Whitewater 101 at eNRG kayaking is the perfect way to test the waters and jump into the sport of whitewater kayaking. This two day course is for total beginner paddlers who are looking to become familiar with basic skills, strokes, kayak selection/design, safety, and river hydrology. After completing this two day course you will want to continue to build your skills by taking our 102 course or maybe some private lessons. All of our courses are taught by certified ACA instructors. All gear is included with course, such as boat, helmet, skirt, PFD, paddle, and wetsuit (Drysuits available for additional cost).
Whitewater 101 classes will be based out of your Oregon City shop on the Willamette River. After outfitting students with gear, we will spend time going over basic skills and safety techniques on flat water. After lunch we will use our skills to run the lower clackamas (class I-II). The day will finish back at our shop with a debrief. Day 2 will consist of a longer run on a local stretch of river with a focus on further developing skills learned the previous day.
Skills covered: Safety concepts, wet exits, hydrology, body mechanics, basic strokes, bracing, edging, self rescue, eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, surfing, t rescues
Courses require at least two students to run, but can be turned into “private Instruction” for additional cost. Private instruction is available all week, please contact us for more info. Private instruction $350 a day.
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(503) 772 - 1122
You should bring synthetic swimwear, sunscreen, a filled water bottle, lunch, and closed toed shoes that stay on while swimming. We recommend children have their own rash guard during the summer and a wetsuit/drysuit during the winter. Additionally, participants should have their own personal drybag. These items are available for rent / purchase.
We provide the boat, helmet, paddle, skirt, lifejacket, and wetsuit needed to paddle. Additionally, we have a throwbag and first aid kid with us at all times. Drysuits and personal dry bags are available to rent.
In most cases, eNRG Kayaking will have a shuttle driver to drop boats and people off at the put in, leaving cars at the take out. Sometimes, we may need assistance with shuttle by leaving your car at the take out and the instructor’s car at the put in.
Just click any book now button which will lead you to a calendar of available dates. Pick one that works for you and from their you can select one of the four classes. Then, either make it a private class or leave it open for the public and enlist under the class type that you selected. Be sure to register fast as the first person to register for a certain date gets to pick the class type.
We require a minimum of two people to run the class. If you are the only person signed up, you may either pay to make it a private lesson ($250), reschedule to another date, or recieve credit for a future event.
eNRG Kayaking prioritizes creating a personalized progression for you. Your instructor will call you prior to your class to evaulate your interests and get your height, weight, and shoe size for sizing equipment. This information will be confidential.
We will provide credit, free rescheduling, or a 75% refund with more than 21 days in notice. Classes you cancel 14 days prior are subject to a 50% refund or credit, and cancellations occuring less than 14 days are non-refundable. We do not prorate tuition for days missed due to illness or injury.
Physical distancing will be maintained when possible. Masks will be worn when students are within 6 feet of each other. Temperatures willbe check on arrival and hand sanitizer will be available to wash hands both before and after meals. Equipment wil be washed after use. Parents will drive children to the river when possible to minimize shuttles. There will be no overnights.