A pod of kayaks paddles under a natural arch on Isla San Jose.
Photo: Doug Wiedwald
B aja Sea Kayaking has it all—technical skills, incredible scenery, leadership practice, and unique opportunities for cultural exchanges.
On this course you’ll navigate the Sea of Cortez, carrying everything you need for your journey inside the hull of your sea kayak.
Your instructors will teach you how to maneuver this craft onto remote beaches surrounded by cliffs and how to handle the boat when waves and winds pick up. On land, you’ll practice cooking, Leave No Trace camping, and maybe some beginning Spanish.
Free diving is a special part of this course, and you’ll often spend afternoons exploring coastal reefs and the vast array of multi-colored fish that inhabit them. You may even have the opportunity to enjoy the catch of the day from local fishermen.
By the end of your expedition, you’ll walk away with the ability to lead your own sea kayaking adventure and an appreciation for this dramatic Mexican coastline.
The following sea kayaking skills will be taught on this course:
Technical Paddling Skills
Basic forward, reverse, sweep, draw, and rudder strokes
High, low, and skulling braces
Kayak leaning and edging
Capsize recoveries in singles and doubles
Rough water launching and landing
Use of towing systems
Basics of kayak surfing
Ocean Travel Skills
Seamanship, including all of the following:
Interpretation of tides and currents
Ocean hazard assessment
An understanding of wind and wave dynamics
Coastal navigation techniques, chart reading, and compass use
General Expeditioning Skills
Vessel outfitting, care, and packing
Route selection and expedition planning
Vessel design and repair
Use of signal devices, including flares and VHF radio
Baja Sea Kayaking
16 and Over
January 4-January 25, 2013
February 28-March 21, 2013
October 16-November 6, 2013
“Out there on the ocean, I found that inner
champion inside of me that has no fear and refuses to quit. It
was transforming and I will never forget it. We became kayakers
there, but most of all, we became leaders.”
Baja Sea Kayaking, 2000