We are the first ever youth paddle team in Bend! We are also the first youth team to hold sessions in our white water park! Bend Youth Brigade is a crew of kids ages 8-18 years old, coached by professional SUP & water athletes who are swift water rescue certified.
Our focus is to educate our youth about water safety, river etiquette, multiple paddle sports & the importance of being responsible for our water ways. 80% of the trash in our oceans, comes from our rivers.
Our youth work to live a life dedicated to protecting our water ways, by educating others, keeping the river clean & advocating for the water. We use Life Straws in our program, to connect the kids to the fact that our water sustains us, to keep trash out of the river & to not have to paddle with a bulky water bottle that may get loose & pollute our water ways. Everyone does their part!
The Bend Youth Brigade Paddle Team learns mountain & ocean paddle sports! Our youth team holds weekly sessions through out the summer, with a variety of paddle sports that build strong, well rounded paddlers. We teach SUP racing, Outrigger canoe paddling (1-man & 6-man), prone paddling & white water SUP.
We go white water rafting at the end of each summer to celebrate our successes! Giving kids the skills to paddle all over the world, enjoy a life time sport, play responsibly & connect paddlers in our community is our passion!
We have a blast as a team, with the older youth teaching our younger youth! We have guest paddlers come & help coach our youth in their particular sport. Kids know they live in a community that wants to pass on generations of water skills!
We get to design the local youth SUP races, from obstacle courses to racing on our giant C4 Waterman SUP Squatch board! It is all about FUN!! We teach what is important in SUP racing is two things: 1- That you entered the race, 2- That you finished! We believe racing builds confidence & teaches strong lessons about life. Kids who race all 3 of our local SUP races through out each summer, earn their team jersey!
Raising confident water athletes, creating responsible water users, giving kids the opportunity to try multiple water sports & growing our youth paddle community is what we do! We LOVE our team & our water time!
All gear is provided!