We offer the highest quality sea kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding instruction taught by friendly ACA- trained instructors.
Sea Kayak Classes
Kayak Connection offers the highest quality sea kayaking instructional classes in the Monterey Bay taught by friendly American Canoe Association trained instructors
Sea Kayak Club - $275 per person
Joining Sea Kayak Club is a great way to improve your confidence on the water and in a closed-deck kayak, while enjoying the fun and camaraderie of a supportive paddling group of new sea-going buddies. Take in the wonders and wildlife of the Monterey Bay as we paddle from the iconic Santa Cruz Harbor or the Elkhorn Slough at each class meeting. Sessions cover basic paddling, strokes and rescue skills. The club meets every Sunday, rain or shine!
At the end of the scheduled sessions, you have the opportunity to purchase an optional club membership card for $200 giving you 5 half day single kayak rentals. This is a special deal for club members only and will help you use your new skills as a sea kayaker. No experience necessary.
Week 1- Guided Introduction to Sea Kayaking – Elkhorn Slough
Week 2 – Basic Safety & Rescue Skills – Elkhorn Slough
Week 3 – Ocean Paddling – Santa Cruz Harbor
Week 4 – Going for it! A more challenging paddle – Location dependent upon weather and marine conditions
Coastal Sea Kayaking 1: Introduction to Sea Kayaking
Our goal is to introduce you to Sea Kayaking while you enjoy the amazing wildlife of the Monterey Bay. On land we will discuss different types of kayaks, safety considerations and equipment, and paddling gear. Then we will get into kayaks and learn the basics of how to paddle while viewing some of the great wildlife of the Monterey Bay. If you are looking for a foundation to sea kayaking, this is the class for you! We focus on the fundamentals – from gear to kayak strokes – in the ultimate on the water classroom.
*This class is also available as part of our Sea Kayaking Club*
Coastal Sea Kayaking 2: Introduction to Kayak Rescues
An important part of Sea Kayaking is knowing what to do in case of a capsize. In this class, we work on preventing capsizes with bracing techniques, and practice what to do when your brace fails. This class will teach the T-Rescue and the Paddle Float Rescue which are essential skills for Sea Kayaking on the ocean. Taking this class satifies the rescue class requirement for renting closed-deck boats at our Santa Cruz location and many other outfitters.
Coastal Sea Kayaking 1 & 2
Combining Sea Kayaking 1 & 2 is a great way to spend a fun-filled day learning to kayak. We cover the basics of how to maneuver a sea kayak and what to do in case of capsize. Because of the all day nature of this class, we strongly encourage participants to be in good physical condition.
During the first part of this class we will discuss types of sea kayaks, safety considerations and equipment, and kayaking gear. Then we will get in kayaks and learn the basics of how to paddle a sea kayak, with an emphasis on good technique and body mechanics. After lunch, we will be back in the kayaks learning how to do a T-Rescue and a Paddle Float Rescue, both important for sea kayaking in the ocean. This class satifies the rescue class requirement for renting closed-deck sea kayaks at our Santa Cruz location and many other outfitters.
Coastal Sea Kayaking 3: Bracing and Maneuvering
Being in Absolute Control of your kayak is important! This fun class focuses on bracing, more advanced strokes, and good paddling technique. Learn how to make the most of your kayak to maximize performance on the water. It is recommended you have previous rescue training before taking this class.
Coastal Sea Kayaking 4: Introduction to Navigation
Being out in the water when the fog rolls in and you have no idea where you are can be dangerous. Knowing how to handle that situation will make you a far safer kayaker.
During this class we will focus on how to navigate in a kayak by using a nautical chart, tide logs, and weather forecasting.
This is a hands-on class and we will apply our teachings on the water, with exciting practical scenarios and real-life ocean conditions.
Coastal Sea Kayaking 3 & 4
Combining Coastal Sea Kayaking 3 & 4 is a great way to spend a fun-filled day learning to kayak. We cover how to edge and maneuver your kayak along with how to brace in case you tip over a bit too far. In the afternoon, we will turn our attention to navigation and how to plan trips based on the tides, swell, and weather forecasts, and how to find our position and way home while out on the water. Because of the all day nature of this class, we strongly encourage participants to be in good physical condition.
Introduction to Surf Zone
Stand-Up Paddleboard Classes
Stand-up paddleboarding improves balance and core strength, but most importantly, it’s a lot of fun!
Intro to Stand-up Paddleboarding (Santa Cruz)
This introduction to Stand Up Paddle boarding class engages your core muscles to promote balance, stability and performance on the water.
The class takes place in the wonderfully flat conditions of the Santa Cruz Harbor and is great for people wanting to increase their skills or try the sport for the first time.
Advanced Stand-up Paddleboarding (Santa Cruz)
After completing our SUP 1 class, or if you have some experience on a stand up paddle board you are ready to take our SUP II Class!
We build on your basic paddling skills to venture into a more challenging environment: the ocean! The class focusses on improving/enhancing paddling technique, core strength, balance and maneuvering in a chaotic ocean environment. You will learn new skills as well as enjoy a scenic paddle past the iconic Santa Cruz Wharf and Beach Boardwalk. Our class often encounters dolphins, porpoises, otters and sea lions….sometimes even whales. Kayak Connection monitors the weather carefully, and reserves the right cancel (with full refund) or change the time of the class if the conditions are unsafe.
Duration: 2 hours each day
Contact us to schedule your SUP class!
Kayak Fishing Classes
Learn all the basics of kayak fishing with our professional fishing guides on a trip to catch the big ones out on the Monterey Bay
Kayak Fishing Clinic
This exciting clinic will teach you the basics of fishing from one of our fishing-specific kayaks. Taught by experienced local kayak fishermen, this clinic will bring you to some of the best kayak fishing locations in the Monterey Bay and teach you how to get the best fish around. No experience necessary, but you will need to bring a fishing licence. Bring your own gear if you want to, or we have fishing gear available for you to use. Come catch a big one!
Contact us to schedule you fishing adventure!
(Available June through August)
Sit on Top Safety and Rescues
This class is created for the Sit On Top kayaker that is looking to learn the skills to safely paddling in the ocean and the Monterey Bay. We will discuss equipment, planning, weather forecasting, basic paddling skills, and self-rescue techniques. This is a must-take class for people who are going kayak fishing on the ocean.
Minimum Participants: 2
Not sure which CLASS TO TAKE?
Just give us a call or send us a message and we’ll be happy to help you think through the options.