Free Kayak Instruction Program on Jamaica Bay

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Date: February 12, 2009
Contact: Brian Feeney, 718-354-4606

This year the Gateway National Recreation Area, in conjunction with the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy, will offer a special program to introduce area residents to the joys of kayaking on Jamaica Bay. The program is free due to the generous support of the National Park Foundation and the Coca Cola Company.

The program will begin with indoor instruction at the Brooklyn Sports Club Pool in Spring Creek Towers. This indoor pool session will give beginners the chance to learn about kayaking and gain confidence with paddling in a safe and supervised environment. All equipment will be provided.

Beginning in June, an instructor will lead groups into the waters of Jamaica Bay to explore the area by kayak. The program is designed to give participants a fun experience on the bay, along with a shared sense of ownership and understanding of the waterways of the New York Estuary and Jamaica Bay.

Session 1: Children and Adults 16 years and up

Pool session: March 14, Jamaica Bay paddle: June 14

Session 2: Children 13 – 16 years old

Pool session: March 21, Jamaica Bay paddle: July 12

Session 3: Children 10 – 13 years

Pool Session: April 4, Jamaica Bay paddle: August 16

Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration must be done in person at Canarsie Pier on the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 28 from 9 a.m.—noon, and
  • Sunday, March 1 from noon – 3 p.m.

For more information, contact ranger Jennifer Bethea at (718) 338-3799.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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