Driving approx. 17 miles total; about 40 minutes depending on traffic. Swim assessment required at Mission Bay Aquatic Center; 100 yard swim and tread water for 5 minutes; wet suits available for water activities. Walking approx. 1 mile throughout the day; carrying boogie boards over sand and paved terrain. Getting on/off amphibious vehicles requires going up/down approx. 8 steps with railing; about 1.5 hours aboard. All vehicles are safety and comfort approved by the Coast Guard.
At the hotel, breakfast includes coffee, tea, juices, eggs, bacon/sausage/meats, breads, cheese, cereals, jam, butter, yogurt and fresh cut seasonal fruits.
We'll travel by motorcoach to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC) and enjoy a morning of boogie boarding in the warm waters of the Pacific! This fully equipped aquatic recreational and educational facility will be our playground and classroom as experienced student instructors provide a thorough training session on boogie boarding and surfing later in the week. They will demonstrate the basics of each, go over the steps on how to best enjoy the sport, and be with us for some fun in the sun. At the Center there will be a one-time presentation on safety rules and evaluation of the participants' water adeptness (swim test). Once that is completed, it's time to hit the waves! We’ll return to the hotel to change into dry clothes before going to lunch.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like at Seaport Village, a 14-acre waterfront complex with many restaurants. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At the waterfront, we’ll board a boat for a 1-hour narrated cruise of the Bay. Find a seat of your choice, indoors or out, and enjoy the view of the San Diego skyline as we cover 13 miles on the Bay. We'll pass landmarks such as Harbor and Shelter Islands, Cabrillo National Monument, and the Star of India. We’ll learn about bait barges and observe sea lions living on Point Loma. We’ll also get a sense for the significance of the military presence in San Diego as we pass by the North Island Naval Air Station and the Nuclear Submarine Base. Once our bay cruise concludes, we’ll then return to the hotel.
At the hotel.
We’ll then be joined at the hotel by a veteran surfer who will offer an informative introduction to the culture of surfing in Southern California.