Kayak Instruction on the lower Columbia River
Courses, by Level
Level Three Journey with a Coach
1. Find your starting level (or email us for recommendations) and choose classes. One-day programs are listed first, but you can start with multi-day programs.
LEVEL I. Introduction in calm water. For first time paddlers and those who want to brush up on basic skills, we introduce boat control, safe capsize and wet exit protocol, deep water rescues and basic tidal planning and navigation.
LEVEL II. Move towards instinctive boat control. These programs also take place in fairly sheltered water, with minimal current and waves. Prerequisites: calm wet exit, plus 2 day trips; BCU 1-star, or ACA Introduction to Kayaking.
LEVEL III. Take your flat water boat control and rescue skills into "textured" water, with current and wind. Become a competent and reliable member of a group in dynamic water, someone that a trip leader could call on for assistance. Study safety and incident prevention in the Practical Navigation course. Prerequisites: BCU 2-star. ACA Level 2, or instructor approval.
LEVEL IV. Coastal surf, leadership, and more dynamic water. Contains strong elements of group interdependence. Surf landings, more advanced navigation, rock gardening, and incident prevention/management. Prerequisites: BCU 3-star, ACA Level 3, or instructor approval.
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