Kayaks glide serenely through the South Bay as the sightseers dip paddles into the water or stop to take pictures of migrating birds. Led by a docent for the Living Coast Discovery Center with five years of experience, Chula Vista Kayak’s tours navigate these oft-overlooked waters in search of rare sights, such as the local Pacific green sea turtles coming up for air or the abundant wildlife including raptors, great blue herons, and egrets. Tours welcome beginners and seasoned kayakers alike; no matter their experience level, guests brush up on water safety with a 15-minute introduction before they’re clear to push off and explore.
Operating under auspices of Pacific Beach Sports, the standup-paddleboard enthusiasts of SUP Diego lead adventures on the waters of Mission Bay. During lessons, instructors teach standup-paddleboard fundamentals, such as stance, paddling form, and which dance calls forth which water god. For more experienced riders, they also rent their fleet of standard-size boards measuring 142 inches long and 33 inches wide. Further activities include tours and yoga-based fitness classes that includes the added challenge of remaining balanced despite the water's gentle undulations.
This Groupon also covers the 10% city use fee and sales tax usually collected on all rentals and rental programs. No matter which option you choose, any of the dozens of rentalable single-kayak models will be yours for the choosing. The buoyant fleet includes sit-on-top kayaks, recreational kayaks, ocean-going kayaks, surf kayaks, white-water kayaks, and the not-much-fun land kayaks. If you so desire, the shop will happily demo any kayak before sending you seaward.
Enthusiastic instructors at OEX Mission Bay invite beginning and experienced adventurers into the cerulean waters of the Pacific. The outpost began as a kayak and freediving center, but has since branched out to include standup paddleboard, outrigger canoes, and poker tournaments with local sea bass. Staff members happily help sea student get fitted with the perfect-sized gear and train them in basic safety before their expedition over and under the blue bay waters.
Mission Bay Aquatic Center, which was voted 2010 Best Water Activities in San Diego by CityVoter, expertly guides more than 15,000 waternauts yearly in the ways of wave roving. Harboring one of the world's largest instructional seaside facilities, MBAC immerses beginners in basic sailing lessons held in four three-hour installments. Let the marine mavens fill your brain with essential sailing theories and boat handling tips while you man a Sabot, a single-handed boat that leaves your other hand free for high-fiving dolphins.
What started as a camp founded and staffed by schoolteachers has turned into a year-round surf school for one reason: people love to surf. Today, the school offers everything from lessons for first-timers to professional surf clinics for advanced surfers. Their teaching model focuses on private and small group lessons, which they believe is the quickest and easiest way to learn to ride the waves. And for their graduates, they’ve even created a surf team that is cheered on by countless adoring seagulls.