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Bay Area kayak/canoe with 3 year old?

We live in Alameda and would love to be able to go boating in our community (estuary waters in the Bay) with our just over 3 year old. I see conflicting opinions about doing so in general: kids are only safe in sit top kayaks, sit top kayaks are not appropriate for the Bay waters, it's fine with children as long as you use common sense safety, the Bay waters are dangerous and never okay for children... We have no issues with boating in some of the nearby lakes and such. Is it okay to take a 3 year old into the estuary waters and such in a kayak? We live in a typically small home so storing and transporting a kayak is much more attractive than a canoe. Are any of the REI kayak/canoe classes appropriate with a 3 year old for us to make the jump from the lakes to the Bay?



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@Keenmonkey thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, we aren't able to weigh in on your questions around safety here in the community and instead recommend that you reach out to your closest REI for advice on appropriate classes, ideal destinations, product recommendations, and maybe even non-profit partners to connect with in the area. If you haven't already, you might also consider asking this question on the Bay Area forum to see if other members of the community, who are not employees, have suggestions and advice. Hope this helps to get you started!

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Great. Thank you!