Full Immersion 1 Sea Kayak (2.5 Day Class) 

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By getting you on the water two and a half days in a short period of time you will learn more and absorb a higher number of concepts.  Optimum retention of knowledge can be achieved when you create more opportunity for reinforcement. A clear progression of classes translates to greater paddling skills and increased enthusiasm for the sport!  Take the leap and jump in with both feet. Become immersed! Become a sea kayaker! 

Clackamas, OR, United States

Pool and classroom session Thursday evening at North Clackamas Aquatic Park 7pm

  • Edging, Bracing, and balance in the pool along with re-entry review

Saturday at Alder Creek 9am 

  • Basic Seamanship including chart reading and practical navigation
  • Boat Control and maneuvering
  • Trip planning and group awareness
  • Basic Rescues

Sunday Tour 9-4pm

  • Practical application of skills while underway
  • Practice rescue and maneuvering
  • Basic navigation exercises


Thursday night 7 pm - 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 Rd. will turn into Harmony Rd. Take a left at the 2nd traffic light and follow the road back and around to the aquatic park.

Saturday Morning 9:00 am - Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe: 200 NE Tomahawk Island Drive, Portland, Or. 97217 (503)285-0464. Take the Jantzen Beach exit off I-5 (exit 308) and go east. The store is on the east end of the island past the fire house, condominiums, and yacht clubs on the south side of the road about ½ mile from I-5

Sunday Morning - To be determined

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 both the bow and the stern.  In the pool we often use short boats due to the confined space.  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:

  • 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 -

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

We can provide all gear needed.
Pool time
free rental gift certificate after class

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 food or drink
Please provide your own swim wear and any other gear that you can.

This class is appropriate for new paddlers, but some basic skills are required to participate.  Check out the Basic Skills class if this is your first formal instruction.   

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.