Classes

Kayak Rolling: Richmond Plunge
L1: Kayak QuickStart (Oakland Estuary)
L1: Kayak QuickStart (San Mateo)
L2: Essentials of Kayak Touring (Oakland Estuary)
L2: Essentials of Kayak Touring (Half Moon Bay)
L2: Kayak Fishing Safety & Rescue (HMB)
L3: Coastal Kayak Skills Development (HMB)
L3: Coastal Kayak Skills Development (Oakland)
L3/4: Blending Strokes Clinic
L4: Tides, Currents & Rough Water
L4: Introduction to Surf Zone (Half Moon Bay)
L4: Open Coast (Marin Headlands)
L4: Open Coast (Half Moon Bay - Pillar Point)
L4: Girls Rock! (Women Only)
L4: Rock Garden Skills
L3/4: Coastal Kayak Skills Training & Assessment
Forward Stroke Clinic (Half Moon Bay)
L5: Advanced Surf Zone (Half Moon Bay)
L5: Rough Water Maneuvering, Rescues & Towing
L5: Rock Garden Skills & Safety (Marin Headlands)
L5: Rock Garden Skills & Safety (Goat Rock)
Surfski Paddling: with Kenny Howell
Kayak Surfing Clinic
Private Sea Kayak Instruction
Coastal Kayak Day-Trip Leading
ACA L4: OWCK Instructor Development Workshop
ACA L4 OWCK Instructor Certification Exam

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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.
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. The minimum age for Roll Class is 5 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Future Dates To Be Announced
05/28/15    

 


L1: Kayak QuickStart (Oakland Estuary)    $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 touring (closed-deck) or sea kayaks; our L2: Essentials of Kayak Touring 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:
05/30/15     06/07/15     06/13/15     06/21/15     06/27/15    



L1: Kayak QuickStart (San Mateo)    $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 L2: Essentials of Kayak Touring 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:
05/30/15     06/06/15     06/14/15     06/20/15     06/28/15    



L2: Essentials of Kayak Touring (Oakland Estuary)    $119
                 
Your ticket to the wonderful world of sea kayaking! Enjoy a day on the Oakland Estuary learning how to paddle a sea touring kayak with our expert instructors. You will learn a range of strokes and rescues essential for paddling on protected waters. Be prepared to get wet! Graduates of this class are qualified to rent closed-deck touring and sea kayaks and participate in more advanced classes and trips. Includes boat, wet suit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!
Class duration: 8:45am - 4:00pm
Alternate Location: L2: Essentials of Kayak Touring (Half Moon Bay)
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Prerequisites: No previous kayaking experience is required; however, an L1: Kayak QuickStart 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 the L2: Essentials of Kayak Touring class is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Upcoming Dates:
05/31/15     06/06/15     06/14/15     06/20/15     06/28/15    



L2: Essentials of Kayak Touring (Half Moon Bay)    $119
                 
Your ticket to the wonderful world of sea kayaking! Enjoy a day on the waters of Pillar Point Harbor learning how to paddle a sea touring kayak with our expert instructors. You will learn a range of strokes and rescues that are essential for paddling safely on open water. Be prepared to get wet! Graduates of this class are qualified to rent closed-deck touring and sea kayaks and participate in more advanced classes and trips. Includes boat, wet suit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!
Class duration: 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
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Prerequisites: Our L1: Kayak QuickStart 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 L2: Essentials of Kayak Touring class is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Upcoming Dates:
06/07/15     06/13/15     06/21/15     06/27/15    

 
 


L2: Kayak Fishing Safety & Rescue (Half Moon Bay)    $119
                 

If you want to catch fish on the ocean and be safe doing so, you first need to learn some basic skills including paddle strokes, self and assisted rescues. This could be the most important class you'll ever take! Learn how to launch and land your kayak safely, paddle efficiently, and how to sort yourself or a buddy out in the event of a capsize. We'll discuss how to carry your fishing gear safely, sea conditions and risk assessment and what to do in the event of an emergency. This class is suitable for paddle or pedal driven fishing kayaks.
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
10% off with your own kayak! Enter this coupon code when signing up ONLY if you are bringing your own kayak:
NCKA-OWN.BOAT.DISCOUNT@10%

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Prerequisites: Our L1: Kayak QuickStart 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 L2: Kayak Fishing Safety & Rescue class is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Future Dates To Be Announced



L3: Coastal Kayak Skills Development (HMB)    $119
                 
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. Includes boat, wet suit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!
Class duration: 9:45am - 4:00pm
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Prerequisites: L2: Essentials of Kayak Touring (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:
06/06/15     06/20/15    



L3: Coastal Kayak Skills Development (Oakland)    $119
                 
In this inspiring class we work extensively on edging and boat lean 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. Includes boat, wet suit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!
Class duration: 9:45am - 4:00pm
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Prerequisites: L2: Essentials of Kayak Touring (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.

Future Dates To Be Announced



L3/4: Blending Strokes Clinic    $119
                 
This workshop is designed to help you improve your stroke technique, by providing you with more tools to develop skills and improve boat control. This workshop will focus on refining a variety of strokes with emphasis on learning to blend them together for maximum efficiency, effectiveness, and fluidity. From this workshop, students can expect to review basic strokes as well as learning new strokes/techniques, and multi directional control using strokes on only one side of the boat. Whether you are paddling on a local lake or in ocean rock gardens, being able to control your boat is both fun and essential. The clinic takes place at Pillar Point harbor, Half Moon Bay, and is limited to 8 students maximum.
Duration: 9am to 4pm
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Prerequisites: L3: Coastal Kayak Skills Development class (or equivalent); recent paddling is STRONGLY recommended.

Upcoming Dates:
05/31/15     08/09/15    



L4: Tides, Currents & Rough Water    $129
                 
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. Includes boat, wet suit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!
Dates are chosen to take advantage of optimal tidal conditions.
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
10% off with your own kayak! Enter this coupon code when signing up ONLY if you are bringing your own kayak:
TIDES-CURRENTS-ROUGH-WATER-OWN-BOAT@10%!
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Prerequisites: L3: Coastal Kayak - Skills Development (Sea Kayaking II) (or equivalent); recent paddling is STRONGLY recommended.

Future Dates To Be Announced



L4: Introduction to 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. Includes boat, wet suit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Dates scheduled to take advantage of optimal tidal range.
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Prerequisites: L3: Coastal Kayak - Skills Development (or equivalent); twice paddling in the previous 2 months is STRONGLY recommended.

Upcoming Dates:
05/30/15     06/24/15    



L4: Open Coast (Marin Headlands)    $129
                 
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. Includes boat, wet suit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
10% off with your own kayak! Enter this coupon code when signing up ONLY if you are bringing your own kayak:
OPEN COAST-MARIN HEADLANDS@10%
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Prerequisites: Surf Zone skills and RECENT paddling experience!

Upcoming Dates:
09/06/15    



L4: Open Coast (Half Moon Bay - 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.) Includes boat, wet suit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Prerequisites: L4: Introduction to Surf Zone class AND recent paddling experience.

Upcoming Dates:
05/31/15     06/14/15    



L4: Girls Rock! Rock Garden Skills (Women Only)    $129
                 
If you like the idea of playing in the rock gardens that adorn the California coast then this class is for you! In this WOMEN ONLY class, 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. This class will be taught in Level 4 conditions (waves less than 3 feet).
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Prerequisites: L4: Open Coast Class (or with PRIOR approval of CCK instructional staff) and RECENT PADDLING EXPERIENCE.

Future Dates To Be Announced



L4: Rock Garden Skills    $129
                 
If you like the idea of playing in the rock gardens that adorn the California coast then this class 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. This class will be taught in Level 4 conditions (waves less than 3 feet).
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
10% off with your own kayak! Enter this coupon code when signing up ONLY if you are bringing your own kayak:
10% OWN BOAT DISCOUNT
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Prerequisites: L4: Open Coast Class (or with PRIOR approval of CCK instructional staff) and RECENT PADDLING EXPERIENCE.

Upcoming Dates:
05/30/15     07/11/15    



L3/4: Coastal Kayak Skills Training & Assessment    $239
                 
This is an entirely NEW program for CCK! Refine your coastal kayaking skills, expand your knowledge and then take the opportunity to have your skills and knowledge assessed according to the ACA's Assessment Criteria. Perhaps you are a experienced or developing paddler and want to know how your skills and knowledge compare to a nationally recognized standard. Maybe you have aspirations to become an instructor and want to check your skills and knowledge prior to taking an ACA Instructor Development Work. This 2 day workshop is designed to be challenging and fun. We will provide you some excellent training in a world class location and then assess your skills in realistic conditions.
Class Duration: 2 Days; 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
10% off with your own kayak! Enter this coupon code when signing up ONLY if you are bringing your own kayak:
L3/4-SKILLS-ASSESSMENT-OWN BOAT@10%

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: L4: Surf Zone, Tides Currents & Rough Water Class and recent paddling experience. The minimum age is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. To receive the Assessment participants must be a member of the ACA.

Future Dates To Be Announced



Forward Stroke Clinic (Half Moon Bay)    $119
                 
Do you find your arms getting tired? Are you always at the back of the group? Perhaps you are planning a long trip or training for a race like the Cal 100? This clinic is focused on improving the efficiency of your forward stroke and giving you the tools to develop your technique outside of the clinic, and adapt it to a variety of conditions. The clinic takes place at Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay.
Duration: 9am to 4pm
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Prerequisites: L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring (or equivalent); recent paddling is STRONGLY recommended.

Future Dates To Be Announced

 


L5: Advanced Surf Zone (Half Moon Bay)    $129
                 

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!

Future Dates To Be Announced



L5: Rough Water Maneuvering, Rescues & Towing    $129
                 
Time to take your rough water skills to the next level? This class teaches you how to handle your kayak in wind and waves and gives you the opportunity to practice these skills under the supervision of our most experienced Level 5 Instructors. We will also practice deep-water rescues and towing in rough water. Vital skills for those venturing out in more advanced conditions.
Duration: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Prerequisites: L4: Surf Zone skills and RECENT paddling and rescue experience!

Future Dates To Be Announced



L5: Rock Garden Skills & Safety (Marin Headlands)    $149
                 
If you like to play in the rock gardens that adorn the California coast then this class 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.
Class duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm
20% off with your own kayak! Use the coupon code:
ROCKs CLASS-OWN BOAT-DISCOUNT-20%
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Prerequisites: L4: Open Coast Class (or with PRIOR approval of CCK instructional staff) and RECENT PADDLING EXPERIENCE.

Future Dates To Be Announced

 


L5: Rock Garden Skills & Safety (Goat Rock)    $149
                 
If you like to play in the ocean rock gardens that adorn the California coast then this clinic is for you! We focus on how to play safely, and what to do if things go wrong. You will learn strategies for paddling within ocean 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. The clinic is designed for intermediate and advanced paddlers with recent experience, and are comfortable in rock gardens and the surf zone. It is particularly appropriate for club paddlers, leaders and instructors who want to take groups into rock gardens. We travel to Sonoma Coast State Beach near Jenner for the clinic venue.
Our instructor for the Goat Rock Adventure is Bill Vonnegut 20% off with your own kayak! Use the coupon code:
GOAT-ROCK-CLASS-OWN BOAT-DISCOUNT-20%
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Prerequisites: L4: Open Coast Class (or with approval of CCK instructional staff) and RECENT PADDLING EXPERIENCE.

Upcoming Dates:
06/13/15    



Surfski Paddling: with Epic Expert Kenny Howell    $129
                 
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
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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:
05/30/15    



Kayak Surfing Clinic    $129
                 
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! 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 a variety of locations and try to find the optimum conditions on the day of the clinic.
Locations: TBD
Clinic duration: 9am - 4pm
Prerequisites: Ability to Eskimo roll is essential; Surf Zone experience, OR Whitewater Kayaking 201 required.

Future Dates To Be Announced

 


Private Sea Kayak Instruction    $199
                 
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: $199
2 Students: $149 - Per Person
Full Day Rates
1 Student: $299
2 Students: $199 - Per Person
3 Students $149 - 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 $119 is discounted at 10%. Please call for rate confirmation.
Prerequisites: None

Upcoming Dates:
06/02/15     05/31/15    

 
 


ACA Coastal Kayak Day-Trip Leading Assessment    $100
                 
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.

Upcoming Dates:
06/02/15    



ACA L4: OWCK Instructor Development Workshop    $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. L4 Skills Assessment highly recommended.

Upcoming Dates:
12/11/15    



ACA L4 OWCK Instructor Certification Exam    $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. Existing Level 3 Coastal Kayaking Instructors may use the ICE to upgrade Level 4.
Prerequisites: ACA Open water Coastal Kayaking IDW, and approval by ACA Instructor Trainers. Existing Level 3 Coastal Kayaking Instructors may use the ICE to upgrade Level 4.

Upcoming Dates:
12/11/15