For more than 20 years, Channel Islands Outfitters's Paddle Sports Center has helped humans commune with nature through their guided expeditions, courses, and gear rentals. Their expert guides lead kayakers and hikers to California destinations such as Anacapa Island and Santa Cruz Island, where explorers enjoy picturesque scenery and native wildlife that haven’t yet learned about sarcasm. The outdoor fitness center also offers instruction for outdoorsmen ranging from courses that cultivate Wilderness First Responders to lessons in the art of standup paddleboarding. Meanwhile, their surf shop doles out aquatic equipment such as surfboards, paddleboards, and an array of kayaks that are available in single-seat or tandem models.
The sailing aficionados behind Pacific Sailing want as many people as possible to experience the thrills of traveling to untouched islands and docking inside giant wine bottles. That's why they charter sailing tours and eschew the cost of boat ownership with a sailing club, granting members access to boats for a certain number of sailing days each year. Pacific Sailing also trains new captains during one-on-one lessons that cover both basic and advanced techniques.
Its fleet, which includes boats up to 34 feet in length, sails up the coast of Ventura Harbor Village and takes 14-mile trips to Channel Islands National Park. Here, five picturesque islands grant sailors views of lush foliage and wildlife such as blue and humpback whales.
After dedicating seven years to helping novice mariners tame the local waters, SailTime Channel Islands' original owners hung up their sailing hats and bequeathed their company to Jon and Nicole Trautman. A devoted seafarer since age 10, Jon jumped at the chance to share his high-seas enthusiasm with others via sailing lessons aboard the company’s squadron of midsize, offshore cruising yachts. Now, along with obtaining their American Sailing Association certifications, trainees can learn the ropes of keelboating, coastal cruising, and nymph saddling before renting a 33- or 36-foot Hunter boat for their own nautical escapades. Members pay monthly rates for unlimited use of their vessel and can hoist anchor for all-day or overnight journeys. Those eager for a dinghy of their own can investigate SailTime Channel Islands' ownership plan, which ensures a vessel free of cannonball holes and mutinous crew members.
The fleet of Cessna aircraft at Santa Monica Aviation escort passengers to the skies for everything from training runs to aerial tours over LA. Students eyeing their pilot's license get their wings wet on a Discovery Flight, which places them alongside a Certified Flight Instructor for hands-on instruction and coves everything from picture-perfect take-offs to landing without training wheels. Casual flyers, meanwhile, can sign up for a LA Landmark tour, which flies high over famous sites such as the Hollywood Sign and the Getty Museum, or the Coastline Tour, which follows the sand southward over Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Long Beach Harbor.
Erin, a certified group fitness trainer and master personal trainer, created her own workouts geared toward resistance training, stability ball exercise, dance, and specific muscle-conditioning programs. For a time, her pound-dropping moves were on display with a show on NBC’s Exercises TV on Demand. She now offers her skills in a group setting and during personal-training sessions, and helps kids stay in shape with a specialty program geared toward them. All her classes are for men and women and held in rooms that are either glow-in-the-dark or dark with colored lights, creating a party atmosphere.
Stationed right on the coast of Redondo Beach, LA Boat Rentals's staff matches its clients with a diverse fleet of aquatic steeds before launching them into the cerulean waters of King Harbor. Voyagers can opt to barrel over waves on a 2007 Sea-Doo GTI jet ski as they zip up and down the scenic California coast without having to rely on a tailwind or a gang of friendly porpoises to power their vessel. Duos can churn saltwater as they glide leisurely across the placid bay in a pedal boat, and lone sea wolves can embark on solo voyages over gentle tides astride a hydrobike. Four Sea-Doo jet ski models round out the formidable armada, allowing renters to speed across liquid blue plains as the fresh Pacific air blows through their hair or loitering graduation tassels.