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Kayak School

Let Next Adventure help you learn to kayak! We offer instruction and trips fit for everyone from the absolute beginner to the most experienced water warrior. We have everything to get your feet wet, from the best paddling gear in the area to the most comprehensive and fun instructional classes. You can register for kayak instruction and tours in person or over the phone at the Portland Paddle Sports Center, at the Scappoose Bay Paddling Center, or follow the links below to sign up online!

CURRENT TRIP INFORMATION

Guided Kayak Trips and tourS

Join us as we explore some of Oregon’s great waterways.

Rolling Classes

Learn the proper ways to get out of a hairy situation.


*You will perform a successful pool roll by the end of Rolling 4 or rolling classes are free until you do! Guaranteed!

Touring Classes

You love the open water, scenic lake and ocean vistas. Nothing beats the expereience from a boat.

Touring Packages

Get great quality instruction and save some money by getting all the classes at once.

BUY ALL 3 SAVE 10%
Kayak Touring 1, 2, 3
BUY ALL 5 SAVE 15%
Kayak Touring 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

BEGINNER WHITEWATER CLASSES

We’re not dropping waterfalls, but we’ll teach you the ways of the river.

INTER. & ADV. WHITEWATER CLASSES

You’ve learned the basics. Now take those skills to the next level.

Whitewater Packages

Get great quality instruction and save some money by getting all the classes at once.

BUY ALL 3 SAVE 10%
Rolling 1, 2,
Whitewater 1
BUY ALL 5 SAVE 15%
Rolling 1, 2, 3,
Whitewater 1, 2
BUY ALL 7 SAVE 20%
Rolling 1, 2, 3, 4,
Whitewater 1, 2, 3

Private Instruction

Learn from the best without distractions and at your own pace.

  • Rates:
  • 1 Student: $40 per hour, 3 hour minimum
  • 2 Students: $30 per hour per student, 3 hour minimum
  • 3 Students: $25 per hour per student, 3 hour minimum


*For private classes of 4 or more students, please contact our kayak school manager directly for special rates at kayakschool@nextadventure.net

For all types of paddling, private instruction is the fastest and most fun way to learn new kayaking skills. We utilize a myriad of resources in and around Portland to give you the best possible learning environment, while deeply focusing on the particular goals of our students. We are experts at creating individualized lessons that cater to your needs and desires. Contact us to learn more or to schedule your own super-fun private lesson: kayakschool@nextadventure.net


Ross Island Kayak Trip

CODE: ksrossisland

$40.00
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  We've all got to start somewhere. Why not on a fun and educational 2.5-hour class on the Willamette River? We'll be trying out stable,... More
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Kayak Touring Class 2: Rescues & Recoveries

CODE: kskt2

$55.00
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Have you ever flipped over on a kayak? You haven’t, you say? Gasp. Learn the answer to the popular question, "What happens if I flip over?" Hint:... More
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Whitewater Kayak Class 3: Intermediate Whitewater Skills

CODE: kswhitewater3

$85.00   $80.00
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The plot: You're a gladiator set out to tame the wildest of Pacific Northwest whitewater. You've set out on your most epic adventure yet: to paddle the... More
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Smith & Bybee Lakes Kayak Trip

CODE: kssmithbybee

$75.00
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Smith and Bybee Lakes are one of the best kept secrets in Portland and a fantastic place to kayak. This 2,000-acre nature reserve is home to a multitude of... More
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Whitewater Clinic: Waterfall Skills

CODE: kswwwaterfallclinic

$95.00
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They're majestic and powerful...and they're another fun obstacle for you! That's right, waterfalls are one of the most fun parts of whitewater kayaking.... More
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Kayak Touring Class 5: Navigation & Trip Planning
$75.00
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You might feel like Meriwether Lewis or William Clark ready to plan your great northwest trip after you've taken this class. Learn how to plan multiday... More
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Whitewater Kayak Class 1: Basic Whitewater Skills
$85.00   $80.00
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Charge the river with Next Adventure and learn the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking and river safety. Our ACA-certified instructors teach essential... More
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Kayak Touring Class 3: Intermediate & Advanced Strokes

CODE: kskt3

$65.00
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Remember in the movie Deliverance when Burt Reynolds and his buddies fall captive to malevolent hillbillies? It was because they weren’t able to... More
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Whitewater Kayak Class 2: Applied Strokes & Strategies
$85.00   $80.00
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Refine your beginning whitewater skills by following up on the skills learned in Whitewater Kayak 1. You’ll feel like a salmon swimming up the Sandy... More
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Kayak Touring Class 1: Intro to Strokes and Skills

CODE: kskt1

$65.00
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Take the first step to becoming the open water adventurer you always dreamed to be with the Kayak Touring Class 1. Throughout the class you’ll learn... More
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Sauvie Island Kayak Trip

CODE: kssauvie

$85.00
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A kayaking trip to Sauvie Island is unlike any other. We'll start our trip on McNary Lake, paddling into the North Arm of Sturgeon Lake, spying on herons... More
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San Juan Islands Kayak Trip

CODE: sanjuantrip

$750.00
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Join your friendly and knowledgeable Next Adventure guides for the best sea kayaking the Northwest has to offer. During our San Juan Islands Kayak... More
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Rooster Rock Kayak Trip

CODE: ksroosterrock

$85.00
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From kayak, the Columbia River Gorge is Gorge-ous! You'll see why the view is better from the water when you launch at Dalton Point, paddle to rooster rock... More
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Kayak Touring Class 4: Rescues in Conditions
$75.00
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Perform your most challenging tricks far from the safety of the shore, in a slight current or swell, with new paddling partners. But you’ve got this... More
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Rolling 1: Foundations of Rolling
$55.00
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New to the wet and wild world of whitewater or sea kayaking? Or you’ve got your feet wet before and you just need to review your skills? For both... More
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Rolling 2: The Onside Roll: C-to-C & Sweep
$55.00
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Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river  John Fogerty sang in his hit Proud Mary . Channel this Creedence Clearwater Revival lyric when you work on... More
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2014 Northwest Creeking Competition

CODE: 2014creekcomp

Out-of-stock
$15.00
Online registration is now closed.  For last minute registration please come to Sunset Falls on the East Fork of the Lewis River and register in... More

Rolling 3: The Offside Roll

CODE: ksrolling3

$55.00   $45.00
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Learn to be feel confident whether rightside up or upside down. Enter the offside roll: a maneuver for paddlers who wish to develop true reliance and trust... More
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Rolling 4: Hand Rolling

CODE: ksrolling4

$55.00   $45.00
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Think you're up to a challenge? We think you are! Let's remove the paddle from the equation and focus on the hand roll, which is a fun and useful skill to... More
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ACA Swiftwater Rescue Course

CODE: ksswiftwater

Out-of-stock
$220.00
Getting in an accident stinks! Getting in an accident on water stinks even more! Don’t put yourself in jeopardy by not knowing what to do in the event... More
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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Kayak Trip

CODE: ksridgefield

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$75.00
Guided Wildlife Tour with Instruction Known for its expansive grassland and wetland habitat of 5,218 acres, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is... More
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Scappoose Bay Wetlands Tour

CODE: wetlandstour

$45.00
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Scappoose Bay Wetlands Tour Take a gentle 3 hour tour of beautiful Scappoose Bay with one of our experienced guides. A wonderful opportunity to get... More
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Sea Kayak Clinic: Tides, Weather & Navigation
$85.00
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Tides, Weather & Navigation Prepare yourself for longer kayaking trips in more challenging conditions. Students learn how to handle the... More
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Scappoose Bay Warrior Rock Lighthouse Tour

CODE: sbk-warriorrock

Out-of-stock
$65.00
This five hour tour leaves Scappoose Bay, past many historical monuments. We cross Multnomah Channel and paddle past the historical St. Helens Ship yards.... More
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Intermediate Creeking Skills Clinic

CODE: intcreeking

Out-of-stock
$90.00
This clinic builds on the skills taught in our Basic Creek Skills Clinic to continue to build confidence and control on increasingly difficult creeks. We... More
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Basic Creeking Skills Clinic

CODE: basiccreeking

Out-of-stock
$90.00
Get your introduction to creeking the best way possible. In this clinic, students will learn to manage steeper, tighter and more technical whitewater.... More
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Flux Women's Whitewater Kayaking Clinics

CODE: flux

$125.00
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The FLUX athletes have teamed up with Next Adventure to lead a series of women specific workshops to get YOU ready for the NW Creeking Competition ,... More
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Scappoose Migratory Bird Tour

CODE: sbk-migratorybirds

$45.00
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Scappoose Migratory Bird Tour Scappoose Bay is a bird lover’s haven. This tour is focused on paddling into the wetlands and witnessing the return... More
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Scappoose Bay Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson/Tour

CODE: scapsuptour

Out-of-stock
$35.00
Learn balance and paddling techniques on Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPS) and go out on a tour of beautiful Scappoose Bay, while having a different perspective... More
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Oregon Rockfish Classic Registration

CODE: rockfishclassic

$40.00
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July 12th, 2014 Depoe Bay, Oregon This is a single heaviest fish tournament.  All entries must be brought to shore and weighed in... More
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