Ladies weekend out on the water. Learn to navigate whitewater and gain confidence in your boat surrounded by other like minded ladies.

Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe in Bend, Oregon is excited to provide a special opportunity to learn the exhilarating sport of whitewater kayaking in a supportive, all-female environment. If you are looking for a challenge with big-time rewards, whitewater kayaking offers both in healthy doses. It takes some dedication, but most boaters would agree that it’s well worth the effort.

Join us for our Women's Whitewater Weekend, and you’ll experience a complete introduction to the sport in just two and a half days. Our expert female instructors will keep you safe out on the river, while gently prodding you outside of your comfort zone, and you’ll run a Class II+ rapid by the end of the weekend.

The course begins Friday evening from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in our backyard, where you will learn essential safety techniques and be introduced to basic paddle strokes. We’ll spend Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. practicing our skills in the gentle rapids on the Deschutes River in town, and Sunday from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. (ish), we’ll run a longer stretch of the McKenzie or another nearby Class II-III river.

Equipment List

Tumalo Creek Provides

  • Transportation
  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • PFD
  • Helmet

Participant Provides

  • Sunglasses with Croakie or Chums
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Synthetic top and bottom (i.e. thermal underwear)
  • Swimsuit
  • Water bottle
  • Towel and change of clothes for after class
  • High energy snacks and lunch
  • Wetsuit booties, sneakers or river shoes

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

Multi 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 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're ready for the next step check out our Intermediate Whitewater Weekend or weekly kayak roll sessions. Consider ending your summer with our three day, raft supported, whitewater kayaking camp!

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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.