The Basic Skills Kayak class establishes the foundation that all paddlers need. In the classroom we discuss paddling safely, local destinations and equipment. On the water, we introduce the basic paddle strokes needed to efficiently move a kayak through the water. We encourage students to practice a deep water wet exit and an assisted re-entry which is a safety skill every paddler should own! A person completing this class is qualified to rent kayaks from Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe. Basic Skills Kayak Classes are offered every weekend year round, weekday classes are offered  in the late spring, summer and early fall.


-PFD’s, Life Jacket
-Wet or Dry suit
-Our great instructors!

Meeting Place/Directions:
Basic Skills Kayak Classes meet at our Jantzen Beach Store in Portland.
Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out paper work.

200 NE Tomahawk Isl Dr. Portland, OR 97217

From the south: Take I-5 exit 308 (Jantzen Beach) get in the right lane and go east on Tomahawk Island Drive .7 miles, we are on the right. As you come off the exit follow the right lane around to the right so the Chevron is on your left.

From the North: Take I-5 308 (Jantzen beach, the first one in Oregon)get in the left lane off the exit, turn left at the stoplight, follow the road around the bend to the left as it passes under the freeway and comes around so the Hooters is on your left. At the stop sign turn right on Tomahawk Island Drive and go .6 miles, we are on the right.

If you have any questions about what to bring please contact us.

Call for more information or if you are lost or late!

Portland: 503.285.0464


Basic Skills Kayak. Learn to kayak from an expert instructor.

The Basic Skills Kayak class establishes the foundation all paddlers need. We cover paddling safety, equipment, basic paddle strokes and assisted re-entries.