Sea Kayaking

“Sea kayaking is a great equalizer. When I am in a kayak and free of my wheelchair it is impossible to know who is in a chair and who is not. That provides an incredible psychological freedom along with the physical freedom to exercise and explore my own limits. This proud sense of fulfillment is much more powerful than the sense of disability.”


– Jim Noyes

ETC Sea Kayak Program

Experience the joy and excitement of sea kayaking! ETC’s skilled and enthusiastic guides will train you to safely paddle our quality sea kayaks on San Francisco Bay, Tomales Bay, or points beyond. Challenge yourself as you kayak to beautiful destinations, experience biologically-rich estuaries, and learn how to become a water steward. Whether you are an individual or represent an agency, school, or corporation, ETC has a sea kayak trip tailored to perfectly suit your specific needs and goals.

Launch from ETC’s kayak program base at Schoonmaker Marina in Sausalito for a beautiful day trip on San Francisco Bay. Or journey on a unique overnight trip to historic Angel Island State Park. ETC is also thrilled to offer day trips and overnight camping adventures on Tomales Bay, adjoining Tomales Bay State Park and Point Reyes National Seashore.

Want to go further afield?  Join us on ETC Shared Adventures outside the Bay Area to far-flung destinations such as Baja California, Costa Rica, the Mendocino coast, and Lake Tahoe. These trips are a perfect way to experience a spectacular sea kayak destination and have an adventure full of rich memories.

We also offer memorable Full Moon Dinner Paddles from Sausalito to Sam’s Cafe in Tiburon, or gourmet Pizza Picnic Paddles, and our Bioluminescent Night Paddles on Tomales Bay are magical events for individuals, companies and groups of friends and family members. These trips are a great way to share a special occasion or to promote team-building. And, the proceeds from these trips support ETC’s Scholarship Fund that provides life-changing adventures for people with disabilities and under-resourced youth.

No matter which kayak adventure you choose, ETC will make sure you have an amazing adventure with rich memories to share and a desire to return for more.


ETC Kayak Adventures for Agencies and Schools

ETC’s sea kayak trips are collaborative and are conducted in partnership with social service agencies serving people of all ages with disabilities, under-resourced youth, and schools, both private and public. We invite you to bring your organization, clients, participants, or class on one of these awesome adventures:

San Francisco Bay Day Trip
Angel Island Overnight Trip
Tomales Bay Day Trip
Tomales Bay Overnight

Shared Adventures – Benefits for ETC

Explore destinations near and far on one of our Shared Adventures! These trips are opportunities for people of all levels of experience and ability to paddle together in amazing sea kayak destinations such as Mendocino, Baja, Italy and beyond. By signing up for one of these special adventures, you also help support ETC’s Scholarship Fund, providing adventures with people with disabilities and under-resourced youth. Everybody is invited to join on an ETC Shared Adventure, and sliding-scale scholarships are available for people with disabilities.

Local trips:

SF Bay Day Trip (Sunday June 2nd, 2024)
Tomales Bay Day Trip (Saturday August 17, 2024)
Moonlight Gourmet Pizza Paddle (2024 Trips TBA)
Bioluminescence Paddle on Tomales Bay (2024 Dates: 8/3, 9/28, 10/26, 11/2)

Far Flung Destinations:
Paddle Emerald Bay (September 6-9, 2024)
Kayak Baja – Isla Espiritu Santo, Sea of Cortez (December 8-14, 2024)
Paddle the Mendocino Coast (Future Dates TBA)

Corporate and Custom Adventures

Contributing to ETC’s Scholarship Fund!

Experience the joy of an ETC adventure as a corporate retreat or team-building event, a family outing, or a special celebration. We offer custom day-paddles and overnight trips for groups of 10 or more people. By selecting one of these trips, you also help support ETC’s Scholarship Fund, which provides adventures to people with disabilities and under-resourced youth. Your ETC Custom Trip is a win/win and creates Twice the Thrill!

Types of trips offered:

SF Bay Day Trip
Angel Island Overnight
Tomales Bay Day Trip
Tomales Bay Overnight
Bioluminescence Paddle on Tomales Bay
Moonlight Dinner Paddles

Questions and Other Resources

Please contact Sea Kayak Program Manager at or call 415-474-7662 ext.13.

At ETC, we believe that everyone, regardless of financial limitations, should be able to experience the beauty of nature and the challenge of outdoor adventure. We have a limited scholarship budget should a participant not be able to afford the above prices. To apply for a scholarship, please contact the Program Manager and complete a Scholarship Application.

Resources for Participants:
Driving Directions: San Francisco Bay
Driving Directions: Tomales Bay
Equipment List: Day Trip
Equipment List: Night Paddles
Health Form & Liability Release
Health Form & Liability Release – Spanish version
Menu Planning Guide
Pricing for All Programs