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5 Ways To Get Out on the Water This Summer

Make this the summer you actually take advantage of living near the ocean by learning to windsurf, kiteboard, or sail around the bay. 

Water Skiing at Berkeley Aquatic Park 

The Berkeley Water Ski Club (BWSC) offers a regulation slalom course (where you only have one ski) at the Berkeley Aquatic Park— the perfect way to get you out on, and probably into, the water. Memberships are required, but you'll also get access to all the activities and functions BWSC throws throughout the year, like: ski and wakeboard competitions, fund-raising programs, Learn to Ski week for disadvantage youth, family delta beach facilities, an annual dinner-dance and other water sports activities. Plus, you'll probably have really good balance after. 

Windsurfing and Kiteboarding in Alameda 

Since 2002, the Boardsports team has offered kiteboarding, windsurfing, and stand up paddling instruction (as well as rentals and retail sales) for all Bay Area adventurers. With exclusive teaching rights at Crown Beach in Alameda—where the weather is always ten degrees warmer than SF— you're sure to get the sunniest learning experience, and it won't be long before you're out there like a pro. 

Sailing in the Berkeley Marina

The Cal Sailing Club is a non-profit, volunteer-run sailing club, perfect for easing you into the maritime lifestyle. Memberships are just $99 for 3 months and after that there are no charges for lessons, equipment use, cruises, or other club activities. For a free introduction, check out their open house on August 10, and get a free introductory sail. 

Rowing/Canoeing/ Paddling on Lake Merritt

From pedal boats, to canoes, kayaks and rowboats, there are a variety of options for your sunny-day needs available at the Lake Merritt Boating Center, and for as little as $10/ hour for residents, and $12/ hour for non-residents. Boat rentals are available everyday, but look out for special occasions when rentals will be free, Love Our Lake Day. 

Swimming at Lake Temescal

Originally built as a storage lake for drinking water, Lake Temescal is now one of Oakland’s most popular swimming holes with an accessible beach house including changing rooms and showers. Open through September 21, this is definitely the easiest way to ensure that you enjoy the warm summer water, with only a $3 entrance fee