Lessons for Beginners


For people just learning to paddle

Canoe | Kayak | Stand up Paddle Board (SUP) Lessons

private lesson, for one or two paddlers – $100

 $25 per person, for groups of 4 or more


To schedule a lesson

Call, or text Jeff @ (503) 956-0561

email: paddlers@paddlepeople.us

All Major Credit Cards Accepted



Classes for beginners are about 3 hours long

one hour of orientation on the beach

2 hours on the water  

Use your own boat, or we can provide boat and gear, same price


We will happily customize our classes to best meet your needs.


What we will cover in our beginners paddling classes:

  • Handling a boat on shore
  • Getting in and out of the boat safely
  • Transporting your boat or board safely
  • How to be safe on the water
  • Introduction to the forward stroke basics for kayaks, SUPs, and canoes
  • Basic instruction on how to work with a partner in a tandem boat
  • Introduction to the USCA Sit and Switch method of paddling (for canoers)
  • Basic tips on steering and keeping your boat straight with minimal effort
  • Tips on how to select the paddle best for you
  • Information on where to go for different types of paddling in Portland and Southwest Washington.

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