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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. Available most Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons, June 8 to August 26 by reservation only. If possible, please make open paddle reservations 48 hours in advance. Group sizes are limited.

Price: SUP $40; Adult Kayak $30; Youth Kayaking (11-17) $20; Kids free

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

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SUP & KAYAK CLASSES

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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 SUP@BKGuides.com.

    Level: Beginner & Intermediate

    Price: $40
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  • SUP Core Strength

    Are you ready to test your CORE strength? Squat, lunge, pushup, twist, turn and laugh your way through a one hour total body workout all while calling on your core strength to keep you on the SUP and out of the water!
    Level: All Levels  
    Price: $40
    Time: Sat. & Sun. 9am & 10:30am
    Dates: See Calendar
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  • SUP ACA Level 1

    This two hour class introduces you to the fantastic world of Standup Paddleboards. Learn the basics of board and paddle design, efficient paddling technique, launching and landing, body control and balance.
    Level: Beginner / Intermediate  
    Price: $80
    Time: Saturdays 12pm
    Dates: See Calendar
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  • SUP ACA Level 2

    Ready to improve your efficiency and tackle more advanced techniques? This is the class for you. This class will smooth out rough edges and heighten awareness of your board and your body. Depending upon conditions, the class may include a short trip.
    Level: Intermediate  
    Price: $100
    Time: Saturdays 12pm
    Dates: See Calendar
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  • Private Instruction

    BKG offers private instruction for individuals & small groups. Individual instruction rates range from $50 to $100/hour. Contact us at to schedule private instruction.

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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: See Calendar

    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.
    Dates: See Calendar
    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: Contact Us
    Pre-requisites: Level 2 Skills    
    Price: $125

  • The Elegant Blade

    An elegantly handled paddle is a quiet and cool demonstration of skill. But it is more than that: it is also the key to efficiency. Find your inner elegance through demonstration, experimentation, and games. (2.5 Hours)
    Dates:See Calendar
    Pre-requisites: Level 2 Skills    
    Price: $40

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: See Calendar
    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: See Calendar
    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.
    Dates: See Calendar
    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 instructor training.  
    Pre-requisite: Level certification
    Dates: See Calendar

  • Bouncy Currents
    (ACA Level 3/4)

    An introduction to the unique challenges and fun of paddling in swiftly moving harbor currents. Play and experiment with your paddling and rescue techniques in open bouncy water.
    Dates: See Calendar
    Pre-requisite: Solid Level 2 skills.
    Price: $125

  • Lumpy Waters
    (ACA Level 4)

    Introduction to rough water skills and the joy of playing in moving waters. Beach launching and landing techniques; reading moving water; control in current; use of the stern rudder in current and surf; effective edging and bracing when broached; surf in tide- race; group management, and safety in the surf zone. Held at Democrat Point, Long Island.
    Pre-requisite: Solid Level 3 skills.
    Dates: See Calendar
    Price: $125

Kayak Schedule

JUNE 

 Sunday 6/10: Lumpy Waters (ACA L4)

Saturday 6/16: ACA L1

Saturday 6/16: ACA L2 (at Lake Sebago)

Sunday 6/17: ACA L2 (at Lake Sebago)

Saturday 6/23: The Elegant Blade

Sunday 6/24: ACA L2

JULY

Sunday 7/1: ACA L1

Sunday 7/8: ACA Flatwater Safety

Sunday 7/15: Bouncy Currents (ACA L3)

Sunday 7/22: ACA L2

AUGUST

Saturday 8/4: Trip Leader Training

Sunday 8/5: Trip Leader Training

Sunday 8/12: ACA L1

Sunday 8/19: ACA L2

Sunday 8/19: ACA L2 Assess (at Lake Sebago)

SEPTEMBER

Saturday 9/15: ACA L3

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: Events@bkguides.com

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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 Kayak Polo program for youths and adults. We use both Sit-On-Top kayaks (easy to paddle) and regulation competitive decked boats for our sessions. Sessions range from purely social to very competitive. for more information go to BBPBoathouse.org, or to ‘Brooklyn Kayak Polo’ on MeetUp.com.

  • 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.


    Biking

    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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