Youth and community paddle: A new perspective of the Golden Gate

Paddling at San Francisco Maritime

Canoemobile was excited to make it back on the Pacific Ocean for another afternoon of beautiful paddling at the San Fransisco Maritime National Historical Park. The Park’s Association joined Wilderness Inquiry at the Aquatic Park Marina to introduce a very enthusiastic group of students to Voyageur canoeing! These students are part of a unique boatbuilding program where they spend two days a week at the marina working on a rowboat. The students spend the semester constructing the boat and launch it on the Bay upon graduation.

High school boat building program

Students build this boat while learning math, physics, and more.

While the students have experience rowing and sailing in the marina, it was the their first time paddling in a Voyageur canoe. The enthusiastic group worked together to navigate across the marina and explore the fleet of historic vessels within the Maritime National Park. They also received friendly calls from local sea lions napping along the docks!

After that program, Bay area locals and tourists from all over the world joined Wilderness Inquiry and Environmental Traveling Companions’ Youth LEAD Fellows to paddle. Even though the wind conditions were challenging, those who paddled thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Participants of all ages received outstanding views of the historical ships within the Marina, Alcatraz, the San Francisco coastline, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

A special thank you to the San Francisco Maritime Park Association for staying open late in order for Canoemobile to a conduct safe and successful community event from their boathouse docks. Also, thank you to National Park Service and the Maritime Park for being such gracious hosts to the paddlers and crew!

Golden Gate in San Francisco with Canoemobile

The Golden Gate with Canoemobile.

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