Forward Stroke

Forward Stroke Clinic

Location:  Portland, OR, United States
Starting From: US $50.00

  • Torso Rotation
  • Catch
  • Pull
  • Lift
  • Push
  • Glide

A good Forward Stroke takes concentration, practice, and a keen understanding of cause and effect as it relates to your body, boat, and blade.  We will spend 3 hours pouring over your stroke in an effort to make you safer, stronger, faster, and more efficient! 

 

Additional Information

 

 

If you have any questions about what to bring please contact us. Alder Creek has a full line of paddling equipment and accessories. We would be happy to assist you in getting outfitted for your trip. Please remember to keep your personal gear to a minimum, but keep your comfort in mind. Remember the goal is to travel light and efficiently.

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The forward stroke is arguably the least perfected skill in kayaking. Who needs this class?

  • Have you ever felt like you are working really hard to keep up with the group?
  • Are you really tired and sore after paddling when other do not seem to be?
  • Do you aspire to kayak race or paddle for fitness?
  • Do you have a long journey planned?

You can go fast or go slow with an efficient forward stroke, but there is no reason to work harder than you have to.  We will spend time on the water learning efficent and safe technique with expert coaches!

Things To Bring

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 so you will need to bring layers to wear under the suits provided.

  • Sunglasses with retention device (i.e. Croakies, Chums, etc)
  • NO COTTON Synthetic top and bottom layers (thermal underwear, heavier wt. for cooler weather)
  • Nylon shorts and/or swimsuit for warmer days
  • Hiking style wool or synthetic socks
  • Water bottle
  • LUNCH small enough to pack into the boats
  • Towel and change of clothes for ride home

Optional Gear:

  • Water proof camera
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • River shoes or booties
  • Tow belt
  • Rescue gear
  • Spare Paddle
  • Bilge Pump

Inclusions

We can provide all gear required by request

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.

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

Forward Stroke Clinics meet at the Jantzen Beach location. You will receive detailed instructions and a map with your confirmation.

Drop-Off

We will launch and land from the Jantzen Beach Store.

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Improve your forward stroke with Alder Creek Kayak in Portland, Oregon.

The forward stroke is arguably the least perfected skill in kayaking. Who needs this class? Have you ever felt like you are working really hard to keep up with the group? Are you really tired and sore after paddling when others do not seem to be? Do you aspire to kayak race or paddle for fitness? Do you have a long journey planned? You can go fast or go slow with an efficient forward stroke, but there is no reason to work harder than you have to. Also learn to appreciate the attributes of different paddle types: greenland, euro, and wing paddles.

  • Torso Rotation
  • Catch
  • Pull
  • Lift
  • Push
  • Glide

A good Forward Stroke takes concentration, practice, and a keen understanding of cause and effect as it relates to your body, boat, and blade.  We will spend 3 hours pouring over your stroke in an effort to make you safer, stronger, faster, and more efficient!

Forward Stroke Clinics meet at the Jantzen Beach location, 200 NE Tomahawk Island Dr, Portland OR 97217. !-5 exit 308.  You will receive detailed instructions and a map with your confirmation.

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 so you will need to bring layers to wear under the suits provided.

  • Sunglasses with retention device (i.e. Croakies, Chums, etc)
  • NO COTTON Synthetic top and bottom layers (thermal underwear, heavier wt. for cooler weather)
  • Nylon shorts and/or swimsuit for warmer days
  • Hiking style wool or synthetic socks
  • Water bottle
  • LUNCH small enough to pack into the boats
  • Towel and change of clothes for ride home

Optional Gear:

  • Water proof camera
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • River shoes or booties
  • Tow belt
  • Rescue gear
  • Spare Paddle
  • Bilge Pump