The Marina Aquatic Center (MAC) is UCLA's premier water-front recreation facility just 10 miles from campus in scenic Marina del Rey. The MAC is home to kayaking, rowing, sailing, surfing, stand up paddleboarding and windsurfing classes, as well as the UCLA Men's and Women's Rowing Teams, UCLA Sailing Team, MAC Junior Rowing Team, and youth boating programs.

The Marina Aquatic Center is open to the public, and also offers

  • Equipment rentals    
  • Group programs for adults and youth
  • Semi-private and private lessons
  • Locker room and showers
  • Easy walking access to Playa del Rey Beach
  • Barbecue, fire pit, and great sunset views



No experience required for Stand Up Paddleboarding and Sit On Top Kayak Rentals

 

Watch our new SUP Orientation Video.

Click here for MAC Rental Info

Click here for Fall 2016 MAC brochure

To create a profile, which is required to register, click here

To browse online for MAC classes, click here.

Directions

The Marina Aquatic Center is located in Marina Del Rey at 14001 Fiji Way and is accessible by bus, bike, and car. Since parking is scarce (particularly on weekends and special events), we strongly encourage biking, busing, carpooling to the MAC.

Equipment

  • Kayaks: Sit-On-Top Single and Double Kayaks, Touring Kayaks
  • Rowing Shells: Maas Aeros, 24s, and 27s; Pocock Double
  • Sailboats: Capri 14, RS Vision, and Laser
  • Stand Up Paddleboards: Bic and JP
  • Windsurf Boards: Hi Fly and Bic



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Programs & Classes

Kayaking

Learn the basics of kayaking then expand your skills in the open ocean, surf zone and campus pools. The MAC's Sea Kayaking program has something for everyone, whether you want to enjoy the splendor of the marine environment, exercise for a few hours, or develop new friendships. Expect to get wet!

Our entry level "Sit-On-Top" kayaks are fun, stable, and perfect for beginners. There is no prior skill requirement for rentals, making them ideal for groups and fun afternoon paddles in the marina. UCLA students can rent sit on top kayaks for free during regular rental hours.

Register for Classes

To browse and register online for classes, click here.

MAC Brochure

Already have kayaking experience?

Here's how you can demonstrate your skills.

Kayaking Outlines and Manuals

Sea Kayaking I

Sea Kayaking I Class Outline (PDF)

Sea Kayaking I Class Handouts (PDF)

Sea Kayaking Class Information (PDF)

Sea Kayaking II

Sea Kayaking II Class Outline (PDF)

Sea Kayaking II Handouts  (PDF)

Sea Kayaking III

Sea Kayaking III Class Outline (PDF)

Sea Kayaking III Class Handouts (PDF)

Sea Kayaking IV

Sea Kayaking IV Class Outline (PDF)

Sea Kayaking IV Class Handouts (PDF)

Birding By Kayak

Birding By Kayak Class Information (PDF)

Sunset Full-Moon Paddle

Sunset Full-Moon Paddle Class Information (PDF)

Videos

Click here to check out our Birding by Kayak video!

Stay Connected!

Use the kayaking e-mail list & MyUCLA kayaking subscription to find out about upcoming trips and events and stay in touch when you're off the water! Find paddle partners, view & post kayaking photos, trip reports and more. It's the next best thing to being here!


UCLA Marina Aquatic Center
14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-0048  |  mac@recreation.ucla.edu


Rowing

Our experienced instructors will make rowing a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the peace and solitude of a morning workout.

Register for Classes

 

To browse and register online for classes, click here.

MAC Brochure

Rowing Class Specifics

Sculling Class Information (PDF)
Sculling I Handout (PDF)
Rowing Manual (PDF)

 

Rowing Links

UCLA Rowing Club

General Rowing

Stay Connected!

Use the rowing e-mail list and MyUCLA rowing subscription to stay in touch when you're off the water! Find rowing partners, view & post rowing photos and more. It's the next best thing to being here! Enjoy rowing!


UCLA Marina Aquatic Center
14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-0048  |  mac@recreation.ucla.edu

Sailing

Our U.S. Sailing Certified instructors will show you how fun and exciting small boat sailing can be. Begin with Sailing I and continue to develop your skills in progressively more challenging and thrilling boats like the RS Vision and Laser. We offer ample after-class opportunities to enjoy a leisurely sail or friendly, competitive races. Launch yourself into a lifetime of fun and excitement with sailing at UCLA!

Experienced sailors who would like to rent equipment at the Marina Aquatic Center must either complete a Skills Evaluation Orientation (SEO) or the beginning level class for that particular sailboat. The complete SEO process for sailing is explained here.

To browse and register online for classes, click here.

Sailing Class Specifics

Sailing I Class Information (PDF)
Sailing I Student Thursdays Class Information (PDF)
Sailing I Capri Manual (PDF)
Sailing II Laser Manual (PDF)
Sailing II RS Vision Handout (PDF)
Sailing Skills Evaluation Procedures
 "Outside" Exam (PDF)
 Sample Exams (PDF)

More Sailing Information

Join the UCLA Sailing Team

UCLA students, compete through Southern California and beyond. For more information, contact sailing@ucla.edu.

Stay Connected!

Use the sailing e-mail list and MyUCLA sailing subscription to stay in touch when you're off the water! Find crew and sailing partners, a ride to the MAC, view and post sailing photos and race results and more. It's the next best thing to being here! Enjoy sailing!


UCLA Marina Aquatic Center
14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-0048  |  mac@recreation.ucla.edu

Stand Up Paddling

No experience is necessary to rent a Stand Up Paddleboard at the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center during rental hours. However, first-time renters are required to complete a brief orientation and skills clinic. In this clinic students will learn to properly fit a lifejacket, balance on the board, navigate Marina del Rey, forward paddling strokes, basic turns, and how to fall and get back on the board.

Watch our new SUP orientation video here.

For those who would like to learn more about SUP the Marina Aquatic Center offers Stand Up Paddleboarding I.

To browse and register online for classes, click here.

 

 

 


UCLA Marina Aquatic Center
14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-0048  |  mac@recreation.ucla.edu

SUP Standup Paddle Boarding in Los Angeles

Surfing

Register for Classes

 

To browse and register online for classes, click here.

MAC Brochure

Surfing Class Specifics

Classes meet at the Rose Avenue parking lot in Venice Beach at 7:15am (see map below). Clinics meet at the same place but at 9:45am. For more info, contact the Marina Aquatic Center below.

 Surfing I Manual (PDF)
 Surf Class Directions (PDF)
 Surfing I Class & Clinic Info (PDF)
 Surfing I- Student Thursdays Info (PDF)
 Surfing II- Course Outline (PDF)

Surfing Links

UCLA Surf Club

Stay Connected!

MyUCLA Surfing Subscription


UCLA Marina Aquatic Center
14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-0048  |  mac@recreation.ucla.edu

Windsurfing

To browse and register online for classes, click here.

MAC Brochure

Windsurfing Class Specifics

Windsurfing I Class Info (PDF)
Windsurfing Clinic Info (PDF)
 Windsurfing Manual (PDF)

Already have windsurfing experience?
Here's how you can demonstrate your skills.

Windsurfing is not permitted in Marina del Rey on the weekends due to excessive boat traffic. Any time we travel to Cabrillo Beach for weekend windsurfing classes you may go on a We Pack Rental Program.

Directions

 Directions to Cabrillo Beach (PDF)
 Directions to Lake Lopez (PDF)
 Directions to Lake Isabella (PDF)

More Windsurfing Information

Stay Connected!

Use the windsurfing e-mail list & MyUCLA to stay in touch when you're off the water! Find windsurfing partners, view and post windsurfing photos and more. It's the next best thing to being here! Enjoy windsurfing!


UCLA Marina Aquatic Center
14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-0048  |  mac@recreation.ucla.edu

Directions

The UCLA Marina Aquatic Center is located in Marina del Rey at 14001 Fiji Way. It is accessible by bus, bike, and car.

Turn right onto Fiji Way from Admiralty Way or from Lincoln Boulevard (right from the north, left from the south). Go down Fiji Way to the driveway entrance at the end of Fiji (there is a "UCLA Marina Aquatic Center" sign on the fence bordering the Private Driveway). Watching for pedestrians and other cars, drive slowly down the driveway to the MAC Entry. Please respect our neighbors and avoid making noise. When you enter the MAC's parking area, watch for joggers, pedestrians, skaters, cyclists and cars.

Bus

  • Santa Monica Big Blue Bus #3 runs from campus Monday through Saturday to Lincoln Boulevard and Fiji Way (from there it is approximately a 20 minute walk to the MAC). For Big Blue Bus info call: (310) 451-5444. On Sundays, #3 originates in Brentwood at Gorham and San Vicente and runs every half hour. #1, #2, and #8 routes start at the UCLA Transit Center on Sundays and connect with the number 3 bus.
  • Culver City Bus #6 stops at Westwood Plaza (near the Ackerman turnaround) and runs on Sepulveda Boulevard. At Culver Boulevard, transfer to the #7 bus, which runs on Fiji Way. (Culver City Bus Service Map Link)
  • City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Commuter Express Bus #437 runs to Admiralty Blvd. and Fiji Way Monday through Friday.
  • The DASH Venice shuttle runs during the summer every 10 minutes from 11am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Bike/Rollerblade/Foot

The Ballona Creek Bike Path runs past the MAC. For more info, call the L.A. County Bike Map Hotline at (213) 244-6539. If you have a bicycle, feel free to ride to the MAC and lock up at our onsite bike-rack.

Carpool

If you are attending with friends or family members, rendezvous at Dock 52 and drive one car to the MAC facility. You can also contact us atmac@recreation.ucla.edu or call (310) 823-0048 and we will do our best to connect you with a driver. If you are able to drive someone to a class, please register as a driver by calling us and receive four free rental hours.

Parking

Parking is extremely limited (particularly on weekends and during special events). Free parking is available just a short walk away at Dock 52 on Fiji Way. Pay parking is available at nearby Fisherman's Village. Please be sure to give yourself enough time should you have to park off-site. Dock 52 is a 10-15 minute easy walk and Fisherman's Village is much closer. Please do not park anywhere at the Archstone Apartments. You will be towed. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

Off-site Directions

Surfing
 Directions to Rose Avenue (PDF)

Windsurfing
 Directions to Cabrillo Beach (PDF)
 Directions to Lake Lopez (PDF)
 Directions to Lake Isabella (PDF)
 Directions to Alamitos Bay (PDF)
 Directions to D-Basin (Marina del Rey) (PDF)

Equipment Rental

There are many opportunities to get active on the beautiful waters of Marina del Rey. Here is a list of the equipment qualified individuals may rent from the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center.

View Current Rental Hours

Hourly Rentals Tier 1:
Currently-enrolled UCLA Students
Tier 1:
Recreation Members
Tier 2:
Community
Catalina 14, RS Vision, Laser $15 $15 $30
Baycraft, Maas $15 $15 $30
Hi Fly or B/C 283/293 Windsurfer Boards $15 $15 $30
Touring Kayak $15 $15 $30
Sit-on-top Single Kayak Free 2 hours* $15 $30
Sit-on-top Double Kayak Free 2 hours* $20 $35
Stand Up Paddleboard $15 $15 $30
Rental Passes
One-month $60 $60 $85
Three-month $145 $145 $195
Twelve-month $475 $475 $630

*Reservation Required for groups of 10 or more individuals.
Free 2 hours of sit-on-top kayak rentals for currently-enrolled UCLA students up to a group of 30.
$10 per person for each additional hour. $100 flat fee for groups over 30. $5 guest fee applies for non-student in a double.
Equipment rentals are available to qualified participants. No experience needed for sit-on-top kayak

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  1. All rentals (except surfing) are only at the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center.
  2. Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis. Before leaving for the marina, call the MAC to check on equipment availability.
  3. Basic swimming skills are required for all MAC activities.
  4. All renters must have a current release agreement on file.
  5. Personal flotation devices, wetsuits, harnesses and spray skirts are included with equipment rentals.
  6. The MAC may close without prior warning due to inclement weather or unsafe conditions. Prior to leaving for the marina call the MAC to check on conditions.
  7. You may pay for hourly rentals with cash, check, or credit card.
  8. If you have not been on the water during the past six months, the Dock Master may modify your qualifications.

Windsurfing is not permitted in Marina del Rey on the weekends due to excessive boat traffic.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Customize your learning! Contact us at 310.823.0048 ormac@recreation.ucla.edu to set up a private lesson.
Hourly Fee: $45/$65
Semi-Private (two people): $70/$110 per hour

SKILL EVALUATION AND ORIENTATIONS (SEO)

Sailing SEO
You will need to do a pre-evaluation at macsailing.org/Testout. Once you pass the pre-evaluation, you will need to pass 8 hours of class with a written test for the boat you want to rent (starting with Sailing I Capri). Contact us at 310.823.0048 or mac@recreation.ucla.edu to set up a SEO.
Fee: $45/$65
Plus One-month Rental Pass: $60/$85
Or Three-month Rental Pass: $145/$190

Sculling and Sea Kayaking
Available if you have prior experience and would like to become qualified to rent. Contact us at 310.823.0048 or mac@recreation.ucla.edu to set up a SEO.
Fee: $45/$65
Plus One-month Rental Pass: $60/$85
Or Three-month Rental Pass: $145/$190

Group Reservations

The Marina Aquatic Center specializes in working with groups to plan and deliver group adventures. Activities in the past have included kayaking, rowing, sailing, and sunset paddles with barbecuing and many other activities.

Please contact the MAC at (310) 823-0048 or mac@recreation.ucla.edu to inquire about a group adventure for your organization.

Past campus organizations that the MAC has worked with include residential hall groups, student government groups and student clubs, Marina del Rey and West Los Angeles companies, and many others.

Have fun!

Current Weather

Rec on the Hill Watersports Sampler (Available to Residents only)

Rec on the Hill Watersports Sampler

The following program is available to UCLA residents only.

Spend the afternoon with us in Marina Del Rey at the MAC with free beverages, raffles, and a sampling of our most popular activities:

Kayaking
Sailing
Stand Up Paddleboarding

Free shuttle departs from Carnesale Commons bus cutout at 12:30PM* 

Registration Required:

Registration Form