Leadership Programs

At Mike’s Paddle, we believe kids should be introduced to the basic skills, strategies, and tools they’ll need in preparation for their first jobs.

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Real Life Experience

With direct experience helping customers and coaching camp participants, kids in our Leadership Training gain both a leg up on their peers and an impressive experience to put on their resumes.

Most importantly, they possess greater confidence in their own abilities as they apply for positions and enter the workforce for the first time. 

Four Day Program

In this 4-Day leadership and responsibility training program, spanning two consecutive weekends. We will teach your kids the primary skills needed to work in the outdoor adventure, summer camp, and retail and hospitality fields:

  • Coaching and managing groups and individuals on and off the water
  • The importance of risk management and emergency/medical response
  • The basics of customer service, sales, and employment
  • CPR and First Aid certification by the LifeSavers organization
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Internship Preparation

Graduates from our Leadership Training are then eligible to apply for our Internship Program and further deepen their skills, experience, confidence, and preparation for employment.

While we cannot guarantee admission to the internship program due to limited space, the application process itself is a great experience for the kids to go through, as they will be creating application materials and actively interviewing for an available position. 

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Leadership Training Details

Age 12-16

A Leadership Program for early teens 

Alameda Location

Trainings held at Mike's Paddle Alameda Shop and Encinal Boat Ramp.


  • March 26-27 & April 2-3
  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • 4-Day Training
  • Held over 2 consecutive weekends

Fees: $549 

Training curriculum includes: 

  • Introduction to outdoor adventure, water sports, retail, and hospitality industries
  • Real life scenario based learning
  • Group management and coach training on and off the water
  • Risk management training including emergency action plans, paddle/weather condition plans, and on-water safety
  • Certifications in CPR and First-Aid


Our Leadership Training is offered at our Alameda shop location and Encinal Boat Ramp.

Mike's Paddle - Alameda & Encinal Boat Ramp

Mike's Paddle
1120 Ballena Blvd., Suite 200, Alameda, CA 94501

Encinal Boat Ramp
Encinal Beach, Alameda, CA 94501


Additional Services

Kids League

Parents: interested in Sunday mornings to yourself while your kids are outside having fun on the water? Learn about our Kids League pass

Summer Camps

Looking for an outdoor activity for your kid this summer? Learn about our Summer Camps tailored by age and paddle skill levels 

Kids & Family
SUP Lessons

Want to paddle with your whole family? Need SUP lessons for the kids aged 16 and under? Schedule a kids and family SUP lesson

Internship Program

We offer 2 internships for graduates from our Leadership Training. Learn more about our Kids Internship Program