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Anyone can enjoy kayaking from their very first outing, with challenges ranging from two-hour coastal tours to epic multi-day expeditions. There are specialized techniques and kayaks (or boats as core paddlers call them) for whitewater, sea kayaking, long distance touring, fishing, surfing and river play.
The most popular boats, used for guided tours and widely available for rent here in San Diego's temperate waters, are sit-on-tops: virtually-indestructible and ultra user-friendly, molded plastic kayaks that don't require any formal training or experience.
Couples and families with small children will particularly like the tandem models that can accommodate two or more paddlers. On any given day, hundreds of visitors and locals paddle these brightly-colored craft all around San Diego's coves and coastlines. For those who want to learn the ropes from a pro, the Mission Bay Aquatic Center offers courses for beginning and advanced paddlers.