Rock Garden Skills & Safety - Northern Oregon Coast
Aug
30
8:30 AM08:30

Rock Garden Skills & Safety - Northern Oregon Coast

(Class Full)

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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 and pass through natural arches

Prerequisite: Paddlers should be ready to launch and land through surf.

Location: Possibilities include Cape Falcon or other appropriate venues.

Time: Geared up & ready to paddle by 8:30am to 4pm

Cost $129 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 3 - Max 5 students)

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Advancing Boat Control - Sauvie Island Oregon
Sep
27
9:30 AM09:30

Advancing Boat Control - Sauvie Island 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: Sauvie Island boat ramp ready to paddle at 9:30am.

Cost: Weekday special rate $109 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 2 - Max 5 students)

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Navigating & Maneuvering Tides & Currents
Oct
19
9:30 AM09:30

Navigating & Maneuvering Tides & Currents

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Learning on paper is only the first step, in this class we will go beyond chart theory and get practical experience paddling currents

In this class we will cover, how to interpret current flow and tidal information, how to plot a ferry angle using a chart & ranging. Then apply this knowledge on the water, while learning and practicing fundamental paddling techniques in current, including peel outs, eddy catching, and ferry gliding. These are essential skills for safe paddling in tidal areas!

Location & Time: Tillamook Bay - MEET (not geared up) 9:30am. The first part of the class we will be going over charts & tide tables, then we will put on our gear and get on the water.

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

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Private Roll Class for 2 (CLASS FULL)
Aug
18
8:00 AM08:00

Private Roll Class for 2 (CLASS FULL)

My roll instruction classes focus on getting paddlers a usable roll that will prepare them to roll in rough water when its needed. If you have never been in a kayak or are interested in improving your existing roll, you can become confident in this skill.

Cost $75 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 2 students)

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Class location: Sellwood Park

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Rough Water Maneuvering, Towing and Rescue - Columbia Gorge
Aug
11
9:30 AM09:30

Rough Water Maneuvering, Towing and Rescue - Columbia Gorge

Are you an asset to your paddling group?

PART OF BEING AN ASSET IS HAVING THE ABILITY TO PERFORM RESCUES & TOWING IN CONDITIONS, IN ORDER TO DO THIS YOU WILL NEED TO BE ABLE TO MANEUVER YOUR BOAT INTO A POSITION WHERE YOU CAN ASSIST OTHERS WHEN NEEDED

In this course we will work on the skills needed to paddle and perform rescues in conditions. On most summer days the Columbia Gorge offers strong winds and waves suitable to work on the skills needed for rough water paddling.

Course Objectives:  Plan a rough water outing  Practice decision-making process to manage risk  Determine proper equipment  Practice group formations and communicate in rough water  Perform advanced strokes in rough water  Perform towing exercises in rough water  Perform self and assisted rescues in rough water

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

Location: Columbia Gorge - exact location pending wind forecast for the day

Geared up ready to paddle 9:30 am to 3:30

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Surf Zone Dynamics - Northern Oregon Coast
Aug
9
10:30 AM10:30

Surf Zone Dynamics - Northern Oregon Coast

(Class Full)

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In order to access many places on the coast, negotiating the surf zone is required. This class is the first step for those who want to surf and play on the coast.

In this class you will learn:

How the surf zone works, how to brace in breaking waves, launching and landing techniques, boat control and positioning in the soup zone (the area between the outer waves and the beach) , interpreting a surf forecast and introduce kayak surfing.

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

Location: Cannon Beach or Seaside OR

Geared up ready to paddle 10:30 am to 3

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Private Roll Class for 3 (CLASS FULL)
Aug
7
12:00 PM12:00

Private Roll Class for 3 (CLASS FULL)

My roll instruction classes focus on getting paddlers a usable roll that will prepare them to roll in rough water when its needed. If you have never been in a kayak or are interested in improving your existing roll, you can become confident in this skill.

Cost $30x3 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 3 students)

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Class location: West Linn

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Surf Zone Dynamics - Northern Oregon Coast
Jul
27
9:30 AM09:30

Surf Zone Dynamics - Northern Oregon Coast

(Class Full - next availability Aug 9)

In order to access many places on the coast, negotiating the surf zone is required. This class is the first step for those who want to surf and play on the coast.

In this class you will learn:

How the surf zone works, interpreting a surf forecast, how to brace in breaking waves, launching and landing techniques, boat control and positioning in the soup zone (the area between the outer waves and the beach) and introduce kayak surfing.

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

Location: Cannon Beach

Geared up ready to paddle 9:30 am to 2:30

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Recover When You Need It - Rolling & Bracing Clinic (Portland Oregon)
Jul
25
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.

Local weekday rate: 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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Private Rolling Class - West Linn OR (Class Full)
Jul
24
10:00 AM10:00

Private Rolling Class - West Linn OR (Class Full)

My roll instruction classes focus on getting paddlers a usable roll that will prepare them to roll in rough water when its needed. If you have never been in a kayak or are interested in improving your existing roll, you can become confident in this skill.

Cost $60 Plus 6% booking fee

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Wind, Strategies and Skills - Columbia Gorge
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Wind, Strategies and Skills - Columbia Gorge

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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 opportunity 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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Surf Zone Dynamics - Northern Oregon Coast
Jul
12
9:30 AM09:30

Surf Zone Dynamics - Northern Oregon Coast

(Class Full - next availability Aug 9)

In order to access many places on the coast, negotiating the surf zone is required. This class is the first step for those who want to surf and play on the coast.

In this class you will learn:

How the surf zone works, how to brace in breaking waves, launching and landing techniques, boat control and positioning in the soup zone (the area between the outer waves and the beach) , interpreting a surf forecast and introduce kayak surfing.

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

Location: Cannon Beach or Seaside OR

Geared up ready to paddle 9:30 am to 2:30

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Rock Garden Skills & Safety - San Francisco Area
Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Rock Garden Skills & Safety - San Francisco Area

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.

Location: Because coastal conditions can greatly vary and we want to have fun, the location will be determined the week of the class to best suit conditions for the day. Venue will be between North & South Bay Area. Please CONTACT ME  for further info if required.

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

Cost $129 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Minimum enrollment 3 - 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

(Class Full!)

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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Private Roll Class for 2 (CLASS FULL)
Jun
18
8:30 PM20:30

Private Roll Class for 2 (CLASS FULL)

My roll instruction classes focus on getting paddlers a usable roll that will prepare them to roll in rough water when its needed. If you have never been in a kayak or are interested in improving your existing roll, you can become confident in this skill.

Cost $75 Plus 6% booking company fee. (Min 2 students)

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Class location: Columbia Pool

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Sea Kayak Surfing
Jun
5
10:00 AM10:00

Sea Kayak Surfing

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

The Intro to Surfing course is designed to increase comfort in the surf zone & introduce 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. Dressed and ready to paddle at 10am.

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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

(Trip Full!)

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 4 participants)

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Advancing Boat Control - Portland Oregon
May
18
9:30 AM09:30

Advancing Boat Control - Portland Oregon

(Class Full)

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 9:30am.

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

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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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Surf Zone Dynamics - Northern Oregon Coast
May
10
9:30 AM09:30

Surf Zone Dynamics - Northern Oregon Coast

In order to access many places on the coast, negotiating the surf zone is required. This class is the first step for those who want to surf and play on the coast.

In this class you will learn:

Surf zone dynamics, how to brace in breaking waves, launching and landing techniques, basic boat control and positioning on the wave

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

Location: Cannon Beach

Geared up ready to paddle 9:30 am to 2:00

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Sea Kayak Surfing & Surf Zone Dynamics - Oregon Coast
May
1
9:00 AM09:00

Sea Kayak Surfing & Surf Zone Dynamics - Oregon Coast

(Class Full)

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

The Intro to Surfing course is designed to increase comfort in the surf zone & introduce 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

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 3 students) Dressed and ready to paddle at 9am.

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Forward Stroke For Sea Kayakers - With Video Feedback - Portland Or
Apr
26
9:30 AM09:30

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

AN EFFICIENT FORWARD STROKE IS ESSENTIAL IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BUILD YOUR SKILLS IN THE SPORT OF KAYAKING. IT WILL OPEN MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO PADDLE IN A LARGER VARIETY OF PLACES.

Often paddlers come across conditions such as wind and current, requiring not only a strong consistent forward stroke, but in many cases a a burst of power to paddle across and eddy line or get through that strong wind gust. In this class we will not only work on improving forward progress, but also add corrective strokes and edging that will keep you moving forward when needed.

Proper technique also ensures you can paddle faster, more efficiently and with less strain on your body

Cost: Local Weekday Rate $99 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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Intro to Rock Gardening - Tillamook Bay Oregon
Mar
29
9:30 AM09:30

Intro to Rock Gardening - Tillamook Bay Oregon

(Class Full)

This class will give you a great introduction to one of the most dynamic and exciting styles of paddling. To learn more about rock gardening, check out my series of articles on this subject in Canoe & Kayak Magazine

In this class you will learn both the maneuvers and water reading skills needed to navigate through features such as between rocks, pour overs and where to place yourself to increase safety. You will gain confidence by learning and practicing the skills needed to rescue yourself and others from this dynamic environment.

We will launch in Garibaldi and paddle to a rocky area near the mouth of Tillamook Bay, where ocean surge and small waves make there way into the Bay. Making this is an ideal location to learn the skills needed for rock gardening.

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

 

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Navigating & Maneuvering Tides & Currents
Mar
24
9:30 AM09:30

Navigating & Maneuvering Tides & Currents

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(Class Full) next class June 7

Learning on paper is only the first step, in this class we will go beyond chart theory and get practical experience paddling currents

In this class we will cover, how to interpret current flow and tidal information, how to plot a ferry angle using a chart & ranging. Then apply this knowledge strategically, while learning and practicing fundamental paddling techniques in fast current, including peel outs, eddy catching, and ferry gliding. These are essential skills for safe paddling in tidal areas! This is an excellent opportunity to push your limits with a strong safety net.

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

Cost $125 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.
Mar
13
10:00 AM10:00

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

(1 spot left)

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

The Intro to 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 3 students) Dressed and ready to paddle at 10am.

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