Whitewater Kayak I

Full Immersion 1 Whitewater (2.5 Day Class)

Location:  Clackamas, OR, United States
Starting From: US $299.00

The Full Immersion program is the Pacific Northwest’s most successful and well established whitewater program for paddlers new to the sport. We go from Oregon's biggest wave pool on Thursday evening where we master the basic fundamentals to the river for the weekend. Saturday students work on essential maneuvering skills, reading rivers, and understanding how to work with the water.  Sunday is a full river trip including class II whitewater!! If you need a re-fresher or have always wanted to try river kayaking… THIS is the program for you!  After class you'll receive a gift certificate for a full rental package and a complimentary membership to the Oregon Kayak & Canoe Club so you can keep paddling and learning at your own pace. 

  • Basic hydrology and whitewater anatomy
  • Review of how body, boat and blade work together
  • Basic body mechanics and efficiency of stroke
  • Forward and reverse paddling review
  • Sweep strokes
  • Draw strokes
  • Edging
  • More wet exit practice
  • Proactive and Re-active Bracing (high and low)
  • Bow-Rescues
  • Intro to rolling (H20 Comfort, balance, edging, bracing, etc...)
  • Swimming and self rescue in whitewater
  • Eddy turns
  • Peel Outs
  • Ferries
  • Surfing!
  • ...and more!

Additional Information

Includes a full year membership to the Oregon Kayak & Canoe Club!  Keep practicing, progressing and gaining confidence with a great group of safe and inclusive paddlers.   

  • Pool session: 7:00 pm Thursday 
  • River Trip # 1 is Saturday on a local class I-II river
  • River Trip # 2 is Sunday on a local class II river

Things To Bring

What you will need for this course: (be sure to read to the bottom)

Thursday night at the pool -

Customers have the option to use their own gear with approval. Boats need to have secure buoyancy in the stern and be built for whitewater use.  Feel free to e-mail us at programs@aldercreek.com if you have questions about using your own boat.

If you are un-able to bring the items listed below please let us know as we can provide them if needed.

What to bring to the pool: (Thur P.M.)

  • Retention device for your glasses(i.e. Croakies, Chums, etc) Synthetic top (thermal underwear)

  • Nylon shorts and/or swimsuit
  • Towel

  • Change of clothes for ride home

Optional Gear:

  • Nose plugs
  • Swim goggles
  • Synthetic Top
  • Footwear
  • Camera

Saturday and Sunday on the water :

We will be on the river on Saturday AND Sunday during this class.  Be sure to bring  a sack lunch on Saturday & Sunday we can pack down the river in a small drybag.

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
  • Money for Parking

Optional Gear:

  • Water proof camera
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • River shoes or booties of your own

If you have your own drysuit, wetsuit, or other gear please let us know.  It's usually best to learn in what you own.  Just ask if you are not sure what to bring.  programs@aldercreek.com

Inclusions

We can provide all gear needed upon request. 

-Included in the price of the class is one additional gift certificate for a free future rental package of all the gear AND boat so you can go practice your skills! ($75 value!) 

-We also offer our students a discount on Full Immersion II if you've taken this class. 

-We even invite students back to attend the class as a refresher for free (spaces limited please call for availability). 

-We will also include a 1 year membership to the Oregon Kayak & Canoe Club for those that complete the course!!!  That's right... get fun AND friends.  What a deal!

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.

parking fees, lunch, 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 Thursday night at the North Clackamas Aquatic Center.

North Clackamas Aquatic Park: 7300 SE Harmony Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97222. (503)794-8080. Take the Sunnyside Rd. Exit off I-205 and go west across 82nd Ave.(this is where Sunnyside will turn into Harmony Rd.) Take a left at the traffic light and follow the road back and around to the aquatic park.

Drop-Off

We will wrap things up at the take-out of a local river. (TBD)

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An intensive course for those wanting to build a basic knowledge of Whitewater kayak paddling. Full Immersion 1 includes fast-paced modules covering basic river safety, equipment, hydrology, rescues and boat control.

  • Basic hydrology and whitewater anatomy
  • Review of how body, boat and blade work together
  • Basic body mechanics and efficiency of stroke
  • Forward and reverse paddling review
  • Sweep strokes
  • Draw strokes
  • Edging
  • More wet exit practice
  • Proactive and Re-active Bracing (high and low)
  • Bow-Rescues
  • Intro to rolling
  • Swimming and self rescue in whitewater
  • Eddy turns
  • Peel Outs
  • Ferries
  • Surfing!
  • …and more!

What you will need for Whitewater Kayak 1: (be sure to read to the bottom)

Thursday night at the pool –

Customers have the option to use their own gear with approval. Boats need to have secure buoyancy in the stern and be built for whitewater use.  Feel free to e-mail us at programs@aldercreek.com if you have questions about using your own boat.

If you are un-able to bring the items listed below please let us know as we can provide them if needed.

What to bring to the pool: (Thur P.M.)

  • Retention device for your glasses(i.e. Croakies, Chums, etc) Synthetic top (thermal underwear)
  • Nylon shorts and/or swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes for ride home

Optional Gear:

  • Nose plugs
  • Swim goggles
  • Synthetic Top
  • Footwear
  • Camera

Saturday and Sunday on the water :

We will be on the river on Saturday AND Sunday during this class.  Be sure to bring  a sack lunch on Saturday & Sunday we can pack down the river in a small drybag.

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 of your own

If you have your own drysuit, wetsuit, or other gear please let us know.  It’s usually best to learn in what you own.  Just ask if you are not sure what to bring. programs@aldercreek.com

Whitewater Kayak 1. This is the spot to begin your whitewater kayak  experience.

Alder Creek Kayak in Portland, Oregon.