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Kayak Rolling (Richmond Plunge)

Build your confidence and learn to roll! Rolling is the safest and fastest self rescue technique available for sea kayakers and whitewater paddlers. For expert instruction from one of our experienced rolling instructors make a reservation.

Duration of class: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; actual duration in the pool is about 1.5 hours.

Location: Richmond Plunge Municipal Natatorium

Cost: $60 (Max. 3 students per instructor)

*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 $120 per session.

Once you have learnt to roll can can come and practice either in your own boat or by renting one from us.
Practice Sessions: $10 pool fee with own boat

For kayak rental only, call: (510) 893-7833 to reserve a kayak. $25 whitewater kayak/$30 sea kayak rental (includes pool fee).

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 L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring 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.


 

L1 Kayak QuickStart (Oakland Estuary)

This class is taught in Level 1 conditions calm, flat water, protected from wind, waves and outside boat traffic, with no apparent current and within swimming distance of shore.

Do you want to learn to paddle but are not sure where to start? This four hour class will introduce a few basic skills that are fundamental to all types of kayaking. You will be learn about different types of kayaks, including Sea and Touring Kayaks, Recreational Kayaks, and Sit-on-Tops. This class also focuses on essential water safety, and how to maximize your fun in a calm water setting!

View CCK Touring and Coastal Kayaking Progression of Classes.pdf

Cost: $79 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 - with 2 instructors)

Class fee includes kayak, paddling gear, and a coupon for 50% off a future kayak rental (one hour)!

Note: This class does not qualify participants to rent touring (closed-deck) or sea kayaks; our: Essentials of Kayak Touring L2 class deals with those specific qualifications.

Duration of class: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Time on the water: Approximately 2.5 hours

Location: Oakland Estuary Jack, London Square
Parking: Jack London Square Parking and Valet Parking is discounted with validation at P-2 and P-3 lots only.

Prerequisite: No previous kayaking experience is required; 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. 


L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring (Oakland Estuary)

This class is taught in Level 2 conditions: protected water near shore with winds up to 10 knots, waves up to one foot, and current up to one knot.

Enjoy a day on the Oakland Estuary learning how to paddle a sea touring kayak with our expert instructors. You will learn a wide range of strokes such as: the Forward and Reverse stroke, Sweep Stroke (adjust your course & turn), Draw Stroke (move the boat sideways) and ways to prevent capsizing. In addition, you will learn how to rescue yourself and others which is essential for paddling closed cockpit kayaks safely on protected waters. Be prepared to get wet! Graduates of this class are qualified to rent closed-cockpit touring and sea kayaks and participate in more advanced classes and trips.

View CCK Touring and Coastal Kayaking Progression of Classes.pdf

Cost: $129 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 - with 2 instructors)

Includes kayak, wetsuit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a one hour future rental!

Duration of class: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Time on the water: Approximately 4 hours

Location: Oakland Estuary Jack, London Square
Parking: Jack London Square Parking and Valet Parking is discounted with validation at P-2 and P-3 lots only.

Prerequisite: Kayak QuickStart class or just the desire to paddle! The minimum age for Essentials of Kayak Touring is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


Kayak Fishing Safety & Rescue (Half Moon Bay)

If you want to catch fish on the ocean and be safe doing so, you first need to learn some basic skills including a few basic paddle strokes, self and assisted rescues. This could be the most important class you'll ever take! Learn how to, paddle efficiently, and how to sort yourself or a buddy out in the event of a capsize. We'll discuss how to carry your fishing gear safely, sea conditions and risk assessment and what to do in the event of an emergency. This class is suitable for paddle or pedal driven fishing kayaks.

You are encouraged to bring your own kayak and equipment if you have it because it will be more familiar to you and will aid in learning.

Cost: $89.00 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 - with 2 instructors)
This does not include a kayak. If you need a kayak please call 510-893-7833 for a kayak rental at a discounted price. If you need a wetsuit, or paddling jacket CCK will provide one.

Duration of class: 9:00 AM - 1 PM 
Time on the water: Approximately 4 hours

Location: Pillar Point Harbor (Half Moon Bay)

Prerequisite: No previous experience is required just the desire to paddle! The minimum age for the Kayak Fishing Safety & Rescue class is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


L3 Coastal Kayak Skills Development (Oakland)

This class is taught in level in level 3 conditions: protected freshwater lake or saltwater cove environment. Waves should not exceed 1 foot; winds should not exceed 10 knots. Groups must be kept within ½ mile of shore. If teaching/assessing in current should not exceed 2 knots.

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.

Cost: $129 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 - with 2 instructors)

Includes kayak, wetsuit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!

Duration of class: 9:45 - 4:30 PM 
Time on water: Approximately 4 hours

Location: Oakland Estuary Jack, London Square
Parking: Jack London Square Parking and Valet Parking is discounted with validation at P-2 and P-3 lots only.

Prerequisite: Essentials of Kayak Touring 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).


L1 SUP Aloha QuickStart (Oakland)

By now you've probably seen Stand Up Paddlers, seemingly walking on water! Check out this wonderful new sport! Give Stand Up Paddling a try in our introductory SUP class. SUPing has become incredibly popular in a few short years because it's so fun, easy, and another GREAT way to get on the water and it's good for you too. No previous paddling or surfing experience is necessary. This 3-hour session in the sheltered water of the Oakland Estuary (launching from our dock at Jack London Square) will get you started, and you'll be cruising in style in no time. Our SUP boards are great for novices - great for rentals, too, once you've completed the class.

Cost: $79 Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 (with 2 instructors)

Duration of class: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Time on the water: Approximately 2 hours

Location: Oakland Estuary (Jack London Square)

Prerequisites: Good physical condition is important to assure an enjoyable class; however, no previous SUP experience is necessary. The minimum age for the L1 SUP is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Private lessons for children under 14 can be arranged upon request.


L2: SUP Essentials (Oakland)

NEW! Full day format to maximize learning.
Are you ready to take SUP to the next level? In this class you will develop the skills needed to paddle effectively in wind, waves and current! We'll review fundamental stroke technique, then get you practicing new moves that will have your board dancing on the water with maneuvers such as: nose rudder, cross-board draw, paddling in the surfer stance, and bracing strokes. As we paddle out into the Oakland Estuary, "blending strokes" becomes more natural while practicing upwind, downwind and cross wind paddling. It's all about moving your board where you want it, and having more fun while doing it!

Cost: $129 Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 (with 2 instructors)

Duration of class: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Time on the water: Approximately 5 hours

Location: Oakland Estuary (Jack London Square)

Prerequisites: L1: SUP Aloha QuickStart, or equivalent training is STRONGLY recommended. The minimum age for this class is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Private lessons for children under 14 can be arranged upon request.


L2: SUP Essentials (Oakland)

NEW! Full day format to maximize learning.
Are you ready to take SUP to the next level? In this class you will develop the skills needed to paddle effectively in wind, waves and current! We'll review fundamental stroke technique, then get you practicing new moves that will have your board dancing on the water with maneuvers such as: nose rudder, cross-board draw, paddling in the surfer stance, and bracing strokes. As we paddle out into the Oakland Estuary, "blending strokes" becomes more natural while practicing upwind, downwind and cross wind paddling. It's all about moving your board where you want it, and having more fun while doing it!

Cost: $129 Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 (with 2 instructors)

Duration of class: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Time on the water: Approximately 5 hours

Location: Oakland Estuary (Jack London Square)

Prerequisites: L1: SUP Aloha QuickStart, or equivalent training is STRONGLY recommended. The minimum age for this class is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Private lessons for children under 14 can be arranged upon request.


Intro to Kayak Surfing

In this fun-filled, high energy half-day class we use sit-on-top kayaks designed for surfing to enable you to catch as many waves as you want with ease! You will learn some fundamental skills, surf zone safety and etiquette but the emphasis will be on catching waves and having FUN!

Cost: $99 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 - with 2 instructors)

Includes kayak, wetsuit and paddling gear.

Duration of class: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
Time on water: Approximately 3 hours

Location: Bolinas Beach
Please note: Class location may change to Bolinas if conditions at Dillon Beach are not appropriate. Location will be confirmed 72 prior to the class.

Prerequisite: L1: Kayak QuickStart Class, or just the desire to surf! The minimum age for Intro to Kayak Surfing class is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Note: Good physical condition is required to ensure an enjoyable class. If you are not sure about your abilities to handle such an activity, please call our Program Office at 510-893-7833


Surfski Paddling with Epic Expert - Kenny Howell

The surfski 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 surfki 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 V7, V8 and V10 Sport.

Cost$129.00
10% off with your own ski!

Duration of class: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
Time on the water: Approximately 3 hours

Location: Pillar Point Harbor (Half Moon Bay)

Prerequisite: L1: Kayak QuickStart Class, or some previous kayaking experience is recommended. No previous surfski experience necessary. The minimum age for the Surf Ski class is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 (with 2 instructors)