The Kayak Foundation | Kayaking In NYC, Stand-Up Paddle Classes

The Kayak Foundation, formerly Brooklyn Kayak Guides, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit. We are dedicated to introducing a broader public to the enjoyment of paddling and learning about our marine environment. We’ve always had a public mission, and so this change highlights our commitment to education, safety, and youth kayaking in NYC.

The Kayak Foundation has been fortunate in attracting an incredible group of professional instructors to our organization. We have one of the deepest pools of highly certified ACA Level 2, 3 and 4 teachers in all of the Northeastern United States. We thank them for joining us as we double down on sharing the joy!

Kayaking in NYC

Explore the exciting New York waterfront by kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

Our home base in beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park provides a fun environment to explore kayaking and standup paddleboarding within NYC. We offer kayak and SUP trips, individual and small group classes, and paddling sessions within our protected embayments. Family reunions, company outings, and birthday parties are all better on the water!

Whether beginner or expert, we will help you find the kayak or standup paddleboard adventure that’s right for you. We provide equipment, top notch instructors and the information you need to have a great time.

The Kayak Foundation works with The Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse and other East River and Hudson River based organizations to expand paddling opportunities. As such, we promote safety and environmentally sound public policies to sustain kayaking and human-powered boating in New York harbor. There has never been a better time to go kayaking in NYC!

Summer Schedule

Open 7 days a week from May through September for instruction and trips by reservation. For general information on kayaking in NYC, please contact us at: info@kayakfoundation.com.

For information on trips, 

head to our Trips page.

For information on classes and programs, 

head to our Classes and Programs page.

Our New Home

The Kayak Foundation is now located on the dock at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s One15 Brooklyn Marina. The main entrance is the gangway between Piers 3 & 5 on the north corner of the Picnic Peninsula.

Address & Directions

We are located at One15 Brooklyn Marina, 159 Bridge Park Dr, Brooklyn, NY 11201. 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 will 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. However, kayaking in NYC is easy to access via public transportation! 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.

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.