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Stand Up Paddle Boarding NYKC

Stand Up Paddle Boarding at New York Kayak Company

Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.  And, there is nothing like pursuing the sport on the dynamic hydraulics of the Hudson River and New York Harbor surrounded by rich history and iconic landmarks such as the Stature of Liberty, Freedom Tower, Empire State Building and George Washington and Brooklyn Bridges.  Our one of a kind, waterfront  location just minutes from lower Manhattan and Soho is the gateway to this world of exhilarating, unmatched urban paddling.  Our protected embayment opens to the full river where the waters of the Atlantic Ocean flood and ebb through our tidal estuary playground creating an ever changing environment with  conditions for all levels of SUP paddlers.   From beginners to advanced practitioners, we offer a comprehensive program designed to ensure unlimited hours of safe, enjoyable SUP paddling in our area and waterways worldwide.


What you need to know to get started:


Your First Class...

First timers start their SUP journey with our Beginners class.  In this 2 hour session, you will learn  basic safety and paddling techniques in a fun and friendly environment.  Our completely protected embayment is ideally suited for getting comfortable on a board and building a foundation of balance and effective strokes.

We keep our class sizes small, with a staff to student ratio no greater than 1-to-4, which ensures plenty of individual attention.

Please check our Courses and Adventure Calendar accessed on the home page for the Beginner class schedule. 



Progression - SUP for Intermediates

Our SUP for Intermediates class will help you develop and refine your skills and progress your paddling and fitness.  Also 2 hours, these focused, fun sessions are designed to hone your forward, turning and control strokes and introduce more performance oriented boards and dynamic water conditions such as current, wind and swell.  You  will also build your open water safety awareness.  Under the expert guidance of our instructors you will venture out onto the River, often heading to one of our favorite destinations depending on the level of the group.

Please check our Courses and Adventure Calendar accessed on the home page for the Intermediate class schedule.


SUP Tours

SUP touring on the Hudson River is an unforgettable experience.  Our short and long trips to classic destinations such as the Frying Pan, 79th Street Boat Basin, Chelsea Piers and the Statue of Liberty offer intermediate and advanced paddlers an exciting aquatic endurance adventure.  Our highly experienced and knowledgeable guides will make sure you maximize your paddling time as you take in all that defines this unique urban paddling mecca - varied sea states, unparalleled skyline views and unlimited stretches of safe waterways.


What Do I Need to Bring?

We provide the board, paddle, leash and Personal Flotation Device (life jacket).

You should bring fluids and an energy bar or snack along with sun protection (sun-block, a hat, sunglasses etc.)   Click here for a full list of other items you might want to bring.


Other Suggestions for Comfort

SyntheticTop:  Soggy cotton shirts get uncomfortable under a life jacket and will not screen your skin from  the sun's potentially harmful rays.  Synthetic material tops are highly recommended.  NYKC sells upper body wear designed specifically for paddle sports, but any smooth synthetic garment will suffice.   Surfing rash-guards are terrific!

Synthetic pants, shorts or a swimsuit: Of any kind are also strongly suggested.

Sun hat:  Significant exposure to sunshine can occur on the water.  A full brimmed hat or baseball cap will offer welcome protection.

Retainers for eye glasses If you wear glasses, its a good idea to secure them with products like Croakies or Chums, which we sell at the store.

A towel is also recommended.

Shoes are advised.  For kayaking water or paddling shoes are strongly suggested.  For SUP paddling during warmer times of year flip flops or sandals to wear to and from the dock are a good idea.  During colder weather, paddling or surf footwear for both on and off the board is recommended.

New York Kayak Company has separate changing rooms for men and women. We also have small lockers for day use.  Please bring a lock.



All classes and trips are $50 per hour. Save 20% when you purchase 10 hours or more.


Is there a minimum age?

We have a minimum age of 15 years old for all of our group activities. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 15 years of age may be eligible for private instruction while accompanied by an adult depending on gear availability.

More questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section. Or call the shop today.