An intensive course for those wanting to build a basic knowledge of Whitewater kayak paddling. Full Immersion 1 includes fast-paced modules covering basic river safety, equipment, hydrology, rescues and boat control.

  • Basic hydrology and whitewater anatomy
  • Review of how body, boat and blade work together
  • Basic body mechanics and efficiency of stroke
  • Forward and reverse paddling review
  • Sweep strokes
  • Draw strokes
  • Edging
  • More wet exit practice
  • Proactive and Re-active Bracing (high and low)
  • Bow-Rescues
  • Intro to rolling
  • Swimming and self rescue in whitewater
  • Eddy turns
  • Peel Outs
  • Ferries
  • Surfing!
  • ...and more!

What you will need for Whitewater Kayak 1: (be sure to read to the bottom)


Saturday and Sunday on the water :

We will be on the river on Saturday AND Sunday during this class.  Be sure to bring  a sack lunch on Saturday & Sunday we can pack down the river in a small drybag.

If you are un-able to bring the items listed below please let us know as we can provide them if needed.

We typically 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 of your own

If you have your own drysuit, wetsuit, or other gear please let us know.  It's usually best to learn in what you own.  Just ask if you are not sure what to bring.

Whitewater Kayak 1. This is the spot to begin your whitewater kayak  experience.

Alder Creek Kayak in Portland, Oregon.