Skills Socials Are Back!


Join NRG Instructors and students for a free paddling opportunity every week – the Skills Social!  Every Thursday we gather a Sellwood Riverfront Park in SE Portland for an evening of kayaking, light instruction and new friends.

Skill Socials are great if you would like to:

  • Get some free additional instruction outside of classes
  • Meet new folks to paddle with
  • Brush up on your paddling technique
  • Just relax on the water after a day of work

Skills Socials are open to NRG students and friends.  If you’ve never kayaked before, or have some friends that would like to try it, you are more than welcome.  If you need us to bring you some gear(at no cost!), just give the office a call at 503.772.1122.  We have a limit of about 15 kayaks we bring each week, so call now to reserve your free kayak.  Got your own gear?  Awesome, we’ll see you there.

When: Every Thursday 7-8:30 pm, until September 24

Where: Sellwood Riverfront Park, just north of the Sellwood Bridge on the east side of the river.

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Flatwater Kayaking on the Willamette River

Northwest River Guides is a Portland kayak school and raft company.  We teach beginner kayak classes on some of the best rivers around, including the Willamette River.  Running through downtown Portland, the Willamette River offers some of the best kayaking opportunities for beginners and is just a great place to get out and kayak when you have the time.  This photo was taken on an NRG kayaking trip near Sauvie Island, just downstream from Portland.  If you’d like to come paddling with us, please visit our website or call the office at 503.772.1122. We hope that you’ll join us soon for a kayak class or trip.


The sun setting on a wonderful kayak trip and beginner kayak lesson with Northwest River Guides.

Spring Kayaking with Northwest River Guides

Take a beginner whitewater kayak lesson with Northwest River Guides, home of the Premier Paddling Instruction in the Pacific Northwest.  The spring is a great time to learn to kayak as the rivers are flowing and sun is shining.  NRG teaches kayak classes just outside of Portland, OR on the Sandy River and the Clackams River.  Both are great for beginners and all of out student have fun and learn a ton.  Check out our website or give us a call(503.772.1122) if you’d like to sign up for a class or have any questions.


Whitewater fun with Northwest River Guides, a Portland kayak school and instructional powerhouse!

Flatwater Kayaking with NRG

Northwest River Guides teaches beginner kayak lessons and classes on a variety of the rivers and lakes around Portland.

  • Vancouver Lake
  • Ross Island
  • Willamette Falls
  • Columbia River
  • Sauvie Island
  • Smith and Bybee Lakes

Come learn to kayak with the best kayak school in Portland – Northwest River Guides 503.772.1122


On the water with Northwest River Guides

NRG’s Advanced Whitewater Seminar

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Are you looking to polish your skills on harder whitewater?
Having trouble making that next step up in difficulty?
Do you want to raise your confidence level as you explore new rivers?
Want to know why you just swam in that last drop?

The Advanced Whitewater Seminar is designed for intermediate, class 2-3 whitewater kayakers looking to step up their game to the next level.  Through a progression of monthly classes students will develop new skills, hone their river running strategies and paddle challenging sections of river. Video analysis is used extensively in this class to maximize students’ learning.

Course curriculum includes:

  • Advanced Strokes(C-stroke, gliding draw, duffek & others)
  • Beginning Playboating
  • Advanced River Reading and Boat-Scouting
  • Progressive Stroke Combinations
  • Maximizing Your Momentum
  • Group Management & Communication
  • Foundations of Swiftwater Rescue

And much more.

The course consists of an evening Skills & Drills Workout and an all-day River Class

Schedule: Skills and Drills (8-9:30pm):  April 1, May 13, June 3, July 15, August 12, September 16
River Classes (8am):  , April 4, May 16, June 7, July 18, August 15, September 19

Student-Instructor ratio:
3:1, with a maximum of 6 students in the course

Common Sections of river students will paddle: North Fork of the  Santiam (Packsaddle-Spencer’s), Bruno Mtn. of the North Santiam, Breitenbush River, Jordan Creek, Bull Run of the Sandy, Hood River(Tucker-Marina) and other appropriate sections of river.

Cost: $175/month, $150/month for 2 months, $125/month for 6 months

Questions?  Want to Register?  Contact Dave at 503.772.1122

Intermediate Whitewater Seminar

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Do you want improve your kayaking beyond what you learned as a beginner?
Do you love kayaking and want to get better as fast as you can?
Are you looking for the advanced skills you see other folks use on the river?

The Intermediate Whitewater Seminar is designed for novice and intermediate, class 1-2 whitewater kayakers looking to step up their game to the next level. Through a series of monthly classes, students will build on the skills they learned as beginning kayakers and develop systems to progress on to more difficult whitewater. Video analysis is used extensively in this class to maximize students’ learning.

Course curriculum includes:

  • Developing Cross-current Momentum
  • Basic River Safety
  • River Trip Planning
  • Bomb-proofing your roll
  • Bow Draws & Sculling
  • Surfing
  • Offside and Hand Rolls

And much more.

The course consists of an evening Skills & Drills Workout and all-day River Class.

Skills and Drills (8-9:30 pm): March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 22, August 19, September 23
River Classes (9am): March 21, April 18, May 23, June 20, July 25, August 22, September 26

Student-Instructor ratio: 3:1, with a maximum of 6 students in the course

Common sections for this class: Dodge-Oxbow (Sandy), Lower Washougal, N. Santiam (Packsaddle-Spencer’s), Mollala (Glen Avon Section), Klickitat, Lower Wilson and others appropriate to group skills and current river levels.

$175/month, $150/month for 2 months, $125/month for 6 months

Questions? Want to Register? Contact Dave at 503.772.1122

Advanced Whitewater Seminar – February

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The Advanced Whitewater Seminar took place this month on beautiful snowy day.  Driving up to the Bruno Mountain section of the N. Santiam we had heavy fluries, however, just like every other AWS this winter, we ended up with sunny skies at the put-in.  With lower flows, Read more…

Whitewater Kayak Classes

Northwest River Guides teaches beginner and intermediate whitewater kayak classes on the Clackamas and Sandy Rivers just outside of Portland, Oregon.  Come join us for a the best kayak lessons Portland has to offer!  Call 503.772.1122 for more information.  Specialized rafting and inflatable kayaking trips are also available.


Having fun and learning to kayak with Northwest River Guides.

Portland Kayak Classes

For me, this is what it is all about – teaching folks to kayak.  With my job I certainly have some tasks that I don’t enjoy that much – cleaning out the van, cleaning gear, entering class info into our database – but all of those tasks allow me to do what I really love: teach students to kayak.  The passion for instruction that we have here at Northwest River Guides is truly special.  We won’t try to sell you kayaks or gear and we won’t try to get you to take endless lessons.  Our only goal is for you to learn as fast as you can and have as much fun as possible.   We figure if that happens, you’ll recommend us to all your friends and then I’ll get to teach even more kayak lessons!  That would be awesome.  If you’d like to take a kayak lesson with Portland’s best kayak instructors, give me a call at the office, 503.772.1122 or check out our website.  I hope I see you on the water soon! -Dave


Northwest River Guides instructor Ben Liotta teaches the sweep stroke to a student.

Portland’s Best Kayak School

Northwest River Guides is Portland, OR’s premier kayak school.  Founded by Sam Drevo, NRG leads the region in personalized instruction, making the process of learning to kayak simple and fun.  In business for over 10 years (you may have known us as eNRG kayaking), Northwest River Guides has taught thousands upon thousand of student to enjoy the water safely and responsibly.  NRG teaches whitewater, flatwater and sea kayaking on rivers and waterways throughout the Portland.  Come see why they call us the best!  To register for a class, check out our website or give the office a call at 503.772.1122.

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A typical NRG student – All Smiles!

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