eNRG Kayaking’s Whitewater 101 is the perfect introduction to the joy of running rivers. Located less than 30 minutes from Portland, the Clackamas and Willamette rivers provide the ideal setting to safely learn the art of kayaking from our team of ACA certified instructors. This course will provide the basic foundation for getting you comfortable with selecting, fitting, paddling, and safely exploring in a whitewater/hardshell kayak. Whitewater 101 is great for both complete novices, and paddlers who could use a quick refresh.

The day begins at eNRG Kayaking’s Oregon City shop on the Willamette River. We will outfit all participants with kayaks, paddles, and paddle gear. On the Willamette we will practice basic strokes, rescue techniques, and go over basic kayaking info. After a brief lunch break we will head to the lower Clackamas to run a class I-II section of water. This stretch is the ideal classroom to practice transferring flatwater skills to moving water. We will also learn basic river reading, and practice using features such as eddies and currents to move through the river. The day will end with a debrief and personalized next steps ideas for each paddler.


1701 Clackamette Dr.
Oregon City, OR 97045


Every Saturday from June 8 - September 21
9AM to 3PM


125/person without gear
110/person with gear

Minimum of two people needed per event. If this minimum is not reached, the participant will be bumped to the next available date. Please bring synthetic clothing, snacks, lunch, water, sunscreen. If you are bringing your own gear, please provide boat, paddle, pfd, helmet, booties, wetsuit (weather dependent), and splash jacket (weather dependent). Otherwise, eNRG Kayaking will provide gear for you. All personal information will be kept confidential and will solely be used to provide the appropriate equipment. Book online or call (503) 772 – 1122 for questions and reservations.

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Nov – Feb

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Mar 3-28, 2018

Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
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Mar 28 – May 24

Wednesday – Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM

May 25 – Sept 30

Everyday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
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