Kayak Classes

The American Canoe Association (ACA) offers an extensive curriculum of touring and coastal kayak classes. PRO’s sea kayak program adapts the ACA curriculum to make best use of  our unique location and access to a diverse range of conditions.

All our classes and tours utilize both the protected waters of Tomales Bay and the dynamic conditions of the open coast. You will receive some of the best instruction on the west coast. Private instruction and highly qualified instructors provide you with individualized coaching that maximizes your learning opportunity.

PRO’s kayaking instructional program is delivered in partnership with the River & Ocean Paddlesports Coaching Collective; the Bay Area’s leading provider of Intermediate and Advanced Level paddlesports instruction.

Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Class

This class is the first in our progression of classes and is designed for the new paddler looking to use a sit-inside kayak for recreation, exploring, and fitness. After successfully completing this day-long introductory class, and a subsequent ACA Level 2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Skills Assessment, you will be able to rent a touring kayak to paddle on protected waters such as sheltered areas of Tomales Bay and Drakes Estero.

Please note: While there are NO prerequisites for this class, good physical condition is required to ensure an enjoyable day on the water. If you are not sure about your ability to handle such an activity, please contact us.

This class begins promptly at 10 AM and ends at 4 PM.

We meet at Miller Boat Launch (aka Nick’s Cove) just north of the town of Marshal, on the eastern shore of Tomales Bay. Please park in the upper parking lot. Please note that there is a $5 parking fee for the day. There is a public restroom available. Here is a LINK to a Google Map of the meeting location.

ABOUT THE CLASS: PRO provides you with a touring kayak, paddle, life jacket, wetsuit, paddle float, bilge pump, spray skirt and spray jacket. In the morning, we will learn about our equipment, and how to maneuver our kayaks safely and effectively. Following lunch on a beach on Tomales Bay, we will practice our skills and learn about and practice recovery techniques to ensure your safety on every paddling adventure. You will use these techniques to re-enter your kayak if you inadvertently capsize. Back on the shore, we will change into dry clothes, and learn about trip planning, including weather and tidal information. We will finish by reviewing the day’s class and discuss your future needs as a paddler.

Check our CALENDAR for the next scheduled class or CONTACT us to set up a private class at your convenience.

Level 3: Coastal Kayak Skills Development Class

This class is the second in our progression of classes and is designed for developing paddlers who are seeking to improve their boat handling and rescue skills so that they can start to paddle in more dynamic water. This day-long class is a prerequisite for our more advanced classes and subsequent completition of a Level 3 Coastal Kayak Skills Assessment is a prerequisite for Guide and Instructor Training.

Please note: This class is designed for developing paddlers. You should have previously received some formal kayak instruction and know how to do self and assisted rescues. Good physical condition is required to ensure an enjoyable day on the water. If you are not sure about your readiness or ability to handle this activity, please contact us.

This class begins promptly at 10 AM and ends at 4 PM. We meet at Miller Boat Launch (aka Nick’s Cove) just north of the town of Marshal, on the eastern shore of Tomales Bay. Please park in the upper parking lot. Please note that there is a $5 parking fee for the day.There is a public restroom available. Here is a LINK to a Google Map of the location.

ABOUT THE CLASS: PRO provides you with a touring kayak, paddle, life jacket, wetsuit, paddle float, bilge pump, spray skirt and spray jacket. In the morning, we will work on developing our paddle strokes and edging technique so that we can maneuver our kayaks safely, effectively and efficiently. Following lunch on a beach on Tomales Bay, we will continue to practice our boat handling skills and rescue techniques including towing, to make you a valuable member of any paddling group! Back on the shore, we will change into dry clothes, and study some basic kayak navigation techniques to help you feel confident about undertaking independent journeys. We will finish by reviewing the day’s class and discuss your future needs as a paddler.

Check our CALENDAR for the next scheduled class or CONTACT us to set up a private class at your convenience.

Level 4: Tidal Currents Class

This class is the third in our progression of classes and is designed for developing paddlers who are seeking to paddle in powerful tidal currents such as those found at the entrance to Tomales Bay and on San Francisco Bay near the Golden Gate Bridge. This day-long class is scheduled to coincide with a strong flooding or ebbing tide. It is a great stepping stone to our more advanced classes and a great way to build confidence in dynamic water.

Please note: This class is designed for developing paddlers. You should have previously received some formal kayak instruction and know how to do self and assisted rescues. Good physical condition is required to ensure an enjoyable day on the water. If you are not sure about your readiness or ability to handle this activity, please contact us.

This class begins promptly at 10 AM and ends at 4 PM.

There are two possbile locations for the class – Lawson’s Landing or Horseshoe Cove. Please make sure you know which location you are making a reservation for.

Lawson’s Landing: Lawson’s Landing is just south west of Dillon Beach at the northern entrance to Tomales Bay. Please note that there is a $10 Day Use fee payable at the entrance to Lawson’s Landing. There is a public restroom available. Here is a LINK to a Google Map of the location.

Horseshoe Cove: Horseshoe Cove is on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Follow signs for Fort Baker. We will meet by the public boat ramp, adjacent to US Coastguard Station Golden Gate. There are public ‘porta potty’ restrooms available. Here is a LINK to a Google Map of the location.

ABOUT THE CLASS: PRO provides you with a touring kayak, paddle, life jacket, wetsuit, paddle float, bilge pump, spray skirt and spray jacket. In the morning, we will work on reviewing and developing our paddle strokes and edging technique so that we can maneuver our kayaks safely, effectively and efficiently in current. Following lunch on a beach on Tomales Bay, we will continue to practice our boat handling skills and rescue techniques in dynamic water. Back on the shore, we will change into dry clothes, and discuss the theory behind calculating ferry angles to cross current to help you feel confident about undertaking independent journeys in tidal waters. We will finish by reviewing the day’s class and discuss your future needs as a paddler.

Check our CALENDAR for the next scheduled class or CONTACT us to set up a private class at your convenience.

Level 4: Introduction to Surf Zone Class

This class is the third in our progression of classes and is designed for developing paddlers who are seeking to paddle on the open coast. This day-long class is a prerequisite for our more advanced Open Coast classes and trips.

Please note: This class is designed for developing paddlers. You should have previously received some formal kayak instruction and know how to do self and assisted rescues and have good bracing skills. Good physical condition is required to ensure an enjoyable day on the water. If you are not sure about your readiness or ability to handle this activity, please contact us.

This class begins promptly at 10 AM and ends at 4 PM. We meet at Lawson’s Landing just south west of Dillon Beach at the northern entrance to Tomales Bay. Please note that there is a $10 Day Use fee payable at the entrance to Lawson’s Landing. There is a public restroom available. Here is a LINK to a Google Map of the location.

ABOUT THE CLASS: PRO provides you with a touring kayak, paddle, life jacket, wetsuit, paddle float, bilge pump, spray skirt and spray jacket. In the morning, we will work on developing our paddle strokes and bracing technique so that we can maneuver our kayaks safely in the surf zone, effectively and efficiently. Following lunch on a beach on Dillon Beach, we will continue to practice our boat handling skills and rescue techniques in the surf. Back on the shore, we will change into dry clothes, and discuss surf etiquette and surf zone dynamics to help you feel confident about paddling in surf independently. We will finish by reviewing the day’s class and discuss your future needs as a paddler.

Check our CALENDAR for the next scheduled class or CONTACT us to set up a private class at your convenience.

ACA Instructor & Guide Training & Certification

PRO offers ACA (Level 2 -4) Coastal Kayak Instructor Training & Certification and (Level 2 – 4) Trip Leader Training and Assessments.

Contact us for more information: 415-663-8192 or info@pointreyesoutdoors.com