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

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy will not be running the Youth Kayak Program in 2021, but will be hosting free public kayaking sessions on Wednesday and Saturdays starting this summer. Visit here to learn more.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s 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.

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. Those waiting to get in a kayak on land will have time to enjoy the park and the equipment on Pier 2.

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DATES

The program generally runs from June through mid-August. Please check back here in February for updated information on the upcoming summer season. 

FEE

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 [email protected]

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

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.

Questions? Please email the Kayaking Department at [email protected].

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