SIT-ON-TOP Kayak Class

For first timers and beginners

Adventure Type

Kayak

Experience Necessary

beginner

Age Minimum

14

Destination / Location

Sausalito

Trip Dates

Check calendar for dates

Highlights

  • Focus on safe paddling
  • Learn kayak strokes for efficient paddling
  • Gain the confidence to rent from Sea Trek and paddle on your own
  • Includes short kayak tour
  • Expert Instruction

Class Description

In this class we emphasize safety on the water by reviewing tides & currents, local weather patterns, paddling etiquette, destinations and boundaries. We’ll also focus on the most useful paddle strokes such as: forward, sweep, draw, and low brace. Finally we’ll encourage rescue practice (optional) for those who are ready to take this
step.
The class is held at Sea Trek’s Bay Model location. Wetsuit, paddle jacket, and other kayaking equipment are included in the cost of the class. To reserve your spot today, book online or call (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.

    Join the Adventure

    Ages 14 years old and up. Please call for questions about kids under 14 years old.

    If you have any questions feel free to contact us.+