Winter Kayaking at Riverbank State Park
promote paddlesport on the NY-NJ Estuary, the Gowanus
Dredgers sponsor a Winter Pool Program to introduce the sport of kayaking to
New Yorkers and to improve kayaking skills.†
The classes are offered in partnership with the Aquatics Department at
It is expected that graduates of this program will bring the sport of kayaking to our shorelines and they will enlist volunteers to participate in beach cleanups and other events that will 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.
participants must register with
Card: †To attend any class in the park, one must
∑ Registration Fee:† For each class in the park, there is a general registration fee.† It cost $3 for seniors and $4 for everybody else.
The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club finances this program from your generous contributions and do not earn revenue from registration fees.
2013-14 Class Sections
(1) Class Maximum
In order to offer the classes to as many people as possible, no person may sign up for more than one section (i.e. month/day combination).
The boats are a mixture of sit-on-top kayaks and small whitewater boats.† There are boats for almost all sizes. Lifejackets are supplied, and must be worn at all times.
Directions to Park
nearest subway stop is the 1/9 train at
No running, no diving, no standing in boats, no paddle fights.† Launch boats from the side of the pool, not the end. You MUST wear a lifejacket at all times.† Before going kayaking, one must have:
∑ Signed a NYC Winter Pool Program waiver (good for year).
What to Bring
Bring a swimsuit, towel, padlock, registration card, and your receipt for the class.† T-shirts, cutoff jeans, and leotards, etc. are not allowed.
is the only park of its kind in the
Phone: † (212)
694-3664, 65 or 66 (Managerís Office)
Pictures are Copyright © 2009, Daniele P. Scarpazza, www.scarpaz.com