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(L4) Open Coast Skills (Marin Headlands)

December 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


(L4) Open Coast Skills (Marin Headlands)

WHO: This class is intended for sea kayakers who have experience paddling on protected water such as San Francisco Bay and are seeking to expand their horizons to the open coast. You will have had some limited surf zone experience and have solid bracing skills.

Prerequisite: (L4) Intro to Surf Zone or equivalent training and experience.

WHAT: This class is the 3rd in our Progression of Classes designed to help you become a Level 4 paddler. During a coastal journey of up to eight miles, we will help you assess and develop your personal skills and help grow your knowledge and experience so that you feel ready to explore the open coast with other paddlers. We will work on learning, refinement, and application of strokes relevant to maneuvering in the open coast environment, water reading, and use of environmental features in rock gardens. We will also discuss risk assessment and challenge you to think about what to do if things do not go to plan.

WHERE: We will meet at and launch from Horseshoe Cove, head out under the Golden Gate Bridge, and work our way along the Marin Headlands using the conditions of the day to work on skills all the way. If conditions allow, we will paddle out to Point Bonita and explore this dynamic exposed area where the the Golden Gate opens to the Pacific Ocean.

WHEN: Meet at 9.00am. Be changed and ready by 9.30am. We will be off the water by 4.00pm and wrapped up by 4.30pm.

WHY: This course is intended to build your skills and confidence to help prepare you for open coast paddling. Skills covered in this class will also provide background for the next course in the series: (L4) Intro to Rock Gardening.

COST: $129* (Minimum enrollment 2; Maximum enrollment 8)*

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PLEASE NOTE: Cost does not include kayak and gear rental. We offer free demos of Valley Sea Kayaks during our classes in partnership with Performance Paddlesportsfor most (non-rockgarden) classes. Kayaks must be reserved well in advance.
Please CONTACT us if you wish to reserve a demo kayak or are planning to use your own kayak and unsure about the suitability of your kayak for this class.
For kayak and gear rental options go to our RESOURCES page.


December 29
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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River and Ocean
415 816 8746


Half Moon Bay