The Sea Kayak Yakattack is a  five-day course for kids 10-14 and provides instruction in safety, paddle strokes, bracing, rescues, rolling, and hydrology. Days one, two, three and four take place on calm water near our shop at Jantzen Beach and in the pool behind our shop. Day five is parent day and is conducted at a suitable location either in the Gorge or on the lower Columbia towards the coast. We invite you to come out and enjoy paddling as a family, the exuberance and natural learning ability of kids never fails to keep the instructors’ creative juices flowing (and Challenged).

  • Fun games in kayaks
  • Introduction to basic equipment
  • Basic body mechanics and efficiency of stroke
  • Forward and reverse paddling
  • Sweep strokes
  • Draw strokes
  • Turning on the move
  • Edging while turning
  • Wet exits
  • Introduction to basic hydrology
  • Introduction to basic safety
The Sea kayak Yakattack Classes are held in Portland at our Jantzen beach location.
Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, Jantzen Beach:
200 NE Tomahawk Island Dr. Portland, OR 97212 (503) 285-0464.
Exit 308 off I-5 in North Portland, head east on Tomahawk Island Dr. for 7/10 of a mile, look for the store on the right.If you have any questions about what to bring please contact us.Gear needs for the Sea Kayak Yakattack classWhat to bring to the pool:

  • Retention device for your glasses(i.e. Croakies, Chums, etc)
  • Synthetic top (thermal underwear)
  • Nylon shorts and/or swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes for ride home

Optional Gear:

  • Nose plugs
  • Swim goggles
  • Footwear
  • Camera

Each day on the water –

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.

  • 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
  • Hiking style wool or synthetic socks
  • FULL Water bottle
  • LUNCH small enough to pack into the boats
  • Towel and change of clothes for ride home

Optional Gear:

  • Water proof camera
  • Hat