20th Year of Excellence at the Channel Islands National Park Kayaking the Channel Islands SUP Instruction Paddle Sports Center

Channel Islands Kayaking Experts

One of the first at Channel Islands National Park
The Channel Islands National Park is emerging as one of the Nation's most astounding (and best kept secret) wilderness attractions. It is the ONLY National Park that isn't open for vehicle traffic and does not charge an entrance fee. Channel Islands Outfitters (CIO) is your connection to experiencing this natural amusement park in comfort and class.

Quality Water-Sport Equipment Rentals and Memberships
Since 1993 Paddle Sports of Santa Barbara has been the premier rental and demo center on the Santa Barbara Waterfront. In 2010 CIO began operating the Paddle Sports Center in the Santa Barbara Harbor and began offering monthly membership plans to members of the Santa Barbara Community. Our equipment is comfortable and modern and our staff is friendly and helpful. Getting on the water in Santa Barbara is one of the most fun things to do for locals and visitors. Come visit us and discover the CIO experience!

Mission Driven
Channel Islands Outfitters (CIO) is an employee owned and operated company, and we love what we do! We are a family of adventure enthusiasts who share a passion for the Channel Islands, Santa Ynez Mountains, and unforgettable outdoor experiences. Each of us has our own story and path that brought us to be adventure leaders at CIO. The guides and advisory board of CIO have been serving Santa Barbara Community and the Channel Islands National Park guiding kayaking trips, sea cave explorations, hiking and backpacking expeditions, and multi-sport adventures for over 20 years! Come meet our guides

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Initiation Paddle

It was late June and a warm night was about to fall. I had let the rest of the staff go home and I stood behind the counter, counting the sales for the day. I heard a group coming through the back door and looked up to see a gaggle of guides, mermaids and friends mosey through the back door. They shouted their hellos and set about socializing and putting on gear. I watched the group from the safety of my well worn shop stool and started to pack up for the day. I hiked my backpack up onto my back when the co-founder of CIO asked me where I... Read more »

Posted on 7 July 2014 | 5:47 pm