Kayaking Returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park
Kayaking Returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park
Want to go kayaking with amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge & more — for free? June 6th is the date for the start of Kayak season in Brooklyn's premier waterfront location.
Every Saturday (from 10:00AM to 3:00PM) and Thursday (from 5:30PM to 6:45PM), from the first weekend in June through the end of August, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse has free walk-up kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park between Piers 1 and 2.
Everything is first come, first served. Life vests are provided along with an explanation of the basics of kayaking, and volunteers keep watch over you in the protected embayment while you paddle (No, you cannot go across the East River to Manhattan!). There's a 20 minute limit to your time on the water—but it'll be the best 20 minutes of your day! Remember to show up early! There is a limited number of boaters per session
Other events offered by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse include the Youth Kayak Program and Kayak Polo.
Join fellow kayakers and supporters of Brooklyn Bridge Park at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse Annual Fundraising Party on Thursday, May 14, 2015, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
It’s the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow kayaking enthusiasts, have a drink or two, and win some seriously awesome raffle prizes—like access to a class where you can learn to make your own beer. What could be better? That all proceeds from this event will keep programs running all summer long and are totally tax-deductible for you!
Fundraising party tickets are $20 online/$25 at the door and include drinks! Raffle tickets are $5 at the door. Additional donations are, of course, always welcome!
The fundraising goal for 2015 is $10,000, and they are hoping to raise about half of that at this party. The money will be used to sustain and expand existing programs, and specifically:
· Add more boats to our existing kayak fleet, especially doubles. Currently there are only 6 double kayaks and there is a need for more to accommodate the large number of paddlers with children.
· Make necessary repairs to the existing kayak fleet. The 6,000 people put on the water last summer makes for a lot of wear and tear on the boats.
· Purchase additional safety gear. As the program grows, more life vests, tow belts for our Safety Paddlers, walkie talkies for our volunteers, signs with our most important safety rules, and more need to be added.
Youth Kayak Program
Since 2011, in association with Brooklyn Kayak Guides and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse has provided an outstanding curriculum of youth paddling activities. Weekday programs are group activities, typically with camps or schools, and are coordinated by the Conservancy. Please contact them for additional details or to reserve a spot.
More than 1,000 teenagers from youth groups, camps, and summer school programs have participated in our programs, learning kayak safety and basics and paddling safely in pools and sheltered harbor waters.
As an organization, we feel that offering youth greater access to the water and empowering them with the skills and confidence to embrace the opportunity is one of our most important missions. For urban youth, many of whom have never been on a boat of any kind before entering one of our programs, a simple paddling experience can literally be a life-changing experience.
What is the Youth Kayak Program?
It's an intro to kayaking for youths aged 12 to 18 that includes an on-land session, to familiarize participants with basic equipment and terminology; an on-water demonstration of skills like paddling forward, backward, and sideways, stopping, and turning; and finally time to try out these new skills! The entire session lasts 2 hours. All participants use sit-on-top plastic kayaks (both single and double kayaks are used). No more than 20 participants are on the water at any given time.
What are the organizational requirements?
Every participant must have a signed and fully completed waiver. Youth waivers must be signed by a parent or guardian in advance and collected by a responsible adult who acts as the Group Supervisor. The Group Supervisor will affirm that all the waivers are accurate and complete when delivering them to the kayak program administrator; that he or she has full authority to make decisions on behalf of the youth group; and that the youth group has obtained all public and/or private permissions necessary to participate.
How much does the program cost?
Please contact the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for more information.
What equipment is provided?
We provide all the basics: the boat, paddle, and life jacket.
What is kayak polo? It's a mix of basketball, water polo, and kayaking and a whole lot of fun! Every Sunday afternoon in the summer, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, in association with Brooklyn Kayak Guides and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, hosts kayak polo games off of the East River. These games are open to the public and totally free! Your level of experience doesn't matter, and nothing will improve your kayaking skills as quickly as playing this game.
Sunday kayak polo sessions are divided into three games:
11:00AM-12:00PM: The first session is youth-focused. We provide individual attention and kayak mentoring to youth. It's the best free kayak learning experience kids and teens in the city can get!
12:30PM-1:30PM: Adult Game One
2:00PM-3:00PM: Adult Game Two
Want to join in? Here's some important information to remember before coming down to play:
- Each game is limited to 10 public participants, so reserve your spot online! If any game isn't filled up, we can take additional participants on a first come, first served basis.
- Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your game for a quick tutorial (just in case if you need one!).
- We provide kayaks, paddles, life vests, and helmets. Please wear something you're comfortable getting wet.
- Prepare to get addicted—in the best way!