Sea Kayak Rescues Class  is a half day course that covers  the basics of sea kayak rescue.  There are many techniques one could learn.  We focus on teaching a few techniques that work almost anywhere including rough water.  We will be working in the Columbia River in very mild conditions for our kayak rescues course.  We will cover as much as possible in 4 hours.  Topics could include things like:

  • Wet re-entries
  • Comfort under water waiting for a rescue
  • Panic free wet-exits
  • Swimming with gear
  • Re-enter and roll with a paddle float (only if students are ready and comfortable underwater)
  • On water time to practice rescuing others
  • Practice efficient assisted and solo rescue scenarios
  • Contact towing
  • and much much more!
 This half-day class, held on sheltered water, introduces deep-water rescue techniques for solo and group paddlers. The class covers techniques for solo re-entry of a kayak following a wet exit as well as assisted drain and re-enter rescues involving two or more paddlers. It also covers basic safety concerns and safety-related features of sea kayaks and paddling equipment and towing.
Meeting Place: 200 NE Tomahawk Island Dr Portland, 97217 Our Jantzen beach Location located off I-5 at exit 308.

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