Hardshell Basics:

This class provides an introduction to the basics of paddling a hard-shell whitewater kayak. This lesson is one of the best classes you can take early on in your paddling career. We will go over all details that are often overlooked by self-taught paddlers. These skills can make the difference between being a lifelong paddler vs. getting an injury / bad habits early on in your paddling.

Our ACA certified instructors use traditional teaching methods, as well as skill building games to encourage beginners and intermediates to excel in a fun and safe environment. Our courses take place right outside our shop on the Willamette River, or in a freshwater lake known as the Clackamas Cove in close proximity to our flat water slalom gates. Gain valuable kayaking experience to apply to our Moving Water Immersion Course that takes the next step towards whitewater kayaking!

Skills Covered:

  • Kayak Nomenclature and other terminology
  • How to safely enter/exit/empty/carry a kayak in and out of water
  • Basic stroke techniques (how not to flip over)
  • Basic safety principles
  • Essential boat control concepts

Moving Water Immersion

Take the next step and paddle an individual kayak into the moving waters of the Lower Clackamas River. We provide inflatable kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets, or if you’re a graduate from our Hardshell Basics course, we encourage you to put your skills to the test in a hardshell kayak.

Perfect for those transitioning from flat water and recreational paddling to whitewater!

Skills Covered:

  • River running stroke techniques
  • River Reading skills
  • Peel-outs and Eddy-turns
  • River running boat control skills
  • Crossing the river, and using the current to your advantage

Kayak Rolling Classes:

Ready to become a true white water paddler? A solid roll is one of the most important skills a hardshell kayaker can develop. This course provides intimate instruction from our professional teaching staff who are dedicated to get you rolling quickly! We teach you the important components of an effective hip snap, and then our specialized bow rolling progression. Once you have mastered the t-rescue, we teach the C-C, Sweep, Back deck and Hand Roll. This course is open to paddlers of all skill levels and is taught in our dry dock rolling pool right at our shop. We have the perfect diagnostic rolling pool right in Oregon City, so reserve your spot today! In the winter time, check our Facebook page for a current indoor pool rolling schedule.

All of our trips have a 72-hour cancellation and rescheduling policy for a full refund or to reschedule without a fee. Rescheduling within the 72-hour window is subject to a $15 reschedule fee. Day-of cancellations or no-shows are non-refundable.

Hardshell Basics

Duration: 1.5 Hours

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$60 per person

Moving Water Immersion

Duration: 1.5 Hours

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$60 per person

Kayak Rolling Class

Duration: 1.5 Hours

Call for Availability

$60 per person

Beginner/Intermediate Whitewater Weekend:

Come experience some of Oregon’s best whitewater in the Santiam watershed with top notch instructors and guides leading the way.  Whether you are trying to hone your kayak or rafting skills- this weekend is for you. We will be based out of our building in Mill City, and will teach a progression of skills that will help improve your boat handling, hydrology, and river reading skills.  We will base on the N. Santiam river, but there are several other great sections of rivers close by depending on flows. You will enjoy two engaging workouts / sessions / day. This weekend will be full of learning and will fast track you into the world of whitewater.

March 23 – 24 AND March 30 – 31 @ Independent Press Building, Mill City, OR

$150 single day

$250 both days


Includes boat, wetsuit/bootie/paddle jacket/helmet/pfd package and indoor floor space for camping if needed.

Santiam Spring Break Progression Week:

This week is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in whitewater.  Based out of our building in Mill City, we have 4 sections of river at our fingertips to explore, practice and learn.  We have several other local intermediate & advanced sections of river close by for stepping up your game. If you are excited about learning more about river and whitewater paddling this 5 day progression will teach you the basics, build up your skills and hone basic safety habits that are sure to improve your paddling and help you build the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment.

March 25-29, 2019 – Kayak & Raft track @ Independent Press Building, Mill City, OR

Cost: $495

$150- Single day only


Monday-Friday 9am-5pm every day- 2 sessions/day (includes instruction, wetsuit / paddle jacket equipment package)  Includes overnight floor space in our shop, local Hotel lodging available

Advanced Santiam / Breitenbush Whitewater Weekend (class III/V)

This weekend is for advanced paddlers wanting to improve their paddle dexterity and boat control on class 3-4 whitewater.  Our lodge is at the takeout of the Bruno Mtn Section of the N. Santiam, and is the perfect riverfront base with a playspot just up river. The Breitenbush River is just 10 minutes away and in the heart of the Jefferson Wilderness.  These rivers are the perfect paddling playground for rafters or kayakers looking to improve your skills. Our lodge has all the amenities of home, and our top notch food will keep you fuel during your stay.

April 6 – 7 @ Bruno Mtn Lodge- Blowout Rd. Idanah

Saturday 9am Start with a Sunday 5pm finish


$225 single day only

$395- both days


Includes 2 breakfast, 2 lunch, and 1 dinner, guiding/instruction with Sam Drevo & lodging Lodging in Idanha- Bunk Room / floor space / parking for vans.


BYOB/gear, boats available for rent for $45/day- drysuits required / small slection available for rent

Call 503-772-1122 to reserve your spot for any of our classes and courses any day of the week!

Questions? Call or email us!

Call: (503) 772-1122

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Nov – Feb

By Phone Reservation Only

Mar 3-28, 2018

Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
All other times by phone reservation

Mar 28 – May 24

Wednesday – Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM

May 25 – Sept 30

Everyday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
(Open until 8:00 PM July 1 – Labor Day)

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