Nigel Foster and Kristin Nelson will visit Portland Kayak Company to teach two fantastic kayaking clinics on May 19 and 20, 2018. We are pleased to host these paddling clinics with one of the world’s most innovative instructors. Nigel Foster’s contributions to kayaking are evident in his boat designs, writings, expeditions, instructional DVD series, gear design, slide presentations and his continued eagerness to share all that he has learned. reserve early!
These popular clinics will help you take boat control to a new level! Learn to maneuver your kayak with precision and grace while you increase efficiency in your paddling style.
Where: our backyard waters on the Willamette River in Portland.
Learn more about Nigel Foster at www.nigelkayaks.com and www.nigelfosterdesigns.com
Saturday May 19, 2018
Mastering the Forward Stroke
Sunday May 20, 2018
February 10, 2018 5:00-7:30 pm. Cost $59 Includes Nigel Foster’s latest book The Art of Kayaking. Please call to reserve your spot. Space is limited!
Nigel Foster’s “Art of Kayaking” seminar will explore two different facets of sea kayaking: behind the scenes chart reading/interpretation, and into the scenes paddling technique.
Experience kayaking skills through Nigel Foster’s eyes with the help of his images from around the world. Learn how to interpret swell patterns and tidal current. Analyze beach profiles for easier launching and landing. See how different timing strategies for landing affect outcome. Focus on the small details in paddle blade alignment that offer a key to easy kayak control.
Nigel will also lead you through an introduction to charts and tides simplifying documents that may otherwise appear daunting. His aim is to offer you easy steps you can confidently follow.
Nigel’s latest book The Art of Kayaking contains a distillation of a lifetime of paddling experience. Here is an opportunity to have details illuminated by photographs and animated graphics to clarify the finer points and illustrate the nuances of kayaking. You will have an opportunity to ask Nigel to clarify any questions you have.
Ross Island Kayak Tour – Willamette River
First-time kayakers and experienced paddlers alike will enjoy a unique perspective of Portland on this guided tour circumnavigating Ross Island on the Willamette River. We’ll paddle past an impressive blue heron rookery and possibly see bald eagles and osprey as we glide by Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. There is an unparalleled view of Portland’s skyline on our way back to the dock.
Need a great gift idea for a friend, family member or co-worker? We offer gift certificates for our guided kayak tours, classes, kayak rentals, or general merchandise in our shop. If you don’t have time to stop by our store location you can order one over the phone (503 459-4050) to be mailed either to you or the lucky recipient.
Ross Island Kayak Tour in Portland, Oregon. Offered daily at 10:00 and 2:00 – reservations are required. First-time kayakers and experienced paddlers alike will enjoy a unique perspective of Portland on this guided tour circumnavigating Ross Island on the Willamette River. We’ll paddle past an impressive blue heron rookery and possibly see bald eagles and osprey as we glide by Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. There is an unparalleled view of Portland’s skyline on our way back to the dock. Tour is 2.5 to 3 hours (no experience required) Cost: $45
Ross Island Sunset Tour – 2.5 to 3 hours (no experience required) Cost: $49
Offered daily, May through September, 6:00 pm reservations are required
Join us for a kayak tour around Ross Island as the sun sets over the Portland skyline.
Kayaking for Kids Camps, ages 10-13
5 day camp | July 20-24 and August 10-14 | $350
3 day camp | July 20-22 and August 10-12 | $225
Camps run 9:00 am – 3:00 pm each day
Our Kids Camps introduce the basic fundamentals of kayaking and water safety. Kids have fun on the water learning kayaking skills through instruction and team-building activities. We have been running this camp for 19 years and are continually amazed at how quickly our campers learn! This camp focuses on basic kayaking strokes, directional control, safety and rescue techniques.
Kayaking for Kids 3-Day Camps, ages 12-15
9:00am – 1:00pm each day. This camp runs in conjunction with Portland Community College’s Summer Teen Program. Basic Strokes, directional control, rescue techniques and safety will all be covered. Register through PCC at www.pcc.edu/schedule.
2015 Dates: July 13-15 and August 3-5
In addition to our own camps and those that are scheduled through PCC, we also offer kayaking for kids in alliance with the Mittleman Jewish Community Center Summer Camps Program. Check details and dates and register through the MJCC, www.portlandjewishacademy.org/page.cfm?p=1244.
Full Moon Paddle – 2.5 to 3 hours (no experience required) Cost: $49
Gliding silently along the river under a moonlight glow is an experience you’ll not soon forget. Please Call to reserve your spot.
View current list of used kayaks and new kayaks on sale
Saturday April 11, 2015 9:00-5:00 ~ $150
All tools and materials are provided. Don and Joanne will walk you through the steps to create your own Greenland Paddle! Reservations required.