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Learn the basics of kayaking and get on the water with your school or camp group.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy offers a Youth Kayak Program for school and camp groups throughout the summer!

Our Youth Kayak Program is designed to introduce participants ages 11-18 to kayaking. Experienced staff members teach basic skills for “sit-on-top” kayaking within the safe embayment of Piers 1 and 2.

Additionally, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy hosts free public kayaking sessions on as well as Family Kayaking in the summer. Visit here to learn more about those programs.

Note: The kayaking program is temporarily running off Pier 4 Beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Date to be announced for changing back to Pier 2 Dock.

2023 youth kayak program information


Our 2023 Youth Kayak Camp will be offered Monday-Wednesday from July 10 to August 16. Sessions are usually 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM on the listed days.

Schedule A Youth Kayaking Date!


The cost for a full day program is $300 plus a booking fee.

A limited number of fee waivers are available to Title 1 schools and camps/summer programs that qualify. We limit one waiver per school/organization and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To inquire if you qualify for a fee waiver, please email the Kayaking Department at


Groups must consist of at least 15 participants, with no more than 30. We provide all equipment. No more than 15 participants are allowed on the water at any given time – groups larger than 15 will be split into (2) sessions, one at 10AM and the other at 1PM. Those waiting to get in a kayak on land will have time to enjoy the park, court sports, and equipment on Pier 2.

  • Safety: All participants are required to wear a life vest during the on-water period, no exceptions. Participants must follow the directions of the instructor and staff. Participants who don’t follow instructions will be required to remain on land.
  • Ability: Participants must be able to hear and understand instructions and communicate with the program instructor and staff, enter, exit and sit in a kayak without assistance, hold and move a kayak paddle, hold their breath under water and keep their head above water while wearing a life vest.
  • Waiver: All participants must have a signed waiver before they can go out in a kayak. The group supervisor must affirm that all the waivers are accurate and complete when delivering them to the on-site coordinator; that he or she has full authority to make decisions on behalf of the youth group; and that the youth group has obtained all public and/or private permissions necessary to participate.
  • Other Notes: Once registered, a confirmation email will provide a copy of the waiver for each participant’s parent/guardian to fill, provide a teacher or group lead guide, as well as parent guides in English and Spanish.

Questions? Please email .

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