Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The most common questions:

What is Manhattan Kayak?
We help you to learn and go farther using kayak and stand-up paddleboards on NYC’s waters. We’ve offered rentals, kid’s camp, classes, in-depth clinics, and guiding adventures on the Hudson River since 1996. From Novice through Elite levels, to mixed private groups up to 40 people (or 20 people during the COVID-19 pandemic), we provide both publicly scheduled and private sessions for kayaking and paddle boarding.
What should I wear and bring?

– Face covering on your nose and mouth – required while on land

– Personal lock if you wish to use our lockers

– Water-friendly clothing – swimsuit, spandex, synthetic, Dri-Fit – and not cotton or jeans. Be prepared to get soaked and bring a change of your bottoms!

– Water-friendly soles and not flip flops

– Water bottle

– Waterproof phone case or ZipLock bag

– Sunscreen and sun hat

I could only sign up myself. How do I sign up my guest?
Simply go back to the schedule and sign up again for yourself multiple times. All reservations will be under your name and account.
How do I get to the boathouse?
The Google maps address is 555 12th Ave. New York, NY 10019. We are on Pier 84. You will see the Pier after you cross 12th Avenue at W 44th St. Look beyond the trees and you will see the boathouse half way out on the Pier. Please arrive 15 minutes early to change clothes and put your belongings into a disinfected 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 northwest from Times Square or Hudson Yards subways.

Do you do rentals?
Yes, you can rent single and double kayaks and stand-up paddleboards here. Renters paddle in the Intrepid Bay. The price per person is $10 for 45 minutes. Reservations must be made online.The Intrepid protects us from wind, tidal currents and boat traffic. The River’s tidal currents – determined by our moon – can be strong and sweep beginners away. To paddle outside of the Intrepid Bay, please join our daily guided kayak and SUP trips.
Can my kids come?
Yes. For trips on the Hudson River, we welcome kids ages 13 and up. For rentals, we welcome kids from ages 3 and up. All children under 18 years old must present a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Children under 13 years old must paddle on the boat or board with their parent or guardian.
Can I take an Intermediate trip without Kayak/SUP Basics?
Possibly, please tell us more about your previous experience by filling out our Clearance Form. The Hudson River is different from a calm lake or beach. Trips beyond the Novice level feature wind and current, and paddlers are expected to stay with the group. A paddler who is not yet at Intermediate level can slow down the group. We love teaching and this is why we teach Kayak and Paddle Board Basics 1-4.
What if the weather is bad?
We are always watching the weather radar and will email or call you at least 2 hours before your outing if it’s going to be cancelled. We love rain (this is a water sport after all!) but lightning or 10+ mph winds can be dangerous. We’ll offer you a full refund or reschedule if this happens. If you arrive and honestly feel that the weather is not suitable for your taste, we will reschedule you at no penalty.
Is paddling difficult?
Novice classes and trips are easy and accessible to all ages and fitness levels. Intermediate and Advanced trips require an athletic approach and you will progress to longer and longer journeys. Elite trips are challenging and also thrilling, even for people who have paddled for many years.
How will I be safe?
Firstly, wear a face cover at the boathouse and wear a lifejacket that fits. If you are renting and are not going with a guide, you will stay within the supervised cover. On River trips, all participants are accompanied by a guide. Please select guided trips at your skill level (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Elite). The guide may turn away any participant who is not wearing a face covering, not fit to paddle, not maintaining social distance, is intoxicated, endangers themselves, doesn’t cooperate, or separates from the group.  For those who aim to join longer trips, start with the 4 Basics classes that teach safety procedures, boat control, and rescues.
Do I need to bring special clothing or equipment?
Please wear a face cover and clothes that are comfortable when wet (like Nike Dri-Fit or spandex material pants, top, underwear). We HIGHLY recommend that you bring a change of clothes for afterwards, because your clothes will get soaked, and bring your own lock for our lockers. We provide lifejackets, dry bags, and sanitized lockers. Use common sense: if the weather feels chilly, do not leave your skin exposed and use specialized water clothing made for the water.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes dogs are welcome to join for rentals for free, but not for group lessons or group tours. We have dog lifejackets and welcome you to try it out while our staff is supervising.
Can I bring a group here?
Yes, kayaking and paddleboarding are a great way to spend time with friends, family and colleagues. During normal times, we welcome groups of up to 40 people for Skyline tours and Intrepid Bay Rentals. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we welcome groups up to 10 people. Summer weekends become filled so please reach out in advance. Visit our Private Outings page for more information.
Do I need to become a member to paddle here?
We are open to the public. You can rent a kayak or paddle board here, or register for a class or trip online or in-person without becoming a member. For those who graduate from the Kayak or Paddle Board Basics 1-4 classes, they are eligible for the Paddle Pass.