Frequently Asked Questions:
We do guided kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) tours. From Beginner to Advanced to mixed privates up to 40 people, we guide you.
We teach beginners Kayak/SUP 1-2-3 in 3 sessions.
Our members store their kayaks and SUPs here and hit the water anytime.
Don’t worry about your feet: either bring water shoes if you have them or go in your bare feet. Cotton clothes, jeans, or flip flops aren’t recommended. Remember to bring a reusable water bottle, snack, and sunscreen. We sell waterproof phone cases, sunscreen, sunglasses straps, and water-friendly t-shirts/shorts/hats, and we provide a lock for your locker.
To get here, (1) ride a Citibike up or down the Hudson Greenway bike path to the Ferry Terminal at W 40th St and 12th Avenue to dock the bike, then walk 5 minutes up to the boathouse, (2) ride your bike directly to the boathouse and leave it inside the boathouse, (3) take a taxi or drive to W 43nd Street and 12th Avenue, or (4) walk west from Times Square or the Times Square / Port Authority subway.
Renters must stay within the Pier 84 embayment. Why? The embayment protects renters from wind, tidal currents, boat traffic, and wakes. The River’s tidal currents – determined by our moon – can easily sweep beginner paddlers away. If you want to paddle outside the embayment, you cannot go alone unless you own the boat. If you want to enter the River, please join our guided Kayak and SUP tours, which happen when the tides are weak. Tours happen daily. See the tour schedule and sign up here.
We offer many different tours, from easy sightseeing outings to full trips around Manhattan Island. Beginner tours are 45 minute tours open to people up to 250 lbs and don’t require previous experience. Intermediate tours are open to people who can control their boat and keep up in rough conditions, for up to 4 hours. Kayak/SUP 1-2-3 are prerequisites. Advanced tours are open to people with experience in rescues, tides, and longer journeys of up to 12 hours.