Interested in furthering my paddling skilz, I signed up for a Basic Sea Kayaking course at Tomales Bay with Blue Water Kayaking. It was just myself and one other couple, so we got plenty of instruction with the bonus of not having to spend the entire day out there to complete the course.
We started off with boat basics and the design and construction of the sea kayaks. After going over the basic paddle strokes we paddle across Tomales Bay to practice those strokes and boat control. On the other side of the bay while on the water, we learned a couple more strokes that can help in boat maneuverability and self rescue. We then paddled back across the bay using the rudders and getting a feel for how they affect boat control.
After lunch we got self rescue demonstrations on the beach and then in the water by the instructor, then headed out into open water so we could practice in real time. To my relief, self rescue and recovery isn't as difficult as it first appears.
I had a fantastic time!
A pano of the Blue Water Kayaking shed and an oyster company that shares the same dock.