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Introductory Kayaking 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 (Minimum Enrollment: 3) Includes kayak, paddling gear, and a coupon for one-hour rental kayak 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+

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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
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Beginning Sea Kayaking

In 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.

Beginning Sea Kayak

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 I 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 (Minimum Enrollment: 3) Includes kayak, paddling gear, wetsuit and a coupon for a one-hour 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+

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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
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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.

Cost: $129.00 Minimum Enrollment: Private Lessons; 10% off with your own ski!

Time: Typical time 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Location: Pillar Point Harbor (Half Moon Bay) 

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


Intermediate Kayaking Classes

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 (Minimum Enrollment: 3) Includes kayak paddling gear, wetsuit and a coupon for a one-hour future rental! We now have Drysuit for rent at a reduced rate. 

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+

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Location:  Oakland Estuary Jack, London Square     Location: Lake Natoma, Willow Creek Recreation Area Access Location: 487 Seaport Court, Redwood City
 Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Sea Kayak Rescues

Sea Kayak RescuesIn 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 'Paddlefloat. 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: $89.00 (Minimum Enrollment: 3)  includes kayak, paddling gear. You are encouraged to bring your own gear to become familiar with it. We now have Drysuit for rent at a reduced rate. 

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

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Oakland Class Sacramento Class
Location:  Oakland Estuary Jack, London Square     Location: Lake Natoma, Willow Creek Recreation Area Access
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Kayak Rolling

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.

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.

NOTICE: Richmond Plunge Will be closed for repair on Sept. 1st., reopen mid-January 2019.

First Time Kayak Rolling Oakland Repeat Kayak Rolling Oakland Sacramento Class
Cost: $75
Cost: $60 Cost: $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.
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Intro to Surf Zone

Intro to Surf Zone

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

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.

Location: Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay

Cost: $139 (Minimum Enrollment: 3) includes kayak, paddling gear, helmet, and wetsuit. We now have Drysuit for rent at a reduced rate. 

15 % discount for bringing your own gear if it is suitable for the conditions.

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

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+

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Advanced Kayaking Classes

Advanced Kayak Classes from River & Ocean

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California Canoe & Kayak is proud to partner with the River & Ocean Paddlesports Coaching Collective to offer advanced level kayak and stand up paddleboard instruction. 

River & Ocean is a collective of certified paddlesports instructors based in the Bay Area and Sacramento region dedicated to the delivery of quality, student-centered instruction and coaching in kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. Working in collaboration and not competing with outfitters and retailers in the region, 

River & Ocean provides:

  • advanced level skills training and assessment;
  • advanced level skills training and assessment;
  • personalized coaching and mentoring; professional guide training and assessment;
  • instructor training and assessment;
  • fun, exciting and educational trips on San Francisco Bay, Tomales Bay and the Open Coast 

For more information on the River & Ocean Paddlesports Coaching Collective, please visit riverandocean.com


ACA L5 Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification Exam (3 Days)

San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands are perfect locations for advanced coastal kayaking with strong tidal currents, powerful swells and changeable weather conditions providing an abundance of learning

 opportunities and easy access to Level 5 conditions. Ryan Rushton and Sean Morley invite you to participate in a three day instructor certification exam through California Canoe & Kayak that will be challenging, comprehensive, inspiring and fun.

This course is an Instructor Certification Exam ONLY. Ryan and Sean are offering an Instructor Development Workshop December 2017 through River & Ocean.

Prerequisite: This course is for Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructors in good standing who have participated in a Level 5 AOWCK Instructor Development Workshop and are now seeking certification. Please check the ACA L5: AOWCK Instructor Criteria to be sure that you are eligible. Please contact us if you have any questions or if you are unsure about your eligibility.

Duration of the Class: 9:00 AM Friday, February 2nd through 5:00 PM Sunday, February 4th, 2018

Location: Presidio Yacht Club (Travis Marina), Sausalito, CA

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Cost: $399 (Minimum enrollment: 3, Maximum enrollment: 8)

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British Canoeing Sea kayak Leader Award Training (Four Star Equivalent)

This is a great opportunity to enjoy a dedicated intensive training course that will act as excellent preparation for the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader (4 Start) Award. This award is designed for leaders of groups of 4-5 paddlers on 6 to 8 miles/3hours journey in moderate tidal waters with winds not exceeding force4/sea state 4. The training course will cover the following core areas: 

  • Personal boat handling skills in sea kayaks
  • Leadership training in moderate sea conditions
  • Safety and rescue techniques in moderate sea conditions
  • Coastal navigation skill (practical afloat and shore-based classroom)

Note: The British Canoeing Sea Kayaking Leader (moderate water) Award was formerly known as the 4 Star Sea Kayak Leader Award. The title changed in 2017, although the training and assessment content remains the same.

This course will be practical an active. Be ready to spend full days outdoors and afloat. You should be suitably equipped for cold weather and immersion - we recommend a dry suit. A helmet is also desirable for safety/rescue exercises during the course. This 3-day course will include the British Canoeing Coastal Navigation component. There is a BC fee the Coastal Navigation certificate, payable at the course. Please bring USD equivalent of: £5 (British Canoeing/PNA members) or £10 (non-members)

The British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader (4 Star) training course does not include an assessment component. Feedback on performance and readiness for a future assessment will be offered during and at the end of the training course, in an individual review. There is no BC registration fee to attend a BC Sea Kayak Leader Training. The application process for assessment (BC LR Form) will be explained during the training course. 

Full details of the course content, training course syllabus, and British Canoeing National Governing Body information can be found here

Prerequisite: The British Canoeing 3 Star Sea Kayak Award is the appropriate level of performance to attend this training course. If you do not hold this award, you may still complete the training course. Please contact us to verify our readiness to attend the course. 

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British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Award Training (Five Star Equivalent)

Aim: Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level, leadership ability and judgment to lead paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced tidal water. The British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Leader has the skills and judgment to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience. The British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Award is a leadership award and not a coaching award. Candidates are assessed to a verifiable common level, regional and climatic variations notwithstanding.

This award is intended for paddlers who journey on the sea in areas where tidal races, headlands, open crossings, swell and challenging coastlines will be encountered. The award should be accessible to all those people who journey on the sea on a regular basis and should not be seen as the preserve of a few elite performers. It is envisaged that a committed club paddler, sea kayaking regularly in a suitable range of situations, sea areas and conditions should be able to obtain this award within a period of 3 years.

NOTE: The British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Award was formerly known as the 5 Star Sea Kayak Leader Award. The title changed in 2017, although the training and assessment content remains the same.

Training for this award is a 3-day course and includes the British Canoeing Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning component. The Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning training is designed for paddlers carrying out open water journeys including islands over 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of strong tidal movement of 3+ knots and/or including winds of up to force 5. The content of the navigation component builds directly on the themes covered in the Coastal and Tidal Planning training and seeks to develop the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the areas below as applied in an advanced water environment:

                 

  • To interpret sources of relevant information including maps, charts, coastal pilots, tide tables and tidal stream atlases
  • To apply the above relevant information in calculating vectors and negotiating open crossings and/or coastlines with no landing zones and/or tide races and overfalls
  • To develop the necessary knowledge to navigate on the water using advanced pilotage techniques in poor visibility or hours of darkness
  • By the end of the course, each candidate should have planned at least 2 open crossings that they can take home as references for further trip planning.
  • Candidates should also be aware of the range of resources they require to plan trips in any sea area.

Full details of the course content, training course syllabus, and British Canoeing National Governing Body information can be found here. Questions contact John at john@seacliffkayakers.com.

Prerequisites:

                         

  • British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader (4 Star) or British Canoeing Level 3 Sea Coach
  • British Canoeing Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning course or similar RYA course (for acceptable RYA alternatives see ‘Using RYA Awards to APL British Canoeing Navigation and Tidal Planning Courses’ available on the Home Nation websites)


Duration of the Class:
9:00 AM Monday, January 29th through 5:00 PM Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Location: Presidio Yacht Club (Travis Marina), Sausalito, CA

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Cost: $399 (Minimum enrollment: 3, Maximum enrollment: 8)

Thank you for your interest in this course. We look forward to meeting you on the water.

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Private Kayak Classes

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 choose the location (there may be an additional charge depending on location). You can also request your favorite instructor time and time again! No previous kayaking experience is required for a private class; 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.

Private Kayak Instruction

# of Students 1/2 Day Rates Full Day Rates
1 $229.00 $349.00
2 $159.00/person $219.00/person
3 $119.00/person $149.00/person
4 + $89.00/person $129.00/person

Additional charge applies if the location chosen is not at one of our normal teaching locations

Kayaking Class

Half Day

 

  • 1-2 person = BSK training; NO Prerequisite
  • SKII Prerequisite is BSK
  • 3+ is Kayak Basics Skills Class Only 
  • Kayak Basics is 1:6 instructor/students

Full Day

 

  • 1-2 person received BSK & SK II Training
  • 3+ BSK or SKII Only
  • BSK and SKII; 1:5 instructor/students

Stand Up Paddleboard Class

Half Day

  • L1: SUP 101
  • L2: SUP 201 prerequisite is L1

Full Day

  • L1 + L2: No Prerequisite
  • SUP Class; Max is 1:5 instructor/students 


Please call 510-893-7833 or email: classes@calkayak.com to set up your custom/private class or trip.