kayaking introductory kayaking

Introductory Kayaking

Introductory Kayaking

For those dreaming of exploring pristine rivers, shooting through rapids, or joining fellow kayak-surfers on the waves of Santa Cruz, this class is for you!

Appropriate for ages 13 and up. In a matter of hours get introduced to a sport that can be enjoyed by all, and that makes for an activity you can do over a lifetime.

For this introductory class, besides stroke techniques, Shoreline’s knowledgeable and experienced instructors will also teach launching and landing, nomenclature, self-rescue, water safety, and equipment tuning.

You’ll learn the following skills:

  • • Equipment – Right Size & Type, Seating & Paddle Orientation
  • • Types of Strokes – Forwards, Back, Draw, Figure 8, Sweeping, Stopping
  • • Rescues – T-Rescue, Cowboy Scramble
  • • Launching, Signals, Adjusting for Wind & Current, Capsize Recovery, and more…

What To Bring

Students should bring comfortable clothes, a bathing suit, a jacket or fleece, a towel and change of clothes, lots of sun protection, a lanyard to secure their glasses around their heads, a bottle of water, and non-skid/non-marking shoes (tennis shoes, dock shoes, or Teva sandals work great).

Important: Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your class to check in

Session Times Price
Kayak: Level I 1 day class 9:00am-12:00pm $145
  • Spring 2024
  • February 4
  • February 24
  • March 3
  • March 23
  • April 14
  • April 20
  • May 4
  • May 18
  • May 26
  • Summer 2024
  • June 9
  • June 29
  • July 13
  • July 21
  • August 10
  • August 18
  • September 7
  • September 15
  • Fall 2024
  • October 19
  • November 3

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Directions to Our Facility

Want to purchase as a gift? Shoreline offers gift cards that can be used any time. E-gift cards can be ordered online. You can also contact the Boathouse (at boathouse@shorelinelake.com or 650.965.7474), and we’ll get you set up. Please note, gift cards are currently not usable when registering online for classes and must be redeemed over the phone or in person.