Surf Zone Skills

Surf Zone Skills

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

This full day class will introduce students to paddling in ocean surf, which is a core element of Oregon coastal paddling. The class will be held at the coast in a location with non-dumping surf up to 4 or 5 feet.

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.

You will learn how to read wave sets and windows, and how to launch, land and hold position, under control in surf, i.e., without being surfed. We will cover broaching and side-surfing with correct use of edging and low and high braces. The emphasis in this class is on how to safely negotiate a surf zone during launching and landing at the beach

  • forecasting surf and weather
  • observation and recognition
  • identifying hazards and currents
  • selecting appropriate surf locations
  • learn to negotiate the surf safely
  • Swimming and surf rescue
  • holding position and boat control
  • safe and controlled landings
  • and much much more!!!

This full day class will introduce students to paddling in ocean surf, which is a core element of Oregon coastal paddling. The class will be held at the coast in a location with non-dumping surf up to 4 or 5 feet.

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.

You will learn how to read wave sets and windows, and how to launch, land and hold position, under control in surf, i.e., without being surfed. We will cover broaching and side-surfing with correct use of edging and low and high braces. The emphasis in this class is on how to safely negotiate a surf zone during launching and landing at the beach

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

Location on Oregon Coast, TBD by the Coach.

Drop-Off

4:00 pm

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The Surf Zone Skills class  introduces students to paddling in ocean surf. Surf Zone Skills are a core element of ocean paddling and often on a trip or tour you need to get into or our through a small surf break.  The class will be held at the coast in a location with non-dumping surf up to 4 or 5 feet.

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.

You will learn how to read wave sets and windows, and how to launch, land and hold position, under control in surf, i.e., without being surfed. We will cover broaching and side-surfing with correct use of edging and low and high braces. The emphasis in this class is on how to safely negotiate a surf zone during launching and landing at the beach

  • forecasting surf and weather
  • observation and recognition
  • identifying hazards and currents
  • selecting appropriate surf locations
  • learn to negotiate the surf safely
  • Swimming and surf rescue
  • holding position and boat control
  • safe and controlled landings
  • and much much more!!!
Directions to the surf zone skills class:
 On the Oregon Coast, determined by the Coach. Most often held in Pacific City. You will be notified a few days before the class once conditions are assessed.

We encourage you to bring all your own gear and boat to the Surf Zone skills class.  If you cannot, we can provide  what you will need.

  • 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