2017 Whitewater Programs: Early Birds get the…

The 2017 Alder Creek Program Calendar is out and you can get an early bird deal!  It’s looking like another GREAT year!!! 

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 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  

 Book by the end of January for a 2017 class or trip and receive 17% off! 

*Use Promo Code:

Lock in the low price now!  Need to switch up dates later?  No worries.  We can do that!  

Alder Creek Whitewater Programs: Click each link below for more info and to sign up.  (Don’t forget to use the Promo code) 

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.  Get it booked in Jan and we can give you the deal!

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: Feb 1,  Mar 1,  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     June 1st / 4th     Aug 10th / 12th


Learn to Whitewater Kayak (NEW) I-K Class: The Learn to Whitewater Kayak Course is a fun filled 2 days of coaching on easy whitewater.  Learn to paddle some of the Northwest’s finest rivers in just one weekend! 

Do you enjoy whitewater rafting but always thought it would be fun to paddle your own boat?  Maybe you’ve never been on a whitewater river before and want to see what it’s like without the commitment of buying lots of gear and taking class after class.  Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try whitewater kayaking but just aren’t sure it’s for you.  Maybe you know you’ll love kayaking the river but don’t want to bother with learning to roll. 

Our super stable and open topped inflatable kayaks let you feel the thrill of the river without worrying about what happens if you flip.   

This is an excellent 2 day class for anyone looking to explore the river and be the captain of their own boat! 

Dates:    April 22-23,      June 24-25th,      July 29th-30th


Whitewater Kayak Tour (NEW) I-K Trip:  The Whitewater Kayak Tour is a fun filled way to see one of the Northwest’s finest rivers in a day!  Do you enjoy whitewater rafting but always thought it would be fun to paddle your own boat?  Maybe you’ve never been on a whitewater river before and want to see what it’s like without the commitment of buying lots of gear and taking class after class.  Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try whitewater kayaking but just aren’t sure it’s for you.  Maybe you know you’ll love kayaking the river but don’t want to bother with learning to roll.  Our super stable and open topped inflatable kayaks let you feel the thrill of the river without worrying about what happens if you flip.

This is an excellent one day trip for anyone looking to explore the river and be the captain of their own boat! 

Dates: Apr 14,  Apr 15, May 28,  Jun 03,  Jun 11,  Jul 02,   Jul 15,  Aug 19,   Aug 27


Canoeing River Currents:  The Canoeing River Currents Class is for anyone that wants to take a canoe down a river.  We will discover ways to successfully negotiate swift current and small rapids in open canoes with either one or two paddlers.  The Pacific Northwest has many spectacular rivers but most have strong current and can be tretcherous without the right skills.  Let us teach you the fundamentals of river canoeing by starting out with some review of flat water techniques and strokes.  After that we head down the river putting all your skills to use on a fun and enjoyable local trip.

Dates:  June 17-18th,   July 1st-2nd,    August 19-20th


Full Immersion Whitewater I: 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. .

*Start Dates Shown below for 2.5 day course (Thur evening, Sat – Sun):

 Jan 12,  Feb 16,  Mar 02, Mar 30, May 18,  Jun 15,  Jul 06,   Aug 03,    Oct 19,  Nov 09,   Dec 28.


Full Immersion Whitewater II: Full Immersion Kayak 2 picks up where Full Immersion Kayak 1 leaves off. We focus classroom time on river selection and flow prediction, pool time allows further exploration into edge control and roll techniques. Spend Saturday and Sunday on two local river runs polishing the principles of boat control.

This is an excellent course for any paddler, looking to take beginning whitewater skills to the next level or dust off some skills that haven’t been used in a while.

Dates: Jan 19-22,     Mar 9-12,      May 25-28,     July 13-16,     Aug 17-20,    Nov 16-19


Full Immersion Whitewater III: Two days of paddling exciting Class II-III rapids.  You have lots of opportunities to work on rolling, bracing, surfing, boofing, and reading whitewater. We also cover river safety and rescue response.  This course will have you boofing, surfing, and shredding class II-III like never before.  We work on HARD moves on class FUN!!  Perhaps you have been working the Full Immersion Progression or you simply want to touch up some skills you already have.  You don’t need to have taken the other Full Immersion classes but you should have equivalent experience. 

Dates: Feb 11-12,   Mar 18-19,    June 3-4,     July 22-23,    Sept 9-10


River Running: Style not just Survival: River Running: Style not just Survival will be run on a Class III river from 9am-3pm (Student should already be paddling some class III sections)

S-Turns, Eddy hopping, lateral momentum using river features, surfing, and much more will be covered. 

This class is a really good 1 day brush up for people that have been paddling with the club or friends for a year or two. Perhaps you have been running harder and harder rivers, but swimming more than you want and are still feeling sloppy and tired at the end of the day?

We will be paddling a local class III river and working ALL the hard moves.  Challenges will be taken on by choice and will be relatively low risk but quite demanding.  We will be working the river hard all day so get ready for some serious fun!

Students should already be paddling some class III runs and have a reliable river roll. 

Dates:   Feb 4,   April 15,   June 18,     Nov 5th


Short Boat Surfing Clinic: We will cover topics such as reading the surf, selecting a break, launching and landing on the beach, positioning in the group and on the wave, bracing and rolling, and surfing (forwards, side, and backwards, bottom turns, cutbacks, etc…) Students in this class should have a reliable roll and should have some rough water experience.  If you are unsure about what is appropriate for your skill level, please send us an e-mail and we can help guide you to the right class.  Gear can be provided upon request.  We will be using whitewater and surf specific craft for this class.

Date:      August 20th,      Sept 10th


Creek Boating Basics: This class is for the aspiring creek boater.  The Pacific Northwest is THE creek boat Mecca of North America. Come and experience some of the best rapids in the world and the raw beauty of the Cascade Mountains with our top level coaches.  We will establish a team dynamic and asses the students on day 1 paddling solid class III while laying some ground work and foundational skills.  On day 2 we find some small volume class III-IV stuff to work on: Moving as a team, When to scout? / techniques for giving beta to friends in the eddy, Portaging efficiently as a team, How to set support for teammates, Boofing, micro / pocket eddies, boat scouting, seal launching, reading steeper rapids, and much much more…

Dates:  Jan 28-29th,   March 25-26,    April 1-2,    Nov 25-26,    Dec 30-31


Creek-Style Clinic: (NEW) So we have all heard about freestyle clinics, but have you ever been to a “Creek-style” clinic?  The Pacific NW is a creek boat mecca!  Just because you are creekin doesn’t mean you have to skip all the best play features.  Learn to PLAY the river from top to bottom in your full volume creeker.  Play boating is one of the best ways to up your game on so many levels.  Bombproof your combat roll, gain awareness and control in holes, flair, splat, and rock-spin with style.  Ender, loop, and spin your creek boat bigger, faster, and better than you ever have before!      

We will be working on a Grade III+ river near Portland, Oregon.

Dates: Feb 26th  One time only!!!


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. 

Dates: Jan 15th,   Mar 19th,   April 23rd,    Oct 29th,   Nov 12th,    Dec 3rd

Or by popular demand! 


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,    July 22-23,     Sept 16-17


PNA “Week”:  Every year Alder Creek flies the very best coaches here to the Pacific Northwest for an event unlike any other.  The British Canoe Union offers some of the highest quality   courses and trainings, and skills assessments available in the world.  Typically you would have to fly to the UK or other European destination to take part in many of these programs.  Alder Creek bring the programs right to your back yard here in Oregon / Washington!!!  Don’t miss this annual opportunity to train with the very best no matter what level your paddling is at.  There is something for EVERYONE.  Whitewater, canoe, sea kayak, coaching, training, certifications, etc… The full schedule will be released this Spring.   

Dates: Sept 23-Oct 5, 2017


Lumpy Waters Symposium:  Lumpy is a three day celebration of rough water sea kayaking!  With coaching aimed at advanced beginners, early intermediates, and advanced level paddlers; Lumpy provides an unparalleled opportunity to improve your skills on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Top coaches come from all over the world, making Lumpy Waters the premiere instructional destination for dynamic ocean paddling.  Whitewater paddlers welcome!!! 

Dates: October 6-8, 2017

We also offer trips and classes for Stand Up Paddling, Canoeing, Rafting, Sea Kayaking, and much much more…

Learn to kayak, canoe and stand up paddle at Alder Creek. We offer world class coaching, guiding, and instruction from highly skilled and certified coaches. Our staff maintains the most current, best practice and employs the most up to date teaching techniques.  We have both ACA certified Instructors and British Canoeing Certified Coaches on staff.  Paddling a boat is easy. Mastering the sport is a challenge. What are your goals?

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!