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Kayak Rolling (Sacramento)rolling

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.

Location: Northern California Swimstitute

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.

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; actual duration in the pool is about 1.5 hours.

Once you have learned to roll you can come and practice either in your own boat or by renting one from us.

Practice Sessions: $10 pool fee with own boat - pool fee paid directly to the Swimstitute/pool at the door

For kayak rental only, call: (916) 851-3600 to reserve a kayak. $15 whitewater kayak/$30 sea kayak rental.

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Private Kayak Instruction (Sacramento Area)

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!

Cost: Rates for Kayak Instruction Only

1/2 Day Rates                                                                               Full Day Rates 

1 Student: $199                                                                            1 Student   $349.00
2 Students: $149/person                                                                2 Students $199.00
3 Students: $99/person                                                                  3 Students $149.00
4 Students: $79/person                                                                  4 Students $129.00

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

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 Kayak Basics (Lake Natoma) 

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 be 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 I class. 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.

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

Location: Lake Natoma,-Fair Oaks, Willow Creek Recreation Area Access Parking is $10.00 at State Park.

Cost: $79 (Minimum Enrollment: 3;) Includes kayak, paddling gear, and a coupon for one hour rental kayak rental!

Dates: June 17th, July 29th

Time: check scheduled time typically 10-2 PM

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Beginning Sea Kayaking (Lake Natoma)

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. 

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

Location: Lake Natoma,-Fair Oaks, Willow Creek Recreation Area Access Parking is $10.00 at State Park.

Cost: $129 (Minimum Enrollment: 3;) Includes kayak, wetsuit, paddling gear, and a coupon for a one hour future rental!

Dates: June 4th,  July 8th, August 5th

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Beginning Sea Kayaking for Women (Lake Natoma)

This class is for those who want to learn in a fun enviornment among other woman. on how to paddle a sea touring kayak. Osur expert Woman instructor wil 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. 

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

Location: Lake Natoma,-Fair Oaks, Willow Creek Recreation Area Access Parking is $10.00 at State Park.

Cost: $129 (Minimum Enrollment: 3;) Includes kayak, wetsuit, paddling gear, and a coupon for a one hour future rental!

DatesJuly 22nd

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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River Touring Skills Development (Sacramento)

Open up a new world of paddling options - learn how to safely paddle touring and sea kayaks on the Class 1 to 2 moving water of the Lower American River. This class will help you to continue to develop the strokes you learned in Beginning Sea Kayaking and how to paddle safely and avoid common river hazards. We will review rescues in the context of moving water, introduce basic rapid running, ferry glides and eddy turns and fine tune your paddle strokes.

Cost: $139 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; )Includes kayak, paddling gear, and river shuttle! Helmet Required

10% off Bring Your Own Boat Discount!

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Location: American River (Upper Sunrise River Access)

You are welcome to bring your own kayak if it is suitable for the dynamic water conditions of the Lower American River. Email classes@calkayak.com to find out!

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Sea Kayak Rescue Clinic (Lake Natoma)

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

Location: Lake Natoma,-Fair Oaks, Willow Creek Recreation Area Access Parking is $10.00 at State Park.

Cost: $69.00 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 - with 2 instructors)*

Dates: June 4th

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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Moonlight Kayaking (Lake Natoma)

Join us for a relaxing paddle while we watch the moon rise over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Stars and moon shimmer with every dip of the paddle in the mirror like surface of the lake, as night herons, beaver, and paddlers become a part of the night's sounds. CCK has special permission from the State Park service allowing us to stay on the water after normal park hours.

NOTE: Start times will differ as sunset/moonrise times change with the seasons. 
Please pay close attention to the specific date and start time which can be found on your on your invoice email.

DatesJuly 8th,  6:30 PM

Duration of Program Aprroxiamately 3 hours

Cost: $59.00

Location: Lake Natoma,-Fair Oaks, Willow Creek Recreation Area Access Parking is $10.00 at State Park.

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