SAUSALITO KAYAK AND SUP DAY CAMP

Kids’ Kayak & SUP Camp in Sausalito, San Francisco Bay, Marin

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ADVENTURE TYPE

Kayak & SUP

EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

Beginner

AGE MINIMUM

9

DESTINATION / LOCATION

Richardson Bay

TRIP DATES

Weekly late June- early August

Calendar

Highlights

  • For kids ages 9-12
  • Spend five days learning to kayak and Paddleboard in Richardson Bay
  • A fun week of bonding and teambuilding
  • Learn new kayak and SUP skills every day
  • Discover the Bay Area’s unique ecology
  • Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

5 DAYS ON THE BAY BY KAYAK AND STAND UP PADDLEBOARD

Sea Trek’s kayak day camp in Sausalito gives campers five days to practice kayaking and stand up paddleboarding around San Francisco Bay. With our help, campers will learn new skills every day, including reading the tides, planning trips, and performing kayak rescues. If you know any children interested in outdoor adventure or ocean exploration, Sea Trek’s kayak day camp would be an excellent experience for them!

We want to teach kayak and stand up paddleboard skills to our campers, but we also want to show them what makes the Bay such a unique and interesting environment. Campers will have the opportunity to see harbor seals, sea lions, and many other species that frequent the Bay Area’s waterways. By seeing the bay up close, they will have a much greater appreciation for the things that make it such a special environment.

TYPICAL ITINERARY

On the final day of the week, the campers will venture on a longer paddle with special views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco and Angel Island. They will apply the skills learned throughout the week as they explore Richardson Bay by kayaks and SUPS. Campers can leave proud of their accomplishments, with a whole new group of friends and a better understanding of the nature in and around the Bay Area.
Parents should be there by 4pm to pick their kids up.

Another day that begins the same way, with warm ups, team-building, and a safety lesson. The daily paddle will be to a different destination—we have a handful of routes with destinations that are good for eating lunch and exploring. As the campers get more familiar with the kayaks, more will want to try using stand up paddleboards at the places we dock for lunch. These can be difficult to get the hang of, but we are happy to teach anyone who wants to learn.

Once again, we warm up, do team-building, have a safety lesson, and go over the finer points of paddling. We take a day trip to Strawberry Point, Mill Valley, or some other waterfront destination we have in mind.

Today, we’ll be focusing on the greater California Watershed and marine environment. We will be taking a ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf where we will get a private tour of the Aquarium of the Bay. The campers will have an opportunity to handle different marine creatures and to learn about the bay. Some weeks they will venture to the Marine Mammal Center and explore the Marin Headlands with lunch at the beach. In the afternoon the campers will return for some water time on the kayaks and SUPS.

On the final day of the week, the campers will venture on a longer paddle with special views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco and Angel Island. They will apply the skills learned throughout the week as they explore Richardson Bay by kayaks and SUPS. Campers can leave proud of their accomplishments, with a whole new group of friends and a better understanding of the nature in and around the Bay Area.
Parents should be there by 4pm to pick their kids up.

Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965
Follow Bay Model signs, and park in Bay Model lot.

COMING FROM THE NORTH ON HWY 101:

  1. Take Sausalito/Marin City exit. Sea Trek is roughly 1.7 miles.
  2. Go left under the freeway and right onto Bridgeway.
  3. Count seven signal lights (including the signal where you turn right onto Bridgeway).
  4. Turn left on Marinship Way. This is the first possible left after Harbor Drive and is opposite a 7-11 market and bus stop shelter.
  5. Go down the hill and continue straight. Follow Bay Model signs. Turn right between Bay Model warehouses. Drive towards the water and the Bay Model/Sea Trek parking lot is on the left. Parking is free.

COMING FROM THE SOUTH (Golden Gate Bridge) ON HWY 101:

  1. Take the Rodeo Drive exit off 101 (comes after Spencer Drive exit). From exit to Sea Trek is approx. 1.2 miles.
  2. At the first stop sign bear left onto Nevada Street.
  3. Nevada Street ends at Bridgeway. Turn right on Bridgeway and at the second signal light (just after Spring Street signal light) take a left at Marinship Way (opposite a 7-11 market and bus stop shelter).
  4. Go down the hill and continue straight. Follow Bay Model signs. Turn right between Bay Model warehouses. Drive towards the water and the Bay Model/Sea Trek parking lot is on the left. Parking is free.

More Info

Summer weather in the Bay can vary from gorgeous sunny days to windy and fog-swept ones. We prepare ourselves for whatever comes our way so that we can enjoy ourselves both on the water and on land.

Sea Trek uses sit-on-top singles and two-person kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards throughout the week. We provide kid sized paddle jackets with neck and wrist closures and wetsuits that are made especially for kayaking and Stand Up Paddling and personal flotation devices (life jackets) that keep us insulated and buoyant while in the water.

The following is a list to help ensure that your child is safe, warm and comfortable for the week. Please pack all of your child’s belongings in a day pack or duffel to keep everything together. This way, we may keep everything safe while your child is on the water.

Download your packing list below.

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Reviews

We had a Fun, entry level tour of the Sausalito harbor lasting an hour or so. Mitch was our lead guide and Katie Ann was our rear guide. They were both incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. My daughter was not thrilled because the middle seat between mom and dad (who are probably too tall for a 3 man sit on top kayak) was swamped with three inches of cold sea water. Katie Ann jumped all over it and repositioned her seat immediately so she was comfy and appropriately dry. Mitch has 25+ years kayaking the harbor so he knows all the history and shares cool stories willingly. The whole experience was perfect.

Michael DDana Point, California

Booked the 3 hour tour for myself and my 12 year old. We kayak regularly but in smaller individual kayaks so it was a fun challenge for us to paddle together! We were concerned with getting wet as we had a Muirwoods tour to do afterwards but they have a great system for getting in and out of the kayaks as well as the skirts that cover the opening so we totally stayed dry. We were part of a small group that went out with Mitch and Victoria, both were really great at keeping us all together and Mitch was very informative on the tour (both with kayaking tips and with his knowledge of area highlights). This was our favourite activity during our trip to SF, being out on the water on a beautiful day- nothing can top that off! Great views from the bay, including seeing the houseboats up close. The best part was that we were fortunate to have some seals pop their heads up out of the water to look at us! They were really beautiful to see so close to us. Put this on your list of activities if you visit, it's worth it!

Marian MToronto

Really wonderful. Great guides with terrific personalities. We really lucked out with the weather and were able to have calm waters, no wind, lets of seals or sea lions, cruising along the Sausalito waterfront checking out the huge yachts and colorful, some very sophisticated, house boats.Making a big circle and then heading towards the full moon was really spectacular..The sky was filled with so many beautiful colors. I would do it again in a minute..

msmoefmrMill Valley, California

We like to come and paddle for an hour or so. Today we went south towards the bridge and planned to get bar bocce for lunch..but we ended up next door at a new spot which we really enjoyed..seals and birds , beautiful boats and a nice way to cool
Off on a very hot Labor Day weekend. New spot near bay model was easy to launch and come back..easy w help of the staff and check in was painless and quick . We have been coming here for many years and we always have a great time. They make it easy and fun to get out and enjoy the bay and the ocean without having to store and schlep your own equipment. Thank you

Dr. MaderOrinda, California

We went on a three hour tour of the Sausalito coastline area, including the house boat section and all the way out past Spinnaker's restaurant for a fabulous view of San Francisco, Tiburon, Belvedere, and Angel Island. Our guide Adam not only knew about the wildlife and their habitats in the area, but he enlightened us with stories of famous people and how they were part of Sausalito's history. He was professional and made the trip so much more interesting.

Carol C

We booked this trip with 2 other couples and we were lucky enough to get Bob as our guide. We hit the water after a thorough lesson in kayaking and safety. Wind and weather were perfect and we were able to kayak through the houseboat community and hear stories from Bob regarding all the history and characters living there. Seals were a plenty and many popped up just to say hi. We've done this tour before and it is one of my all time favourite things to do here in Marin. We are so truly lucky to live in such a diverse and beautiful place & being on the water is so incredible!

Cathy W.Mill Valley, California

Sea Trek is such a great place to go and get out on the bay without having to do anything but walk up, sign up and pay. They have everything you need to go kayaking or Paddle boarding. They have all the gear right there and nothing is an extra charge, which I really like. The people that work there are very helpful and patient, so don't be afraid to give it a try even if you're new to the sport.

We couldn’t have asked for more knowledgeable, accommodating and entertaining guides and staff. With prime attention to safety and comfort, this supported expedition was appropriate for our group of paddlers whose kayaking skills ranged from novice to expert. The food was outstanding – with local fish periodically caught in the afternoon and served fresh for dinner.

We would highly recommend this Sea Trek supported kayaking expedition for anyone considering exploring the Sea of Cortez and the coast of Baja Sur California, Mexico by kayak.

epaizeSan Francisco, California

We went for the Scenic Sausalito tour, reserving online the day before. We appreciated signing the waiver online before arrival, which saved time on check in. They had clean and dry equipment (wetsuits etc) for the 10 am start, and entry was smooth into the kayak, with clear instruction and paddling guidance. Would recommend to others. If planning to kayak, wear layers you would be comfortable having under wetsuits to keep warm!

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Ages 18 years old and up. Please call for questions about kids under 18 years old.

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