“Paddling in Conditions” will only be scheduled a couple of times during the summer.  Don’t pass this up this chance to paddle in the rough water of the world famous Columbia River Gorge.

Paddling in Conditions introduces the skills and knowledge needed to paddle in wind and waves. The class is held in open water with wind up to 15 knots. You  discover how to apply all of your flat water strokes and maneuvers in a windy environment with waves. We teach you how to make use of a skeg or rudder to balance your direction in a cross or down-wind scenario. You  gain experience paddling in head, side and following seas, and apply your self and assisted rescue skills in the kind of environment where they are likely to be needed!

Paddling in Conditions meets in the Columbia River Gorge between Rooster Rock and The Dalles, location to be decided and confirmed in the days just prior to the departure.

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