Golden Gate Kayaking
San Francisco ~ Peninsula ~ Monterey Bay

Basic Sea Kayaking II

This all-day class picks up where Basic Sea Kayaking I left off. You’ll learn how to coordinate edging with the basic stokes to make the boat spin on a dime, and you’ll expand your repertoire of strokes to make the kayak slide, zigzag, and move any way you want. If conditions allow, you’ll also get to experience first-hand how these moves are applied in the ocean or bay.

Who is this class for?

  • Anyone who has had a basic sea kayaking class and wants to continue developing the skills necessary to paddle in more challenging waters.
  • Experienced paddlers who are looking to refresh and refine their basic skills.
  • Sea kayakers who are interested in working toward their BCU 2-star award.
  • Whitewater kayakers who are interested in transitioning to sea kayaking.

What is covered in this class?

  • Refinement of the forward, reverse, and sweep strokes.
  • Coordinating edging with the basic strokes.
  • Playing with "real-world" bracing scenarios by combining bracing with strokes and edging.
  • Various draw and ruddering strokes for maneuvering the kayak precisely.
  • Paddling and performing rescues in water that is somewhat exposed to wind, current, and swell.

What is provided in the class?

  • Sea kayak and paddle
  • Wetsuit and paddling jacket
  • Sprayskirt
  • Personal floatation device
  • Bilge pump and paddle float (for practicing recoveries)

What do I need to bring?

  • Swimsuit or shorts
  • Long-sleeve fleece shirt (synthetic or wool, no cotton)
  • Shoes that can get wet (neoprene booties, water shoes, old tennis shoes, etc.)
  • Lunch, snacks, drinking water, sunscreen, and towel
  • Strap for eyeglasses ("chums" or "croakies")
  • Optional: hat, waterproof camera

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