The best part of kayaking is the exhilaration of exploration, up until you realize the difficulty of paddling through pudding in your bathtub and must face yourself in the mirror. Take to real rivers with this Groupon.
Adventurers board kayaks and paddle down the Willamette River through waters rich with chinook salmon, shad, and smallmouth bass, making several stops along the way. Over the course of a two-hour excursion, instructors divulge basic techniques for steering a kayak and fishing on the river, such as how to perform a convincing salmon mating call. Fishers may witness local wildlife such as herons and geese while taking in the falls and surrounding river scenery.
Staff members equip adventurers with all gear including rental kayaks, paddles, life jackets, rods and reels, and spinners. They also convey participants back from the ending site via a transport shuttle. The staff requires fishing licenses and tags for participants.
Housed at the bottom of the roaring Willamette Falls, which comprises the confluence of the Willamette and Clackamas Rivers, eNRG Kayaking's on-water shop and docks serve as the home base for instructional excursions in kayaking, rapids rafting, and standup paddleboarding. Head instructor Sam Drevo also helps those more experienced in watersports to attain swift-water-rescue certification or ACA instructor certification, required credentials to shake hands with most river deities. Sam watches over all levels of kayakers with experience earned through years of competing, including a ranking as the world's sixth-best freestyle kayaker in 1998 and a first-place win at the Ford Gorge Games' Outdoor World Championships in 2001.
When Sam is not leading tours around the falls or down segments of either river, he guides extended expeditions to other Northwestern and foreign waterways. His 16 international aquatic excursions have taken paddlers to rivers on four continents, through countries such as Canada, Costa Rica, Thailand, Laos, China, India, and Botswana. Sam and his staff aim to protect the rivers through eco-friendly exploration and sell a range of kayak models to help others to similarly respect the ecosystem or sneak up and tickle unsuspecting bass.
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