Manhattan Community Boathouse offers free walk-up kayaking at Pier 96 and at 72nd Street on a first-come, first-served basis—no reservations or pre-registration. These sessions are suitable for people of all ages and athletic abilities.
We ask paddlers to limit their time on the water to 20 minutes if there are others waiting for a kayak.
All of our public kayaks are sit-on-top boats. You will get wet while you paddle, so dress accordingly or bring a change of clothes. We have changing rooms at Pier 96, as well as lockers for personal belongings at both locations.
The free public classes at Pier 96 cover basic paddling skills and safety techniques. They have been designed with beginners in mind, but are appropriate for kayakers of all skill levels. All classes include both on-land and on-water components.
Forward Stroke: Efficient forward paddling in a kayak
Offered at 6:30PM on June 13th, July 11th & August 8th
Kayak Turns: A variety of techniques for turning and maneuvering your boat
Offered at 6:30PM on June 20th, July 18th & August 15th.
Kayak Rescues: Re-entering a capsized kayak and kayak-to-kayak rescues
Offered at 6:30PM on June 27th, July 25th & August 22nd.
Manhattan Community Boathouse schedules free on-water programming in conjunction with other nonprofit organizations. Each session provides paddlers with an opportunity to learn the basics of kayaking and water safety in a supervised environment. These sessions must be scheduled in advance. Please have a representative from your organization contact us to plan a visit.