Kayak School

Let Next Adventure help you learn to kayak and stand up paddleboard! 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!


Our experienced, ACA Certified paddling intructors have a knack for making you feel comfortable regardless of your ability level. We offer instruction and trips fit for everyone from the absolute beginner to the most experienced paddler. Check out our paddling instructor bio page!


Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Experience the water from a new perspective

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.

Coastal Kayak Classes

Challenge yourself and your skills. Experience the ultimate paddling destination.

Sunset Skills Refinement

Polish your skills in your own boat.

Kayak Fishing 

Go where the big boats can't get to


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


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

ACA Certification

Test your knowledge and teach others.

Private Instruction

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

  • Rates:
  • 1 Student: $45 per hour, 3 hour minimum
  • 2 Students: $40 per hour per student, 3 hour minimum
  • 3 Students: $35 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