Classes

Kayak Rolling: Richmond Plunge
Kayak Basics: Oakland Estuary
Kayak Basics: San Mateo
Beginning Sea Kayak: Half Moon Bay
Weekday BSK: Oakland Estuary
Beginning Sea Kayak: Oakland Estuary
Beginning Sea Kayaking: San Mateo
Sea Kayak II: Half Moon Bay
Sea Kayak II: Oakland Estuary
Tides, Currents & Rough Water
Tide Rips Clinic: Yellow Bluff Point
Surf Zone: Half Moon Bay
Sea Kayak Surfing Clinic: Half Moon Bay
Open Coast: Marin Headlands
Open Coast: Pillar Point
Rock Garden Skills & Safety: Marin Headlands
Surfski Paddling: with Kenny Howell
Kayak Surfing Clinic: with Sean Morley
Private Sea Kayak Instruction
Coastal Kayak Day-Trip Leading
ACA Instructor Workshop: Open Water
ACA Instructor Certification: Open Water

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Kayak Rolling: Richmond Plunge    $60
                 
Build your confidence and learn to roll! Rolling is the safest and fastest self rescue technique available for sea kayakers and white water paddlers. We have heated pools in the Bay Area and Sacramento for the most comfortable learning environment. Classes are held on Thursdays from 7PM - 9PM at the newly renovated and historic Richmond Plunge Municipal Natatorium! (www.richmondplunge.org); actual duration in the pool is about 1.5 hours.
(Repeat Roll students: beginning July 2012, Repeat Roll will no longer be offered as a separate event; please sign up for Kayak Rolling if you are a repeat student and we will separate you from beginning roll students accordingly.)
Practice Sessions: $10 pool fee with own boat; $25 whitewater kayak/$30 sea kayak rental (includes pool fee). For kayak rental only, call (510) 893-7833.
Note: Kayak rolling is taught only in whitewater kayaks due to space limitations in the pool. Please call us if you wish to schedule private instruction in a sea kayak for $120 per session.
Alternate location - Folsom (Sacramento)
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Prerequisites: There is no prerequisite for this class; however, previous paddling experience is highly recommended. Your progression will be quicker if you have completed Beginning Sea Kayaking or Whitewater 101.

Upcoming Dates:
09/25/14     10/02/14     10/09/14     10/16/14     10/23/14     10/30/14     11/06/14     11/13/14     11/20/14    

 
 
 


Kayak Basics: Oakland Estuary (Jack London Square)    $79
                 
Are you ready to try kayaking? Maximize your fun on the water! This 4 hour class (10AM - 2PM) emphasizes basic water safety using recreational kayaks. You will learn the basic paddle strokes and fundamental kayak maneuvers in a calm water setting. Class fee includes kayak, paddling gear, and a coupon for 50% off a future kayak rental (one hour)!
Note: This class does not qualify participants to rent traditional (closed-deck) sea kayaks; our Beginning Sea Kayak class deals with those specific qualifications.
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Prerequisites: No previous kayaking experience is required; however, good physical condition is required to assure an enjoyable class. The minimum age for this class is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Upcoming Dates:
09/28/14     10/04/14     10/12/14     10/18/14     11/02/14     11/22/14    



Kayak Basics: San Mateo (Parkside Aquatic Park)    $79
                 
Are you ready to try kayaking? Maximize your fun on the water! This 4 hour class (10AM - 2PM) emphasizes basic water safety using recreational kayaks. You will learn the basic paddle strokes and fundamental kayak maneuvers in a calm water setting. Class fee includes kayak, paddling gear, and a coupon for 50% off a future kayak rental (one hour)!
Note: This class does not qualify participants to rent traditional (closed-deck) sea kayaks; our Beginning Sea Kayak class deals with those specific qualifications.
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Prerequisites: No previous kayaking experience is required; however, good physical condition is required to assure an enjoyable class. The minimum age for this class is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Upcoming Dates:
10/05/14    



Beginning Sea Kayaking: Half Moon Bay    $109
                 
Your ticket to the wonderful world of sea kayaking! Enjoy a day on the water learning how to paddle a sea kayak with our expert instructors. Be prepared to get wet! Graduates of this class are qualified to rent closed-deck sea kayaks and participate in more advanced classes and trips. With three locations to choose from - Oakland Estuary, Half Moon Bay and Lake Natoma - we have the ideal sea kayaking classroom for you. Includes boat, wet suit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!
Class duration: 8:45am - 4:00pm
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Prerequisites: Our Kayak Basics class (or equivalent program) is strongly recommended. Good physical condition is important to ensure an enjoyable class; practicing the rescue procedures can be strenuous! You will get wet in this class. The minimum age for Beginning Sea Kayaking is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Upcoming Dates:
09/20/14     09/28/14     10/04/14     10/12/14     10/26/14    



Weekday Beginning Sea Kayaking: Oakland Estuary    $99
                 
Enjoy a weekday on the Oakland Estuary learning how to paddle a sea kayak with our expert instructors. Graduates of this class are qualified to rent closed-deck sea kayaks and participate in more advanced classes and trips. Be prepared to get wet! Includes boat, wet suit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental.
Class duration: 8:45am - 4:00pm
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Prerequisites: No previous kayaking experience is required; however, a Kayak Basics class (or equivalent program) is recommended. Good physical condition is important to ensure an enjoyable class; practicing the rescue procedures can be strenuous! The minimum age for Beginning Sea Kayaking is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Upcoming Dates:
10/13/14     11/11/14    



Beginning Sea Kayaking: Oakland Estuary    $109
                 
Your ticket to the wonderful world of sea kayaking! Enjoy a day on the water learning how to paddle a sea kayak with our expert instructors. Be prepared to get wet! Graduates of this class are qualified to rent closed-deck sea kayaks and participate in more advanced classes and trips. With three locations to choose from - Oakland Estuary, Half Moon Bay and Lake Natoma - we have the ideal sea kayaking classroom for you. Includes boat, wet suit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!
Class duration: 8:45am - 4:00pm
Alternate Location: Beginning Sea Kayaking: Half Moon Bay
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Prerequisites: No previous kayaking experience is required; however, a Kayak Basics class (or equivalent program) is recommended. Good physical condition is important to ensure an enjoyable class; practicing the rescue procedures can be strenuous! The minimum age for Beginning Sea Kayaking is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Upcoming Dates:
09/27/14     10/05/14     10/11/14     10/19/14     10/25/14     11/01/14     11/08/14     11/16/14    



Beginning Sea Kayaking San Mateo    $109
                 
Your ticket to the wonderful world of sea kayaking! Enjoy a day on the water learning how to paddle a sea kayak with our expert instructors. Be prepared to get wet! Graduates of this class are qualified to rent closed-deck sea kayaks and participate in more advanced classes and trips. Now with three locations to choose from - Oakland Estuary, Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, and Lake Natoma - we have the ideal sea kayaking classroom for you! Includes boat, wet suit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!
Class duration: 8:45am - 4:00pm
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Prerequisites: No previous kayaking experience is required; however, a Kayak Basics class (or equivalent program) is recommended. Good physical condition is important to ensure an enjoyable class; practicing the rescue procedures can be strenuous! The minimum age for Beginning Sea Kayaking is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Upcoming Dates:
09/20/14     10/19/14    



Sea Kayaking II: Half Moon Bay    $109
                 
In this inspiring class we work extensively on boat lean and edging for ultimate control and maneuverability. We review rescues, introduce basic navigation techniques, fine tune the forward stroke, and learn some new strokes. This class is the stepping stone to the Surf Zone and beyond.
Class duration: 9:45am - 4:00pm
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Prerequisites: Beginning Sea Kayaking (or equivalent; you must have practiced wet-exit and rescue procedures within the year). Recent paddling STRONGLY recommended, such as twice paddling in the previous 2 months.

Upcoming Dates:
09/28/14     10/11/14    



Sea Kayaking II: Oakland Estuary    $109
                 
In this inspiring class we work extensively on boat lean and edging for ultimate control and maneuverability. We review rescues, introduce basic navigation techniques, fine tune the forward stroke, and learn some new strokes. This class is the stepping stone to the Surf Zone and beyond.
Class duration: 9:45am - 4:00pm
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Prerequisites: Beginning Sea Kayaking (or equivalent; you must have practiced wet-exit and rescue procedures within the year). Recent paddling STRONGLY recommended, such as twice paddling in the previous 2 months.

Upcoming Dates:
10/26/14     11/15/14    



Tides, Currents & Rough Water: San Francisco Bay    $119
                 
Learn to ride the tide! Dealing with tidal current is fun, and essential if you want to paddle in places like San Francisco Bay. This class is a great way to improve your rough water skills. Dates and start times are chosen to take advantage of optimal tidal conditions; due to the astronomical nature of annual tidal cycles, this class is only offered during fall and winter months.
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
10% off with your own kayak! Contact us via email before signing up to get the coupon code: classes@calkayak.com
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Prerequisites: Sea Kayaking II (or equivalent); recent paddling is STRONGLY recommended.

Upcoming Dates:
11/22/14     12/06/14    



Tide Rips Clinic: Yellow Bluff Point    $119
                 
Playing in a tide rip is fun, wild, and a great way to improve your rough water skills. This clinic is designed as a practice session for (but not limited to) students that have already taken our "Tides, Currents & Rough Water" class and want to hone paddling skills in the amazing tide rip off Yellow Bluff Point near the Golden Gate bridge. At Yellow Bluff, we can safely practice eddy turns, ferry gliding, and surfing in the rip. Dates and start times are chosen to take advantage of optimal tidal conditions.
Class duration: 10:00am - 3:00pm
10% off with your own kayak! Contact us via email before signing up to get the coupon code: classes@calkayak.com
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Prerequisites: Sea Kayaking II class; Surf Zone experience, and/or Tides, Currents & Rough Water class recommended. Recent paddling STRONGLY recommended!

Upcoming Dates:
12/21/14    



Surf Zone: Half Moon Bay    $119
                 
If you want to paddle a sea kayak on the ocean, this class is a must! Launching and landing, bracing in breaking waves, and understanding wave dynamics are the fundamental building blocks for kayak surfing and paddling in rough water. Our classroom site is ideal, in the gentle waves of Surfers' Beach at Half Moon Bay.
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Dates scheduled to take advantage of optimal tidal range.
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Prerequisites: Sea Kayaking II (or equivalent); twice paddling in the previous 2 months is STRONGLY recommended.

Upcoming Dates:
09/20/14     10/04/14    



Sea Kayak Surfing Clinic: Half Moon Bay    $119
                 

You've already had a taste of the surf, and learned fundamental surf zone paddling skills - now you're ready to really surf your long boat on some fun waves! In this 6-hour clinic we refine sea kayak surfing skills such as timing, wave selection, ruddering, and bracing. We will review surf zone navigation and safety skills. The clinic takes place in the cove just inside Pillar Point, within view of the world-famous Mavericks surf break! Dates are scheduled to take advantage of optimal tidal range.
Duration: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Prerequisites: Surf Zone skills and RECENT paddling experience!

Upcoming Dates:
10/26/14    



Open Coast: Marin Headlands    $119
                 
Learn the special skills and strategies for paddling California's wild and magnificent open coast as we reveal the secrets of maneuvering in this ever-changing environment. You'll learn how to recognize safe zones, transition zones, hazards, and play spots in the "rock gardens", arches, and caves of the Marin Headlands. An added bonus in this class is paddling under the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, a "must do" for all sea kayakers, and an unforgettable experience.
Our instructor for the Nov. 30, 2014 class is Sean Morley.
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
10% off with your own kayak! Contact us via email before signing up to get the coupon code: classes@calkayak.com
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Prerequisites: Surf Zone skills and RECENT paddling experience!

Upcoming Dates:
11/30/14    



Open Coast: Pillar Point    $119
                 

Learn the special skills and strategies for paddling California's wild and magnificent open coast as we reveal the secrets of maneuvering in this ever-changing environment. You'll learn how to recognize safe zones, transition zones, hazards, and play spots in the "rock gardens". This class is conducted on the San Mateo coast, near Pillar Point, north of Half Moon Bay. (Offered June through September only.)
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Prerequisites: Surf Zone class AND recent paddling experience.

Future Dates To Be Announced



Rock Garden Skills & Safety: Marin Headlands    $119
                 
If you like to play in the rock gardens that adorn the California coast then this introduction to rock garden paddling is for you! The focus is about how to play safely and what to do if things go wrong. You will learn strategies for paddling within rock gardens, recognize areas to avoid, practice essential skills including self and assisted rescues within the turbulent water of a rock garden, and deal with scenarios that will put these skills into real-life settings. Our instructor for the class is Sean Morley.
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
10% off with your own kayak! Contact us via email before signing up to get the coupon code: classes@calkayak.com
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Prerequisites: Surf Zone and Open Coast Class (or with approval of CCK instructional staff) and RECENT PADDLING EXPERIENCE.

Upcoming Dates:
12/13/14    

 
 


Surfski Paddling: with Epic Expert Kenny Howell    $109
                 
The surfski is the fastest, most exciting, high performance paddlecraft on the water! Discover why these versatile boats are rapidly gaining in popularity worldwide. If you are interested in paddling for fitness, racing, or simply enjoying the thrill of an extremely effiecient hull design, then check out a surfski! You can enjoy surfski paddling on calm water, rivers, and open ocean. They are safe (sit-on-top and self-bailing), light (about 30 lbs), and incredibly maneuverable with an under-stern rudder. In this introductory session, we provide stable models, the Epic V8 and V10 Sport to teach you essential skills such as proper fitting to the boat, body posture, boat handling, remounting the surfki in open water, and use of the wing paddle. This class is an introduction to surfski paddling, and is conducted primarily in calm water.
Warning! Paddling a surfski is fun, addictive, and good for you!
Clinic duration: 9am - 1PM
Location: Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay
Read about surfski instructor Kenny Howell
Check out Epic surfskis here!
Private lessons available by appointment; email classes (at) calkayak.com
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Prerequisites: No previous surfski experience necessary; some previous kayaking experience is recommended.

Upcoming Dates:
09/28/14     10/26/14    



Kayak Surfing Clinic: with Sean Morley    $119
                 
Cowabunga! Catch the perfect wave! Using high performance surf kayaks and whitewater kayaks, this class will have you shredding the surf in no time. Reading waves, timing and takeoff, and surf etiquette are included. Reliable roll mandatory all participants! This clinic is open to (but not limited to) experienced kayak surfers looking to enter their first competition, or seasoned competitors looking to dial in some more advanced skills. Use this session to warm up for the Davenport Paddlesurf Classic (November 15/16) with a full day kayak/waveski surf clinic. We use a combination of discussion, on-water drills and coaching and video feedback to get maximum benefit out of the day. We conduct this class at Pillar Point (Half Moon Bay), or Bolinas (Marin County), depending on optimum conditions on the day of the clinic.
About the instructor, Sean Morley: Sean has been a member of the England and the US West Coast surf kayak teams. In 2007 he became World Masters Champion in the High Performance category and came second in the Mens Open High Performance category. Sean is sponsored by Valley Surf Kayaks and paddles a Rush Mk3 and a TL Surf wave ski. He loves surfing big waves and you will often find him in amongst the stand-up surfers at San Francisco's Ocean Beach.
Locations: TBD
Clinic duration: 9am - 4pm
Prerequisites: Ability to Eskimo roll is essential; Surf Zone experience, OR Whitewater Kayaking 201 required.

Upcoming Dates:
10/19/14    



Private Sea Kayak Instruction   
        
Tailored to fit your learning style and pace -- and your personal schedule -- Private Instruction allows you to get exactly what you want out of a class. You can also request your favorite instructor time and time again!
Please call 800-366-9804 to set up your custom class.

Prices are per person, per day.

1/2 Day Rates
1 Student: $179
2 Students: $129 - Per Person
Full Day Rates
1 Student: $279
2 Students: $149 - Per Person
3 Students $129 - Per Person

More than 2 students usually requires a full day of instruction to complete a prescribed curriculum, and full-day rates apply. With 5 or more students, the normal class rate of $109 is discounted at 10%. Please call for rate confirmation.
Prerequisites: None

Future Dates To Be Announced

 


ACA Coastal Kayak Day-Trip Leading Assessment    $220
                 
This 2-Day assessment course is intended to provide the minimum skills and training necessary for an adult leader possessing basic paddling skills to lead a sea kayaking trip for beginners, in gentle conditions. The emphasis is trip leading, safety, education and resuce - not paddling instruction. The content is relevant for clubs, camps, and other programs providing trips to their clients. Course takes place at Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay. Fee includes kayak and all gear.
Prerequisites: Participants must be members of the American Canoe Association (americancanoe.org); basic sea kayaking skills. See "More Info" section for ACA Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Future Dates To Be Announced



ACA Instructor Development Workshop: Open Water    $299
                 
ACA certification is the standard for quality instruction throughout the United States. These comprehensive workshops for experienced paddlers cover safety, technique, group management and teaching progression, in classroom and on-water sessions. Our Instructor Development Workshops (IDW) present the knowledge and skills that are expected of Open Water Coastal Kayaking ACA instructors (Level 4); certification takes place separately, during the Instructor Certification Examination (ICE). The IDW and ICE are held separately; each session is three days duration.
Please note: Before signing up, you must complete a brief questionnaire regarding kayak experience and skill level. All participants must be signed up at least two weeks prior to the workshop. Please plan ahead and let us know well in advance if you are interested.
Prerequisites: Strong sea kayaking skills, including experience in tide rips, surf zone, and open coast.

Upcoming Dates:
12/02/14    



ACA Instructor Certification Exam: Open Water    $299
                 
This three day course is the exam for instructors who have completed their Open Water (Level 4) Instructor Development Workshop in Coastal Kayaking, and are ready to pursue Certification.
Prerequisites: ACA Coastal Kayaking IDW, and approval by ACA Instructor Trainers.

Upcoming Dates:
12/05/14