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For Beginners

aka Novices

Enjoy Splash and Scenery

All activities begin and end at the Pier 84 Boathouse in Manhattan’s Hudson River Park. 

Rent Kayaks & SUPs: NYC waters are complex. No outfitters rent boats to roam alone. All renters stay in the cove between the Boathouse and the Intrepid. Ages 3+ and dogs. To go on the scenic river, join guided trips.

Join Guided River Trips: Paddle with our friendly kayak guides into the most panoramic scene in NYC. Ages 7+.

Take Lessons: Learn to kayak or SUP in our Basics 1-4 lesson series. Ages 15+. After the four-lesson series, join longer guided intermediate trips and be a member. Ages 18+.

No swimming or boating experience is needed for any Novice activities.


Rentals for Novices
Until October 1st

Ages 3+, families, and dogs enjoy the calm cove along NYC’s Intrepid Aircraft Carrier. Rent kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for 45 minutes. No swimming or boating experience required for people or dogs. Starts with a brief lesson on land. All gear included.

NYC waters are complex. No outfitters rent boats to roam alone. All renters stay in the supervised cove. To go into the scenic Hudson River, join our guided trips.

different kayaks and SUPs to rent

River Trips for Novices
Until October 18th

Get sweeping views of NYC’s skyline with a friendly guide. Use sit-on-top kayaks that are excellent for beginners. They’re super stable and easy-to-use.

No swimming or boating experience required. Kids 7-14 ride with an adult. Kids 15 and up can be unaccompanied.

Every activity is supervised or guided. We do not rent boats for soloists to roam alone. The waters in NYC are too complex.

different kayaks and SUPs

Lessons for Novices
Until October 16th

Touring kayaks and SUPs go fast and far! Learn to use them in the Basics 4-lesson series. No experienced needed. To learn at your own pace, take private lessons.

Choose kayaking for stability, faster learning, and longer distances. Choose SUPing for intense full-body workouts and refining your balance and coordination.

different kayaks and SUPs