2019 SD Bay Night Kayak
2019 SD Bay Night Kayak
Saturday March 16, 2019
The San Diego skyline is beautiful during the day, it’s beautiful at sunrise, and beautiful during the time that the sunsets and turns to night. That’s the time this kayaking excursion will take place. As the sun sets over Point Loma, the sky turns into a watercolor painted sky, and the lights of Downtown San Diego flicker on. Sometimes, the bright lights from Petco Park can be seen shining through the skyline. This is a time of day that’s incredible to experience from a beach, or an outdoor porch; but from a kayak, it’s priceless. This kayaking adventure begins in Shelter Island and hugs the outer section of the bay going towards downtown and ship museums.
About the Trip & Itinerary
Meeting in the ARC of the PLNU campus at 5:30pm the group will go through short introductions before driving approximately 10 minutes to launch at Shelter Island. After brief instructions of how to kayak and the plan for staying together and kayaking in the bay, the group will paddle along Shelter and Harbor Island towards Downtown and then back along the same route. This paddle should take about 3 hours to complete and anticipate returning to PLNU campus at approximately 10:00pm. There will be an optional burrito run afterwards for anyone who would like! (Bring own money)
Price >> $20.00 per person
At this time of day, the bay is typically calm and does not have much current or choppy waves to deal with. The biggest swells will come from passing boats. However, tides and unpredicted winds may make it more challenging. This kayaking excursion is meant to be relaxing and not strenuous. For beginners, this may be a newer experience and could be more tiring. The group will go at an appropriate pace for all participants and stay together. New and seasoned kayakers are all welcome.
Fitness Rating: 2 out of 5
Safety & Risk Management
Due to the nighttime factor of this trip, there are extra precautions that need to be taken to ensure the safety of participants on the trip. All of the kayaks have a light attached so that other boats are aware of the location of the group. The Outdoor Leadership Program guides are very skilled and knowledgeable of group dynamics and keeping everyone together and accounted for due to frequent head counts and “buddy checks.” Before launching, the guides will give instructions and demonstrations for certain scenarios such as a flipped kayak or if an individual were to become too tired.