Who says kayaking ends because it's cold in New York?  

Enroll with the Gowanus Dredgers Activity Committee, New York Community Kayak at Riverbank State Park to participate in pool kayak classes to learn or to enhance your kayak skills. This  program is headed by Lee Reiser, First Mate of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club.

Graduates of our program have obtained ACA Level 1,2, and 3 Assessments and Certified Instructor status. Over the years, over twenty volunteers from various clubs have achieved Instructor status and many others have learned kayaking and teaching skills that have served them well on ocean and rapids voyages as well as excursions through high traffic waterways like NY Harbor.

Our 4-6 week course teaches safety skills, strokes, maneuvers and rolling. Together, we hope to reconnect New Yorkers with our shorelines an expect graduates to become advocates for it's remediation.  Dates for each session (students are expected to attend all dates of a session) are as follows:

  • Session 1              11/04, 11/18, 12/02, 12/09
  • Session 2              01/06, 01/13, 01/20, 01/27
  • Session 3              02/03, 02/10, 03/03, 03/10

Our program is free and open to all who have or want to learn basic or advanced kayaking skills.  Equipment used in our program is provided by the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club, a not-for-profit founded in 1886 to teach and foster rowing and paddling skills among adults and youth. An informative Volunteer Booklet with details & expectations is listed below and you may contact Audrey Jackson, our NY Community Kayak Program Coordinator at: Aud1958(at)hotmail.com if you have any questions or to confirm there's room availble to volunteer.

To promote paddlesport on the NY-NJ Estuary, the Gowanus Dredgers sponsor this winter educational program at Riverbank State Park to introduce the sport of kayaking to New Yorkers and to improve kayaking skills of volunteers.  Our classes are offered in partnership with the Aquatics Department at the Riverbank State Park [Directions] swimming pool every Fall and Winter.  It is expected that graduates of our program will bring the sport of kayaking to more shorelines and will enlist volunteers to participate in beach cleanups and other events to restore our estuary.

Who Can Participate?
Everyone is welcome!  No prior kayaking experience is required. All children (ages 8-17) must be accompanied by an adult (18 or older) who must stay for the duration of the class and their parent must sign a waiver form.  Students must register with Riverbank State Park before participating in the class. 


There is a two-part registration process:

Identification Card:  To attend any class in the park, one must have a Riverbank State Park identification card, which is a requirement when attending classes offered in the park.  There's a small fee to join, discounted for seniors.
Registration Fee:  For each class in the park, there is a general registration fee charged by the Park.  The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club finances program operations from your generous contributions and The Gowanus Dredgers do not earn revenue from park registration fees.