Consider immersing yourself in San Francisco by seeing the city from the vantage point of a kayak. With City Kayak, even those who have never set foot in a kayak can can paddle from South Beach Harbor to McCovey Cove, and other neighboring waterfront landmarks for a 1 to 2 hour paddle. Those with some background kayaking can try a 2 to 3 hour paddle to downtown San Francisco, Bay Bridge, The Ramp, Dry Dock (2-3 hour paddling). Experienced kayakers who can paddle for more then 3 hours can venture out to destinations like Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Treasure Island.
Depending on one's interest book an open top or sea touring kayak that can set one or two people. Also, one can rent a two person canoe or a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). Rentals area available for 1 to 4 hours or a full day rental. Discounts are available for children and youth. Those who will be in the San Francisco area for at least three months might want to consider getting a season pass which allows for unlimited kayak and gear rental during the period.
While one will get minimal instruction during a guided tour, check out their classes for opportunities to hone one's kayaking skills. Classes offered include introductions to Kayaking and Sea Kayaking, as well as more advance classes for those looking to hone their techniques. Also they offer rescue classes for those who wish to rent a sea kayak but lack the necessary certification.