safety, body and board dynamics.

Your instructors will teach you different stances, techniques of paddling, and bracing preparing you for successful navigation of class I - II rapids. We will work on eddy turns, peel outs, and teach you how to fall and recover, all while mitigating risk in a whitewater setting.

Also covered in the course, best equipment used for comfort and safety.

Equipment List

Tumalo Creek Provides

  • Helmet
  • PFD
  • Booties, if needed
  • Immersion equipment or wetsuit
  • Transportation
  • Instruction
  • Paddle and Board

Participant Provides

  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses with chums
  • Water bottle
  • High calorie snacks
  • Fast drying top and bottom
  • Booties specific to water
  • Towel and change of cloths for after
  • 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 Kayak & Canoe Programs Cancellation Policies

One Day Lessons/Tours: 24 hours prior to departure date required for cancellations or date changes. No Shows, cancellations or date changes for any reason inside the 24 hour period will be subject to forfeiture of all fees.

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe (TCKC) Initiated Cancellation Disclaimer: Applies to all one day lessons, trips, tours, multi-day trips, camps and special events. TCKC reserves the right to cancel, postpone or reschedule one day lessons, trips, tours, multi-day trips, camps and special events within 24 hours of 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 TCKC’s control.


If whitewater paddling is your goal, join us for day 2, the whitewater SUP River Trip day. After completing Saturdays skills course, you'll have the opportunity to join us for Sunday, day 2's, river trip on the Lower Deschutes River. We will take all of our new skills to the water and float 9 mile of intermittent, approachable, rapids from Warm Spring to Trout Creek. This is the perfect opportunity to take your skills from theory to practice. Come join us! *Please note, this class fills fast and we can't guarantee availability on the river trip if you aren't pre-registered.


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.