Keith and Tammy are not only excellent neighbors, but they also happen to own California Canoe & Kayak... an awesome place to rent, buy, or take classes for kayaking, SUP, or canoeing. They offer a whole suite of kayaking classes to challenge you at every level. I've previously taken the Open Coast; Tides, Currents & Rough water class as well as the Surf Zone class. All have been great classes where I've taken away tons of lessons from experienced paddlers. I like to dedicate at least one day a year to a challenging paddle, and this year I decided to take the Rock Garden Class. The Thursday before, I went to the Richmond Plunge before my soccer game to practice my rolls... and met up at Horseshoe Cove for the class on Sat morning.
|Once we got on the water Bill & Greg, members of the Neptunes Rangers & BASK, led the class. Both amazing paddlers with tons of experience.|
|Double-crested Cormorants! They have solid bones & don't oil their feathers like other birds so they can dive deeper... but they have to dry out their feathers after every dive to fly...|
|A BASK trip on their way out to Rodeo Beach.|
|Practicing some pour overs.|
|And Bill showing us some rescues...|
|And showing us how to land & launch from a rock garden...|
|The boat I got to use for the class. The HAMMER! This boat was designed for rock gardens.|
This looks like a fun trip... I'd like to go on in the future...