Club Trips & Skill-Builders

Please join the OKCC Facebook Group if you have not. Also review the OKCC Calendar for Club Trips and other Events. 

OKCC provides several ways for its members to progress and learn new skills: Club trips, Pool Sessions, Kayak Polo, and special events including help with your roll. 

River trips run most of the year unless the water is extremely high or low, and Pool Sessions in the late Fall/Winter/early Spring months.

Check out the OKCC Calendar and our Facebook Page for the the next Club trip. Class II and Class III trips are posted most months of the year (water permitting).  Trips will contain the requirements for the day and who to contact if you'd like to join. 

Pool Sessions

North Clackamas Pool Sessions for Fall 2021 - Thursday nights starting October 14 *check the calendar as we're still working out the final arrangements* thru May 2022.

One way to work on your skills is through the winter pool sessions. Although not a formal class, there are always other members at the pool sessions who will help you learn how to roll, learn a new roll, help you with bracing, or teach you a new flat-water move.

River Trips

Almost every month of the year, the club sponsors paddling trips on local rivers. The trips are led by experienced paddlers, and safety boaters are there to ensure a safe trip and help out in case of a swim. These trips allow paddlers to learn the local rivers, meet new paddling buddies, and improve their skills.

The Beginner trips feature easier Class II rivers and progress to more difficult rivers.
The Intermediate trips are on easier Class III thru III+, with the occasional Class IV sections. Club Trip Leaders can also organize trips other times during the month and post them on Facebook and the Calendar.

These trips are not intended to be formal instruction, but if you ask your trip leader to help you with a skill, you’re sure to get some assistance. Typically, the Beginner trips occur on the first weekend of the month, and the Intermediate trips are on the third weekend of the month. However, the exact date of any many change to accommodate other events in the paddling community or water/weather issues. Check out the OKCC Calendar to find out when the next Club Trip will be and who to contact for more information

The typical beginner/class II trip is whitewater on a local class II or II+ river. To participate you need proper equipment including kayak, paddle, helmet, pfd, spray skirt,  a whistle and float bags. A throw rope would be nice, plus some river experience. It is recommended before going on a beginner trip that you take a beginner kayaking class from one of the local shops such as Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, eNRG Kayaking, Next Adventure, or Wet Planet in Husum. Also, the water is cold everywhere in the NW almost all the time, so buy or rent a dry suit if it's at all in your budget. You will be much happier. These trips are not instructional, although more experienced boaters are often available to provide advice. You do get the opportunity to get out on the river while surrounded by other boaters, some of whom are probably at your level and with some safety support around.

There is no cost to participate in any of the Club trips, but you must be a current OKCC member with a liability waiver on file. Guests are also welcome with a signed liability waiver. See the Membership page for forms and options to e-file the waiver.