Full Immersion Whitewater 1 (2-Day Class) 

The Full Immersion program is the Pacific Northwest’s most successful and well established whitewater program for paddlers new to the sport. 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 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
  • 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!
Carver Park - 14888 S Springwater Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045, USA


  • River Trip # 1 is Saturday on a local class I-II river
  • River Trip # 2 is Sunday on a local class II river

This class normally meets at Carver Park on the Clackamas River at 9am.  This location is subject to appropriate river levels.

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

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


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

We provide all gear needed! 

-After completion of this class, students will recieve a gift certificate for a free whitewater rental package of all the gear AND boat so you can go practice your skills! ($90 value!) 

-We also offer our students a 50% discount on retaking Full Immersion I if you've recently taken this class. 

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

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

Our Full Immersion programs require at least 2 weeks notice for any cancellations.  Cancellations within 2 weeks of the program are NOT refundable unless we are able to fill your spot.

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. Thank you for signing up!  Please let us know if you have questions about this or any other policy here at Alder Creek.  You can call us at 503-285-0464.

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