Santa Cruz Harbor Classes

We offer the highest quality sea kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding instruction taught by friendly ACA- trained instructors.

Sea Kayaking Club

Join the club! This five week sea kayaking course is a great way to learn how to paddle a closed-decked kayak and how to navigate in open water. This series is a great way to improve your confidence on the water while enjoying the fun and camaraderie of a supportive group of new sea-going buddies.

Coastal Sea Kayaking 1 (Santa Cruz Harbor)

Our goal is to introduce you to sea kayaking while you enjoy the amazing wildlife of the Monterey Bay. 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 (Santa Cruz Harbor)

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 the Paddle Float Rescue which are essential skills for Sea Kayaking on the ocean.

Coastal Sea Kayaking 1 & 2 (Santa Cruz Harbor)

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 (Santa Cruz Harbor)

Being in Absolute Control of your kayak is important! This fun class focuses on bracing, more advanced strokes, and good paddling technique.  Learn how to make the most 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. You will learn about tides, currents and wind, along with how to read a nautical map. We take these skills and apply them on the water, with exciting practical scenarios and real-life ocean conditions. 

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. 

Introduction to SUP - Santa Cruz

This introduction to Stand Up Paddle boarding class engages your core muscles to promote balance, stability and performance on the water.  The class takes place in the wonderfully flat conditions of the Santa Cruz Harbor and is great for people wanting to increase their skills or try the sport for the first time.


After completing our SUP 1 class, or if you have some experience on a stand up paddle board you are ready to take our SUP II Class!

Kayak Fishing Clinic

This exciting clinic will teach you the basics of fishing from one of our fishing-specific kayaks.  Taught by experienced local kayak fishermen, this clinic will bring you to some of the best kayak fishing locations in the Monterey Bay and teach you how to get the best fish around.  (Available May through October)

Hobie Tandem Island Clinic

Come learn how to sail the most high-performance sailing kayak on the market today!  The Hobie Tandem Island is a stable, easy to sail kayak that is perfect for exciting day trips and capable of extended open ocean adventures. This clinic teaches you how to rig the Hobie Tandem Island, how to sail the boat, and what safety considerations should be taken for ocean sailing. 

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. 

After School Kids Kayak Adventure Camp

Looking for the best camp for your child to get out onto the water during the school year? By popular demand we created the 6 week After School Kids Kayak Adventure Camp so your young adventurer can stay on the water beyond the summer kayak camp season.  (Click for more info)

Kids Kayak Camp

If you’re looking for the perfect way to ensure that your child has the summer of a lifetime, this is the ideal choice.  Combining education with fun, this three-day camp will teach kids the fundamentals of kayaking, ocean safety, and teamwork.  Through a series of educational skill-building games, children will become comfortable out on the water and learn how to gauge factors such as swell, currents, and wind to determine ocean safety while learning the basics of kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and boogie boarding.  

SUP for Kids

Your child will have a blast this summer learning the fun sport of stand up paddling.  Students will learn paddling techniques, balance and how to read the ocean during this two-day course.  This sport is a great way for kids to build their confidence about being on the ocean and their own athletic abilities.

Advanced Kids Kayak Camp

If your child is a graduate of Kids Kayak Camp and is looking for more fun and increased kayaking skills then this advanced camp is for them.  Our experienced instructors will teach advanced paddling techniques while participating in team-building and games. 

Teen Kayak Camp

This fun two-day class starts with a review of basic paddling and rescue techniques in the Santa Cruz Harbor. Once students are comfortable handling their kayaks, we’ll head into the bay for a tour of the local kelp beds and marine life.  On the second day, we’ll paddle over to a local beach for an adventurous day, learning how to handle kayaks in the surf zone and launching them from the beach. 

SUP for Teens

Your teen will have a blast this summer learning the fun sport of stand-up paddling.  Students will learn paddling techniques, balance, and why it has become the fastest growing water sport in the world! This sport is a great way for teens to build their confidence on the ocean and meet new friends. 

Boogie Board Bash

Send the kids to the beach for an awesome day of fun, friends, games, and a whole lot of boogie boarding!  A quick orientation will be followed by a lesson in ocean safety and surf etiquette, wave mechanics, and a how-to session.  Then it’s time to grab the board and hit the waves! The class will meet at Kayak Connection and walk down to Twin Lakes Beach. 

SUP for Fitness

This 2-part class will focus on building core strength using stand up paddling as a medium.  Get outdoors and explore the waters of Santa Cruz as you work on balance and stamina while toning your legs, arms and abs.  In the beginning, students will learn how to handle their SUP board, paddling techniques, as well as turning and balancing.  We will conduct our workouts with seals, otters and a fantastic view of the coastline.

Coastal Sea Kayaking: Rolling (Santa Cruz Harbor)

Knowing the technique to right yourself 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. 

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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