Basic Skills : Learn to Canoe

Basic Skills Canoe

Location:  Portland, OR, United States
Starting From: US $59.00

Whether by yourself or with the whole family, canoeing is a wonderful way to explore and enjoy the water! In the classroom, we discuss equipment needs and safety. In the water, we teach proper techniques for launching, landing, paddle strokes, and boat maneuvers. Open the door to explore the Northwest's lakes and rivers today!

  • Introduction to basic equipment
  • Launching and landing from a dock
  • Introduction to how body, boat and blade work together
  • Basic body mechanics and efficiency of stroke
  • Forward and reverse paddling
  • Sweep strokes
  • Draw strokes
  • Turning on the move
  • Communication with partner

Things To Bring

Customers have the option to use their own gear with approval.  (Boats need to have secure buoyancy in the stern and immersion wear must be worn most of the year). 

If you are un-able to bring the items listed below please let us know as we can provide them if needed.  We typiaclly provide immersion wear in the form of either a neoprene wetsuit or nylon drysuit with latex gasket seals and neoprene boots.  Only in the hottest summer months do we run courses without some form of immersion wear.  The water is cold year round.   

What to Bring:

  • ?Sunglasses with retention device (i.e. Croakies, Chums, etc)
  • Water and a snack bar
  • ?Sunscreen (SPF 30), lip balm (SPF 15)
  • Synthetic top and bottom (thermal underwear, heavier wt. for cooler weather) ?
  • Hiking socks
  • ?Nylon shorts and/or swimsuit?
  • Towel and change of clothes for ride home

Optional:

  • Camera
  • Hat
  • River shoes or booties

Inclusions

-Canoes
-Paddles
-PFD's, Life Jacket
-Wet or Dry suit
-Booties
-Our great instructors!

Exclusions

Gratuity:  It's NEVER expected but always appreciated.  If you feel your coaches / guides have done an exceptional job and made your experience a memorable one, then you can certainly show your appreciation by giving a tip. The amount is totally up to you. Many people believe that anyone in a service type of job (like restaurant and hotel employees, hair dressers and dog groomers, etc.) should get between 10-20% of the total cost of the service. That is not to say that’s what we suggest, but that’s what most people tip when they do tip. So, for instance, if your trip was $200.00, and your guide made your experience a memorable one, a $20-$40 tip would be generous and greatly appreciated!

If your coach / guide was so exceptional that you want him or her to be your guide on all future trips, simply request them at the time you make your reservation.  While we cannot promise he/she will be available, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your request.

-We do not provide food or drink

Cancellation Policy

The Pacific Northwest is a dynamic and often unpredictable environment. All activities are run/fun rain or shine. All programs are conditions dependent and may change at any time at our discretion. In order to keep our programs affordable a minimum number of participants may be required. If we are unable to fill a program to a minimum requirement level we reserve the right to cancel the program. A full refund will be provided in the event of a cancelled or re-scheduled activity upon request. Please allow 48 hour notice for any cancellations or changes in your reservation. Give us a call at 503-285-0464. Cancellations within 48 hours of the program are NOT refundable.  To re-schedule a class you have cancelled within the restricted 48 hour period we will gladly credit you 50% towards the rescheduled class.  Thank you for signing up!  Please let us know if you have questions about this or any other policy here at Alder Creek. 

Pickup/Departure

Basic Skills Canoe Classes meet at our Jantzen Beach Store in Portland, Or.
200 NE Tomahawk Island Dr.
Portland, Or. 97217

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Whether by yourself or with the whole family, canoeing is a wonderful way to explore and enjoy the water! In the classroom, we discuss equipment needs and safety. On the water, we teach proper techniques for launching, landing, paddle strokes, and boat maneuvers. Open the door to explore the Northwest’s lakes and rivers today – Learn to Canoe!

  • Introduction to basic equipment
  • Launching and landing from a dock
  • Introduction to how body, boat and blade work together
  • Basic body mechanics and efficiency of stroke
  • Forward and reverse paddling
  • Sweep strokes
  • Draw strokes
  • Turning on the move
  • Communication with partner

Inclusions:

-Canoes
-Paddles
-PFD’s, Life Jacket
-Wet or Dry suit
-Booties
-Our great instructors!

Basic Skills: Learn to Canoe Classes meet at our Jantzen Beach Store in Portland, Or.
200 NE Tomahawk Island Dr.
Portland, Or. 97217

Learn to canoe in our Basic Skills canoe class at Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe.