Experience the waterways and natural wonders of Portland in our traditional skin-on-frame kayaks.
Become a Mariner
During this week campers learn the basics of boating and journey on our local rivers and lakes. They take to the water everyday paddling the Trackers fleet.
We teach the fundamentals of kayaking and boating from proper gear to the crucial safety principles of self rescue in a kayak (practiced in calm shore waters with instructors "spotting" students). Plus we cover techniques such as efficient paddling, knots and other marine skills.
They also come back with an appreciation for the local natural history of our area as we look for great blue herons, deer, muskrat, kingfishers and much more.
The Trackers Difference
Our program goes beyond learning to kayak, we also track animals along the shores we visit, fish for food, play in the water and much more.
If you do not have one, we can provide your child with the required PFD (life vest).
Bonus Summer Camp Week 11: August 24-26 & 24-28
Mariner's Apprentice The last week of August, PPS has 3-days off and other schools have 5-days off. These days let kids learn with the top Trackers instructors and also serves as a taster to our Mariners Apprenticeship: Year-Round Mentoring Program. Limited space, register soon.
About Our Boats
Skin-on-frame boats have evolved and been put to the test over thousands of years of heavy use on some of the most arduous seas in the world, such as the arctic ocean. The "skin" of our highly flexible and resilient boats is ballistic grade nylon (the same material used in bulletproof vests). The frames of these boats are lashed and pegged through traditional construction. Modern engineers and boat builders value the flexibility of skin-on-frame construction for being more efficient and durable then fiberglass design in many respects. Because of the natural profile of our boats they also encourage closer encounters with river wildlife from ducks to birds to otters.