Intermediate Kayak Classes

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L3: Sea Kayaking II

Sea Kayaking II

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.

This class is equivalent to an American Canoe & Association Level 3 course.

Cost: Starting at $139

  • Enrollment: 1/2 day with 2 people, 3+ = full day, Max = 5
  • Includes: Kayak, paddling essentials (Paddle, PFD, Paddle Jacket, Bilge Pump & Paddle Float), & wetsuit!
  • Private class can be arranged if the minimum enrollment is not met, additional fee applies
  • Own boat & gear discount available during booking. If you are uncertain of the suitability of your boar/gear for this class please contact [email protected]

Prerequisite: Beginning Sea Kayak or Equivalent, and recent paddling experience strongly encouraged (you must have practiced wet-exit and rescue procedures): Beginning Sea Kayak or Equivalent, and recent paddling experience strongly encouraged (you must have practiced wet-exit and rescue procedures). Be able to paddle up to 5 miles+

 

Oakland Class
Location:  Oakland Estuary Jack, London Square    
 Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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L3: Sea Kayak Rescues & Towing Clinic

Sea Kayak Rescues

In this class, you will learn, practice and refine different rescue and re-entry techniques. These techniques are necessary for safe paddling on any body of water where swimming to shore is not an option. You will be getting wet in this class! Participants will learn and review both solo and assisted rescues, the Eskimo rescue and re-entry and roll'. Participants will learn both solo and assisted rescues, starting with the 'T' rescue and the 'Paddle float'. You can experiment with various options for these rescues to find your 'Go To' method and have fun learning! You are welcome to bring your own kayak to practice with or CCK will provide all the gear.

Cost: Starting at $119

  • Minimum Enrollment: 2; Maximum Enrollment: 10 - with 2 instructors
  • Includes: Kayak, paddling essentials (Paddle, PFD, Paddle Jacket, Bildge Pump & Paddle Float), & wetsuit!
  • Own boat & gear discount available during booking. If you are uncertain of the suitability of your boar/gear for this class please contact [email protected]
  • A Private class can be arranged if the minimum enrollment not met, additional fee applies

Prerequisite: Beginning Sea Kayak or Equivalent, and recent paddling experience strongly encouraged (you must have practiced wet-exit and rescue procedures)

Oakland Class
Location:  Oakland Estuary Jack, London Square    
 Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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L3: Self Sufficient Bay Paddling

Are you ready to take your paddling skills even further and out on the San Francisco Bay? Find out what it takes it takes to become a self-sufficient SF Bay paddler. Starting with trip planning including reading charts and applying what we know about tides and currents, we’ll learn how to deal with boat traffic and shipping channels, proper use of VHF radios, towing, and other skills necessary to be safe out on the water. This 6-hour class is part 1 of a 2 part series and will provide you with the fundamental skills and techniques needed to be a self-sufficient bay paddler.

Cost: Starting at $129

  • Minimum Enrollment: 2; Maximum Enrollment: 8 - with 2 instructors
  • Includes kayak, paddling gear, wetsuit and a coupon for a future rental!
  • Own boat & gear discount available during booking. If you are uncertain of the suitability of your boar/gear for this class please contact [email protected]
  • Classes are limited due to the timing of tide level at our landing site. Please email contact [email protected] for more information
  • A Private class can be arranged if the minimum enrollment not met, additional fee applies

Prerequisite: Beginning Sea Kayaking Class or equivalent and recent paddling experience (you'll need to have received some previous wet-exit and rescue training to get the most from this class). Be able to paddle up to 6 miles+over the course of the day.

Oakland Class
Location:  Oakland Estuary Jack, London Square    
Typical start Time: 10:00 AM

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L3/4: Intro to Tides and Currents 

Intro to Surf ZoneThis class has two parts

Learn the fundamentals of Tides and Currents and how they affect route planning, boat control, and on the water navigation. We will learn what causes these currents, how to identify areas with stronger currents and how tide height affects water movement, as well as basic marine chart reading skills. We will then apply what we learn in a beginner-friendly tidal race and learn how to use the current to our advantage, cross the current, control our boats in current, and how to enter and exit the current efficiently. We will launch on the Sausalito side of Richardson Bay and venture out towards Angel Island and back.

Part 1:

will be taught in milder tides and currents day.  Freshwater lake or saltwater cove environment. Waves should not exceed 2 foot; winds should not exceed 10 knots; within ½ mile of shore. If teaching/assessing in current should not exceed 4 knots.

Prerequisite:
  • This is a Level 3 class and all students must have taken a Sea Kayaking II class or higher within the last year as well as good boat control and the ability to paddle 6+ miles over the course of a day.
  • Students are required to have their own boat and gear for this series of classes.
  • If you are in need of rental equipment please contact us to make arrangements.

Part 2:

Expand upon the fundamentals of Tides and Currents and learn how to plan routes using currents to your advantage, learn boat control techniques in faster moving currents, and how to locate and play in tide rips. We will learn how the variation of water depth and sea floor profile affect currents, as well as a more thorough overview of marine chart reading from a Kayakers perspective with on the water navigation. We will learn and practice how to pass through areas with stronger current, cross extended areas of stronger current while staying in a group, and how to handle various situations that may arise if our plans don’t go according to plan!

Prerequisite:

  • This is a Level 4 class and all students must have taken the Introduction to Tides and Currents (part 1) or a qualified substitute.
  • Good boat control and the ability to paddle 8+ miles over the course of a day.
  • If you are in need of rental equipment please contact us to make arrangements.

Some combination of 2-3 of these conditions may exist but all 4 together are not recommended in the same course.

Cost: Starting $129

  • Minimum Enrollment: 2; Maximum Enrollment: 8 - with 2 instructors
  • You are welcome to bring your own kayak if it is suitable for the dynamic water conditions of the Bay
  • NO boat? Don't worry, CCK has rentals available at a reduced rate
  • Please email [email protected] if you are unsure about the suitability of your kayak.
  • A Private class can be arranged if the minimum enrollment not met, additional fee applies

Please note: Cost does not include kayak and gear rental. If you need assistance with renting a kayak, please respond to this email. Please contact us if you are planning to use your own kayak and unsure about the suitability of your kayak.

PART 1 PART 2
Location: Sausalito Location: Sausalito
 Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
   

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L4: Intro to Surf Zone Intro to Surf Zone

This class is Equivalent to the American Canoe & Association Level 4 Courses.

Limited Booking Now Open

If you want to paddle a sea kayak on the ocean, this class is a must! This class will focus on how to read the surf, how to handle breaking waves, and how to launch and land in the surf zone safely. 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 site is ideal, close to Surfers' Beach at Half Moon Bay.

Cost: Starting at $139

  • Minimum Enrollment: 2; Maximum Enrollment: 8 - with 2 instructors
  • You are welcome to bring your own kayak if it is suitable for the dynamic water conditions
  • NO boat? Don't worry, CCK has rentals available at a reduced rate
  • Please email [email protected] if you are unsure about the suitability of your kayak.
  • A Private class can be arranged if the minimum enrollment not met, additional fee applies

Prerequisite

  • Sea Kayak II or equivalent, and recent paddling experience strongly encouraged (you must have practiced wet-exit and rescue procedures). 
  • Be able to paddle up to 5 miles+ over the course of the day

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L4: Tidal Current & Rough Water

Limited Booking Now Open: 

This class may be taught in Level 4 Conditions: Average wave height less than 3 feet; winds should not exceed 15 knots; current not to exceed 4 knots. Groups must be kept within 1 mile of shore. This is not always the case in the Bay.

This class is Equivalent to the American Canoe & Association Level 4 Courses. Learn to ride the tide! Dealing with the tidal current is fun, and essential if you want to paddle in places like San Francisco Bay. Launching from Horseshoe Cove, beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, we'll cross to Angel Island on the flood tide and return via the tide races at Raccoon Straits and Yellow Bluff. This class is a great way to improve your rough water s

kills and rescues! This class is timed to work with an ebbing tide. You will learn such maneuvers as entering and exiting the eddy, ferrying across the current, bracing and handling waves in a tide rip and surfing waves in the tide rip (optional).

Note: Due to the nature of annual tidal cycles, this class is only offered during fall and winter months.

Check out photos from the previous class here.

Cost:

  • Starting at $129
  • Minimum Enrollment: 2; Private class can be arrange if min. enrollment not met (additional fee applied).
  • The cost is for instruction only.
  • If you need a kayak CCK has rentals available at a reduced rate
  • Your kayak must be suitable for the dynamic water conditions of the Bay. Please email [email protected] if you are unsure about the suitability of your kayak.

Prerequisite:

  • Sea Kayaking II (or equivalent experience); you must have practiced wet-exit and rescue procedures, recent paddling STRONGLY recommended.
  • The minimum age for this program is 16 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Good boat control and the ability to paddle 8+ miles over the course of a day.

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L4: Coastal Journey

An introduction to the special skills and techniques needed for paddling in an open coast environment. You'll learn how to read and interpret swell and weather forecasts which is crucial for coastal trip planning. We’ll then apply what we’ve learned to a marine chart where we’ll predict the various conditions we may encounter along our Journey up the coast. Along the way we’ll work on practical off-shore navigation techniques, learn to recognize safe zones and spot hazards, and practice surf landings and launches.

Cost:

  • Starting at $129
  • Minimum Enrollment: 2; Private class can be arrange if min. enrollment not met (additional fee applied).
  • The cost is for instruction only. Gear can be rent/pickup from CCK at a discounted rate.
  • Your kayak must be suitable for the dynamic water conditions.
  • Please email [email protected] if you are unsure about the suitability of your kayak.
  • If you need a kayak CCK has rentals available at a reduced rate

Locations:

  • TBA

Prerequisite:

  • Introduction to Surf Zone (or equivalent training) REQUIRED. Recent paddling STRONGLY recommended.
  • The minimum age for this program is 16 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Good boat control and the ability to paddle 8-10 miles over the course of a day.

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Intermediate Kayak Classes