Kayaking Safety

If you only read one page on this website, make it this one.

The Bay Area is a beautiful place to explore in a kayak. But the beauty of the open ocean, the excitement of the currents below the Golden Gate Bridge, the numerous other boaters on the Bay, and the rip-roaring winds can create some of the most challenging conditions a kayaker can face. Even if you are an advanced kayaker, there are a number of important considerations to take into account before launching anywhere in the Bay Area. If you are a beginning kayaker, there are many local outfitters that provide lessons from beginning sea kayaking to playing in rock gardens and the surf zone.

Safety
BASK Trips
BASK policy/philosophy regarding safety on trips
Kayaking Skills
A checklist on skills requirements for different paddling environments
Safety Gear
A list of equipment you should carry when sea kayaking
Safety Committee
The Safety and Education Committee
Weather
Wind and weather and where to find information
Tides and Currents
Tides and Currents in San Francisco Bay
Hypothermia
Information on hypothermia and how to prevent it
Boat Traffic
The most basic and most important rules of the road
Pod Dynamics
Comments from fellow BASKers/trip initiators on Pod Dynamics..
Current Thoughts
Understanding and predicting the current is far from an exact science, but there is a lot you can do to improve your odds and really try to get a grip on what the current is doing. This article will help with that.