Quickly learn to paddle whitewater or gain additional experience in our exaggerated rapid progression river outings.

The single day Rapid Progression is designed for everyone: 1) the aspiring whitewater paddler who would like a single day crash course to the sport; and 2) for those already familiar with whitewater and need time to practice.

For those without previous experience, we will provide you with an inflatable kayak. This is a great way to get into whitewater paddling without the intensive training needed for hardshell kayaking.

For those who have received previous training in our whitewater courses, take the craft of your choice. As long as you have coaching in a particular craft you can choose from inflatable kayaks, hardshell kayaks, and standup paddle boards.

*Previous experience in any particular craft is required for this group

In this course we will focus on basic paddle strokes, navigating rapids, and safety. If you've previously received training we will cater our instruction to your needs.

The single day Rapid Progression will be held on the Lower Deschutes River, Mckenzie, or Santiam Rivers.

Equipment List

Tumalo Creek Provides

  • Paddle Craft
  • Paddle
  • PFD
  • Helmet
  • Immersion Equipment

Participant Provides

  • Sunglasses with retainer
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • River appropriate shoes
  • Synthetic top and bottom (i.e. thermal underwear)
  • Board shorts or swim trunks
  • Water bottle
  • Towel and change of cloths for after class
  • High energy snacks and packable lunch
  • Small day dry bag for food and extra layers

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 you enjoy this course consider participating in one or all of our summer progression. We offer weekly roll sessions, beginning and 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.