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 $130
  • Spring 2022
  • February 5
  • February 27
  • March 5
  • March 27
  • April 2
  • April 24
  • May 1
  • May 21
  • May 29
  • Summer 2022
  • June 18
  • June 26
  • July 16
  • July 24
  • August 13
  • August 21
  • September 10
  • September 18
  • Fall 2022
  • October 22
  • November 6


Directions to Our Facility

Want to purchase as a gift? Or, to have a pre-paid option available? Shoreline offers gift cards that can be used any time. Just contact the Boathouse (at boathouse@shorelinelake.com or 650.965.7474), and we’ll get you set up