Currents & Eddies For Sea Kayakers (The Narrows, near Oregon City)
Jan
25
10:00 AM10:00

Currents & Eddies For Sea Kayakers (The Narrows, near Oregon City)

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Expand your skills and comfort level to make playing in currents fun! We will work on reading the water, identifying and hazards and strategize on how to efficiently paddle in these dynamic conditions. Focusing on the specific supportive strokes, skills and maneuvers that can transform your paddling and give you the ability to explorer areas previously inaccessible.

Location & Time: The Narrows - ready to paddle at 10 am.

Local Weekday Rate $99 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 5 students)

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Intro to Sea Kayak Surfing & Surf Zone Dynamics - Nehalem Bay Or.
Jan
26
9:30 AM09:30

Intro to Sea Kayak Surfing & Surf Zone Dynamics - Nehalem Bay Or.

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Kayak surfing is a great way to have fun and improve your comfort level paddling coastal waters

The Coastal Kayak Surfing course is designed to teach paddlers how to read and surf waves with good boat control and increase comfort in the surf zone.

We will work on skills while paddling 2 miles with the end of the ebb current to the mouth of Nehalem Bay. Once arriving at the mouth, this venue offers a great progression from very small surf to the larger sets outside and a light flood current pushing away from the surf. Making it an ideal venue to gently up your skill level.

Participants will Learn: · Surf zone dynamics, etiquette, and hazards · Wave selection · Where to catch waves and how to exit them · Boat control and positioning on the wave · Basic maneuvers

A roll is not required for this course, but may be a good opportunity to practice the one you may have.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 4 students) Dressed and ready to paddle at 9:30am.

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Rock Gardening Skills & Safety - San Francisco Ca. (Private Class)
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Rock Gardening Skills & Safety - San Francisco Ca. (Private Class)

In this class we will practice the skills needed for one of the most dynamic and exciting styles of paddling and there is! And no better place in the world for it than the coast of Northern California! We will play with pour-overs (riding waves over rocks), learn how to use larger rocks for protection, work on judgment, timing and maneuvering in and around the rocks. We may get to explore caves and paddle through natural arches if sea conditions allow.

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Forward Stroke For Sea Kayakers - With Video Feedback - Portland Or
Feb
17
9:30 AM09:30

Forward Stroke For Sea Kayakers - With Video Feedback - Portland Or

AN EFFICIENT FORWARD STROKE WILL OPEN MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO PADDLE A LARGE VARIETY OF PLACES AND IMPROVE YOUR OVERALL SKILLS.

Unlike a racer in a surf ski, most sea kayaks are shorter without rudders which tends to let your kayak veer off course if only focusing on that perfect racing stroke. We will add subtle adjustments to the stroke and kayak to keep you moving forward.

Proper technique ensures you can paddle faster, more efficiently and with less strain on your body. While the basics of this stroke are fairly simple it is one of the most difficult to refine to a high level of efficiency.

The forward paddling stroke is our primary means of forward propulsion and the start point of every adventure. Whether paddling in high winds, touring, surfing, kayak fishing, or just on your local lake, you will need to use a forward stroke.

Cost: $125 Plus 6% booking company fee.

(Min 2 - to maximize feedback this class is limited to 4 students)

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Class location: Willamette River near West Linn Oregon

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Incident Mitigation, Management & Rescues- Cape Disappointment Wa.
Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

Incident Mitigation, Management & Rescues- Cape Disappointment Wa.

Learn the skills and practice them in the conditions where you will likely need them

Instructors: Bill Vonnegut & Jillian Rivas-Davila

This course is designed to introduce paddlers to risk assessment, and tactics for managing safety while on the water. This includes ways to move groups safely through environments, repair boats, and perform rescues. This course will move your focus from personal skills, to thinking about the group and the environment. We will deal with developing the logical thought process and understanding of emotional influences on the group during a crisis.

Some years ago we had a live incident on the California coast. This is an example of how we can learn from experience and improved our paddling safety. Here is the story and a video of the event: 15 Minute Rock Garden Rescue

Location & Time: Cape Disappointment Washington - MEETING at 9am (not geared up)

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 3 - Max 6 students)

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Blending Strokes For Advanced Boat Control - Portland Oregon
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Blending Strokes For Advanced Boat Control - Portland Oregon

Whether paddling on a lake or in ocean rock gardens, being able to control your boat, while staying upright, is both fun and essential. Learning how to to combine and blend strokes is a key element of becoming a more dynamic paddler.

My article Make Those Moves Muscle Memory for Canoe & Kayak Magazine describes the importance practicing boat control.

In this class you will learn to utilize and redefine core strokes, be introduced to advanced and supportive strokes, then combine these stokes together in new combinations to further enhance your boat handling skills. Having good boat control will increase comfort and maneuverability in wind, currents and rough water, advancing your skills to the next level. Making the connection between core skills and new techniques will build confidence and a solid foundation. 

Location & Time: Near West Linn ready to paddle at 10 am.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 5 students)

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Coastal Rescues & Rocks - San Francisco Ca. (Private Class)
Mar
10
8:00 AM08:00

Coastal Rescues & Rocks - San Francisco Ca. (Private Class)

Coastal paddling is a team sport, in this class you will learn how to work as a team to set up play spots and handle situations if something goes wrong.

In this class we will work on strategies to extract both yourself and your team from situations that could arise while paddling on the coast or rock gardening. You will build the confidence needed to play in dynamic coastal areas. We will work on assessing the teams skills and analyzing appropriate places for your team to have fun while playing on the coast.

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Intro to Sea Kayak Surfing & Surf Zone Dynamics - Nehalem Bay Or.
Mar
13
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to Sea Kayak Surfing & Surf Zone Dynamics - Nehalem Bay Or.

Kayak surfing is a great way to have fun and improve your comfort level paddling coastal waters

The Coastal Kayak Surfing course is designed to increase comfort in the surf zone & introduce paddlers how to read and surf waves with good boat control.

This class is scheduled on Wed to take advantage of the ideal tides. We will work on skills while paddling 2 miles with the end of the ebb current to the mouth of Nehalem Bay. Once arriving at the mouth, this venue offers a great progression from very small surf to the larger sets outside and a light flood current pushing away from the surf. Making it an ideal venue to gently up your skill level.

Participants will Learn: · Surf zone dynamics, etiquette, and hazards · Wave selection · Where to catch waves and how to exit them · Boat control and positioning on the wave · Basic maneuvers

A roll is not required for this course, but may be a good opportunity to practice the one you may have.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 4 students) Dressed and ready to paddle at 10am.

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Intro to Rock Gardening - Tillamook Bay Oregon
Mar
29
9:30 AM09:30

Intro to Rock Gardening - Tillamook Bay Oregon

This class will give you a great introduction to one of the most dynamic and exciting styles of paddling.

We will launch in calm waters near Garibaldi and paddle to a rocky area near the mouth of Tillamook Bay, where ocean surge and small waves can make there way into the Bay and keep things interesting. This is an ideal location to work on skills and learn about rock gardening in a protected environment without being exposed to large ocean waves.

Please CONTACT ME with any questions.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 5 students)

Time: Geared up and ready to paddle by 9:30 am to 4pm

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Sea Kayak Surfing - Northern Oregon
Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Sea Kayak Surfing - Northern Oregon

Kayak surfing is a great way to have fun and improve your comfort level paddling coastal waters

Course Overview: The Coastal Kayak Surfing course is designed to teach paddlers how to read and surf waves with good boat control

Participants will Learn:

· Surf zone dynamics, etiquette, and hazards

· Wave selection

· Where to catch waves and how to exit them

· Boat control and positioning on the wave

· Basic maneuvers

Prerequisite: This class is the next step from Intro to Surfing. In order to have fun surfing, paddlers should have practiced surf zone skills and a roll is recommended.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 5 students)

Location:  Northern Oregon, possible locations Cascade Head, Sand Lake

Geared up by 9am to 3pm

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Coastal Rescues & Rocks (Northern Oregon Coast)
May
11
9:30 AM09:30

Coastal Rescues & Rocks (Northern Oregon Coast)

Coastal paddling is a team sport, in this class you will learn how to work as a team to set up play spots and handle situations if something goes wrong.

In this class we will work on strategies to extract both yourself and your team from situations that could arise while paddling on the coast or rock gardening. You will build the confidence needed to play in dynamic coastal areas. We will work on assessing the teams skills and analyzing appropriate places for your team to have fun while playing on the coast.

Location: Cascade Head (conditions permitting) or the rock gardens inside Tillamook Bay if ocean conditions are large. TBD the week of the class

Dressed and gear ready at 9:30am - 4

*Previous coastal surf zone experience required*

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 2 - Max 5 students)

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Coastal Kayaking Skills - North Oregon Coast
May
19
to May 20

Coastal Kayaking Skills - North Oregon Coast

Private booking contact me for future dates

This class is intended for sea kayakers who have experience paddling on open waters such as San Francisco Bay or the Columbia River and are seeking to expand their horizons to the open coast. A combat roll is not required.

 We will work on interpreting marine forecasts, planning a trip with use of a chart, finding suitable places to land, strategy for coastal paddling. We will also discuss risk assessment and challenge you to think about what if things do not go as planned. This course is intended to build your skills and confidence to help prepare you for open coast paddling.

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Mendocino Caves & Rocks Trip - 4 nights camping & 3 days paddling
May
28
to May 31

Mendocino Caves & Rocks Trip - 4 nights camping & 3 days paddling

Some of the best Rock Gardening in the world!

After numerous trips to Mendocino over the past 15 years, its still one of my favorite paddling destinations. This trip will be geared toward advanced intermediate paddlers looking to have fun on the pacific coast. A picture is worth many words, so look HERE for from photos from a past trip

Paddling Dates: May 29,30,31 campsites provided for the nights of May 28-31

COST: $460 including camping for 4 nights at no charge (extra car fee charged by campground not included) (Min 2, Max 5 participants)

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Rock Garden Skills & Safety - Oregon Coast
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Rock Garden Skills & Safety - Oregon Coast

You will learn strategies for paddling within rock gardens, recognize areas to avoid, practice essential skills including self and assisted rescues within the turbulent water of a rock garden, and deal with scenarios that will put these skills into real-life settings. We will run pour-overs, enter sea caves and pass through natural arches (pending conditions and venue).

Prerequisite: Paddlers should be experienced with Surf Launching and Landing in waves 1ft above your head when sitting in your boat.

Pending conditions, this class will take place near Ecola State Park. In the event of excessive coastal conditions, location may move south to Cascade Head.

Time: Ready to paddle by 9:00am to 4pm

Please CONTACT ME with any questions.

Cost $139 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 5 students)

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3 Day Transition to Coast - Camping Included - Oregon Coast
Jun
21
to Jun 23

3 Day Transition to Coast - Camping Included - Oregon Coast

This class is designed to transition the inland kayaker to become an independent coastal paddler

Coach: Bill Vonnegut Support: Jillian Rivas-Davila

If you are wondering if this class is for you, then the answer is yes.

This course was designed based on feedback from paddlers wanting to make the transition from paddling inland rivers and bays to the open waters of the Pacific Coast. It was designed to help get you through the transition onto the coast.

Location: TBD pending conditions - Possibilities include Cascade Head, Nehalem Bay, Seaside, Cape Falcon, Ecola Beach, Netarts.

To paddle on the coast you need the ability to get from the shore to open water, and back. So on day 1 from 11-3 we will work on skills such as identifying and reading the surf zone, holding position in that zone, bracing, side surfing, surfing, launching & landing.

On day 2&3, conditions permitting, we will discuss planning a trip and go beyond the surf zone to explore the open coast. Where we may find arches, caves, rock gardening, surfing and the ability to be where you have gazed while looking from the oceans shores. If conditions are too large to access the outer coast, we will explorer other options.

We will focus on paddling as a team, including how to explorer the coast and give your team the skills to help out when someone is in need. Current coastal paddlers can also get a lot out of this class as each student will be have the opportunity to be individually challenged increasing and developing their skills. Contact me for more info.

Cost $359 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 3 - Max 5 students)

Camping Included: We have reserved campsites near Nehalem Bay for Fri & Saturday nights. (Extra car fees charged at park not included)

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Advanced Boat Control - Tillamook Bay, Oregon
Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

Advanced Boat Control - Tillamook Bay, Oregon

(CLASS FULL) Contact me to be added to wait list or find out about future dates

Whether paddling on a lake or in ocean rock gardens, being able to control your boat, while staying upright, is both fun and essential. Learning how to to combine and blend strokes is a key element of becoming a more dynamic paddler.

My article Make Those Moves Muscle Memory for Canoe & Kayak Magazine describes the importance practicing boat control.

In this class you will learn to utilize and redefine core strokes, be introduced to advanced and supportive strokes, then combine these stokes together in new combinations to further enhance your boat handling skills. Having good boat control will increase comfort and maneuverability in wind, currents and rough water, advancing your skills to the next level. Making the connection between core skills and new techniques will build confidence and a solid foundation. 

Location & Time: Tillamook Bay ready to paddle at 10 am.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 5 students)

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ACA L3 Assessment (Northern Oregon) (Class Full)
Dec
15
8:30 AM08:30

ACA L3 Assessment (Northern Oregon) (Class Full)

This assessment is for anyone who wants to check in with their skills and receive ACA documentation after successfully competing the assessment. Or as the first step by the ACA to becoming a certified instructor, followed by an instructor development workshop and instructor certification exam (to be taken at separate times) Contact me for more info about upcoming instructor workshop and exam.

Technical Skills:

·Effective wet exit ·Launching and landing ·Effective forward paddling ·Effective reverse paddling ·Rotate 360 ̊ ·Turning with forward momentum ·Turning with reverse momentum ·Sideways movement—static ·Sideways movement with forward momentum ·Preventing capsize ·Sculling for support ·Deep water rescue ·Self-rescue ·Towing ·Rescues

Knowledge:

·Weather (knowledge of weather resources and the impact of weather on kayakers) ·Basic navigation (interpret basic chart datum, plotting a course and adjusting for variation) ·Leave No Trace skills and ethics ·Group awareness and communication ·Hazard assessment and avoidance ·Recognition and avoidance of hypothermia and hyperthermia.

A full list of requirements for this course can be found HERE

Because of the amount of materials to be covered this assessment will meet at 8:30am - 5pm. We will spend the morning on navigation until temperatures warm up, then will continue on the water to cover skills with video analysis and debrief with videos to end the day.

Location TBD because of conditions required (10-15k wind, 1-2ft waves), venue will be between Portland and Astoria Oregon. Must be an ACA member to receive documentation for this course.

Cost $139 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 5 students)

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L3 Training -  Preparation for Assessment (Northern Oregon)
Dec
1
8:30 AM08:30

L3 Training - Preparation for Assessment (Northern Oregon)

This training is for anyone who wants to check in with their skills and possibly receive ACA documentation after passing the assessment (check schedule for upcoming assessment dates). Or as the first step by the ACA to becoming a certified instructor, followed by an instructor development workshop and instructor certification exam (to be taken at separate times)

In this training we will cover these skills needed for the L3 Assessment:

Technical Skills:

·Effective wet exit ·Launching and landing ·Effective forward paddling ·Effective reverse paddling ·Rotate 360 ̊ ·Turning with forward momentum ·Turning with reverse momentum ·Sideways movement—static ·Sideways movement with forward momentum ·Preventing capsize ·Sculling for support ·Deep water rescue ·Self-rescue ·Towing ·Rescues

Knowledge:

·Weather (knowledge of weather resources and the impact of weather on kayakers) ·Basic navigation (interpret basic chart datum, plotting a course and adjusting for variation) ·Leave No Trace skills and ethics ·Group awareness and communication ·Hazard assessment and avoidance ·Recognition and avoidance of hypothermia and hyperthermia.

A full list of requirements for this course can be found HERE

Because of the amount of materials to be covered this training will meet at 8:30am - 5pm. We will spend the morning on navigation until temperatures warm up, then will continue on the water to cover skills with video analysis and debrief with videos to end the day.

Location TBD because of conditions needed (10-15k wind, 1-2ft waves) venue will be between Portland and Astoria Oregon. While these conditions are required for the assessment, we will do the best we can to match them for the training.

Cost $139 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 5 students)

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Advanced Boat Control and Currents - Tillamook Bay, Oregon
Nov
17
9:30 AM09:30

Advanced Boat Control and Currents - Tillamook Bay, Oregon

CLASS FULL - contact me for future dates

Whether you are paddling on a lake or in ocean rock gardens, being able to control your boat, while staying upright, is both fun and essential.

My article Make Those Moves Muscle Memory for Canoe & Kayak Magazine describes the importance practicing boat control.

In this class you will learn to utilize and redefine core strokes and be introduced to advanced strokes, including supportive strokes, that will increase comfort and maneuverability in wind, currents and rough water, advancing your skills to the next level. Dynamic paddling builds on strong foundation skills. Learning how to to combine and blend strokes is a key element of becoming a dynamic paddler. Making the connection between core skills and new techniques will build confidence and a solid foundation. 

Location & Time: Tillamook Bay ready to paddle at 9:30 am.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 5 students)

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Coastal Rescues & Rocks (Northern Oregon Coast)
Oct
30
10:00 AM10:00

Coastal Rescues & Rocks (Northern Oregon Coast)

Coastal paddling is a team sport, in this class you will learn how to work as a team to set up play spots and handle situations if something goes wrong.

In this class we will work on strategies to extract both yourself and your team from situations that could arise while paddling on the coast or rock gardening. You will build the confidence needed to play in dynamic coastal areas. We will work on assessing the teams skills and analyzing appropriate places for your team to have fun while playing on the coast.

*This class will take place at a coastal venue somewhere between Ecola State Park & Cascade Head TBD the week of the class pending conditions. Arrive at 10am - 4:30

*Previous coastal surf zone experience highly suggested*

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 2 - Max 5 students)

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Wind, Strategies and Skills - Columbia Gorge (CLASS FULL)
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Wind, Strategies and Skills - Columbia Gorge (CLASS FULL)

The Columbia Gorge is a world class destination right in your own back yard. Learn how to have fun paddling in the conditions it offers.

Have you ever heard the phrase "this is a slog". It doesn't have to be, paddling into the wind can be a great workout making you a stronger more well rounded paddler. Imagine enjoying the waves crashing over your deck as you paddle into them, with the knowledge that the more you paddle the longer the down wave surf session will last on the return trip.

In this class we will work on a solid forward stroke to move you through wind that could come up whether planned, or not. We will also work on strokes and strategies to use the wind to turn and maneuver instead of fighting it. And of course the most fun, down wind runs and surfing! This class is a great oppertunity to gain skills needed for coastal paddling.

This class will meet in Stevenson or Cascade Locks depending on wind forecast for the day. In the event there is no wind in the forecast for this class, you will be contacted and class may be rescheduled.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 2 - Max 5 students)

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Intro to Surf Zone - Northern Oregon Coast *
Oct
18
9:30 AM09:30

Intro to Surf Zone - Northern Oregon Coast *

Learn about wave dynamics and beach characteristics and how to identify hazards. We will practice side surfing, launching and landing through the surf zone safely, bracing on breaking waves and holding position.

In order to access many places on the coast, negotiating the surf zone is required. Also an emergency landing may be needed.

In this class you will learn:

Surf zone dynamics, etiquette, and hazards, group communication and safety in surf, how to swim in surf, how to brace in breaking waves, launching and landing techniques, basic boat control and positioning on the wave

Please CONTACT ME with any questions.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 3 students)

Location: Pending conditions, this class will take place near Seaside OR. In the event of excessive coastal conditions, location may move south as far as Cascade Head.

Arrival (not ready by) time 9:30 am to 3:00pm

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Situational Rolling & Bracing - Rock Gardening (Private Full)
Oct
1
to Oct 2

Situational Rolling & Bracing - Rock Gardening (Private Full)

Whether you are wanting to take your pool roll into conditions or tune up the roll you already have, this is the class you have been waiting for. The class will focus on tuning up your current roll and honing in on your bracing skills. Learn strategies for paddling within rock gardens, recognize areas to avoid, practice essential skills including self and assisted rescues within the turbulent water of a rock garden, and deal with scenarios that will put these skills into real-life settings. We will run pour-overs, enter sea caves (conditions permitting) and pass through natural arches.

 

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Intro to Surf Zone - Northern Oregon Coast
Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Intro to Surf Zone - Northern Oregon Coast

Learn about wave dynamics and beach characteristics and how to identify hazards. We will practice side surfing, launching and landing through the surf zone safely, bracing on breaking waves and holding position.

In order to access many places on the coast, negotiating the surf zone is required. Also an emergency landing may be needed.

In this class you will learn:

Surf zone dynamics, etiquette, and hazards, group communication and safety in surf, how to swim in surf, how to brace in breaking waves, launching and landing techniques, basic boat control and positioning on the wave

Please CONTACT ME with any questions.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 4 students)

Location: Pending conditions, this class will take place near Seaside OR. In the event of excessive coastal conditions, location may move south as far as Cascade Head.

Arrival (not ready by) time 9 am to 3:30pm (loaded cars)

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Sea Kayak Surfing - Northern Oregon (class full)
Sep
27
9:00 AM09:00

Sea Kayak Surfing - Northern Oregon (class full)

Kayak surfing is a great way to have fun and improve your comfort level paddling coastal waters

Course Overview: The Coastal Kayak Surfing course is designed to teach paddlers how to read and surf waves with good boat control

Participants will Learn:

· Surf zone dynamics, etiquette, and hazards

· Wave selection

· Where to catch waves and how to exit them

· Boat control and positioning on the wave

· Basic maneuvers

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 4 students)

Location:  Northern Oregon, possible locations Cascade Head, Sand Lake

Arrival (not ready by) time 9 am to 4 pm (loaded cars)

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Intro to Rock Gardening - Northern Oregon Coast
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

Intro to Rock Gardening - Northern Oregon Coast

This class will give you a great introduction to one of the most dynamic and exciting styles of paddling. You get introduced to pour-overs (riding waves over rocks), learn how to use larger rocks for protection, work on judgment, timing and maneuvering in and around the rocks. We may get to explore caves and paddle through natural arches if sea conditions allow. This class will give you a great introduction to one of the most dynamic and exciting styles of paddling!

Prerequisite: Paddlers should be experienced with Surf Launching and Landing

Pending conditions, this class will take place near Ecola State Park. In the event of excessive coastal conditions, location may move south as far as Tillamook Bay or Cascade Head.

Please CONTACT ME with any questions.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 5 students)

Arrival (not ready by) time 9 am to 4pm (loaded cars)

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Intro to Surf Zone - Northern Oregon Coast
Sep
12
9:00 AM09:00

Intro to Surf Zone - Northern Oregon Coast

Learn about wave dynamics and beach characteristics and how to identify hazards. We will practice side surfing, launching and landing through the surf zone safely, bracing on breaking waves and holding position.

In order to access many places on the coast, negotiating the surf zone is required. Also an emergency landing may be needed.

In this class you will learn:

Surf zone dynamics, etiquette, and hazards, group communication and safety in surf, how to swim in surf, how to brace in breaking waves, launching and landing techniques, basic boat control and positioning on the wave

Please CONTACT ME with any questions.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 4 students)

Location:  Seaside OR. - or Cascade Head if conditions are large

Arrival (not ready by) time 9 am to 3:30pm (loaded cars)

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Recover When You Need It - Rolling & Bracing Clinic (Portland Oregon)
Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

Recover When You Need It - Rolling & Bracing Clinic (Portland Oregon)

Learn to roll & brace when you need it.

This clinic will focus on recovery and preventing capsize. We will explore updating and refining your roll to work in situations where you will need it. By translating the roll you have into one that you can rely on in dynamic water.

Intended for those who have achieved a pool or flat water roll and are looking to grow their rolling skills and increase comfort and confidence.

We will redefine your current roll then build on it using a variety of different situations.

Cost $79 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 1 - Max 3 students) Note: This class will run with only one sign up however clinic will be shortened by 1 hour.

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Class location: Willamette River near Oregon City - Exact launch location emailed at sign up. Contact me for more info if needed.

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Advanced Boat Control - Willamette River, Oregon (2 spots left)
Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

Advanced Boat Control - Willamette River, Oregon (2 spots left)

Whether you are paddling on a lake or in ocean rock gardens, being able to control your boat, while staying upright, is both fun and essential.

Learning in flat water can be essential to hone skills with good form. My article Make Those Moves Muscle Memory for Canoe & Kayak Magazine describes the importance of flat water practice.

In this class you will learn to utilize and redefine core strokes and be introduced to advanced strokes, including supportive strokes, that will increase comfort and maneuverability in wind and rough water, advancing your skills to the next level. Dynamic paddling builds on strong foundation skills. Learning how to to combine and blend strokes is a key element of becoming a dynamic paddler. Making the connection between core skills and new techniques will build confidence and a solid foundation. 

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 5 students)

Location: Cedar Oaks Boat Ramp

We pay the booking fee if you enter promo code no6%fee when signing up.

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Intro to Surf Zone - Northern Oregon Coast
Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

Intro to Surf Zone - Northern Oregon Coast

Learn about wave dynamics and beach characteristics and how to identify hazards. We will practice side surfing, launching and landing through the surf zone safely, bracing on breaking waves and holding position.

In order to access many places on the coast, negotiating the surf zone is required. Also an emergency landing may be needed.

In this class you will learn:

Surf zone dynamics, etiquette, and hazards, group communication and safety in surf, how to swim in surf, how to brace in breaking waves, launching and landing techniques, basic boat control and positioning on the wave

Please CONTACT ME with any questions.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 4 students)

Location:  Seaside OR.

Arrival (not ready by) time 9 am to 3:30pm (loaded cars)

We pay the booking fee if you enter promo code no6%fee when signing up.

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Please note: Cost does not include kayak and gear rental.

 

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Recover When You Need It - Rolling & Bracing Clinic (Portland Oregon)
Aug
28
10:00 AM10:00

Recover When You Need It - Rolling & Bracing Clinic (Portland Oregon)

(Class Full)

Contact me to schedule further dates

Learn to roll & brace when you need it.

This clinic will focus on recovery and preventing capsize. We will explore updating and refining your roll to work in situations where you will need it. By translating the roll you have into one that you can rely on in dynamic water.

Intended for those who have achieved a pool or flat water roll and are looking to grow their rolling skills and increase comfort and confidence.

We will redefine your current roll then build on it using a variety of different situations.

Cost $79 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 1 - Max 3 students) Note: This class will run with only one sign up however clinic will be shortened by 1 hour.

We pay the booking fee if you enter promo code no6%fee when signing up

Class location: Willamette River near Oregon City - Exact launch location emailed at sign up. Contact me for more info if needed.

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Wind, Strategies and Skills - Columbia Gorge (2 spots left)
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Wind, Strategies and Skills - Columbia Gorge (2 spots left)

The Columbia Gorge is a world class destination right in your own back yard. Learn how to have fun paddling in the conditions it offers.

Have you ever heard the phrase "this is a slog". It doesn't have to be, paddling into the wind can be a great workout making you a stronger more well rounded paddler. Imagine enjoying the waves crashing over your deck as you paddle into them, with the knowledge that the more you paddle the longer the down wave surf session will last on the return trip.

In this class we will work on a solid forward stroke to move you through wind that could come up whether planned, or not. We will also work on strokes and strategies to use the wind to turn and maneuver instead of fighting it. And of course the most fun, down wind runs and surfing! This class is a great opertunity to gain skills needed for coastal paddling.

While we can not guarantee wind on a given day, there is a strong chance we will have plenty to work with, as afternoon winds are common this time of year.

This class will meet in Stevenson or Cascade Locks depending on wind forecast for the day.

Cost $125 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 2 - Max 5 students)

We pay the booking fee if you enter promo code no6%fee when signing up.

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Boats and gear not included

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Recover When You Need It - Rolling & Bracing Clinic (Portland Oregon)
Aug
8
10:00 AM10:00

Recover When You Need It - Rolling & Bracing Clinic (Portland Oregon)

Learn to roll & brace when you need it.

This clinic will focus on recovery and preventing capsize. We will explore updating and refining your roll to work in situations where you will need it. By translating the roll you have into one that you can rely on in dynamic water.

Intended for those who have achieved a pool or flat water roll and are looking to grow their rolling skills and increase comfort and confidence.

We will redefine your current roll then build on it using a variety of different situations.

Cost $79 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 1 - Max 3 students) Note: This class will run with only one sign up however clinic will be shortened by 1 hour.

We pay the booking fee if you enter promo code no6%fee when signing up

Class location: Willamette River near Oregon City - Exact launch location emailed at sign up. Contact me for more info if needed.

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Transition to Coast - Oregon North Coast with camping option
Jul
28
to Jul 29

Transition to Coast - Oregon North Coast with camping option

(Class Full) contact me for future dates

This class is designed to transition the inland kayaker to become an independent coastal paddler

If you are wondering if this class is for you, then the answer is yes.

This course was designed based on feedback from paddlers wanting to make the transition from paddling inland rivers and bays to the open waters of the Pacific Coast. It was designed to help get you through the transition onto the coast.

Location: TBD pending conditions. Day one most likely Cascade Head or area, day 2 possibilities include Cape Falcon, Ecola Beach, Netarts. Contact me for more info.

Camping Option: We have reserved campsites near Garibaldi for Saturday night. This will be a shared fee depending on number of campers. Contact me for more info.

To paddle on the coast you need the ability to get from the shore to open water, and back. So on day 1 we will work on skills such as identifying and reading the surf zone, holding position in that zone, bracing, side surfing, surfing, launching & landing. And how to plan for a trip including day 2.

On day 2, conditions permitting (normally smaller late July), we will go beyond the surf zone to explore the open coast. Where we may find arches, caves and the ability to be where you have gazed while looking from the oceans shores. If conditions are too large to access the outer coast, we will explorer other options.

We will focus on paddling as a team, including how to explorer the coast and give your team the skills to help out when someone is in need. Current coastal paddlers can also get a lot out of this class as each student will be have the opportunity to be individually challenged increasing and developing their skills.

Cost $249 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 3 - Max 5 students)

We pay the booking fee if you enter promo code no6%fee when signing up.

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Price does not include boats and gear

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Recover When You Need It - Rolling & Bracing Clinic (Portland Oregon)
Jul
26
10:00 AM10:00

Recover When You Need It - Rolling & Bracing Clinic (Portland Oregon)

Learn to roll & brace when you need it.

This clinic will focus on recovery and preventing capsize. We will explore updating and refining your roll to work in situations where you will need it. By translating the roll you have into one that you can rely on in dynamic water.

Intended for those who have achieved a pool or flat water roll and are looking to grow their rolling skills and increase comfort and confidence.

We will redefine your current roll then build on it using a variety of different situations.

Cost $79 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 1 - Max 3 students) Note: This class will run with only one sign up however clinic will be shortened by 1 hour.

We pay the booking fee if you enter promo code no6%fee when signing up

Class location: Willamette River near Oregon City - Exact launch location emailed at sign up. Contact me for more info if needed.

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