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I am looking for any feedback about the boating camp at Lake Merritt. It is run through Oakland Park and Rec. My son is 7, so I am looking at ''Explorer Day Camp'' formerly ''Pirates/First Mates/Skippers.'' The price seems so much lower than other camps I have been looking at. Wondering what the catch is. Please let me know any thoughts on your child's experiences. Is it well organized? How does it compare with other camps you have experienced? Would you recommend it? rebecca
Re: Reasonable sailing class (or group) for adult
Lake Merritt Boating Center in Oakland (run by the City of Oakland Parks and Rec Dept) is a great place to learn to sail. They offer group or private lessons for extremely reasonable rates. Your friend could take BART to downtown Oakland (probably the 19th St. station is closest) and walk to the boathouse from there.
Looking for a fun and healthy activity for your teen this summer? Check out Summer Youth Rowing at Lake Merritt, Oakland. Its not expensive and its a terrific experience for the kids. My son rowed with this program during the summer after his freshman year and was hooked! He then joined the fabulous Berkeley High crew program which became the focal point for his high school career. Check out more information at: http://www.oaklandnet.com/parks/programs/boating_youth_rowing.asp Nancy
I've managed to live in the East Bay with 2 kids for 13 years without ever finding out about the cool stuff at the Lake Merritt Boating Center. A couple of weekends ago, I went there with 3 other grown-ups and five kids ages 7-13. We all had a great time and I highly recommend it as an easy activity on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. I think kids older than 5 or so would really enjoy it.
Each of the kids rented a one-kid kayak ($8 hour) and the adults shared two canoes ($6 hour each). We all took off on our own, paddling around on the very placid Lake Merritt. The kayaks are highly colorful lightweight fiberglass and very easy to maneuver for a kid. The boat house attendant told me there is no minimum age, but it looked like a kid would need to be about bike-riding age to handle it. Lifevests are furnished, of course.
They also have rowboats, pedal boats, sailboats and catamarans for rent and they are open 7 days a week. Hours vary according to weather. They are located basically across the lake from Children's Fairyland; you turn in at the Fairyland parking area. And by the way if you haven't visited Fairyland it's a great place for little ones. Not to mention the bird sanctuary.
They also have sailing classes for children and adults, as well as week-long sailing and windsurfing camps in the summer, which I wish I had known about sooner! For more info, call them at 444-3807.
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