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(L4) Tidal Currents & Rough Water Class

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


(L4) Tidal Currents & Rough Water Class

WHO: This class is intended for sea kayakers who are looking to develop the practical skills and understanding of tides and currents needed to paddle safely in highly tidal waters such as San Francisco Bay, and to get well-supported rough water experience and practice in the Yellow Bluff tide race. It is the 1st in our Progression of Classes designed to help you become a Level 4 paddler.

Prerequisite: L3 Coastal Kayak Skills Development or equivalent, and recent paddling experience. Comfort with wet exits, as well as both self and assisted rescues, is essential.

The February 3rd class will be led by guest instructor David Santaniello (Kayak Connection) and Mike Kowalsky.

WHAT: In this class, students will learn how to interpret current flow information for San Francisco Bay, and how to apply this knowledge strategically to a paddling destination while monitoring effects of the current on your progress. If conditions allow we will cross to Angel Island, utilizing ranges and other piloting techniques. These are essential skills for safe paddling in the Bay! After lunch, in the Yellow Bluff tide race, students will get the opportunity to learn and practice fundamental paddling techniques used in fast current, including peel outs, eddy catching, and ferry gliding. For those who are interested, playing in the rough water and waves of the tide race, will be supported and encouraged! This is an excellent opportunity to push your limits with a strong safety net.

COST: $129* (Minimum enrollment 2; Maximum enrollment 10)*

Book online now!


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 Paddlesports for 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 kayak and gear rental options go to our RESOURCES page.


February 3
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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River and Ocean
415 816 8746


Horseshoe Cove
Sommerville Rd
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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