Kayak Classes

Beginner Kayak Classes

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 Below
Level/Prerequisites: Beginner
Price: $125

Intermediate Kayak Classes

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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 Below
Level/Prerequisites: Level 1 skills
Price: $125
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ACA Coastal Kayaking Level 2 Instructor Certification Workshop

Learn and practice how to be an ACA-certified Level 2 Instructor in this four-day Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW). This course includes the development workshop as well as certification exam.  Participants must be members of the American Canoe Association in good standing and should be familiar with the skills and knowledge for Level 2 Essentials of Coastal Kayaking skills.
Dates: August 2-5
Prerequisites: Level 2 skills and knowledge
Please register through Tubby Hook Paddle Company: Registration Link
For additional information, contact Julie McCoy at jkm@tubbyhook.com


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)
Date: July 22
Prerequisites: Level 2 Skills
Price: $40
To Register, contact us at info@kayakfoundation.org.

Advanced Kayak Classes

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 Below
Prerequisite: Level 2 skills.
Price: $125
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Let’s Get Wet! Flat Water Safety

This full day of learning and practicing a wide variety of safety and rescue techniques takes place at Lake Sebago at Harriman State Park. 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: Contact us at info@kayakfoundation.org
Prerequisite: Level 2 skills.
Price: $125
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Bouncy Currents
(ACA Level 4)

This class focuses on 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.  The class is limited to the first eight registrants and instructor approval required. See additional information here.
Date: June 23, 2024, See Calendar Below
Prerequisite: Level 3 skills.
Price: $125
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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. See additional information here.
Prerequisite: Solid Level 3 skills.
Dates: See Calendar Below
Price: $125
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For more information: info@kayakfoundation.org

Saturday, June 8         ACA Kayak Level 1

Saturday, June 15       ACA Kayak Level 2

Sunday, June 16        ACA Kayak Level 1

Saturday, June 22            ACA Kayak Level 1

Sunday, June 23         ACA Kayak Level 4 – Bouncy Currents

Saturday, June 29          ACA Kayak Level 2

Saturday, July 13         ACA Kayak Level 1

Sunday, July 14       ACA SUP Level 1

Sunday, July 14        ACA Kayak Level 2

Saturday, July 20          ACA Kayak Level 4 – Lumpy Water Democrat Point, Long Island

Sunday, July 21        ACA Kayak Level 1 Assessment

Monday, July 22      The Elegant Blade

Sunday, July 21        ACA SUP Level 2

Saturday, July 27        ACA Kayak Level 1

Fri-Mon, August 2-5  ACA Coastal Kayaking Level 2 Instructor Certification Workshop

Saturday, August 3      ACA Kayak Level 2

Saturday, August 10     ACA Kayak Level 1 Assessment

Saturday, August 17    ACA Kayak Level 2

Saturday, August 24    ACA Kayak Level 2 Assessment

Saturday, September 7      Kayak ACA Level 3

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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’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.


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.

Interested in a private program or outing? Contact us at info@kayakfoundation.org