I Don't Know Kayaking but I Know Kuh-rayzee

— by Caroline on Crack

Flickr Shot by aka Mermaid

Flickr shot by aka Mermaid — obviously NOT in MDR

I’ve always wanted to try this out: kayaking in the marina. Of course now that temperatures have dropped down in the 40s and it might even rain again I’m not sure how good of an idea this is, but if you want to wait for warmer weather there’s always the next session in April.

Harbor kayaking takes place once a month through October in Marina Del Rey. A session includes kayaking instruction and water safety and is for anyone over 10 who knows how to swim. Life jackets are mandatory but I’m thinking the ability to tread water is always a good skill to have when on a boat.

Harbor kayaking lets you spend a couple of hours enjoying a nice leisure paddle through the marina’s basin. Little kids (accompanied by an adult, of course) can do this. But if you want something more physical, you can go surf kayaking. Same meeting place but this session not only requires pre-registration for the class but that you get approval from one of the surf kayaking instructors or the Recreation Services Supervisor.

More hard-core, I guess, because you’ll be handling one of those sit-on-top kayaks and taking it out to the North Jetty where you’ll surf the waves. Remember to bring an extra change of clothes as you’re guaranteed to get soaked. Eesh, on second thought, better save this one for the summer.

8:00am – 11:00am, Meet at Boathouse, 13640 Mindanao Way, park at Lot #4 for $5.

11:30am – 1:45pm, Meet at Boathouse, 13640 Mindanao Way, park at Lot #4 for $5.

Reservations required 310-822-8530, $25 for ages 10-18, $30 for age 19 or older