Here are some resources and info to help answer frequently asked questions regarding NBBC and boating in general.

How does one go boating with NBBC?

  1. Open paddles: This includes public paddles at our boatyard, typically run on the last Saturday of the month, which do not require sign-up in advance. We also offer open themed trips for members and nonmembers. Check our calendar for details and upcoming opportunities.
  2. Trips for NBBC members: NBBC volunteer trip leaders typically run 5-12 trips per week for NBBC members. These include shorter and skill-development paddles on weekday nights and some longer, more challenging trips on weekends. All details are posted on our calendar, and upcoming trips are highlighted in our newsletter and in e-mails to members who opt for those alerts. Members must sign up in advance via the calendar and receive confirmation for these paddles.
  3. Members are eligible to become official club paddlers and gain personal access to club boats and equipment. More info about this process here.

Can one store a private boat with NBBC?

Our storage space is generally reserved for kayaks and canoes that are either owned by or on loan to NBBC for general programming. In some instances space is allotted to NBBC trip leaders whose invaluable work in leading trips can be made more feasible with access to a personal boat.

Can one launch a private boat from the NBBC dock?

For safety and insurance purposes our dock is reserved for club activities. There are two public launches within 1/2 mile of our boatyard (the end of Manhattan Ave. and the Newtown Creek Nature Walk).

Can my child go boating with NBBC?

Yes, if the following guidelines are satisfied:

  1. Minor fits properly into a PFD.
  2. The legal guardian signs an insurance waiver.
  3. Legal guardian accompanies the minor in same vessel (exceptions in the case of educational programming).
  4. The minor is over 4’8″ tall (for kayaks).

More safety info and resources?

The NBBC Code of Conduct

The NBBC Safety Protocols

2017 NOAA Current Chart (East River @ 31 St.; hit “Create” to generate PDF)

The NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation oil spill reporting hotline: 1-800-457-7362