We Run The Most Student Centered Symposium In The World!

 We evaluate your needs and ability levels best we can in the registration process.  Once most people have signed up, we actually build the event schedule to suit the needs of those who have registered!  At this point, we feel we have enough information and participants registered to release the tentative schedule. 

Please stay flexible as conditions, coaches, and courses can and often do change at the event.  We take what the sea gives us on the weekend.  

A reminder… Refunds will not be given for classes being changed or cancelled due to factors beyond our control.  Safety is our number one priority. 

Event Check in opens Friday at 8AM and CLOSES at 11:00AM at the Cape Kiwanda RV Resort Club House. Lunch is at 11AM followed by mandatory participant meeting at Noon.

THURSDAY: It is possible to check into your cabin / tent/ RV site on Thursday for an EXTRA Charge. You MUST let us know well in advance and have the reservation confirmed through Suzi before October 1st. (Suzi@aldercreek.com) The same is true for any drysuit or boat rental needed. PLEASE let us know ASAP if you need an extra night of lodging or a rental drysuit.

FRIDAY: In the morning check-in will start at 8am at The Club House and continue till 11am. ALL participants must check in at registration upon arrival. Lunch begins at 11am at the Club House. The participant meeting is at 12:00pm sharp. Friday’s classes  begin at 1pm and will conclude at approximately 4:30pm.

Happy Hour is hosted on Friday evening at 5pm so come prepared to party! Dinner is served at 6:30pm in the Club House


SATURDAY: Check in is open from 7:00 am to 8:00am Saturday morning. Coaches gather at 7:30am for a meeting. Students gather at 8:00am for the BIG morning meeting. Courses  begin at 9:00am and end at about 4:30pm We provide 3 meals at The Club House. (Breakfast 6:00am, Lunch 12:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm). Sack lunches are provided for full day off-site classes.

Happy Hour is hosted at 5pm. Dinner is at 6:30pm


SATURDAY NIGHT: Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe will be hosting some fantastic presentations.  There will be a HUGE raffle with amazing prizes.  Also, enjoy video clips from the first two days of the event. We work hard and play even harder. Come and enjoy the festivities!


SUNDAY: Is another day of exciting classes! We’ll provide breakfast at 7:00am and sack lunches will be provided for all. Check in will be open from 7:30am to 9:00am. Coach’s meeting is at 8:00am and the participants meet at 8:30am. Classes begin promptly at 9am. The event will wrap up at approximately 2pm.  Some classes may end later if they are away from the main event site.



Check out these suggested tracks below for some ideas

Sample Suggested Tracks:

-Taking your FIRST “lumps”?  You could take “Boat Control with Precision” on Friday, Saturday morning “Paddle on Edge and Beyond…” grab some lunch then head back out Saturday afternoon for “Fear to FUN in the Surf”.  Then wrap up your weekend by heading back out to the surf for some more practice with “Fun & Feedback” on Sunday or perhaps check out some wildlife in the “Coastal Creatures Tour” on Sunday!

-CRUISIN for a Bruising …?  So you’ve never been to Lumpy but you want to make up for lost time and jump in with BOTH feet!  You could head straight to “Fear to Fun” in the surf on Friday.  Saturday morning you should go right back out to the surf in “Fun and Feedback”.  Saturday afternoon work on “Drills for Spills”.  Then if you have anything left for Sunday take the “Intro to Rock Garden Safety & Rescue”

-PLEASE, may we have some MORE? Are you a serious Lumpologist?  Once you have been to Lumpy it’s hard to stay away.  On Friday get back out there and review some surf zone skills by starting off with “Fun & Feedback”.  Saturday step up your seamanship with the full day version of “Trip Planning & Sea Navigation”.  The sea is not such a mysterious place if you know what to look for.  On Sunday wrap up your weekend with an “Intermediate Sea Journey”

-So you want to gain experience on the sea?   Jump into the” Long Boat Surfing” Class on Friday!  Move on to the full day “Incident Management” course on Saturday.  To wrap things up consider the “Trip Planning and Sea Navigation” class that starts on land with nav skills then moves to the water in the afternoon.

Put together your own custom tailored program by selecting each class.  Still not sure what to sign up for? Email Programs@aldercreek.com

for guidance.

2018 Class Schedule

4pm - 7pm

THURSDAY

It is possible to check in to your cabin / tent/ RV site on Thursday for an EXTRA Charge. You MUST let us know well in advance and have the reservation confirmed through Suzi before October 1st. (Suzi@aldercreek.com)

8am - 11am

FRIDAY

In the morning check-in will start at 8am at The Club House and continue till 11am. ALL participants must check in at registration upon arrival. Lunch will begin at 11am at the Club House. The participant meeting will begin at 12:00pm sharp. Friday's classes will begin at 1pm and will conclude at approximately 4:30pm. Happy Hour is hosted on Friday evening at 5pm so come prepared to party! Dinner will be available starting at 6:30pm in the Club House

7am

SATURDAY

Check in will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00am Saturday morning. Coaches will meet at 7:30am for a meeting. Students will meet at 8:00am for the BIG morning meeting. Courses will begin at 8:00am and end at about 4:30pm We will provide 3 meals at The Club House. (Breakfast 6:00am, Lunch 12:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm). Sack lunches are provided for full day off-site classes. Happy Hour is hosted at 5pm. Dinner is at 6:30pm

7pm

SATURDAY NIGHT

Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe will be hosting some fantastic presentations.  There will be a HUGE raffle with amazing prizes.  Also, enjoy video clips from the first two days of the event. We work hard and play even harder. Come and enjoy the festivities this year!

7am

SUNDAY

Is another day of exciting classes! We'll provide breakfast at 6:00am and sack lunches will be provided for all. Check in will be open from 7:30am to 9:00am. Coach's meeting is at 8:00am and the participants meet at 8:30am. Classes begin promptly at 9am. The event will wrap up at approximately 2pm. Some classes may end later if they are away from the main event site.

BOAT CONTROL WITH PRECISION

Focus: Playing or Journeying Skill level: Novice Prerequisites: None Venue: Calm water This class is held on the sheltered waters within Nestucca Bay and provides the student with a repertoire of useful strokes and boat maneuvers. The key cause and effect relationships involved in boat control are introduced and students learn to perform maneuvers safely and efficiently. Want to be more comfortable and skillful in rough water? Master these skills first!

FEAR TO FUN IN THE SURF

Focus: Journeying and Playing Skill Level: Novice Prerequisites: Basic skills and a COMFORTABLE wet-exit Venue: Surf Zone Description: The surf zone can be an intimidating place at times. See this exciting environment through new eyes as you gain confidence and understanding of the dynamics at work in the surf. Learn to select a safe play zone, read water, and operate in the surf. This class emphasizes how to safely negotiate a surf break zone during launching and landing without getting surfed. Become skilled at holding position and moving within the surf zone with boat control and safety as the number one priority. This class is a great choice for people looking to try the surf for a first time or have not yet had formal instruction in the surf.

SHORT BOAT SURFING

Focus: Play Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate Prerequisites: Strong roll in rough water Venue: Surf Zone Description: Students will learn proper techniques for safely operating in the surf zone with whitewater and surf specific kayaks. We will cover topics such as reading the surf, selecting a break, launching / landing on the beach, positioning in the group and on the wave, surf etiquette, bottom turns, cutbacks, etc... This class is fun for people who have a consistent roll in rough water.

FUN & FEEDBACK

Focus: Journeying or Playing Skill Level: Novice / Intermediate Prerequisites: Completion of "Fear to Fun" class / self rescue in surf Venue: Surf Zone Description: Having mastered the recognition of hazards, holding position, and self rescuing in the Fear 2 Fun class, move onto this next step before venturing out beyond the break. You will work on activities that create opportunities for Practicing teamwork, signaling, launching, landing, broaching, maneuvering and surfing in the soup zone with lots of feedback and tips to help you along. If you had fun during Fear 2 Fun but want more time to practice this one’s for you. Have fun, gain some confidence, and become comfortable in the surf! Students should have completed Fear 2 Fun and be able to self rescue. A roll is handy, but is NOT required.

LONG BOAT SURFING

Focus: Play Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced Intermediate Prerequisites: A consistent roll plus completion of the "Fear to Fun" program or similar intro to surf zone coaching. Students should already be able to hold position, enter and exit the surf zone while maintaining boat control and position when needed. Venue: Surf Zone Description: Once comfortable with basic surf zone operation it's time to surf! This class emphasizes how to select a break, position your self to catch waves, and enjoy the ride. This class is an introduction to surfing waves in a sea kayak. We will be practicing the use of surf etiquette, spacing, and group management while playing in the surf. Learn to prevent and control broaching, side surfing, and even back surfing.

DRILLS FOR SPILLS

Focus: Journeying Skill Level: Novice or Intermediate Prerequisites: Basic paddling skills and deep water assisted re-entry experience Venue: Deep calm water Description: This half-day class is held on sheltered water and introduces deep-water rescue techniques for solo and group paddlers. The class covers techniques for solo re-entry of a kayak following a wet exit as well as assisted drain and re-enter rescues involving two or more paddlers. It also covers basic safety concerns and safety related features of sea kayaks and paddling equipment. This class is fun for anyone.

FORWARD STROKE CLINIC

Focus: Journeying Skill Level: Novice - Advanced Intermediate Prerequisites: none Venue: Flat water Description: The forward stroke is arguably the least perfected skill in kayaking. Who needs this class? Have you ever felt like you are working really hard to keep up with the group? Are you really tired and sore after paddling when others do not seem to be? Do you aspire to kayak race or paddle for fitness? Do you have a long journey planned? You can go fast or go slow with an efficient forward stroke, but there is no reason to work harder than you have to. Master this critical skill!

PADDLING ON THE EDGE & BEYOND…

Focus: Playing Skill Level: Novice & Intermediate Prerequisites: Basic Skills and comfortable wet-exits Venue: Flat water Description: The best rescue is the one that never had to happen! Having a roll is great, but not capsizing in the first place is even better. Every paddler on the water should take this class. Edging and Bracing are crucial skills for paddlers of all levels. It is also a critical building block on the way to a solid roll. Learn to put the boat on edge to maneuver, prevent capsizes, and gain comfort and peace of mind.

ROUGH WATER RESCUES

Focus: Journey Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate Prerequisites: Solid flat water rescue skills and rough water paddling comfort. Students should be able to perform a myriad of rescues including solo re-entries and various towing techniques that already work well in flat water. Venue: Dynamic and rough water including swell and windy conditions Description: Rescues are rarely needed in flat water, so why practice them there? This class will focus on the most effective rescue techniques used in real conditions. Learn how to prioritize and execute efficient rescues with confidence in wind, current, and waves. Students should be well practiced at basic assisted re-entries. A solid roll is not required, but some rolling experience is helpful.

ADVANCED ROCKS, CAVES, & WAVES

Focus: Play. Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate ONLY. Prerequisites: Completion of Rock Garden Safety & Rescue or equivalent. A solid combat roll in rough conditions. Ability to self rescue in deep water. Good boat control in dynamic water. This is an advanced class, please do not sign up for it unless you fulfill the requirements. Venue: Rock Gardens and Caves. Description: Take your rock gardening to the next level! Explore the unforgiving bowels of the Oregon Coast by probing deep into some of the best sea caves in the area. Students should have good boat control and reliable rescue skills. A roll may come in handy too. This is one of the highest difficulty classes and would be a great choice for any experienced paddler looking to step up their game.

ROCK GARDEN SAFETY AND RESCUE

Focus: Playing Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate Prerequisites: Solid rescue skills and rough water paddling comfort. Students should be able to perform a myriad of rescues including solo re-entries and various towing techniques that already work well in dynamic open water. Venue: Dynamic Water near rocky shorelines. Description: Explore this stunning coastline’s labyrinth of arches, tunnels, and overfalls while learning to control and maneuver your sea kayak in this complex environment. We will practice skills that increase our safety margin within the rocks. Rock specific rescue techniques and methods will be practiced in real conditions. This class is fun for people who already have some ocean paddling experience and can confidently perform regular deep water rescues quickly and effectively.

DYNAMIC ROLL DEVELOPMENT

Focus: Playing Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate Prerequisites: A reliable roll in flat water. Students should be comfortable self rescuing in mild conditions. Venue: Flat water moving to Dynamic water Description: The roll can be an elusive beast. What works in the pool when you are expecting to flip does not always transfer to rougher waters. Turn your quiet domesticated pool roll into the powerful and reliable combat roll you really need. Students will be practicing bracing and rolling skills where they are needed most.

TRIP PLANNING & SEA NAVIGATION

Focus: Journeying Skill Level: Intermediate Prerequisites: Some basic chart reading knowledge is a great start but not required. Students should be able to paddle comfortably out at sea in mild conditions. Venue: Classroom + Open Water Description: Start in the classroom then move the skills to the water in the afternoon! This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys. The aim is to give the student tools to enable them to plan trips and navigate while on the water. Traveling on the sea can be an amazingly rewarding experience, but to do so safely everyone should have on water navigation training. This course will be incorporating dry land and paddling activities to keep students challenged and entertained. See how FUN navigation can really be. Demystify the black art!

DYNAMIC H20 SKILLS & MANEUVERS

Focus: Journeying Skill Level: Novice - Intermediate Prerequisites: Basic paddling skills and deep water assisted re-entry experience Venue: Flat water moving to more dynamic conditions throughout the day. Description: This class is held at Nestucca Bay and provides the student with a repertoire of more advanced strokes and boat maneuvers that can be applied to dynamic water. Want to get more comfortable in rough water? Get back to the foundations of how to put your boat where you want it! This class is all about performing hard moves on easy water.

INCIDENT MANAGEMENT

Focus: Journeying Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate Prerequisites: Solid flat water rescue skills and rough water paddling comfort. Students should be able to perform a myriad of rescues including solo re-entries and various towing techniques that already work well in flat water. Venue: Open Coast including rocks, surf, and tidal currents Description: Take your rescues from the flat water and test them in the dynamic environment found at sea! We will discover things we can do to facilitate fast, simple, and effective rescue when the environment is less than forgiving. Beyond rescues we will also explore other incidents that may simply require a tow to the extreme situation of needing to call for outside help. We will also be discussing risk assessment and the principles of good leadership to prevent incidents too.

INTERMEDIATE SEA JOURNEY

Focus: Journeying Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced Intermediate Prerequisites: Students should be able to paddle comfortably out at sea at the intermediate level in moderate conditions. A roll is not required but is strongly recommended. Holding pace at 3 knots is essential. Comfort performing assisted re-entries while in conditions is also required. Venue: Open Coastal Description: Get out and explore our beautiful coast line. This journey will launch through the surf and will head out to sea if conditions allow. Oregon's shore is made up of a series of flat welcoming beaches interspersed between huge outcroppings of volcanic rocks and cliffs that conceal complex caves and tunnels.

ROUGH WATER RESCUES

Focus: Journey Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate Prerequisites: Solid flat water rescue skills and rough water paddling comfort. Students should be able to perform a myriad of rescues including solo re-entries and various towing techniques that already work well in flat water. Venue: Dynamic and rough water including swell and windy conditions Description: Rescues are rarely needed in flat water, so why practice them there? This class will focus on the most effective rescue techniques used in real conditions. Learn how to prioritize and execute efficient rescues with confidence in wind, current, and waves. Students should be well practiced at basic assisted re-entries. A solid roll is not required, but some rolling experience is helpful.

MASTERING BOAT CONTROL IN CONDITIONS (NEW CLASS)

Focus: Journeying Skill Level: Intermediate Prerequisites: Students should already have solid maneuvering skills in flat water. Be prepared to perform assisted re-entries and be able to paddle at sea for 3-4 hours in conditions. Venue: Open Coastal Description: The class will be held in open water with windy, choppy conditions. You will discover how to apply all of your flat water strokes and maneuvers in a dynamic environment. You will learn how to make use of a skeg or rudder to balance your direction in a cross or down-wind scenario. You will gain experience paddling in head, side and following seas in complete control. This class if fun for people who already know how to maneuver their boats in calm conditions and can already perform deep water assisted re-entries.

‘SURFPEDITION’ DAY TRIP

Focus: Journeying to find PLAY! Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate Prerequisites: Solid rescue skills and rough water paddling comfort. Students should be able to perform a myriad of rescues including solo re-entries and various towing techniques that already work well in dynamic open water. Venue: Open Coastal and Surf Break Description: The best waves on the Oregon Coast often lay just beyond the next point. Many times we must go in search for the goods by heading out on mini surf expeditions or ‘Surfpeditions’. Learn strategies and techniques for heading out on surf missions including reading weather and surf forecasts, predicting the conditions, managing a group of friends out for a play and of course, shredding the waves.

BEYOND FUN IN THE SURF

Focus: PLAY Skill Level: Novice or Intermediate Prerequisites: Completion of "Fear to Fun" class / self rescue in surf Venue: Surf Zone Description: Wish there was a full day surf class to practice what you learn in the “Fear to Fun” class? After mastering recognition of hazards, holding position, and self rescuing in the Fear 2 Fun class; move onto this next step before venturing out beyond the break. You will work activities that create opportunities for Practicing teamwork, signaling, launching, landing, broaching, maneuvering and surfing in the soup zone with lots of feedback and tips to help you along. If you had fun during Fear 2 Fun but want more time to practice this one’s for you. Have fun, gain some confidence, and become comfortable in the surf! Students should have completed Fear 2 Fun and be able to self rescue. A roll is handy, but is NOT required.

Refining the Roll

Focus: Playing Skill Level: Novice or Intermediate Prerequisites: Consistent panic-free wet-exits and underwater comfort. Students should have already had some successful roll training. Venue: Flat water Description: This class is for those working on a beginning roll, an other-side roll or cleaning up an existing roll. The class will move through a steady progression of on-land exercises, in-water exercises and in-kayak exercises and will include various techniques.

TOWING SCENARIOS & GROUP MANAGEMENT

Focus: Journeying Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate Prerequisites: Students should be able to paddle comfortably out at sea at the intermediate level in moderate conditions. Flat water towing skills and experience must also be in place Venue: Open Coastal Description: Group paddling can be fun and VERY rewarding. Effectively and safely managing a group of friends or peers on the water takes practice. Learn some procedures and what to watch out for. Learn basic and advanced techniques for towing other people and boats using contact tows and tow lines. Master this essential skill for paddling with other people. This class is fun for anyone.

ROLLING CHECK-UP

Focus: Playing Skill Level: Novice or Intermediate Prerequisites: Consistent panic-free wet-exits and underwater comfort. Students should have already had some successful roll training. Venue: Flat water Description: Rolling can be a mysterious skill. If you have been working on your roll and would like some helpful tips on making it stronger in calm water, this class is for you. This is a group rolling class for people that have already had some one on one training and know the basics of the roll but would like to improve more before moving the skill to a combat situation.

INTERMEDIATE SEA JOURNEY

Focus: Journeying. Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced Intermediate. Prerequisites: Students should be able to paddle comfortably out at sea at the intermediate level in moderate conditions. A roll is not required but is strongly recommended. Holding pace at 3 knots is essential. Comfort performing assisted re-entries while in conditions is also required. Venue: Open Coastal. Description: Get out and explore our beautiful coast line. This journey will launch through the surf and will head out to sea if conditions allow. Oregon's shore is made up of a series of flat welcoming beaches interspersed between huge outcroppings of volcanic rocks and cliffs that conceal complex caves and tunnels.

BOAT CONTROL TOUR

Focus: Playing or Journeying. Skill level: Novice. Prerequisites: None. Venue: Calm water. Description: This class is held on the sheltered waters within Nestucca Bay and provides the student with a repertoire of useful strokes and boat maneuvers for different boat designs. The key cause and effect relationships involved in boat control are introduced and students learn to perform maneuvers safely and efficiently. Want to get more comfortable in rough water? Get back to the foundations of how to put your boat where you want it!

INTRO TO ROCK GARDEN SAFETY & RESCUE

Focus: Play or Journey. Skill Level: Intermediate. Prerequisites: Solid rescue skills and rough water paddling comfort. Students should be able to perform a myriad of rescues including solo re-entries and various towing techniques that already work well in dynamic open water. Venue: Dynamic Water near rocky shorelines. Description: Get in close to the rocks and learn to control and maneuver your sea kayak in this complex environment. We will practice skills that increase our safety margin within the rocks. Rock specific rescue techniques and methods will be practiced in real conditions. This class is fun for people who already have some ocean paddling experience and can confidently perform regular deep water rescues quickly and effectively. This is a great first time rock gardening experience.

TRIP PLANNING & SEA NAVIGATION

Focus: Journeying. Skill Level: Intermediate. Prerequisites: Some basic chart reading knowledge is a great start but not required. Students should be able to paddle comfortably out at sea in mild conditions. Venue: Classroom + Open Water. Description: Start in the classroom then move the skills to the water in the afternoon! This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys. The aim is to give the student tools to enable them to plan trips and navigate while on the water. Traveling on the sea can be an amazingly rewarding experience, but to do so safely everyone should have on water navigation training. This course will be incorporating dry land and paddling activities to keep students challenged and entertained. See how FUN navigation can really be. Demystify the black art!

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