Some Common Questions About Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling:
Where do I go for class?
Every session starts at the MKC Boathouse at West 44th Street and the Hudson River Greenway. The Google maps address is 555 12th Ave. New York, NY 10019. This is Pier 84, just south of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Walk out on the Pier and you will see us. Please arrive 10 minutes early to change clothes and put your belongings into a locker.
Will I get wet?
Be prepared to get wet although may not. A new kayaker will splash onto their legs, so wear water wicking shorts. In a paddleboard class, some beginners will fall into the water wearing a life jacket. Getting back onto the board is easy and we will show you how.
What if the weather is bad?
Most trips run rain or shine. A full refund will be given if we cancel a program due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances or we may offer to move it to a different date. We will send you an email before the class if the weather looks too inclement for paddling.
Is paddling difficult?
Beginner level courses/tours tend to be easier than most customers expect. Intermediate tours are meant to take an athletic approach and students carefully progress to longer tours and must finish Kayak or SUP 1-2-3 before starting out. Advanced tours are challenging and also thrilling, even for masters.
How will I be safe?
Each paddler must wear a lifejacket that we provide to you. When strong wind or lightning is approaching, stayed tuned to your email or voicemail up to 3 hours before your arrive. We will reschedule classes and tours to avoid these conditions. In our 1-2-3 classes, you will learn safety procedures and boat control in-depth, including how to rescue yourself using your boat as a life raft. If you are renting, you will stay within the Pier 84 embayment and be under watch of our staff for your 30 minutes on the water. For tours, please pick tours at or below your paddling skill level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) and focus on improving your awareness of the water conditions and your navigation skills. To make sure everyone has the right amount of attention, we keep a guide to student ratio of 1:8 or less. The guide reserves the right to turn away any paddler who endangers themself, does not cooperate during or after the introductory paddling lesson or does not exhibit the skill necessary to accompany the group for the whole duration of the trip.
Do I need to bring special clothing or equipment?
We provide the gear, wetsuits, lifejackets, dry bags, lockers and locks. You should bring water-friendly clothes AND a change of clothes for afterwards. Water-friendly clothes are those that are comfortable when wet (no jeans).
Can my kids participate?
Yes. We welcome kids between 12 and 18 to paddle when accompanied with a parent or guardian, who can either join them on their boat or sit and watch in the garden deck.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes for rentals and private sessions but not for group lessons or tours. We have different sizes of dog lifejackets and welcome you to try it out.
Can we have a private gathering here?
Yes. We are available for groups of all levels for group skyline tours, team building and longer journeys based on your needs. Visit our Groups and Teams page for more information.
Do I need to become a member to paddle here?
No. You can rent a kayak or SUP or register for a class or tour online or in person without becoming a member. We offer memberships to those who are more serious about paddling. This includes discounted or unlimited access to our services and invitations to special events. Visit the Become a Member page for more information.
What do people enjoy about MKC?
Our students learn new skills and enjoy the outdoors more and more as their skills and fitness advance. We offer classes, tours and private instruction on kayaks and stand up paddleboards to the public. We became a community over the past 20 years and are New York City’s best paddling school and sight-seeing company. We have full-time award winning instructors who love to teach and want you to have fun.