Lead kayaker Marie Humphrey and her team take patrons onto San Diego Bay and nearby waterways for lessons and sightseeing tours. With the skyline as the backdrop, the team leads lessons and tours that explore the region's natural attractions and run the gamut from moonlight tours to kayaking and camping trips. Locals and visitors can kayak El Capitan Reservoir and spot wild hogs and turkeys skulking through tall grasses as spotted sandpipers and willow flycatchers soar overhead. Meanwhile, whale watching sends paddlers out along the San Juan Islands where orcas and eagles challenge each other to yodeling contents, and San Diego Bay lets boaters get up-close views of sea lions and sea turtles.
Specialized tours even allow patrons to paddle under fireworks or on the bay with their dog as passenger. Additionally, kayak-based workout tours give guests a sun-soaked alternative to the gym and Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay lets families float to live music. To expand upon the adventure, Family Kayak Adventure Center also curates trips along the waters of Baja, Florida, the Northwest, and the Southwest.
At Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics, girls learn more than the graceful, expressive sport of rhythmic gymnastics?they also glean life skills and values that will help them flourish into adulthood. As they master the enchanting routines?twirling ribbons, spinning hoops, and tossing balls?they develop a sense of discipline and determination. Simultaneously, girls increase their strength, balance, and flexibility, which can help them gracefully leap over a precariously placed banana peel. The team of dedicated instructors, which includes professional rhythmic gymnastics coaches, leads girls as young as 1.5 years old in experimenting with movement and rhythm, as well as those ready to dominate opponents on the competitive level.
For more than a decade, Coronado Surfing Academy has been helping surfers of all ages and experience levels get better acquainted with the waves. The team of seasoned surfing instructors leads private, semi-private, and group lessons, teaching students everything from board positioning and paddling to mermaid-racing techniques. If you're lucky, your lesson might also include a visit with Murphy, the group's resident surf dog. For those who've already mastered the motion of the ocean, the academy also
has boards available to rent by the hour or by the day, and all surf board rentals also include rental of a wet suit.
The SoCal Jetovator does exactly what jetpacks and elevators do: it goes up. Only this high-tech contraption relies on a trio of hydro-propulsion nozzles to rocket users to heights of up to 40 feet. Pilots hover above the water and use controls to move and perform tricks. Introductory flights with certified instructors ensure users get the hang of those controls under proper supervision, equipping them with the skills and water wings to advance to higher levels of training and certification courses.
Sure it’s a brewery, and it may get a little foamy on Fridays. But Tuesdays belong to the kids. Balloon artists wrangle shapes from their inflated canvases while kids eat for free, and parents sip signature and seasonal brews such as the Mermaid’s Red American Amber Ale.
Perhaps with the exception of a high-school prom, The Gondola Company can put almost any romantic event on the water. Its vessels ferry passengers across the canals of the Coronado Cays on several types of cruises, all of which spark a romantic ambiance with Italian music and BYOB amenities. The classic 50-minute Pasaporto jaunts depart for relaxing voyages day and night. As an optional add-on, a live mandolin or violin player can tag along to strum charming, traditional melodies.
The gondoliers do not exclusively transport small groups; they also pilot Venetian caorlinas, larger boats that can accommodate up to 14 people during family-style celebrations. For even grander gatherings, a fleet cruise dispatches as many as six separate gondolas, which can smoothly support entire wedding parties atop the water. Other specialized cruises treat passengers to more than scenic views and the melancholy mating croons of wild sturgeons. On a wine-tasting cruise, a sommelier lectures on a flight of six libations. Alternatively, a Voga massage cruise lays two beds inside the boat, permitting massage therapists to coax tension from couples' torsos and limbs as they skim along the canal surface.