• Yuri teaches Monica to roll
  • Low brace training
  • Rescuing a canoe
  • SUP fun
  • Rescuing a sea kayak

Our Kayak Courses

Monse in front of LoretoCustom Instruction

Focus on what you’d like to learn or practice. Three hour class or full day classes are available, for 1-4 people. Families are welcome! Prices for custom instruction at the Loreto waterfront will be the same as a comparable Day or Half-Day Course.

Two kayakers paddling in sync.Day and Half-Day Courses

We have a spectrum of day courses conveniently held in Loreto, just in front of our store! We have kayak coaches and a SUP instructor who are ready to help you meet your goals! We have half-day introductory courses. We have a class specifically to prepare you for your Sea Kayak Primer trip if you’ve never practiced falling out before. We have day courses in dynamic conditions as well, usually scheduled or adjusted a few days in advance when we see the forecast. Day and Half-Day Courses

edging a turn

Kayak Foundations
(BC 2*, ACA Level 3)

Foundations refines boat control in calm water for comprehensive ownership of skills. It also fosters awareness and moves the paddler towards greater independence. Use edges to turn, brace for support, move sideways, pivot, move forward with efficient core power, maneuver in reverse, assist others with deep water rescues. Plan and do a safe sheltered-water journey. Depending on conditions, it may include an introduction to understanding how wind affects your boat, and how to compensate. More>>

Cover the Foundations skills and put them to use in context on the 6-day Learn in Paradise Trip while enjoying a camp-out on the islands.

surf and mountains

Sea Paddler Training
(BC 3*, ACA Level 4)

Sea Paddler develops an understanding of the sea environment. Coupling that with an existing foundation of boat control skills, Sea Paddler introduces kayakers to wind, waves, current, and surf. A good foundation of boat handling and basic rescue skills is required before taking this course. Cover more miles with a better forward stroke and an understanding of how to use the wind and waves instead of fighting them. Become an asset to a group through awareness, risk management, and safety skills.

The skills taught and practiced on this course help to prepare paddlers for the BCU 3-star, but the test is separate. More>>

back-deck swimmer carry in surf

Sea Leader Training
(BC Sea Leader; ACA Level 5)

For guides and competent dynamic water paddlers wanting to continue their development, this course studies how to manage a group and respond to incidents in the sea environment. More>>.

Ramon surfs!

Surf Camp
ACA Levels 4&5 Surf Zone

Sea kayaks in the surf! Plus a rocky coastline with some play features, a typical afternoon wind, and occasionally whales passing by. Use the environment to strengthen your skills. This course is quite student-directed and customized to the individual. More>>.


Our coaches are certified by the UKCC (United Kingdom Coaching Certificate). Established over 30 years ago as a charity to benefit the public by educating sports coaches, the UKCC draws from and contributes to all areas of sports science including physiology, biomechanics, psychology, sociology, philosophy and other sports-related subjects. It is the basis for coaching for ALL sports in the UK. Within British Canoeing (formerly BCU), the UKCC also takes input from top-level coaches, paddlers and athletes is the international gold standard of paddlesport coaching.


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