Sea, Surf & Recreational Kayaking

Bioluminescence Magic

October 7-8, 2017, Tomales Bay, CA

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Bioluminescence is the emission of light by a living organism. 

Our weekend will begin in Point Reyes Station on the shores of beautiful Tomales Bay. Here you will be introduced to the basic paddle strokes necessary for effectively and efficiently maneuvering your kayak. We’ll pack our kayaks for the trip across the Tomales Bay then head out. After lunch, we’ll set up camp, practice yoga and relax for the afternoon. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and go for a nighttime paddle through glowing bioluminescence! We’ll start the morning with yoga, a hearty breakfast then paddle back across the bay.

In association with River and Ocean Paddling Collective.

This trip is open to ALL SKILL LEVELS, even if you’ve never sat in a kayak before!

Bioluminescence Magic. October 7-8, 2017. 2 Days/1 Night $219

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Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Next Dates TBA - Sausalito, CA

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Join Cali Collective and River & Ocean for a 2-day introduction to sea kayaking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area! Our weekend will begin the protected waters of Horseshoe Cove developing your fundamental sea kayaking skills. Here you will be introduced to the basic paddle strokes necessary for effectively and efficiently maneuvering your kayak.  We will also learn and practice several techniques for rescuing yourself and others. The evening will be spent in the quaint Marin Headlands Hostel where we will provide a nourishing dinner.

On day two, we will embark on a short journey along the picturesque Marin County waterfront.During our journey, we will build on lesson learned the previous day, focusing on boat control and touching upon topics relevant to sea kayaking in San Francisco Bay – including practical navigation, dealing with boat traffic, tides and currents, and much more! If you are new to kayak touring, this weekend immersion will give you a solid foundation to build your paddling passion on.

This 2-day clinic is designed for new paddlers – no experience necessary! The clinic includes 2 days of instruction, lodging and dinner Saturday night.

Please note: Cost does not include kayak and gear rental. You can rent all the necessary kayak equipment, including wetsuit, paddle jacket, US Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD), sprayskirt, paddle, bilge pump, paddle float and kayak from various shops in the area. Email us at cwwcollective@gmail.com for details.

Introduction to Sea Kayaking. Next Dates TBA. 2 Days, 1 Night. $279

Open Coast & More

December 9-10, 2017 - Sausalito, CA

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This 2-day clinic is designed for women looking to take their paddling through the surf zone and to the open coast! We begin the weekend with an introduction to the surf zone. Students learn about wave dynamics and beach characteristics and how to identify hazards. We will practice laughing and landing through the surf zone safely, bracing on breaking waves and holding position. The evening will be spent in the quaint Marin Headlands Hostel where we will provide a delicious dinner.

On day 2, we will embark on a coastal journey heading out under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the Marin headlands. Using the conditions of the day, we will work on learning and applying strokes relevant to maneuvering in the open coast environment, as well as water reading and use of environmental features in rock gardens. Your instructors will lead a discussion risk assessment and challenge you think about what to do if things do not go to plan.

This weekend is an introduction to paddling the open coast and all that lies beyond San Fransisco Bay!

This 2-day clinic is designed for paddlers with some formal training (i.e. a full-day introduction to sea kayaking class) and a working knowledge of sea kayak rescue techniques. Learn new skills and build confidence on the water! The clinic includes 2 days of instruction, lodging, dinner Saturday night and Sunday morning breakfast.

Please note: Cost does not include kayak and gear rental. You can rent all the necessary kayak equipment, including wetsuit, paddle jacket, US Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD), spray skirt, paddle, bilge pump, paddle float and kayak from various shops in the area. Email us at cwwcollective@gmail.com for details.

Open Coast & More. December 9-10, 2017. 2 Days/1Night $279

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Surf Kayaking Clinic

Next Dates & Locations TBA

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Discover how amazing it can be to catch a wave in the ocean! This 2-day clinic covers the basics from technique to etiquette and how to have fun and navigate effectively in the surf zone.

The clinic begins with an individual assessment of each participant – comfort and confidence in the water, including swimming ability and general fitness. We will go through all the necessary equipment- kayak, paddle and personal gear to insure everyone is outfitted properly and dressed for success! Beginning on the beach, we’ll assess surf conditions, how to read the sets, beach positioning and setting boundaries, rip currents and surf zone dangers. Once it’s time head out, we will address launching and how to use a rip, timing, punching through waves, tackling the soup, how to handle dumping waves and how far out to go. Out in the water, we will work on essential paddling skills, including positioning, effective paddle strokes, takeoff, riding the wave, bracing, side surfing, capsizing and swimming. 

With a 3:1 student to instructor ratio, each participant will receive individual attention and goal setting based on their skill set and experience. Participants may paddle either a hardshell kayak (surf or whitewater) or a sit on top kayak, depending on paddling experience and comfort level. A flat-bottomed kayak is recommended. The clinic includes 2 days of instruction, camping and dinner Saturday night.

Please note: The cost of the clinic does not include kayak and gear rental.

Surf Kayaking Clinic. Next dates and locations TBA. 

Girls Rock! Rock Gardening Series

Next Dates TBA, Horseshoe Cove, Sausalito, CA

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This 2-day clinic is taught by women for women! If you like the idea of playing in the rock gardens that adorn the California coast, then this is the class for you!

In this class, the focus is about how to play safely and what to do if things go wrong. You will learn strategies for paddling within rock gardens, recognize areas to avoid, practice essential skills including self and assisted rescues within the turbulent water of a rock garden, and deal with scenarios that will put these skills into real-life settings. This class will be taught in Level 4 conditions (waves less than 3 feet).

We are offering two levels- an Introduction to Rock Gardening where we will cover sea kayaking skills and technique, and what features to look for and how to navigate effectively through them. The second clinic in the series is designed for intermediate paddlers who have experience rock gardening but want to hone their skills. This includes sea kayakers with open coast or surf zone experience and strong self rescue skills as well as Class III whitewater kayakers.

Rock Gardening Series. Next dates and location TBA.