Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Classes: Full Immersion Whitewater 1

Whitewater Classes, Tips, and Techniques: Full Immersion Whitewater 1; Photo by Andrew Romanelli

I took Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe’s introductory whitewater class, Full Immersion Whitewater 1, in the early spring of 2010.  Rivers will NEVER be the same for me.

Coming from a primarily flatwater paddling background, I understood the concept of current, but had no idea how to read the water.  This whitewater kayaking class covered basic river hydrology, opening my eyes to the creative power of water in motion.  I learned not only which river features were hazardous, but which features were FUN and PLAYFUL!  Suddenly, every bridge I drove over was a hazard, my eyes on the river searching for eddies to catch and waves and holes to surf!

Whitewater Classes, Tips, and Techniques: Full Immersion Whitewater 1; Photo by Andrew Romanelli

Exploring the bountiful wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, splashing down innumerable rivers, Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe’s instruction on whitewater kayaking classes equipped me with the skills and knowledge to safely pursue a recreation that has simply made my life better.  The safe and fun environment made learning much easier.  Instructors gave me new challenges as needed, catering to my ability, while covering and reinforcing the class content.

Eddying in and out, ferrying, and surfing are maneuvers that challenge and refine edge control, stroke selection and timing.  Both pool and river time provide ample practice for capsize prevention, basic assisted rescue, and simple self-rescue!

Whitewater Classes, Tips, and Techniques: Full Immersion Whitewater 1; Photo by Andrew Romanelli

This Portland whitewater kayaking skills instruction class is excellent for both whitewater AND sea paddlers!  Students will have a greater awareness of dynamic, moving water and the gear used in these environments.  This course made me a better paddler in ALL of my paddlesport disciplines: whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, flatwater canoeing, and stand-up paddling.

Awareness of body position and connection with the water through your boat and paddle is one of the greatest benefits of this course!  This improved my understanding of how and why different strokes work.

Whitewater Classes, Tips, and Techniques: Full Immersion Whitewater 1; Photo by Andrew Romanelli

With 2 pool sessions and 2 days of moving water, I learned a LOT about controlling my boat that week!  And the Sunday of Full Immersion Whitewater 1 is spent running a Class II section of river!

If you are interested in paddling rivers or just want to become a better paddler, the Full Immersion Whitewater 1 class is EXCELLENT.  It has literally changed my life.  Now I have to figure out which river to paddle this week…

-Andrew Romanelli

Don't forget to look back upstream! Whitewater Classes, Tips, and Techniques: Full Immersion Whitewater 1; Photo by Andrew Romanelli

For more information about beginner kayaking classes and lessons, call Alder Creek at 503-285-0464 or visit the website at www.aldercreek.com!