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Tomales Bay Sea Kayaking Classes

Blue Waters Kayaking is dedicated to developing sea kayakers with safe paddling skills, basic seamanship, knowledge and respect of the ocean environment. Our sea kayaking classes are designed for those interested in learning sea kayaking basics or improving their skill level, as well as for those who intend to be responsible for others on the water. Blue Waters Kayaking instructors are sensitive to the challenges of learning and we maintain small group sizes in all of our courses to ensure that you will receive individualized and personalized instruction.
Private Kayak Instruction ~ single person, $70/Hour
Whether a beginner looking for highly personalized instruction, or an experienced paddler brushing up or planning an expedition, Blue Waters offers a flexible program designed to meet your specific need.
2-Person Instruction ~ 4-hour Class, $175 per person 

NEW! Skills Class .5: Introduction to Sea Kayaking ~ $88*

9:30 am to 1:30 pm see schedule
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This course is a shorter version of our "Sea Kayaking Basics" class designed for the student who isn't interested in being certified to rent closed deck kayaks, or maybe just doesn't want to get in the water with the rescues portion of our "SKB".  This class can be taught in Open Deck, Closed Deck, Single, or Double Kayaks.  (Depending on what you are interested in using for your future kayak career.)

We will go over different styles of kayaks/ gear, correct paddling technique, and introduce you to tides, currents, and winds as they relate to kayaking.  The first hour of this class is land based, and the other 3 hours are spent learning as you paddle along the beautiful coastline of the Tomales Bay State Park or the Point Reyes National Seashore.  (The site where this course is taught is wind, weather, and tide dependent.)  

This is a great starting course for anyone that is new to kayaking.  There is no prerequisites to this class other than an interest in kayaking.  To learn kayak recoveries and to be certified to rent closed deck kayaks take the next course:  "Sea Kayaking Basics"

* ($50 per person small group surcharge for groups under 4 will apply)


NEW!

Stand Up Paddleboarding Clinics!

SUP Instruction ~ $60/ 2-Hour Class
(4 person minimum group size)

Please see our Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) page to get more information and pricing!
 

image tomales bay sea kayaking classesSkills Class I: Sea Kayaking Basics ~ $110*

8:45 am to 3:30 pm see schedule
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This course gives you a foundation to start kayaking safely.  We begin with an orientation to kayaks, gear and the basics of paddling strokes. We then teach paddling strokes, bracing tecniques, and ultimately learning wet-exits, and re-entry (recovery) techniques.  Our day concludes with an introduction to reading: tide logs, charts and weather.  Successful completion of this class enables a kayaker to rent closed deck kayaks from most outfitters. (Pre-req: Students must be prepared to have fun and get wet!) * ($50 per person small group surcharge for groups under 4 will apply) ***Special: With purchase of SKB, receive $50 0ff a Paddle Pass!

 

Skills Class II: The Next Stroke ~ $110*

9:00 am to 3 pm see schedule
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Taken the SKB and ready for "The Next Stroke"? While the SKB focuses on the all-important recovery techniques, this follow-up class features the intermediate skills of "edging" and "bracing": the skills you will need to feel competent and capable of paddling your kayak in challenging conditions. By the end of this class you feel much more in control of your kayak in wind and waves, able to steer without the use of a rudder, and you will have learned the basics of surf landing: all essential skills for paddling on an expedition trip. You may even get started on your roll. Taught by our patient and expert instructors, virtually everyone "gets it". This class is a must for anyone intersted in pursuing the sport of sea kayaking ... and it is loads of fun. Enrollment is limited, so sign up now!  (Pre-req: Skills I, or equiv.) * ($50 per person small group surcharge for groups under 4 will apply)

 

Skills Class III(a): Tides & Currents at Tomales Bay ~ $125*

9:00 am to 3:00 pm see schedule
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Continuing on your quest for open coast exploration, our skills III paddling class is taught by ACA certified instructors. We begin by meeting at Nick's Cove, (3.5mi. North of Marshall), and we will head out towards the mouth of Tomales Bay. Skills training will include bracing, hands-on navigation, towing techniques, rough water recoveries, and practice reading: tides, currents, charts. A review of basic and intermediate paddling skills will give our instructors a chance to address opportunities for improvement, while helping you build on your strengths. The focus of this class is to provide personalized instruction in an exciting and challenging environment. (Pre-req: Skills Class II, or equiv.) * ($50 per person small group surcharge for groups under 4 will apply)

 
image tomales bay sea kayaking classes Skills Class IV: Tides & Currents at The Golden Gate ~ $150*
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
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Often called the "sea kayakers playground," San Francisco Bay offers amazing opportunities to learn advanced kayaking skills. Our Skills III paddling class is taught by ACA certified instructors. We put in at Horseshoe Cove and we will be paddling alongside the stanchions of the Golden Gate Bridge. Skills training will include bracing, towing techniques, hands-on navigation, rough water recoveries, and practice reading: tides, currents, charts. The focus of this class is to provide personalized instruction in an exciting and challenging environment. Pre-req: Skills Class II, or equiv.) * ($50 per person small group surcharge for groups under 4 will apply)
 

Skills Class V: Surf Zone and Intro to Surf Kayaking~ $150*

9:00 am to 3:00 pm see schedule
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The surf zone class will refine your paddling skills, to increase your confidence & improve your tecnique in a surf zone setting. This class begins with analyzing, waves, and open coast stratagies. Then we review paddle strokes with a strong emphasis on bracing. On the beach, students will learn to identify the different components of the surf zone in addition to wave dynamics and timing. On the water, students will learn to identify hazards, practice launching and landing kayaks, broaching, bracing, side surfing, and different landing techniques. (Pre-req: Sea Kayaking Basics and skills Classes II & III)* ($50 per person small group surcharge for groups under 4 will apply)

 
Baja Mexico Tours are a great way to practice your skills
BWK has many options for warm weather tours during the winter/spring months. We have expedition tours where we camp for 3 to 6 nights on remote wilderness islands off the coast of Baja near Loreto, in Baja Sur. We also have tours where we stay at our comfortable eco-retreat for 3 nights and do day kayak and hiking trips and then head out to islands for expedition camping. All our guides are excellent kayak instructors as well as awesome naturalists. They are fun loving and will help you move your paddling to a new level. These trips are very personalized. Your guides will be working with you on your techniques as much as you want.

We offer single kayaks on each trip. We do need to have doubles to move kitchen gear around so we do not guarantee that anyone will spend the whole trip in single. We do guarantee that you will get an opportunity to paddle in a single if that is what you want. (weather permitting)
 

Boy Scout Kayaking Patch - Special Class ~ $65
This special 4-hour class provides Boy Scouts with the instruction necessary to gain their Kayaking BSA Patch.  We start with an orientation to gear and kayaks, then the basic strokes and rescue techniques for safe BSA kayaking.  This class is taught by an ACA (American Canoe Association) certified instructor.  Successful completion of this class will allow a Boy Scout to apply for his Kayaking BSA Patch.  (Pre-req: Student must be a Boy Scout and have successfuly completed their BSA swimmers test, must be prepared to have fun and to get wet!)

 

Roll Clinic ~ $88
The "kayak-roll" is the ultimate self-rescue!  With practice and technique, it's possible to roll your kayak after a capsize.  This course is for anyone wanting to become a confident paddler in surf, rivers, or open coast conditions. To ensure personalized instruction, the student to instructor ratio is kept at 2:1. This creates an intimate and customized learning environment. Classes are two hours long.  (Pre-req: Skills I or equiv.) Above price based on two person participation. Individual instruction available at $55 per hour, 2-hour minimum.

 

Navigation Clinic ~ $88
This 4-hour clinic will teach you what you will need to know to safely negotiate open water crossings, especially those involving tidal currents. Taught half on shore and half on the water, we will first learn about a variety of compasses, how to use them, and how to calculate bearings from a chart.  Then we'll chart a course taking currents and wind into consideration and paddle it using our new found skills using ranging to track our progress.  (Pre-req: Sea Kayaking Basics or equivalent, Next Stroke recommended)

 

Social Paddle and Skills Practice
This 3-hour refresher for paddlers in closed-deck single kayaks is a chance to connect with old friends on the water, meet new friends, and practice basic skills.   Wet exits, mid-water re-entry techniques, use of a paddle float, and assisted rescues can be reviewed depending on participant's needs, or just paddle around and have fun! Successful completion of SKB required. Saturday afternoons 3 - 6pm. $25 if you use our kayak and gear, $15 if you bring your own.

 

The Fine Print
All classes are subject to a minimum sign up for the class to start.  Conditions that may affect safety, such as extreme weather, may cancel the class.  Since weather is very hard to predict, we will advise you as soon as possible regarding the status of the class.  Feel free to contact Blue Waters if you have any concerns about prevailing conditions.  The status of the Surf Zone and away classes will be up to the discretion of the lead instructor the morning of the class.

 

Class
Min
Max Ratio Student/Instructor
Duration Hours
Price Per Person
Sea Kayak Basics
4
6 to 1
6.5
$110
Boy Scout Kayaking Patch
4
6 to 1
4
$65
Skills II: The Next Stroke
4
6 to 1
6
$110
Skills III: Prep for Open Coast
4
8 to 1
6
$125
Skills IV: Inside the Gate
4
6 to 1
6
$150
Skills V: Surf Zone
3
3 to 1
6
$150
Roll Clinic
2
2 to 1
2
$75
Social Paddle and Skills Practice
4
0
3
$25/$15
Navigation Clinic
4
6 to 1
4
$75
Private Instruction
Available by Request
Class Specials:

*C-Paddle Pass 150*

Sign up for all 5 skills classes and receive a free 15 hour paddle pass -- value $150!



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