Improve your forward stroke with Alder Creek Kayak in Portland, Oregon.

The forward stroke is arguably the least perfected skill in kayaking. Who needs this class? Have you ever felt like you are working really hard to keep up with the group? Are you really tired and sore after paddling when others do not seem to be? Do you aspire to kayak race or paddle for fitness? Do you have a long journey planned? You can go fast or go slow with an efficient forward stroke, but there is no reason to work harder than you have to. Also learn to appreciate the attributes of different paddle types: greenland, euro, and wing paddles.

  • Torso Rotation
  • Catch
  • Pull
  • Lift
  • Push
  • Glide

A good Forward Stroke takes concentration, practice, and a keen understanding of cause and effect as it relates to your body, boat, and blade.  We will spend 3 hours pouring over your stroke in an effort to make you safer, stronger, faster, and more efficient!

Forward Stroke Clinics meet at the Jantzen Beach location, 200 NE Tomahawk Island Dr, Portland OR 97217. !-5 exit 308.  You will receive detailed instructions and a map with your confirmation.

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
  • Tow belt
  • Rescue gear
  • Spare Paddle
  • Bilge Pump