Rocks, Caves and Waves

Rocks, Caves & Waves Clinic

Location:  OR, United States
Starting From: US $125.00

This full day class will take students paddling off the Oregon Coast!  We will look for rocks, caves, and waves to explore and play.  Depending on conditions we may be able to paddle into some of the most amazing caves on the Oregon Coast!  If the waves are too big for caving we will learn to play and manage the surf zone with more skill.  This is a fairly advanced level sea kayaking class so please make sure you are up to the challenge.  Email us at programs@aldercreek.com if you are not sure about your skills.  Having a roll and good rescue skills are pretty essential to the success of the class.  

You will learn about the anatomy of a surf beach, including how to recognize spilling, plunging and dumping waves, long shore and rip currents and the effects on surf of swell height, direction and period, beach shape, tide height and wind speed and direction. 

In the rocks we will look at safely paddling where the sea meets the land.  We will work on planning, positioning, patience, water reading and wave selection.

If we have small enough swell we may be able to check out some sea caves and learn how to safely enter and operate in some of the most amazing places on earth!  Places almost no one else ever gets to see!!

 

  • forecasting surf and weather
  • observation and recognition
  • identifying hazards and currents
  • selecting appropriate locations to play
  • learn to negotiate rocks, caves, and archways safetly
  • Swimming and rock and surf rescue practice
  • holding position and boat control
  • safe and controlled landings
  • rough water rock landings
  • and much much more!!!

This full day class will take students paddling off the Oregon Coast!  We will look for rocks, caves, and waves to explore and play.  Depening on the conditions on the sea on the day of class we may be able to paddle into some of the most amazing caves on the Oregon Coast!  If the waves are too big for caving we will learn to play and manage the surf zone with more skill.  This is a fairly advanced level sea kayaking class so please make sure you are up to the challenge.  Email us at programs@aldercreek.com if you are not sure about your skills.

-We will email you the meet up location prior to class

-Once we analyze the conditions and meet the crew we will form the plan

-We will spend the day learning, exploring, and have a blast on the Oregon Coast.  Activities may include things like Rock gardening, Sea Caving, Surfing, and anything else we can find along the way to play. 

-Challenge by choice!  While everyone will need to have the skills to negotiate the surf zone to get off the beach, but once we are all outside the break we can find challenges and moves to make that will get students excited and challenged at their own level. 

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 atleast 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 needed upon 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.

we do not provide: transport, parking fees, food, drink, accomodation.

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

We will meet on location at Oregon Coast, TBD by the Coach.

Drop-Off

We will be off the water around 3 or 4pm.

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For the strong intermediate sea kayaker looking to step it up.  We will explore what the Oregon Coast has to offer us day of… Depending on conditions we may see some sea caves and go rock gardening!

This full day class will take students paddling off the Oregon Coast!  We will look for rocks, caves, and waves to explore and play.  Depening on the conditions on the sea on the day of class we may be able to paddle into some of the most amazing caves on the Oregon Coast!  If the waves are too big for caving we will learn to play and manage the surf zone with more skill.  This is a fairly advanced level sea kayaking class so please make sure you are up to the challenge.  Email us at programs@aldercreek.com if you are not sure about your skills.

This is only offered in the summer because that is when we can get the best chance of small swell

-We will email you the meet up location prior to class

-Once we analyze the conditions and meet the crew we will form the plan

-We will spend the day learning, exploring, and have a blast on the Oregon Coast.  Activities may include things like Rock gardening, Sea Caving, Surfing, and anything else we can find along the way to play.

-Challenge by choice!  While everyone will need to have the skills to negotiate the surf zone to get off the beach, but once we are all outside the break we can find challenges and moves to make that will get students excited and challenged at their own level.

  • forecasting surf and weather
  • observation and recognition
  • identifying hazards and currents
  • selecting appropriate locations to play
  • learn to negotiate rocks, caves, and archways safetly
  • Swimming and rock and surf rescue practice
  • holding position and boat control
  • safe and controlled landings
  • rough water rock landings
  • and much much more!!!