What’s Your Paddling Skill Level?

We will ask you what your paddling experience and skill level is when you register. Here’s a guideline to help you with your self-assessment. If you have questions, please feel free to call us!

First-Timer

  • No prior instruction—first time in a whitewater kayak

  • South Fork American Whitewater I, Rogue Holistic, Salmon Wellness Retreat, Salmon Adventure Retreat

Beginner

  • Some prior whitewater instruction—knows how to wet exit and self-rescue

  • Basic understanding of paddling fundamentals—eddies, edging, boat control, etc.

  • Do not have the “roll”

  • South Fork American Whitewater I, Rogue Holistic Clinic, Salmon Wellness Retreat, Salmon Adventure Retreat

Advanced-Beginner

  • Comfortable paddling and maneuvering in Class I and II whitewater—eddy turns, ferrying, basic river reading

  • Working on the roll though not rolling yet

  • South Fork American Whitewater II, Rogue Holistic Clinic, Salmon Wellness Retreat, Salmon Adventure Retreat

Intermediate

  • Comfortable making harder moves in Class II whitewater and navigating Class III

  • Ability to roll in Class II and III rapids, most of the time (~70% success rate)

  • South Fork American Whitewater II, Rogue Holistic Clinic, Salmon Wellness Retreat, Salmon Adventure Retreat, clinics noted as Intermediate/Advanced

Advanced

  • Comfortable paddling, surfing, eddy-hopping in Class III (or higher)

  • Solid roll in Class III (or higher)

  • South Fork American Whitewater II, Rogue Holistic Clinic, Salmon Wellness Retreat, Salmon Adventure Retreat, clinics noted as Intermediate/Advanced