Classes

Tomales Bay Sea Kayaking Classes

teachingkayakBlue Waters Kayaking is dedicated to developing sea kayakers and stand up paddle boarders with safe paddling skills, basic seamanship, knowledge and respect of the ocean environment. Our sea kayaking and stand up paddle board classes are designed for those interested in improving their skill level, as well as for those who intend to be responsible for others on the water.   We are sensitive to the challenges of learning, so we maintain small group sizes in all of our courses to ensure that you will receive individualized and personalized instruction.

 

 

Instructors at Blue Waters Kayaking are American Canoe Association trained avid kayakers with Wilderness Medical Training.

sup2fun2Stand Up Paddle Boarding Classes ~ $70

SUP Instruction ~ $70/ 2.5-Hour Class (2 person minimum group size)

In this class you’ll learn proper stance for balance and control, essential paddle strokes and turning techniques, as well as how to choose the right board and paddle. Courses will be taught by ACA Certified Instructors, and held on protected calm water. No experience is necessary.  Please see our Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) page to get more information and pricing!

Skills Class I: Sea Kayaking Basics ~ $110*skb_gals

9:00 am to 3:00 pm see schedule

 

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 techniques, 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)

Skills Class II: Advanced Paddling Techniques (North Bay) ~ $110*kayakbw1020

9:00 am to 3:00 pm see schedule

 

While the SKB focuses on the all-important recovery techniques, this follow-up class features the intermediate skills of edging, bracing, and paddling in currents. By the end of this class you should feel much more confident, and in control of your kayak in challenging conditions.

This class takes place on the waters north of Hog Island on beautiful Tomales Bay.  We meet at Miller Boat Launch, and plan on paddling toward the mouth to play in the more dynamic waters near the ocean.   Taught by our patient and expert  ACA Certified Instructors, virtually everyone “gets it”. This class is a must for anyone interested in pursuing the sport of sea kayaking … and it is loads of fun.
Oh, and the wildlife at that part of the bay can be AMAZING if you keep your eyes open!  (Tule elk, harbor seals, and sea lions are just a few of the visitors that can be found in this area.)
Enrollment is limited, so sign up now!  (Pre-req: Skills I, or equiv.)


Skills Class III: Tides & Currents at Tomales Bay ~ $125*893079_10152805174172519_1215718972639889657_o

9:00 am to 3:00 pm see schedule

 

Continuing on your quest for open coast exploration, our skills III paddling class is taught by ACA certified instructors. We begin by meeting at Lawson’s Landing, (located in the town of Dillon Beach, $8 entry free), and we will head out towards the mouth of Tomales Bay. Skills training will include bracing, 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).

Skills Class IV: 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 by increasing your confidence & improving your technique in a surf zone setting. This class begins with analyzing, waves, and open coast strategies. 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).

 

Private Instruction ~ Kayak or SUP ~ single person, $70/Hour (2 Hour Min)

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

 

More Classes

Roll Clinic ~ $88*10329827_10152930453662519_5912531617448251479_o

The “kayak-roll” is the ultimate self-rescue!  With practice and technique, it’s possible to roll your kayak after a capsize.  This 2 hour 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 $70 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 ~ $68

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. Sunday afternoons 3 – 6pm.

Tides & Currents at The Golden Gate ~ $150

Often called the “sea kayakers playground,” San Francisco Bay offers amazing opportunities to learn advanced kayaking skills. This 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 or around Angel Island (weather and group dependent). 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 + Roll Class or Skills Class III, or equiv.)

~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 Kayaking Basics
4
6 to 1
6.5
$110
*Skills II: Advanced Paddling Techniques (North Bay)
4
6 to 1
6
$110
*Skills III: Tides and Currents on Tomales Bay
4
6 to 1
6
$125
*Skills IV: Surf Zone and Intro to Surf Kayaking
3
3 to 1
6
$150
*Roll Clinic
2
2 to 1
2
$88
Social Paddle and Skills Practice
4
8 to 1
3
$68
Navigation Clinic
4
6 to 1
4
$88
Private Instruction
Available by Request @ $70/ Hour
Class Specials:

*Sign up for all 4 skills classes and the roll clinic to receive a free 10 hour paddle pass — value $300!