We run guided trips most weekend morning from the middle of June to the middle of September from our Pier 96 Clinton Cove (56th St.) location. Check the calendar for specifics. The trips leave our protected enclosed area, and go out into the Hudson River. We usually paddle at least 4 or 5 miles. We will go as far as our Pier 40 Location or Hoboken NJ downriver, or Edgwater NJ or the 130th St kayak dock upriver. The exact destination depends on the tides and the weather and we may not go as far as these destinations on all trips. On certain days there may be no trip if the tides or weather are not favorable. Be sure to check the calendar.
To go on the trip you must go out several times on our walk-up program, or have previous kayaking experience. We require this to build-up your strength and allow you to get familiar with the boats. The trips can be three hours of constant paddling and require you to be physically fit. The trip leader may decide you are not fit enough or qualified yet. His or her decisions are final.
To go on the trip you must be at the Pier 96 before 8:00 AM. We usually have more people than we have boats for the trips, so we run a lottery to decide who goes; in the peak of the summer you will have about a 50% chance of going. The trip leaders watch determines when 8:00 AM is so it recommended that you try to be a at Pier 96 by 7:45 AM to be on the safe side. There is no benefit to being there earlier. If you come with a group of more than two people be aware that some of you will probably be selected, and some will not. When signing up for the lottery you can register for either a double (2-person) kayak, or a single (1-person) kayak, but not both. If you are a couple you should probably sign-up for a double kayak to ensure that you both go. The odds are about the same for a double or single. If one of you is much stronger or more experienced than the other a double is probably a better choice.
If you have your own kayak, you can generally join our trip. Please come down and talk to us in person about your skills, and your equipment and we will try to accommodate you on one of our trips. We do limit the number of people and have some restrictions on the types of boats that are suitable, for safety reasons.
Bring a bathing suit, or shorts and a T-Shirt, sunscreen, a sun hat, a lock, and something to drink, and light jacket if it's cool. You should eat a big breakfast before hand.
In order to be fair, and get the trip out on time we are very strict on the 8:00 AM deadline; to be safe plan to be at the Boathouse by 7:45 AM.