About Kayak & Canoe Club of New York

Do you want to get into whitewater kayaking, improve your skills, or meet fun people to paddle with?

Kayak & Canoe Club of New York is your answer!

Kayak & Canoe Club of New York is one of the largest whitewater clubs in the East, and despite our name, serve New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut as well as New York, where we formed in 1959. KCCNY features a whitewater paddling program with novice, intermediate, or expert trips planned for each weekend of the paddling season, though the die hards paddle year round! We run rivers from Canada to the Carolinas, with most trips within a three-hour drive of New York City.

Our schedule has trips for the normal rainy seasons, most eastern water releases and occasionally ocean surfing, as well as practice and play on the ever-flowing Delaware. But whenever rain or snowmelt fills the rivers, the members hit the phones and website as informal trips hit the whitewater.

KCCNY offers instructional opportunities for everyone from the beginner through advanced paddlers. The winter pool sessions are an excellent time for boaters to begin learning or sharpening up their Eskimo roll, which definitely makes whitewater safer and more fun. While on the rivers, veteran paddlers will gladly give useful hints to better boating. We even have several ACA-certified instructors who assist with pool session rolling practice and schedule various formal instruction trips throughout the paddling season.

Off the river, KCCNY is noted for our longstanding efforts at conservation and river management. We continue to be a force in negotiating with our area hydropower producers and government agencies to make river resources available for recreational use. Many paddlers are unaware of the long battles local clubs have waged to achieve recreational releases on popular rivers such as the Deerfield and Mongaup. We also raise and donate funds to organizations such as New York Rivers United and American Whitewater to help their programs in river conservation and paddler access keep our rivers clean and flowing.

Although KCCNY owns no boats or paddling equipment, several paddlers loan out some of their equipment and we can offer advice on the type of boat to purchase and the best place to purchase new and used paddling gear.

To join us go to kccny.com

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About Kayak & Canoe Club of New York

Do you want to get into whitewater kayaking, improve your skills, or meet fun people to paddle with?

Kayak & Canoe Club of New York is your answer!

Kayak & Canoe Club of New York is one of the largest whitewater clubs in the East, and despite our name, serve New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut as well as New York, where we formed in 1959. KCCNY features a whitewater paddling program with novice, intermediate, or expert trips planned for each weekend of the paddling season, though the die hards paddle year round! We run rivers from Canada to the Carolinas, with most trips within a three-hour drive of New York City.

Our schedule has trips for the normal rainy seasons, most eastern water releases and occasionally ocean surfing, as well as practice and play on the ever-flowing Delaware. But whenever rain or snowmelt fills the rivers, the members hit the phones and website as informal trips hit the whitewater.

KCCNY offers instructional opportunities for everyone from the beginner through advanced paddlers. The winter pool sessions are an excellent time for boaters to begin learning or sharpening up their Eskimo roll, which definitely makes whitewater safer and more fun. While on the rivers, veteran paddlers will gladly give useful hints to better boating. We even have several ACA-certified instructors who assist with pool session rolling practice and schedule various formal instruction trips throughout the paddling season.

Off the river, KCCNY is noted for our longstanding efforts at conservation and river management. We continue to be a force in negotiating with our area hydropower producers and government agencies to make river resources available for recreational use. Many paddlers are unaware of the long battles local clubs have waged to achieve recreational releases on popular rivers such as the Deerfield and Mongaup. We also raise and donate funds to organizations such as New York Rivers United and American Whitewater to help their programs in river conservation and paddler access keep our rivers clean and flowing.

Although KCCNY owns no boats or paddling equipment, several paddlers loan out some of their equipment and we can offer advice on the type of boat to purchase and the best place to purchase new and used paddling gear.

To join us go to kccny.com

How to contribute

Any KCCNY member can (and should!) post articles to the KCCNY blog. These can be more formal articles, as one would write for a newsletter, or trip reports, photo galleries, videos — anything you think your fellow members would enjoy or find useful.

If you’d like to contribute, please fill out the form below so we can give you authorship privileges. You’ll receive an email soon after and, if you’re not already a WordPress.com member, will have to sign up for a free account. All of this is a one-time process after which you can post at will. For more details, watch the video below.

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Coordinating Trips

Have you looked at the KCCNY trip schedule and wondered why there were so few trips posted? That’s because we rely on volunteers to post trips. So many of you paddle the rivers and look for KCCNY trips to join, but few of you volunteer to be the Trip Coordinator. Without those volunteers there would be no trips. KCCNY serves a need in the paddling community to provide a strong support group for folks just joining the sport, new to the area, or without a close circle of friends to run ad hoc trips. We bond together, make new friends and help each other going down the river. How did you get started in the sport? Think about giving back to others just getting started or moving up to a new class of river.

The responsibilities of the official trip coordinator are minimal and do not include responsibility for safely leading others down the river. Our official trip rules specifically state that everyone is responsible for themselves. You don’t have to be an expert paddler, or a swiftwater safety instructor to be a trip coordinator. It does help if you are familiar with the river that you are coordinating but it is not necessary.

So what the responsibilities?

Our key concern is maintaining our insurance coverage through the ACA. We follow the ACA guidelines: http://www.kccny.com/pg.aspx?pg=http://www.americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/insurance-documents/aca_risk_mgt_2012.pdf

These are common sense safety guidelines, such as signing waivers, wearing PFDs and helmets, carrying throw ropes etc. They are all things that you should be doing anyway.

The list of responsibilities and instructions for Trip Coordinators is on the KCCNY Website at

http://www.kccny.com/0/ResponsibilitiesOfCoordinator.aspx.

Post the trip, get everyone to the river, check for waivers and ACA event fees, run the river, notify the ACA at the close of the event. That’s it in a nutshell. As a trip coordinator you have the right to refuse to allow a person to join the trip if you feel that they cannot paddle it safely. We ask that the trip coordinators not to post the time and meeting place in the trip description so that anyone who wants to join has to contact you and you can screen them.

If every active club member can organize at least one trip per year, we would have a full trip schedule. There are Lehigh and Mongaup releases every other weekend (on alternate weeks this year, so essentially a local river every weekend), Deerfield and Lower Yough releases all summer, Stonycreek every other weekend, the Lackawaxen every Friday all summer and a variety of other rivers in the Northeast to pick from at all levels of difficulty. Sometimes, it even rains and we have another set of rivers to pick from with natural flow. We would love to have people add some new rivers to our schedule.

See you on the river.