Spring into this Week with some whitewater!

The 2017 Alder Creek Program Calendar has been out but…

Here is what is happening coming up SOON:

At Alder Creek we strive to offer the very best whitewater coaching available to local and international paddlers looking to become more precise, confident, and have more FUN on the river at every level!  Check out what we have to offer this year including FREE clinics and Demos and Events and please feel free to email me suggestions, questions, and special requests.  Let us customize an experience for YOU.  Private and group classes and trips are available.  Email Programs@aldercreek.com 

Also be sure to check out our EXTENSIVE sea and sup programs!
FYI  Don’t see a date that works for you?  Feel free to request additional dates on the calendar.  It takes 3 students to make a class so grab a couple friends and pick some dates.  Then just email me at Programs@aldercreek.com

ok… on to the goods!



Oregon Kayak & Canoe Club Demo Night! (Tonight!)

It’s pool time !!

OKCC will be having another winter pool Session again April 12th! It is a lot of fun and you should come check it out.

Pool sessions at Columbia Pool on Wednsdays. The Pool is open for kayaks from 8pm to 9:30pm. Cost is $10 for non-Members and $5 for Members. Helmets are required.
Alder Creek brings FREE boats and gear for people to try so it’s a GREAT way to check out the latest designs or get a friend into the sport. Come and play with Alder Creek and the OKCC!
April 12th –

25th Annual Spring Paddle Festival!

Join us for two days of demos, clinics, discounts and more!  Best part… it’s a FREE event!!  The demos and classes are out at Vancouver Lake, WA and the deals are back at the shop on Jantzen Beach.  See you there!


Whitewater Programs Happening SOON :


Kid’s Yak Attack Camps: This five-day course for kids 10-14 provides instruction in safety, paddle strokes, bracing, rescues, rolling, and hydrology. Days one, two, and three take place on calm water behind our shop and in our warm pool. Days four and five are conducted at a suitable river location. The exuberance and natural learning ability of children never fails to keep the instructors’ creative juices flowing!  We are now offering two camps this year because last year they filled up fast.  Don’t delay…

Dates: July 17-21    &   Aug 7-11


Tipping without Flipping (NEW) : The best roll is the one that never had to happen!  Having a roll is great, but not capsizing in the first place is even better.  Alder Creek has expanded and improved one of its most popular classes.  Every paddler on the water should take this class. Edging and Bracing are crucial skills for paddlers of all levels. Tipping without Flipping will have you improving balance, edging, and learning to keep your cool if you ever tip over.  It is also a critical building block on the way to a solid roll.  We run the Tipping without Flipping class in Oregon’s largest wave pool!  Put your new skills straight to use.  We start off slow building the fundamentals and by the end you’re carving up the waves and surfing in STYLE.    

Dates: April 5,   May 3,    June 7,    July 5,    August 2,    October 4,    November 1,   and…December  6


Rolling Lessons: With private instruction you have the opportunity to work on the skills you need help with. This is an opportunity for close examination of the physical techniques and mental requirements needed to progress as a paddler and master the skill of rolling.  We feel working in pairs or one on one with a certified instructor is the best way to learn to roll your whitewater or sea kayak or canoe!  We also offer 2 : 1 roll coaching so you can split the session with a friend.  With private lessons you have the opportunity to get  personalized feedback and close personal attention.  Alder Creek can arrange private instruction & guiding from any of our stores in Portland.  We usually use area open pool sessions for rolling in cooler weather.



Combat Rolling Class: The combat roll is an elusive but crucial skill that will open many doors and improve your confidence immensely.  Explore and practice the physical and mental techniques needed to pull rolls off EVERY time you need them.  We will discover how variation, bi-lateral repetition, and contextual interference can better ingrain the fundamental movements needed for rolling in dynamic water.  We will begin rolling in The North Clackamas Aquatic Park wave pool then move into more and more challenging rolling situations on day 2!  We are all between swims, but hopefully this clinic will make those swims less frequent and far less likely.     

Dates: April 19th/ 22nd  



Advanced Creeking Clinic: We will establish a team dynamic and asses the students while laying some ground work and foundational skills in the beginning.  As the day progresses, we will explore a range of topics based on the needs of the students.  We will be working on a Grade IV river (East Fork Lewis sunset falls run, Opal Creek, and Canyon Creek are all possibilities).  We will be on one of these gems within a couple hours of Portland, Oregon.  Possible topics include: Ideal boats, gear, and safety equipment for creeking.  Moving as a team, knowing when to scout, eddy friendly beta, portaging as a team, how to set support, boofing and running vertical drops, micro-eddies, boat scouting and reading high gradient runs, seal launching, and SOOO much more!

This course is all about challenge by choice.  We will be portaging some rapids and will be working to explore a class IV + gorge together as a team. 

Date: April 23rd


Whitewater Safety & Rescue Training: The WWS&R training course is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment in either kayak or canoe. In addition, the training is required for those seeking their 4 star leader (white water or open canoe) award.  The objective is to provide the underpinning knowledge and teach simple and safe practical skills that can be applied appropriately. By its nature the course is very ‘hands on’ and should not usually contain much classroom work. Any theory should be short riverside sessions, the duration of which will be naturally limited.

Dates: May 6-7


At Alder Creek our aim is to help you reach your goals by assessing your skills and providing you an educational program that is suited to your needs. Every program has been developed and refined to provide you with the skills needed to learn to paddle safely and effectively. Our FUN learning progressions are the key to solid skill building and will help you reach your goals at every level. 

See you on the water!