Learn to kayak or stand-up paddleboard—and advance your skills to the next level. Brooklyn Kayak Guides provides individual and small group classes as well as open paddle sessions for kayaking and standup paddleboarding. We focus on safety, understanding the Harbor environment—and having fun on the water.

Most classes are in the Pier 4 embayment at Brooklyn Bridge Park, providing a protected and wide area to learn to paddle or improve your skills. Our instructors are experienced and effective in guiding students of all ages through basic strokes, paddling techniques and advanced skills development. Come prepared to have fun--check out our FAQs on what to wear and bring.

Open Paddles

Join us for a one-hour paddle session in the pier 4 embayment. We start with an on-land orientation and then enjoy time on the water on your Stand Up Paddleboard or your Sit-On-Top kayak. Our instructor is available to provide small group instruction. More experienced paddlers can work on skills improvement and conditioning. Level – All. Usually available by reservation on Friday evenings and Sundays noon – 4pm, by reservation. 

Price: SUP $50; Adult Kayak $30; Kids $20 

(under age 11 must be in double with parent; 30 pounds minimum)

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  • Stand-Up Paddle Classes

    Join us for a one-hour Open Paddle Session in the Pier 4 embayment. We start with an on-land orientation, and then enjoy time on the water on your standup paddleboard. Our instructor is available to provide small group instruction; more experienced paddleboarders can work on skills improvement and conditioning. For more information contact

    Level: Beginner & Intermediate

    Price: $40

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  • New Kayakers

    Kayak Fundamentals - ACA level 1

    A thorough introduction to decked boat kayaking. Learn the fundamentals of your boat, gear, and the essential paddling strokes that make kayaking fun. It’s a huge help to learn correct form early – you will paddle more efficiently and be able to improve rapidly. 

    Dates: TBD 

    Level/Pre-requisites: Beginner 

    Price: $125

Intermediate Kayakers

  • ACA Level 2

    An 8-hour intermediate class that will take your skills to a new level. Even most paddlers with years of experience will benefit from this thorough exploration of the theory and practice of paddling a kayak. Don’t just thrash through the water: learn proper technique that promotes efficiency & provides a gateway to more advanced skills.
    Level/Pre-requisites: Level 1 skills  
    Price: $125

  • ACA Level 2 Review & Certification

    Approximately half the 8-hour class will review & fine-tune skills necessary to be certified at Level 2. Depending on conditions we may incorporate a short trip into the review. Then it’s showtime: you will demonstrate, individually and with partners, the paddling and rescue skills that you have mastered. Not everyone will be certified, but everyone will come away with a clear picture of their strengths and areas to improve.
    Dates: TBD
    Pre-requisites: Level 2 Skills    
    Price: $125

Advanced Kayakers

  • ACA Level 3

    This 8-hour class refines your strokes and introduces cool new skills. Learn to paddle with efficency, fluidity, control, and grace. We begin to learn more about paddling in a coastal environment & explore more advanced safety & rescue techniques (detailed curriculum goto American Canoe Association website).  
    Date: TBD
    Pre-requisite: Level 2 skills.  
    Price: $125

  • Flat Water Safety

    This is an 8-hour day of learning & practicing a wide variety of safety & rescue techniques. Self-rescue & group rescue skills are introduced, from essentials to the exotic. Each paddler has a chance to discover which works best under which circumstances. Rescues & recovery techniques must be constantly practiced.
    Date: TBD
    Pre-requisite: Level 2 skills. 
    Price: $125

  • Trip Leader Training And Certification

    This advanced 2 day class is intended for those who will be leading kayak trips & have good personal skills & experience & want to take the next step: leading other paddlers. You will learn how to plan a safe trip, how to lead others effectively, how to minimize risks a 
    Dates: August 27-28
    Pre-requisite: Level 2 skills.
    Price: $250

  • Coastal Kayaking Instructor Training

    We will be offering a 2-day Level 1-2 ACA Instructor Development Workshop followed immediately by a 2-day Instructor Certification Exam. After a summer of improving your skills, you’ll be ready to tackle this Columbus Day Weekend instructor training.  
    Pre-requisite: Strong Level 2 skills.

Special Events

If you’re planning a family reunion, a company outing / team-building event, or a birthday party (11 years and older), let us help you make it special. Whether ambitious or cautious, experienced or completely new to paddling, we can tailor something perfect for your group. Contact:

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  • Youth Kayak Programs

    Brooklyn Kayak Guides is a leader in youth kayak programming & instruction. We partner with The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy to provide a range of youth kayak opportunities for camps, youth groups and summer programs.

  • BKG welcomes kids to attend classes & trips at Pier 4 with their parents or guardians

    Depending upon their size, weight, capability & class or trip, children 11 years and older may paddle in their own boat and younger children may paddle in a double kayak with a parent or guardian. Contact us to discuss youth kayak classes & activities at our Pier 4 location.

  • Camps & Summer Programs

    For information on the Brooklyn Bridge Park Kids Kayak Program for camps, youth groups and summer programs, please contact the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Brooklyn Kayak Guides does not operate its own youth camp – all camp activities are coordinated through the Conservancy.

    Variety Boys and Girls Club - Queens

    Brooklyn Kayak Guides sponsors a weekly youth winter pool kayaking program at Variety Boys and Girls Club in Long Island City, Queens. For more information, please contact Variety Boys and Girls Club.

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  • Kayak Polo

    Brooklyn Kayak Guides partners with Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse to help administer a Sunday kayak polo program for youths and adults. Youth development is our focus from 10 – 12 am; from noon to 2 pm all are welcome. Anticipated start date is the second week of June. For more information go to, or to ‘Brooklyn Kayak Polo’ on

  • Easy To Find At One15 Brooklyn Marina

    Whether you enter from Pier 6 located near Atlantic Avenue or Old Fulton Street, follow the path to the One15 Brooklyn Marina between piers 3 and 5. You’ll know it when you arrive: you’ll see the moored sailboats.

    Nearby Transportation

    There is indoor public parking at the One Brooklyn Bridge Park residential tower. Free parking in the neighborhood near the park is extremely limited and cannot be counted on, but you could try. We highly recommend taking public transportation, biking or walking to the park. BBP is accessible by Subway: A/C to High Street, F to York Street or 2/3 to Clark Street train station Bus: nearest buses are the B25, B61, B63, B67, or arrive by East River Ferry or NY Water Taxi google for schedules.


    If biking is your preferred means of transportation then the Brooklyn Bridge Park is the perfect place for you. Whether you enter from the North or South Entrance of the park, there's a bike path that will lead you to Pier 4.

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