Intermediate Paddling Class

Intermediate Kayaking Lessons in San Francisco, Sausalito, Marin

Adventure Type

Kayak

Experience Necessary

Intro Class Required

Age Minimum

14

Destination / Location

Sausalito

Trip Dates

Call for Dates

Highlights

  • Prerequisite: Must have taken Introductory Kayaking class within the last 3 months
  • Refine your strokes
  • Practice your rescues
  • Expert instruction
  • Build your boat handling skills

Class Description

Paddling your sea kayak in the open water can be more difficult than paddling along a coast. The intermediate paddling class is supposed to prepare you for your first major crossing of open water, a short paddle across the bay to Angel Island. To get you ready, instructors will work on fine-tuning your paddle strokes and teaching you advanced boat-maneuvering skills. You will practice self-rescues and assisted rescues as well. Once you have finished the class, you can take the Angel Island Skills Class.

The class runs from 9am-1pm at Sea Trek’s Bay Model location. See the calendar for specific dates. Wetsuit, paddle jacket, and kayaking equipment are all included in the cost of the class. To reserve your spot today, contact us online or at (415) 332-8494.

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.

Recommended Reading

Learn Basic Kayaking Skills
First Strokes – Kayak Touring for Sit-on-Top & Sit-inside Kayaks by Mitch Powers
Second Edition
Written by Sea Trek’s head instructor Mitch Powers

If you want a primer to review what you know before taking a class, or simply want to supplement your learning in class with something you can take home and read, First Strokes is an excellent guide to the basic skills you’ll need to paddle a kayak. Written by Sea Trek’s own head instructor, Mitch Powers, this guide has:

  • Over 120 photo-illustrations
  • Basic equipment, outfitting and boat control techniques
  • An in-depth chapter on paddle strokes
  • Rescues for Sit-on-Tops and Sit-Insides
  • Storage, transportation, launching and practice sessions
  • Trip planning and safety considerations

  • First Strokes covers all the basic skills needed to start the adventure of kayaking! If you want to keep it simple this book will give you basic strokes, rescues and safety information. For those wishing to advance further you’ll find in-depth discussions of all the major kayaking skills as well as “extra points” sections at the end of most chapters where you can take your skills to the next level.





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