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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 (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