Sea Kayak Leader Training in Baja, Mexico!
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.
British Canoeing: Sea Leader Training (formerly known as 4-star sea 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.
March 5-6, 2018
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
Cost depends on equipment needed and choice of camping vs lodging; private vs shared.
Organizer: Sea Kayak Baja Mexico
More info: Sea Leader Training
Carmen Island Builder
The gem of the Loreto National Marine Park, Isla del Carmen is an adventure of landscapes, sea cave, marine fossils, wildlife, and history. Sea Kayak Baja Mexico offers this trip especially for skilled paddling enthusiasts, featuring skegged British single kayaks; Kokatat, Werner, Snap Dragon & Seals gear; and certified British Canoeing Sea Leaders. The Marine Park encompasses 5 majorislands, all World Heritage listed. Isla del Carmen is the largest, at about 60nm around, and has the most variety.
From white sand beaches to volcanic cliffs of startling colors; from protected coves to ruggedly exposed points, the scenery keeps changing. Rock hopping and sea caves are among the paddling delights. The eastern side of Isla del Carmen faces the open sea, the distant islands of Santa Catalina and Monserrate, and of course the brilliant Baja sunrise. The western shore faces the Sierra laGiganta, a sheer mountain range rising from the sea nearly a mile high.
Isla del Carmen has the only ghost town in the park. It also has a fresh water spring, refreshing for rinsing off the salt halfway through your trip, and an essential resource for this self-supported circumnavigation. Daily paddlingdistances vary, but average 10-12nm on this trip. One to two layover days are built into the itinerary in case of wind, and to explore special areas in more detail.
Your lead guide Edgar is a marine biologist, dive instructor, and excellent chef, as well as a Sea Kayak Leader. His assistant Maria is a barrel of laughs, and also a dive instructor. A genuine good spirit, Maria can turn even another winded in on the beach day into a joyous celebration of life. She grew up on the shores of San Ignacio Lagoon, her family living off the sea and out of the mountains. She tells straightforward tales of genuine Baja. Together they paddled the Sea of Cortez, and have been guiding in the area for around a decade.
Oh, we should mention that this is whale season. Blues, fins, humpbacks.
This “Builder” level trip is for paddlers confident in moderate sea conditions and fit for ten days of exciting paddling (with a layover day or 2 and time to enjoy the place!). ACA Level 3 is an appropriate standard.
A 10-day guided expedition. Conditions will dictate specifics, but Plan A is to circumnavigate the island, then spend a final layover on little Danzante Island with an 8nm circumnavigation the last full day. Danzante has a couple short hikes and great snorkeling. This plan alsogives a safety valve in case of strong weather. The trip is self-supported, which means everyone carries about 1 hatch-worth of group gear in their kayak, plus water. Kitchen participation is encouraged, and fun! The team grows together during the trip, with all contributing to the forming of the day’s plan. Sails are optional, and a lot of fun!
February 26 to March 7, 2018
Meet in Loreto the evening before the trip, and stay there the night after (hotels not included but we can reserve them for you). Loreto (LTO) is accessible via Alaska Airlines direct from LAX, or about a 2-day drive south of the border. Meet at: 25 Hidalgo, downtown Loreto, BCS, Mexico on February 25.
To go exploring in warm Baja waters! Practice seamanship and groupsmanship in a real setting. Use dynamic water skills tojourney somewhere, as well as to play with the coastline.
Regularly $1990. SPECIAL 2 for 1 ($995 each) or 40% off one person ($1194) on this trip!
Organizer: Sea Kayak Baja Mexico
More info Carmen Island Builder