About Us

About Us

New York City’s Center for Kayaking, Surfski and Stand Up Paddling

Founded in 1995, we are NYC’s premiere kayak and SUP academy and tour company. After half-circumnavigating Australia by kayak and riding the rest of the way on a bike, Eric Stiller returned to New York to sow the seeds of adventure for others. Our team of experienced guides takes a core-centric approach, helping kayakers and SUPers to explore New York City in unique and thrilling ways. Our daily programs go from Beginner through Advanced levels and run all year long.


New York City’s Kayak and SUP Tours are Unlike Any Others!

We bring the joy and excitement of kayaking and standup paddleboarding to the waters around Manhattan, combining physical exertion and stress relief with picturesque views sightseeing of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and more.

Being in New York for kayaking and SUPing is unlike any other: the mountain range of skyscrapers reflected on vast waters is an epic contrast to daily life. Step onto the water will change your life, through individualized comfort and fitness level.


New York City’s Best Kayak and SUP Lessons

Manhattan Kayak uses a sweet 1-2-3 method of kayak and stand up paddle board instruction, helping thousands of people develop high proficiency in a short period of time.

We teach New York kayakers and stand up paddle boarders to build great habits and skip unnecessary trial and error. We take an in-depth approach to instruction, allowing you to navigate the challenging water conditions of the New York Harbor.

Many of our knowledgeable instructors and guides started as students with Manhattan Kayak over the years. Their unique perspective of the local waters and experience using kayak and paddle board in their own lives creates specialized instruction for both new and seasoned kayakers and stand up paddle boarders.


The New York Kayak and SUP Touring Experience

Paddling Manhattan has all the elements of a spiritually rewarding experience: some physical exertion, a little discomfort, and potential danger plus an almost surreal, wide-angle lens perspective. It may be less theatrical than Central Park and wilder than the Metropolitan Museum’s roof garden; either way, it’s an antidote to urban anxiety.

The more you paddle with us, the deeper and richer your experience with this fantastic sport will be. Come on down to the Pier 84 Boathouse at West 44th St. and the Hudson River and get started!

Hope to see you soon!

– Eric Stiller