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Celebrating the 2018 Level 2 Canoe Class

Canoe training at Lake Sebago

Member paddle trips on the waterways of New York City are the invaluable reward that NBBC members get for their part in furthering our mission of advocacy for and enabling access to the waters for the NYC community. But we always hope that members will become member-volunteers and that those will in turn become trip leaders and the next cohort actively involved in bringing new people out on the water and showing New Yorkers that the waters belong to no one — and so belong to all of us.

And so it’s always great news when a group of members take the first step to becoming trip leaders: passing their Level 2 for canoe or kayak paddling. From here to Official Paddler status to trip leader: that’s the path we hope NBBC members discover and paddle down.

L2 Canoe training at Lake Sebago

And it’s for this reason that we have a culture of learning and teaching. Member trips are always skills workshops, always another chance to sharpen paddling techniques, to understand the tidal currents of our estuary, and to learn of the deep connections we all have with the waters that surround us.

The 2018 L2 Canoe Class at Lake Sebago

At our Lake Sebago cabin this past weekend, six more NBBC members passed their Level 2 tests, this time in canoe paddling. In the words of their instructor, NBBC OP (original paddler!) Jens Rasmussen, “This may be one of the strongest groups we’ve had yet — a testament to our growing canoe culture and mentorship.”

So we want to thank Jens and congratulate our new Level 2 canoeists — with the hope that all NBBC members will move along the road toward becoming more skilled, more connected, and more able to pass that knowledge along to the next group to discover our home waters.

The 2018 Level 2 Canoe class fueling up.

And thankfully there was enough food when the long days were done!

The Next Public Paddle Is September 8!

The next public paddle is Saturday, August 18!

The next public paddle is August 18!

 

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′ voyageur canoes. Everyone on the paddle works together under expert instruction to forge a unique NYC experience, seeing the city in a new way.

Heading west along the bulkhead

Heading west along the bulkhead

In Dutch Kills

In Dutch Kills

Public paddles are free and open to everyone. We especially hope to welcome our Brooklyn neighbors to the boatyard to see the city the way we love to see it — from the water. In particular, we are proud to welcome other nonprofit community organizations to join us and relax from the hard work of making the world a little bit better.

We will try to get everyone who shows up on the water using our big 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, great veggie food, and other snacks. Our public paddles are child and pet friendly.

This year’s schedule (subject to change; please check our Calendar of Events):

  • Saturday, May 26, 1-6 PM — Opening Day 2018!
  • Saturday, June 16, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 14, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 28, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, August 18, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, September 8, 12-4 PM: Check this page in the morning to make sure weather hasn’t changed our plans!

The big canoes!

The big canoes!

The Next Public Paddle Is August 18!

The next public paddle is Saturday, August 18!

The next public paddle is August 18!

Due to recent rain volume, there is a CSO advisory. As a result we will have to suspend the on-water portion of today’s public paddle. We are still going to be hanging out at the boat yard,  EdShed environmental education programming and general open house at the boatyard (that is to say, we’re still hanging out, doing our boat club things, so come on over).

Our sewage treatment plans can handle up to 2x it’s operating capacity, but on days with excess rain, our sewers can fill to capacity and a mix of wastewater and rain water can end up going into our waterways here’s more information about Combined Sewage Overflow events.

 

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′ voyageur canoes. Everyone on the paddle works together under expert instruction to forge a unique NYC experience, seeing the city in a new way.

Heading west along the bulkhead

Heading west along the bulkhead

In Dutch Kills

In Dutch Kills

Public paddles are free and open to everyone. We especially hope to welcome our Brooklyn neighbors to the boatyard to see the city the way we love to see it — from the water. In particular, we are proud to welcome other nonprofit community organizations to join us and relax from the hard work of making the world a little bit better.

We will try to get everyone who shows up on the water using our big 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, great veggie food, and other snacks. Our public paddles are child and pet friendly.

This year’s schedule (subject to change; please check our Calendar of Events):

  • Saturday, May 26, 1-6 PM — Opening Day 2018!
  • Saturday, June 16, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 14, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 28, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, August 18, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, September 8, 12-4 PM

The big canoes!

The big canoes!

The Next Public Paddle Is July 28! (and watch this space for weather updates!)

UPDATE (Saturday 9 AM): We are on! Hope to see all our neighbors and friends from farther away at your community boat club this afternoon!

UPDATE (Friday, 11 AM): The overnight forecast is a little iffy, and there’s a chance we will have to suspend the paddling portion of the day in case of a CSO — combined sewer overflow. These pollution events are one of the many environmental challenges facing Newtown Creek and its revitalization. Please check this space in the morning for updates on the programming for Saturday afternoon.

The next public paddle is Saturday, July 14!

The next public paddle is July 14!


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′ voyageur canoes. Everyone on the paddle works together under expert instruction to forge a unique NYC experience, seeing the city in a new way.

Heading west along the bulkhead

Heading west along the bulkhead

In Dutch Kills

In Dutch Kills

Public paddles are free and open to everyone. We especially hope to welcome our Brooklyn neighbors to the boatyard to see the city the way we love to see it — from the water. In particular, we are proud to welcome other nonprofit community organizations to join us and relax from the hard work of making the world a little bit better.

We will try to get everyone who shows up on the water using our big 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, great veggie food, and other snacks. Our public paddles are child and pet friendly.

This year’s schedule (subject to change; please check our Calendar of Events):

  • Saturday, May 26, 1-6 PM — Opening Day 2018!
  • Saturday, June 16, 12-4 PM
  • >Saturday, July 14, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 28, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, August 18, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, September 8, 12-4 PM


The big canoes!

The big canoes!