Kayak Course Information

2019 Bay Parade kayak

Sunday, August 11, 2019 | San Francisco, CA

Event Details

Course Details  Registration & Fundraising  |  Event Schedule  |  Kayaks 

Safety |  Costumes |  Golden Rivet Award  |  After Party  |  Age & Payment Details 

COURSE DETAILS: Kayakers will launch from Pier 40 and be led by our course guides to the turnaround point between Pier 32 and Pier 38. Kayakers will then paddle south to McCovey Cove. Paddlers will meet up with swimmers and boaters in McCovey Cove to join the Bay Parade finale. This finale is filmed and broadcast on the Jumbotron at the start of Sunday's Giants' home game. Following the finale, kayakers will return to Pier 40 to exit and return their gear to City Kayak. The paddle is approximately 2 miles and lasts 1.5 hours. Afterwards, kayak and stand-up paddleboard participants are invited to join the Bay Parade After Party where food and drinks will be available.

REGISTRATION & FUNDRAISING: Registration is $75 per participant and includes a kayak rental. Each paddler must also fundraise a minimum of $75, in addition to their registration fee. You will receive instructions once you register for setting up an online personal fundraising page. Kayakers who have not fundraised the minimum $75 by August 5 will be asked to make a gift covering the difference in order to participate in the parade. But trust us, raising $75 is very achievable! Plus, we have great fundraising incentives from our event sponsors.

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Exact timing is subject to change. Detailed instructions will be emailed to participants prior to the event.

10:00-10:30am - Paddler check-inKayakers in the Bay Parade

10:30-11:30am - Paddler training and safety presentation

11:30am - Paddle launch

12:30pm - Paddlers regroup outside breakwater of McCovey Cove

12:45pm - Paddlers participate in the Bay Parade Grand Finale in McCovey Cove

1:00-1:15pm - Paddlers return to Pier 40 to drop off kayaks/SUPs and exit the water

1:30-3:30pm - Bay Parade After Party

KAYAKS: Kayak rental is included with registration. If you are bringing your own kayak, you can receive $25 off the registration fee. Note that if you are bringing your own kayak, you must arrange transportation for your gear to and from Pier 40. After the paddle, you may bring your kayak to the after party area where there will be a designated location for your gear. Please do not leave any gear unattended at Pier 40.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS: Paddling in San Francisco Bay can be challenging. Please be sure you are comfortable with this on-the-water experience.

If you are interested in gaining experience kayaking in the Bay prior to the Bay Parade, City Kayak will offer 20% off a group kayak lesson for Bay Parade participants. Please email events@baykeeper.org to inquire.

  • Remain with the group when out on the water, and follow instructions from paddle guides and safety support boats. Stay together to ensure you are following the correct course.
  • Please ensure you can kayak at least at 1.5 knots per hour.
  • Please stay at least 5 feet away from any motorized vessel to protect yourself from their boat wake. If you see an upcoming boat wake the most stable way to deal with it is to paddle directly into the oncoming waves and to continue to paddle as your pass over them.
  • Motorized vessels often have limited visibility and maneuverability. Stay out of their shipping lanes which are indicated by red and green buoys. If you need to cross into their lanes please do so quickly.
  • Please be visible and stay alert.

COSTUMES & DECORATIONS: The Bay Parade is a celebration of a clean and healthy Bay, and costumes are encouraged! Love seals? Dress up like one! Have a purple wig? Throw it on! Kayakers will also be provided a Bay Parade flag to display on the water.

GOLDEN RIVET AWARD: The Golden Rivet recognizes the fastest solo swimmer, fastest swim team, and biggest parade fundraiser from each year's Bay Parade. Kayakers are eligible to compete for the fundraising category. Winners' names are engraved on the Golden Rivet plaque. There will be other exciting prizes for all fundraising participants who reach certain fundraising targets.

PARTY:The Bay Parade After Party takes place within walking distance of the course finish, at South Beach Park from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Paddle registration includes one ticket to the party. Additional party tickets are available for purchase for $50 each.

UNDERAGE PARTICIPANTS: Bay Parade participation is open to those under the age of 18 only with advance approval. Please email events@baykeeper.org to secure approval before registering. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied at the event by a parent or guardian. Registering minors must also have a parent or guardian electronically sign the event waiver agreement in the registration form.

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PAYMENT DETAILS: Due to the nature and complexity of this event, there will be no refunds, including if event is cancelled due to weather or it is modified at the discretion of event organizers to maintain the safety of all participants. Please note that Bay Parade registration fees and Bay Parade Party ticket purchases are not tax deductible. If you made a separate additional gift, it is fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For your records, San Francisco Baykeeper is a certified 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax ID number 68-0120240.

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Thank you to our 2019 Bay Parade sponsors:

Bay Parade Sponsors minus SAA

Swim Across America

Photos by Drew Bird Photo