The Public Paddles Are Here!

The next public paddle is July 2!

The next public paddle is July 30!

At these free, informal paddles, North Brooklyn Boat Club welcomes walk-up participants to join trained NBBC guides for short trips on Newtown Creek and often out toward the East River, where we often pause to take in the view of Manhattan. Usually we take out our 25′ big canoes. Everyone on the paddle works together under expert instruction to forge a unique NYC experience, seeing the city in a new way. We might also take out regular tandem canoes or sit-on-top kayaks depending on the weather.

Public paddles are free and open to everyone. We especially hope to welcome our Greenpoint neighbors and members of other community organizations. Come down to our community boat yard, and learn more about Greenpoint’s history, environmental challenges and successes, and residents. Get out on the water and see the neighborhood in a completely new way!

We will try to get everyone who shows up on the water using our war canoes, but the earlier you arrive the better your chance of going on a paddle. All our voyages are led by certified trip leaders and include some of the best views of the city. This is a great way to check out the boatyard and get a chance to explore the local waterways. Paddling is free! And we serve beverages, veggie dogs, hot dogs, and other snacks. Our public paddles are child and pet friendly.

This year’s schedule:

  • Saturday, May 28, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 2, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 30, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, August 26, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, September 24, 12-4 PM
The big canoes!

The big canoes!

NBBC and Headstrong

NBBC is proud to continue its involvement with Headstrong, a program affiliated with Cornell Medical Center that works with veterans to “provide completely confidential, cost free, bureaucracy free, state of the art care to heal the wounds of war.” Outdoor activities and, particularly, the teamwork and protocols around paddling are considered therapeutic for vets with PTSD symptoms. To give us a better sense of what Headstrong is and how NBBC fits into the work they do with veterans, the directors of Headstrong are coming to the boatyard to present the program and answer questions. A useful orientation for any member interested in volunteering in this extraordinary program.

Headstrong Orientation: Weds, June 29, 6:30pm

Headstrong Paddle Program: Saturday, July 9, Noon – 4pm (includes Hallet’s Cove paddle: High Slack @ 14:31)

Contact Dewey Thompson for more info

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