Kayaks in Sausalito
Kayaks and kayak outings are a popular activity in Sausalito. You can participate in group trips from Sausalito with a variety of durations, destinations and difficulty lessons. Kayaking lessons are also available for kids and adults.
Venturing farther into the main channels of San Francisco Bay requires extensive experience and physical conditioning due to strong currents and huge cargo ships, not to mention the sudden appearance of dense fog over the Bay.
Standup Paddling and Paddleboards (SUP) are also available.
Companies and orgamizations offering this service include:
Open Water Rowing Center -- They offer skulls etc. rather than kayaks
Sea Trek of Sausalito -- If you rent here make sure to get a paid parking permit since they share a lot where parking is tightly controlled.
Sausalito Kayak Put-in Spots
Horseshoe Cove in Fort Baker. Recommended only for more advanced kayakers only due to currents and rough seas just outside the cove. It's easy to get in trouble here if you merely paddle straight out of the harbor and are preoccupied with looking up at the Golden Gate Bridge, especially when the tide is flowing out. One moment you're admiring the view from the Bay and the next moment you're on the Pacific Ocean side of the Golden Gate without even dipping your paddle!
The video below is not technically a kayak, but will give you a feel for what you'll see off the shores of Sausalito. Getting surprised by a sea lion like this, however, is unusual.