Intermediate Kayak Classes

Kayak Rolling (pool closed)Kayak Rolling

Build your confidence and learn to roll! Rolling is the safest and fastest self-rescue technique available for sea and whitewater kayakers.

New policy: due to increasing rates at the Richmond Plunge, we are now offering two pricing tiers for rolling classes—first time students pay $75, and if you've taken a rolling class from California Canoe & Kayak in the past year pay $60.

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 $150 per session.
  • A Private class can be arranged if the minimum enrollment not met, additional fee applies.

Once you have learned to roll can come and practice either in your own boat or by renting one from us.
Practice Sessions: $15 pool fee with own boat. Call your nearest CCK for rental rate. 

Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for this class; however, previous paddling experience is highly recommended. Your progression will be quicker if you have completed the Beginning Sea Kayak class 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.

 

First Time Kayak Rolling Oakland Repeat Kayak Rolling Oakland Sacramento Class
Cost: $75 Cost: $60

Cost:

First Time: $75

Repeat: $60

Location: Richmond Plunge Municipal Natatorium Location: Richmond Plunge Municipal Natatorium Location: Northern California Swimstitute
 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; actual duration in the pool is about 1.5 hours.  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; actual duration in the pool is about 1.5 hours.  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; actual duration in the pool is about 1.5 hours.
 If you just want to rent a boat for roll practice, call (510) 893-7833.  If you just want to rent a boat for roll practice, call (510) 893-7833. If you just want to rent a boat for roll practice, call (916) 851-3600.

Pool Currently Closed Due to COVID-19 & SIP ORDER

Pool Currently Closed Due to COVID-19 & SIP ORDER

Pool Currently Closed Due to COVID-19 & SIP ORDER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

To minimize exposure and maintain social distancing. We are only offering private classes either in 1:1 or to persons living in the same household. Please contact us via Google Form for more information.

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: $129 

  • Enrollment: 1/2 day with 2 people, 3+ = full day.
  • Ratio: 5:1
  • Includes: Kayak, paddling essentials (Paddle, PFD, Paddle Jacket, Bildge Pump & Paddle Float), & wetsuit!
  • A limited number of drysuits are available for rent, must request during registration process.
  • 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): 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   Redwood City Class
Location:  Oakland Estuary Jack, London Square       Location: 487 Seaport Court, Redwood City
 Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


To minimize exposure and maintain social distancing. We are only offering private classes either in 1:1 or to persons living in the same household. Please contact us via Google Form for more information.

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: $99.00

  • (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 - with 2 instructors)
  • Ratio: 5:1
  • Includes: Kayak, paddling essentials (Paddle, PFD, Paddle Jacket, Bildge Pump & Paddle Float), & wetsuit!
  • A limited number of drysuits are available for rent, must request during registration process.
  • Own boat & gear discount available
  • 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

Due to COVID-19 and SIP Order, Please Call 510 893-7833 or email [email protected] for More information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


To minimize exposure and maintain social distancing. We are only offering private classes either in 1:1 or to persons living in the same household. Please contact us via Google Form for more information.

Self Sufficient Bay Paddling Pt. 1

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: $119

  • (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 8 - with 2 instructors)
  • Includes kayak, paddling gear, wetsuit and a coupon for a future rental!
  • Own boat & gear discount available
  • A limited number of drysuits are available for rent, must request during registration process.
  • 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+

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Due to COVID-19: With a Heavy Heart California Canoe & Kayak is suspending Intro to Surf Zone class.

Intro to Surf Zone Intro to Surf Zone

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

Private Booking Only. 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: $109

  • (Minimum Enrollment: 3; 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
  • A limited number of drysuits are available for rent, must request during registration process.
  • 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

Cost: Instruction only. Gear rental available at a discounted rate. A limited number of drysuits are available for rent, must request during registration process.

Primary Location: Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay,

Typical Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Please call 510-893-7833 ext. 1004 or email: [email protected] to set up your custom/private class. 

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+

Private Booking

Price

# of Student

Full Day Rates

1 $169.00
2 $149.00/person
3+ $109.00/person
Max 4:1

Due to COVID-19: With a Heavy Heart California Canoe & Kayak is suspending Intro to Surf Zone class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Intro to Tides and Currents 

Due to COVID-19: With a Heavy Heart California Canoe & Kayak is suspending this Class until further notice.

Intro to Surf Zone

This 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 6-8 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 8-10 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:

  • $99.00 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; 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
  • A limited number of drysuits are available for rent, must request during registration process
  • 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

Duration:

  • ~6 hours
PART 1 PART 2
Location: Sausalito Location: Sausalito
 Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Half Moon Bay Coastal Journey

Due to COVID-19: With a Heavy Heart California Canoe & Kayak is suspending this Class until further notice.

Intro to Surf Zone

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.

Prerequisites:  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. Must also able to paddle up to 8 miles.

Cost:

  • $99.00 (Minimum Enrollment: 2; Maximum Enrollment: 8 - with 2 instructors)
  • The cost is for instruction only. Gear can be rent/pickup from CCK at a discounted rate
  • NO boat? Don't worry, CCK has rentals available at a reduced rate
  • A limited number of drysuits are available for rent, must request during registration process
  • 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
 Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay
Time On Water: ~5 hrs.
Next Available Date: TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Intermediate Kayak Classes