About Us

Welcome to California Canoe & Kayak, the West’s finest and most extensive Paddlesports company since 1972! We have been committed to providing safe and enjoyable classes and trips for over 40 years and would love to help you discover and develop your paddlesport endeavors. As paddlers, we are here to support you on your adventures in and around San Francisco bay & beyond!
Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide the best instruction possible – whether in a sea kayak, whitewater kayak, Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP), surfski, canoe or recreational kayak. We are avid paddlers and our goal is to help you discover the Fun. Paddlesports provide so many healthy benefits and outdoor experiences people of all abilities can incorporate into their lives. Our mission is to help you explore the joy and freedom of paddling and to equip you with the instruction and guidance you need to become the paddler you want to be, recreational, adventure, exploration or at the local, regional or national competitive levels.

California Canoe & Kayak’s Pledge:

Our commitment extends to the community and the environment. We actively support Friends of the River, the Tuolumne River Trust, American Whitewater, Save San Francisco Bay, Rivers for Change, American Canoe Association (ACA) and many others that are dedicated in their efforts to preserve wild rivers, clean oceans and pristine coastlines. Our special events enhance paddlesports, build community, and raise money to support local kids and non-profit organizations. This commitment is just one of the reasons we were voted ‘Retailer of the Year’ by Canoe & Kayak Magazine in 2000.

Instructional Program:

Education is a core value in our company. Our teaching style is interactive and action-oriented. Our curriculum is nationally recognized for teaching kayaking and SUP skills safely and effectively, for all levels. Our instructors are the best in the business. We accept no less. We provide our students a dynamic learning environment and flexible curriculum, while keeping our programs creative, original, and current.