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

Explore the exciting New York waterfront by kayak or standup paddleboard with The Kayak Foundation

Join us to explore the New York Harbor by kayak and standup paddleboard. Our home base in beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park provides an unparalleled environment for paddling adventures and marine education.

We offer affordable kayak and standup paddleboard activities for individuals and groups. Our programs are suitable for all participants, from beginners to experienced paddlers.

The Kayak Foundation focuses on waterfront safety and education, with an emphasis on youth programming and outreach to underserved communities. We work with The Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse and other East River and Hudson River based groups to expand safe and fun paddling opportunities and to promote environmentally sound policies for human-powered boating in New York Harbor.

The Kayak Foundation works with an incredible group of professional instructors. We have one of the deepest pools of highly certified ACA Level 2, 3 and 4 teachers in the Northeastern region. Whatever your experience level, our team will help you find the kayak or standup paddleboard adventure that’s right for you.

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Our Home

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

Address & Directions

Classes and programs typically meet at our home base at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse. Your guide or instructor will provide information upon registration.

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.


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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