2-Day Kayak Progression

Immerse yourself in whitewater kayaking with our 2-day course! We feel this is the best way to get into kayaking; an incredible balance of safety, learning, and fun. Our certified whitewater instructors will assist you into this awesome sport.  

Day 1:  Class starts in the pool where students are introduced to kayaking by learning wet exits, controlling the boat on edge and working on the Eskimo Roll. After lunch class resumes and students learn a variety of strokes and the fundamentals of boat control in moving water, paddling in a straight line, eddy turns and peel outs. Students will focus on river safety and river preparation for the following day.

Day 2: We will apply the boating concepts of the previous day while paddling five miles of whitewater on the Klickitat River. Students will practice reading whitewater, river safety, scouting, and running rapids. The flat stretches in between rapids will provide the opportunity for students to practice the roll. Lunch is provided on the river.

Please call to book (541)806-4190

Cost: $225

June 1st - September 30th

*Class size is limited so sign up in advance to insure your spot.
If you can't make it on a weekend, find a friend and we can set up a mid-week lesson with 2 or more students.


The Weekender is the most intensive class for beginners and is not recommended for everybody. Students who are afraid of water or desire more practice in the pool or on the lake before going to the river should consider a Pool Class before moving onto a river class.

Time: Saturday 10 am - 3:30 pm
           Sunday 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Day One:
10:00 am: Gorge Paddling Center (Gear Fitting)
             101 N. 1st St. 
              Hood River, OR 97031

10:15 am: Calm water session (Basics, Paddling Strokes, Rolling Concepts)

12:30 pm: 1 hour lunch break

1:30 - 3 pm: Moving Water Session (River Practice, moving water, edging, and river control)

Day Two:
10 am - 3 pm: Klickitat River, WA (Meet at Kayak Shed at 10 am).

*Lunch will be provided Sunday (on the river). Please be sure to let us know of any food allergies on the Medical Information Form during initial meeting at the shop.

What to bring:
• Long-sleeve water wicking layer (nylon/spandex or fleece) shirt.
• Change of clothes for after river sessions.
• Swimsuit or swim-trunks, towel, sunscreen, and water.
• Strap for eyeglasses or extra contact lenses.
• Optional items - nose plugs, ear plugs, and goggles.

What we provide:
• All kayaking gear: kayak, spray skirt, paddle, PFD, helmet, air bags, water shoes, dry top, wet suit, and professional kayak instructors.

Want to camp for the weekend? We recommend Tucker Park it is first come first serve so get there early.

Hotels we recommend Hood River Hotel or Hood River Inn. The best B+B in the area is Gorge View.

 We are an equal opportunity recreation provider permitted by the USDA Forest Service.