June 6: Pride Paddle!

Photo by Inga Sarda-Sorensen

Celebrate Pride Month and to learn about our waterways!

Please let us know if you’ll be participating in this free event.by registering by Saturday, 6/4/2021 at noon here:


Please note that we are in for a hot day, so look after yourself with proper sun protection and cold water from the tap in a reusable bottle. Also please be on time because the tides wait for no one! 
We welcome you to wear rainbow regalia and to fly flags but let’s not have any of it end up in the water!  🙂
Please let us know if you’ll be participating.by registering by Friday at 9pm here:

Everyone helps carry boats and gear down to the water and up.  Please be very careful to not damage the hulls of our kayaks on rocky shores and -the rough ridge of the precast concrete slab at 2nd Street, Hunters Point South Park. 

Bring your waivers, signed or to sign on the scene: https://harborlab.org/waivers/


Trip Leader: Elsie Perez-Ingabire. Float Plan: Ride the flood back to Hallets Cove.

3pm: Gather at Second Street/Hunters Point South Park public boat launch. 
330pm: Take the place of paddlers returning from the Deaf Community Paddle.4pm: Launch for Hallets Cove. Linger for fun and photo ops by Gantry Plaza State Park.
5pm: Land at Hallets Cove. 

Everyone cleans and packs away boats. I’ll need help unloading boats back at HarborLAB. 

What to wear: Quick-drying clothing, sturdy shoes you don’t mind getting wet (water shoes and athletic sandals are best, and not flip-flops), a hat, sunglasses, environmentally responsible sunblock (Environmental Working Group recommendations here). 

What to bring: A reusable water bottle filled from the tap, snacks that minimize or eliminate one-use plastic packaging, a change of clothing and shoes if needed, aspirin or the like. 

Safety Notes: Current CV-19 protocols. Participants will be matched in tandem kayaks by HarborLAB volunteers according to the paddling needs of the group, not social affiliation. Do not lean but rather remain centered in the boat. No horseplay (the same rules apply to adults as to the kids we serve). No alcohol, smoking, or recreational drugs. The group must stay close together in a pod with HarborLAB volunteers at point (front), sweep (back), and flanks (sides). The trip leaders’ instructions must be followed immediately as you might not be aware of some dangers (hazards just below the surface, ferry and barge traffic, etc.). Please convey any safety concerns, relevant medical conditions, or ailments immediately to a HarborLAB volunteer. During the cleanup please leave anything heavy, sharp, weird, or gross and we’ll report the item to park authorities. Focus on light plastics.