Beginner Paddling Program - Summer 2016

Bair Island Aquatic Center (BIAC) and Hui Wa’a Outrigger Canoe Club invite you to join us on the water!

Learn to Paddle!

Outrigger Canoe (Wa’a) Paddling is an ancient form of ocean travel that offers a fantastic, low-impact, total-body workout while spending time on beautiful San Francisco Bay. Learn basic paddling technique and experience the satisfaction of working with your crewmates as six paddles become one. Classes are held in the waters surrounding Bair Island, the largest remaining restorable wetlands in the South San Francisco Bay.

Where and when? Classes meet Monday evenings on the water 6:30pm to 7:45pm, from August 1st through August 29th. at BIAC, 1450 Maple Street, Redwood City.  The course fee is $125 and includes equipment usage, four sessions of personalized instruction, and a three-month BIAC trial membership. Membership in BIAC offers access to our ergometers (rowing machines), and participation in weekly recreational paddle sessions. 

What should I wear and bring? Wear comfortable and close-fitting workout clothing. Bicycling gear is great. In colder weather, wear layers. Your feet will get wet, so wear appropriate shoes or sandals. Other articles to bring include a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and drinking water.

Where can I learn more about Bair Island and Paddling? Explore this website for more information about our programs and facility. Paddling is a great sport for all ages and levels, and is considered a family sport.

See video of Wavechaser race hosted at BIAC

How Do I Sign Up?  Class is limited to the first 20 paid registrants. To register, go here. For more information, please email

Refund Policy? We offer a full refund up to one week before your session starts. We will refund $100 if you must cancel within a week of your session. No refunds are offered after the first day of class, although if necessary we will make every effort to reschedule you in a later session.

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