The best paddling schools keep class sizes small andstudent-to-instructor ratio low ― 4 to 1 is good. Completecourses should include classroom, pool, and ocean instruction for avariety of situations.
PUGET SOUND, WASHINGTON
Body Boat BladeInternational, Orcas Island. Basic through advanced classesfrom $50. Guided trips, (360) 376-5388.
Kayak Academy, Seattle.Basic through advanced classes from $198 per day, (206)527-1825.
Northwest Outdoor Center,Seattle. Basic through advanced classes from $50. Guided trips,(800) 683-0637.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
Riptides andRapids, Mountain View. Basic through advanced classes from $80.Guided trips, (650) 961-1240.
Aqua Adventures, SanDiego. Basic through advanced classes from $75. Guided trips, (619)523-9577.