International Trips 2017-11-23T00:06:54+00:00

River & Ocean  is proud to partner with Ginni Callahan of Sea Kayak Baja Mexico to bring you the opportunity to continue to build your skills and experience, in beautiful Baja, Mexico!

Sea Leader Training


This course is for paddlers with moderate-water experience and leadership aspirations.

It will be led by Ginni Callahan (BC/UKCC 5-star sea leader and level 4 assessor; ACA level 5 instructor) and Marcos Simental (BC/UKCC Level 1 coach and 4-star sea leader with 20 years of local experience).


This 6-day course starts at the Tripui Resort near Loreto, which is accessible via Alaska Airlines direct from LAX, or about a 2-day drive south of the border. Review rescue techniques and navigation in the warmer Gulf of California, then transfer to Bahia Magdalena, one of the world’s largest estuary systems, on the Pacific. Conditions will dictate specifics, but the options include Pacific surf on a sandy beach; current, swells, and rocky coastline at the mouth of the bay; wind, current, crossings, and mangroves right from the front door of the Mar y Arena Eco-hotel. Evenings include fresh-caught local dinners, classroom sessions, and video feedback.


Immersed in the rich and diverse landscape of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, this hands-on course builds leadership skill and experience in a variety of venues. We utilize both sides of the Baja California peninsula to practice along rocky coastlines, in surf to 1 meter, currents to 4 knots, crossings to islands, and wind to 15kn. This course typically attracts a variety of students including experienced Mexican guides for a rich peer-to-peer learning environment.

You will learn and practice solid foundational skills that support the effective leader: trip planning, real-world navigation, risk assessment, incident management, communication, and decision-making, as well as the physical skills of personal boat control and rescues in dynamic environments. You will receive individual feedback. You will also have some time to play! Kayak sailing may be part of the wind training and group management if participants are interested.

ACA: Level 4 Open Water Skills, Level 4 Trip Leading, Level 5 Rough Water Maneuvering and Towing. Depending on conditions, we may also cover Level 4 Surf Zone and/or Level 4 Tidal Currents.

British Canoeing: Sea Leader Training (formerly known as 4-star sea training).


November 17-22, 2018 (Meet at Tripui Resort in Puerto Escondido, south of Loreto on Thursday, November 16 at 6pm).


Mexico’s Baja California!

Meet at Tripui Resort in Puerto Escondido, south of Loreto on Thursday, November 16 at 6pm.

26 00’36.25” N

111 20’32.36” W


Rescue practice is more fun in warm water!



Cost depends on equipment needed and choice of camping vs lodging; private vs shared.

Organizer: Sea Kayak Baja Mexico

844-YAK-BAJA (925-2252)

More info: Sea Leader Training