Paddling In Conditions

Paddling in Conditions

Location:  Hood River, OR, US
Starting From: US $125.00

  • apply all of your flat water strokes and maneuvers in a windy open water environment with wind up to 15 knots
  • learn how to make use of a skeg or rudder to balance your direction in a cross or down-wind scenario
  • gain experience paddling in head, side and following seas
  • apply your self and assisted rescue skills in the kind of environment where they are likely to be needed

 "Paddling in Conditions" will only be scheduled a couple of times during the summer.  Don't pass this up this chance to paddle through the world famous Columbia River Gorge

 This full day class introduces the skills and knowledge needed to paddle in wind and waves. The class will be held in open water with wind up to 15 knots. You will discover how to apply all of your flat water strokes and maneuvers in a windy environment. You will learn how to make use of a skeg or rudder to balance your direction in a cross or down-wind scenario. You will gain experience paddling in head, side and following seas, and will apply your self and assisted rescue skills in the kind of environment where they are likely to be needed! 

 

Things To Bring

We encourage you to bring all your own gear including a helmet, immersion wear, and boat and any other gear you will need.  If you cannot, we can provide most of what you will need upon request.  Please be in touch with us ASAP if you need to borrow anything.

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 the gear needed

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 don't supply you with food, drink, parking fees, or transport

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

This class meets in the Columbia River Gorge, location to be decided.

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“Paddling in Conditions” will only be scheduled a couple of times during the summer.  Don’t pass this up this chance to paddle in the rough water of the world famous Columbia River Gorge.

Paddling in Conditions introduces the skills and knowledge needed to paddle in wind and waves. The class is held in open water with wind up to 15 knots. You  discover how to apply all of your flat water strokes and maneuvers in a windy environment with waves. We teach you how to make use of a skeg or rudder to balance your direction in a cross or down-wind scenario. You  gain experience paddling in head, side and following seas, and apply your self and assisted rescue skills in the kind of environment where they are likely to be needed!

Paddling in Conditions meets in the Columbia River Gorge between Rooster Rock and The Dalles, location to be decided and confirmed in the days just prior to the departure.

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