OKCC offers several ways for its members to progress and learn new skills: club trips, clinics, pool sessions and kayak polo. Please join the OKCC Facebook Group if you have not already as we use this as an easy means to share information about upcoming trips and other club business. If you are not a Facebook user, you can always check the OKCC Calendar for upcoming club trips, clinics and other special events.
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, 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.
A great way to learn new skills like rolling, or just to polish up old ones is through the winter pool sessions. Although not a formal class, there are almost always other members at the pool sessions willing to help you with rolling, bracing or learning that fancy new trick.
North Clackamas Aquatic Center Pool Sessions for the 2021/2022 Season will run from October-April, Wednesday & Thursday nights 7:30-9:00 pm, except for major holiday weeks.
Check out the Pool Sessions and Kayak Polo page for more detailed information concerning the pool sessions and how to sign up.