More Ways to Explore

Many parks and cities have recreation programs that offer boating trips or classes on the Bay for a small fee. Many of these programs can accommodate persons with disabilities. Please visit the Accessibility page for other specialized programs and clubs.

East Bay Regional Park District

Offers guided trips via canoes and kayaks. Trips vary in experiences and locations, ranging from paddle skill development to guided trips featuring a local destination.

City of Berkeley

The Shorebird Park and Nature Center offers summer children’s classes in kayaking, canoeing, and sailing.

City of Napa

The Napa Parks and Recreation Department has classes and activities in kayaking and stand up paddling.

City of Oakland

Offers guided trips, lessons, and paddles via kayaks, whaleboats, dragon boats, scull and sweeps (boats used for rowing).

City of Palo Alto

Canoe trips led by Palo Alto rangers to explore the wetlands and learn about the natural history of the Baylands Nature Preserve.

San Francisco Recreation and Parks

Offers a wide range of programming and instruction in activities such as sailing, boardsailing, watersports, kayaking, saltwater fishing, and exploring marine life.

University of California, Berkeley

Offers instructional sailing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and sea kayaking classes. Affiliation with the University is not required.

University of California, San Francisco

Outdoor Programs creates rejuvenating outdoor experiences for students, staff, and families in the UCSF community as well as the general public.