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 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.
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.
Action Watersports' experienced instructors lead groups of seafaring paddlers on rolling adventures that buoy confidence and coordination. During each lesson, a wave maven and a fleet of up to five paddlers hit the frothy drink for roughly two hours of gliding above schools of fish and merpeople tea parties. Tap into core muscles to maintain balance and burgeoning biceps to propel you forward on the muscle-powered schooner. Lesson leaders structure courses to help boarders hone basic paddling techniques, so each pupil feels confident, water-worthy, and superior to aimlessly drifting seaweed. Swimming ability is recommended, and classes are available by appointment any day of the week, with 24 hours' notice, until July 1.
Above all else, Revolution Fitness strives to create an encouraging, non-judgmental environment where individuals of all fitness levels can feel comfortable pursuing their goals. The instructors support this mission by leading eclectic group classes every day of the week. Strength-training sessions can incorporate kettlebells, TRX suspension systems, bands, stability balls, or helium-filled free weights depending on the intensity of the scheduled class. Spinning classes, meanwhile, get heart rates going as students pedal through a simulated series of hills and sprints, while dance-inspired barre workouts create long, lean muscles. Yoga practice ranges from the deep, sustained stretches of yin yoga to the dynamic, fluid movements of vinyasa-style yoga, and Revolution Fitness is also home to Indo-Row: indoor rowing classes that build teamwork skills while providing a full-body workout.
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.