Live Life & Paddle
Guided Trip & Sea Kayak Skills Week In Baja, Mexico
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During this seven day trip to Baja, Mexico, you will be paddling and exploring the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Our base camp is a beautiful cabin located on a rocky peninsula that casts out into the Pacific Ocean and provides the perfect playground for kayaking, playing, exploring and to get the chance to view possible sightings of whales, sea lions, seals, dolphins and numerous other marine wildlife.
This trip is designed for paddlers who have never paddled on the ocean and the trip will be a combination of a professional guided trip where you will be out paddling/sightseeing daily in addition to having the opportunity to develop and work on your paddling skills. You will have the opportunity to learn how to play safely within an ocean environment and you will get a chance to learn how to play around rocks (rock gardening), overfalls and slots and maybe a little bit of surfing as well.
You can view photo's from previous trips at the bottom of this page.
The head coach and lead guide on this trip will be Jen Kleck from the USA. Jen Kleck is regarded among her peers as being one of the top female sea kayak coaches in North America. Jen was the first woman in North America to become a BC Sea Kayak Level 5 coach, she also holds BC 5 Star Sea Kayak Leadership, BC 4 Star Surf and Jen was part the USA national champion women's kayak polo team for 3 years and holds a WFA certification.
I want to highlight that this trip is not specifically a training course, we have designed this trip to be a combination of a professionally guided/exploring trip and a kayak skills development week. I will be assisting Jen for the duration of this trip. This trip will appeal to kayakers who want to go away on a fun and relaxing guided trip while having the opportunity to work on developing and learning new skills at the same time.
There will also be the opportunity for you to be assessed for your BC 3* star award (equivalent to Paddle Canada Level 2) during this trip. The assessment is optional and it will be informal and in a non pressurized environment for those of you who would like to gain a BC 3* star award.
Dates & Agenda
Saturday 5th October 2019 - Fly Into San Diego, USA - Stay overnight in San Diego.
Sunday 6th October 2019 Morning - Travel by minibus from San Diego to our cabin in Baja. - Paddle in the afternoon /evening.
Monday 7th October 2019 - Friday 11th October - Out paddling, exploring and having fun
Saturday 12th October 2019 - Drive to San Diego to catch flight home on Saturday night or you can stay over in San Diego on Saturday night and fly home on Sunday 13th October.
Paddling location each day will be determined by the weather and conditions, but we expect to travel and launch from different locations in this region throughout the week. We will be on the water for 5-6 hours each day stopping for breaks, lunch and sightseeing. Should you wish to take a day off at any stage and rest in the cabin you are welcome to do so.
The avg air temperature for October in this region is around 26 degrees, so it's a perfect time to get ready for fall.
While we are in Baja, we will be staying in a cabin overlooking the peninsula (see pictures below). This cabin has 2 bedrooms with 5 bunk beds in each bedroom, meaning their will be a max of 5 people to each room. The cabin has hot water, 2 showers, toilet, electricity, sofa's and table and chairs. The kitchen is fully equipped with all cooking utensils, an oven and a fridge. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag with you. You will responsible for finding and paying for your own accommodation in San Diego on Saturday 21st and also on Saturday 28th if you decide to fly out on Sunday 29th.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for you as part of the cost. We will all help prepare our meals and clean-up afterwards. There will be the option to eat out some nights to sample some local food in local restaurants. If we eat out, you will pay for your own meals and drinks while eating out.
Once in Baja, we will make 1 stop at a supermarket so you purchase snacks, beer etc.
Professional Sea kayaks (mostly P&H boats), helmets, pdf's, skirts, paddles will be provided for you. Should you have your own personal safety gear, you can bring these items with you if you prefer. Drysuits are recommended for this trip, if you do not have a drysuit, we can arrange the rental of dry suits at an additional cost.
We will provide return transportation from San Diego - Baja.
You will be responsible for organizing and paying for your return flights to San Diego.
The total cost for this kayak trip to Baja is $895 USD including taxes (not including flights). The cheapest direct return flights from Toronto to San Diego are currently around $550 CDN.
Similar guided trips provided by other kayak companies to Baja, not including flights can cost between $1,800 USD - $2,500 USD and these trips are guided trips only with no coaching provided. On this trip you will have the benefit of receiving coaching from a BCU Level 5 coach.
What is included in the cost:
1. Return transportation from San Diego To Baja
2. Accommodation in Baja (base camp)
3. All meals in the cabin (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
4. Professional sea kayak rentals
5. Coaching and instruction
6. Services of head coach and assistant coach
What is not included in the cost:
1. Flights (The cheapest return flights from Toronto are around $550 CDN)
2. Hotel accommodation in San Diego
3. Food & Snacks
4. Alcoholic drinks
5. Meals when eating out at restaurants.
There are only 8 places available for this trip. Places will be offered on a first come basis.
A deposit of $400 USD is required to secure your place. Remaining balance due 60 days prior to departure.
If you pay your deposit and cancel at a later date you will be required to pay the full $895 USD unless you or I can find someone that I deem suitable to take your place. If someone can take your place you will receive a full refund.
Got Questions Or Want To Book A Place On This Trip? Please contact me via email email@example.com
Photo's From Previous Trips
Relax On The Balcony & Watch The Sunset
Paddle The World Famous Baja Blowhole
Play time with overfalls
Ain't This Cool
Rock Gardening Playtime