Elkhorn Slough Classes

We offer the highest quality sea kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding instruction taught by friendly ACA- trained instructors. Check out our Santa Cruz location for Summer Kids Camps, Fishing Clinics, and the Sea Kayak Club.

Coastal Sea Kayaking 1- (Elkhorn Slough)

Our goal is to introduce you to sea kayaking while you enjoy the amazing wildlife of the Elkhorn Slough. If you are looking for a foundation to sea kayaking, this is the class for you! We focus on the fundamentals - from gear to kayak strokes - in the ultimate on-the-water classroom. 

Coastal Sea Kayaking 2: Rescues (Elkhorn Slough)

An important part of Sea Kayaking is knowing what to do in case of a capsize. In this class, we work on preventing capsizes with bracing techniques, and practice what to do when your brace fails. This class will teach the T-Rescue and Paddle Float Rescue which are essential skills for Sea Kayaking out on the ocean. 

Coastal Sea Kayaking 1 & 2 (Elkhorn Slough)

Combining Sea Kayaking 1 & 2 is a great way to spend a day learning to kayak. We cover the basics of how to maneuver a sea kayak and what to do in case of capsize.  Because of the all day nature of this class, we strongly encourage participants to be in good physical condition.

Coastal Sea Kayaking 3: Advanced Boat Control (Elkhorn Slough)

Being in absolute control of your kayak is important! This fun class will focus on bracing, more advanced strokes, and good paddling technique.  Learn how to make the most out of your kayak to maximize performance on the water.  

Coastal Sea Kayaking 4: Navigation

Being out in the water when the fog rolls in, and having no idea where you are can be dangerous. Knowing how to handle that situation will make you a far safer kayaker.  During this class you will learn about tides, currents and wind, along with how to read a nautical map. 

Surf Kayak Competition Clinic

Special class before the Santa Cruz Paddlefest! Improve your competition results with this clinic taught by Santa Cruz Paddlefest organizer Mat Hoff.  Come learn the ins and outs of competition surf kayaking!

Coastal Sea Kayaking 5: Beach Launching and Landing (Santa Cruz Harbor or Moss Landing)

Some of the most beautiful and remote beaches in the world are only accessible by kayak. Most capsizes we see happen in the surf, and having the skills to be able to land on those beaches will make your excursion to those hidden beaches far more enjoyable. Learn to land and leave a beach with your spray skirt firmly attached!

Coastal Sea Kayaking- Rolling (Elkhorn Slough)

Knowing the technique to right yourself in a kayak without getting out of the boat is an invaluable tool! Rolling safely is more about technique and not strength, so learning it the right way will save you months if not years of frustration.

Private Instruction

Private instruction can propel you into the sport like nothing else. Spend one-on-one time with an instructor to learn everything from basic strokes to advanced ocean paddling. Private group rates are available. 

Surf Kayaking Clinic

Surf Kayaking Clinics to develop your current kayaking skills to let you have more fun while you are surfing. We can work on anything from the very fundamentals to becoming more dynamic on the wave! 

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