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Sea Paddler Training

BCU 3-star Plus

This 6-day course takes advantage of both sides of the Baja peninsula for a sea paddler training course. The Loreto National Marine Park, on the Sea of Cortez, provides rocky features, close islands, and warm water, as well as stunning mountain scenery. Puerto San Carlos, on Magdalena Bay on the Pacific side, delivers current, surf, and more reliable wind. Extensive mangrove systems make Mag Bay a rich nursery for sea life such as shrimp and sea turtles.

This course is designed for paddlers with some rough water experience and a good foundation of boat handling skills. Taking this training in Baja is an exciting cultural travel adventure with a purpose, and a common link with the local participants, many of whom are Baja guides. The background of the participants, as well as the experience of the coaches, enriches any course.

It will be run by a bilingual coaching team featuring Ginni Callahan and Marcos Simental.

Sea Kayak Baja Mexico makes BCU & ACA courses accessible to Latin American participants who have extremely limited access to other programs. Therefore, we integrate related programs in this course, such as the BCU’s Foundation Safety and Rescue course and navigation basics. For those who have already taken the FSRT, the additional practice is valuable. Taking BCU 3-star assessment and/or the ACA Level 3 or 4 skills assessment is an option if you notify us in advance of your interest in this. (Fees will apply).


  • BCU 2-star award (or equivalent skill and instructor approval.)
  • Experience paddling in seas of 1-3 feet
  • Log book of paddling experience. (Bring to training, or email sample pages to )


The Basic price is designed for guides and paddlers who live in Baja, bring their own paddling equipment, can help out with the transportation for others, make their own camping arrangements, and provide their own breakfasts & lunches. (Dinners are included because this is how we gain access to the classroom.) The Inclusive prices cover all transfers, meals, and paddling equipment. Camping is on the lawn at Tripui Resort, with access to a shared shower/bathroom for the first 4 nights. When we move to Magdalena Bay, there is no camping available, so shared lodging will be provided for campers at the waterfront Mar y Arena Eco-Hotel.

Your price will be adjusted after you’ve been approved for the class and chosen your option.

Sea Paddler Training

  • Basic Rate $1190
  • Inclusive w/camping, meals & kayak $1690
  • Inclusive with shared room (if available) $1790
  • Inclusive with private room $2090
  • BCU/ACA fees for certifications will apply (3-star assessment $40, FSRT $25, ACA Membership $40).


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