Introductory Kayak Classes

Kayak Basics

Kayak Basics

Do you want to learn to paddle but are not sure where to start? The goal of this four-hour class will introduce a few basic strokes (forward, reverse and sweeps) that are fundamental to all types of kayaking. You will learn about different types of kayaks, including Sea and Touring Kayaks, Recreational Kayaks, and Sit-on-Tops. This class focuses on flat water skills and safety for those who want to paddle recreational kayaks! Further instruction should be pursued later for those who want to paddle touring or sea kayaks in our Beginning Sea Kayaking class.

This class is equivalent to an American Canoe & Association Level 1 course.

Cost: $89

  • Enrollment: 2 hrs with 2 people; 3+ = 1/2 day program.
  • Ratio: 6:1
  • Includes kayak, paddling gear, wetsuit optional in this class, and a coupon for a future rental!.

Note: This class does not qualify participants to rent touring (closed-deck) or sea kayaks; our Beginning Sea Kayak class deals with those specific qualifications.

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Prerequisite: No experience necessary, however, a good physical condition is required to assure an enjoyable class. The minimum age for the class is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Be able to paddle up to 5 miles+

Oakland Class Sacramento Class Redwood City Class
Location:  Oakland Estuary Jack, London Square     Location: Lake Natoma, Willow Creek Recreation Area Access Location: 487 Seaport Court, Redwood City
 Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Beginning Sea Kayaking

Beginning Sea Kayak

You do not need to take the Kayak Basics class to be in this class (highly recommend it). This class is for those who want to learn how to paddle a sea touring kayak. Our expert instructors teach you a wide range of strokes such as the Forward and Reverse stroke, Sweep Stroke (adjust your course & turn), Draw Stroke (move the boat sideways) high and low brace which helps prevent you from capsizing.

Be prepared to get wet! you will learn how to attach a spray skirt, wet exit from your kayak and learn a Paddle-float rescue and T-Rescue. Both these rescues are essential for paddling closed cockpit kayaks safely on protected waters. You will also learn about tides and currents. Graduates of this class are qualified to rent closed-cockpit touring and sea kayaks and participate in more advanced classes and trips. The Beginning Sea Kayak class will give you the invaluable tools needed to practice and refine your strokes and rescues in future practice sessions.

This class is equivalent to an American Canoe & Association Level 2 Course

Cost: $129

  • Enrollment: 1/2 day with 2 people, 3+ = full day.
  • Ratio: 5:1
  • Includes kayak, paddling gear, wetsuit and a coupon for a future rental!. We now have Drysuit for rent at a reduced rate. 

Prerequisite: No experience necessary, however, good physical condition is required to assure an enjoyable class. The minimum age for the class is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Be able to paddle up to 5 miles+

 

Oakland Class Sacramento Class Redwood City Class
Location:  Oakland Estuary Jack, London Square     Location: Lake Natoma, Willow Creek Recreation Area Access Location: 487 Seaport Court, Redwood City
 Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Warm Water Sea Kayak Rescue

Kayak Basics

Don't like being in the cold Bay water? Don’t like putting on tight wetsuits or cumbersome drysuits? Are you dreaming of learning OR just practicing assisted or self-rescues in the warm tropical waters of Hawaii? If the answer is YES then this class is for YOU! Join us for a session in an indoor, 83 degree heated pool! We will cover assisted and self-rescues in sea kayaks and time permitting, learn some very useful, yet not so well known rescues techniques as well. Kayaks and all necessary gear will be provided.

Cost:

  • $89 (Min. enrollment 2, max. 4)
  • Includes pool fee & paddling equipment.
  • Own Boat & Gear discount available

Duration of class: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM;
Location: Richmond Plunge Municipal Natatorium

To schedule a private one on one warm water sea kayak rescue instruction for $120 per person/session.

For kayak rental only, call: (510) 893-7833 to reserve a kayak. $30 whitewater kayak/$40 sea kayak rental (includes pool fee).

Prerequisite: Our Kayak Basics class (or equivalent program), previous rescues attempt is strongly recommended but not required. Good physical condition is important to ensure an enjoyable class; practicing the rescue procedures can be strenuous! The minimum age for this class is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Warm Water Sea Kayak Rescue

Location: Richmond Plunge Municipal Natatorium
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Surfski Paddling with Epic Expert - Kenny Howell

Surfski Paddling with Kenny HowellThe surf ski is the fastest, most exciting, high-performance paddle craft on the water! If you are interested in paddling for fitness, racing, or simply enjoying the thrill of an extremely efficient 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.

We will teach you essential skills such as proper fitting to the boat, body posture, boat handling, remounting the surf ski in open water, and use of the wing paddle. This class is conducted primarily in calm water.

Your instructor for this class is Kenny Howell, Regional Marketing Representative for Epic Kayaks

In this introductory session, we provide stable models, the Epic V5, V7, V8, and V10 Sport.

Minimum Enrollment: Private Lessons Only; Own boat (ski) and gear discount available!

Cost:

# of Students  1/2 Day Rate Full Day Rate
1 $229.00 $349.00
2 $159.00/person $219.00/person
3 $119.00/person $149.00/person
4+ Require full day $129/person
Max enrollment is 5:1

Typical Time: 1/2 Day 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Full Day 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Redwood City or Pillar Point Harbor (Half Moon Bay) 

Please call 510-893-7833 or email: classes@calkayak.com to set up a lesson


Sit-On-Top Kayak Rescue Clinic

In this class, you will learn, practice and refine different rescue and re-entry techniques for Sit-On-Top Kayak. 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'. 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.

Cost: $89.00 (Minimum Enrollment: 2; Maximum Enrollment: 10 - with 2 instructors)

Duration of class: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Oakland, Lake Natoma, or a Private Class

Prerequisite: L1: Kayak Basics class or the desire to paddle! The minimum age for this class is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Introductory Kayak Classes