Outfitters

Instruction, Rentals, Retail, and Tours

Greater San Francisco Bay Area

  • 101 Surf Sports—San Rafael, Redwood City; a full service water sports sporting goods shop specializing in SUP, prone paddleboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding, surfing, and kayaking; offers a full range of lessons, gear rentals, board repair, kayak storage, SUP storage, boat storage, and guided tours.
  • Adventure Sports—Santa Cruz; offers classes and trips
  • Blue Waters Kayaking—Outfitter on Tomales Bay
  • Cal Adventures—Sea Kayaking classes at UC Berkeley
  • California Canoe and Kayak (CCK)—Outfitter in Oakland’s Jack London Square, Half Moon Bay (Pillar Point Harbor), San Carlos, Sacramento, and Coloma (American River); offers classes and trips
  • City Kayak—At Pier 38 on The Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco
  • Current Adventures—Offers high-quality clinics in surf kayaking, as well as outings on Elkhorn Slough and Monterey Bay
  • Delta Kayak Adventures—Based in Antioch; offers introductory classes, tours and rentals
  • Eskape! Sea Kayaking—Santa Cruz; specializes in high-quality instruction including ACA instructor certification
  • Golden Gate Kayaking—Offers classes on San Francisco Bay, roll sessions on the Peninsula, and BCU training
  • Half Moon Bay Kayak Co.—Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay; offers classes, expeditions to Honduras and Baja’s Pacific coast, local trips, sales, and rentals
  • Kayak Connection—Offers tours, rentals, and instruction in Santa Cruz Harbor and Elkhorn Slough
  • Kayak Mendocino—Offers tours and kayak surfing classes out of Van Damme State Park on the Mendocino coast
  • Liquid Fusion Kayaking—Fort Bragg; offers classes and trips on the Mendocino coast and rivers
  • Monterey Bay Kayaks—Monterey Bay and Elkhorn Slough; offers sea kayaking rental and instruction, and worldwide sea kayaking expeditions
  • Outback Adventures—Fremont; offers classes, rentals, and retail sales
  • Point Reyes Outdoors—Offers classes and naturalist-led kayakaing tours on Drakes Estero, Tomales Bay, and Giacomini Wetlands
  • Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)—Berkeley, Corte Madera, and other locations on the west coast
  • River & Ocean Paddlesports Coaching Collective—SF Bay Area; a coaching collective dedicated to the delivery of quality, student-centered instruction and coaching in kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.
  • The River Store—Lotus, CA; offers rentals, demos, and classes; based on the South Fork of the American River
  • Sea Trek—Sausalito; offers trips, classes, and rentals

Elsewhere

  • Alaska Kayak School—Homer, Alaska; offers classes, trips, rentals
  • Alaska Vista—A guide/outfitter on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska
  • Alder Creek—Offers classes and trips in Portland and Tualatin, Oregon
  • Anadyr Adventures—Valdez, Alaska; day or multi-day naturalist-guided trips in spectacular Prince William Sound
  • Aqua Adventures—San Diego; offers trips and instruction
  • Atlantic Sea Kayaking—Offers instruction and tours from their base in southwest Ireland
  • Body Boat Blade—Orcas Island; offers classes and trips
  • Boulder City Outfitters—Offers trips down the scenic Colorado River in the Black Canyon
  • Central Coast Kayaks—Just south of San Luis Obispo; offers classes and tours
  • Channel Islands Kayak Center—Offers classes and tours and a 10% discount to BASK members; contact Richard Arnold sales@cikayak.com for details
  • Channel Islands Outfitters—Offers classes and trips at the Channel Islands and a 10% discount (excluding paddles) to BASK members
  • Coastal Odyssey—In Northern Norway; Arctic paddling and adventure travel in Norway
  • Coastal Waters Recreation—Has maps of British Columbia with tidal currents, campsites, and many other features of interest to kayakers
  • Desert River Outfitters—Bullhead City, Arizona; offers trips on the lower Colorado River
  • Ecosummer Expeditions—Offers wilderness expeditions to the Queen Charlotte Islands, Johnstone Strait, and Gulf Islands in British Columbia
  • Escondido Trex—Has trips in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula (home to Corcovado and Piedras Blancas National Parks)
  • Fiji Sea Kayaking—Tropical and polar kayaking specialist operating sea kayak tours in Fiji, Turkey, Vanuatu, Antarctica, Amazon, Greenland, High Arctic, Australia and Tonga
  • Folding Kayak Adventures—Will ship a Feathercraft kayak to you anywhere in the world
  • Kayak Academy—Founded by George Gronseth in Seattle WA; offers classes and trips in the San Juan Islands
  • Kayak Kaua’i—Outfitter on the Hawaii island of Kaua’i
  • Kayak Shed—In Hood River, OR sells kayaking gear and offers BASKers 15% off all gear except boats. Email Kate for details and the BASK promotional code
  • Kayak Solomons—Operates from the Uepi Island Resort, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands
  • Miramar Adventures—Outfitter for sea kayaking and whale watching tours in Baja California, Mexico
  • Mountain Travel Sobek—Offers sea kayaking trips to Vietnam, Costa Rica, Alaska, Panama, Baja, Greenland, etc.
  • Natural Habitat Adventures—Takes small groups of paddlers to Tahiti, Turkey, Portugal, Greenland and other places; trips range from exploratory style adventures (typically very demanding) to peaceful relaxing adventures
  • New Zealand Kayak Adventures—Kayak tours in Northland, New Zealand
  • Ottawa Valley Kayak—Near Quebec; offers lessons and camping trips
  • Paddler’s Realm—Rentals, classes, day trips, expeditions, and boat-supported trips based in Whittier Alaska (Prince William Sound)
  • Pangaea Adventures—Runs sea kayaking tours in Prince William Sound, Alaska
  • Rutabaga Paddlesports—Kayak retailer in Madison, Wisconsin
  • San Juan Outfitters—Guided sea kayak and wildlife tours in the San Juan Islands
  • Sea & Adventures—Kayaking the Sea of Cortez, Loreto Marine Park and whale watching Magdalena Bay
  • Sea Kayak Adventures—Sea kayak trips to Baja and Vancouver Island
  • Sea Kayaking Scotland—Explore Highland is the one-stop shop for everything related to paddling in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Sea Kayaking Tours British Columbia—Sea kayaking eco-adventures in British Columbia
  • Sea Quest Expeditions—Sea kayaking and whale watching
  • Shearwater Adventures—Offerstours, classes and sales in the San Juan Islands
  • Skeena Valley Expeditions—Offers sea kayaking and rafting safaris in Northwest British Columbia
  • Solstua West—On Rendezvous Island in British Columbia, is geared towards kayakers who enjoy the outdoors but want to experience nature in comfort
  • Southern Sea Ventures, Sydney, Australia—Offers tropical, Mediterranean, European, and polar sea kayak trips for a range of skill levels
  • Southwind Kayak Center, Irvine, California—Offers classes and trips
  • Spirit of the West Adventures—Tours in the realm of the killer whales and mothership expeditions around Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  • TerraSanta Kayak Expeditions—Trips and classes in the Mediterranean shores of Israel, Cyprus and Turkey, the Red Sea, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea
  • Tex’s Riverways—Outfitting services on the Colorado and Green Rivers in Utah
  • Union Bay Diving—Dive shop in Union Bay on Vancouver Island
  • Water Walker—Outfitter that offers trips in central Maine
  • West Coast Expeditions—Experience basecamp sea kayaking, professionally guided kayak expeditions & family kayaking tours; ocean kayak with sea otters & whales while eagles soar overhead. Participate in local aboriginal culture. Based on Spring Island, near Kyuquot, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
  • Wilderness Scotland—Inspiring adventures in the wild places of Scotland
  • Wilderness Travel—Sea kayaking in Alaska, Baja, Chile, Fiji, Palau, etc
  • Wildheart Adventures—Offers a wide variety of different sea kayaking tours on Vancouver Island
  • Yak Expediciones—Offers sea kayaking trips in Chile and Argentina