RIVER RIDERS FAQS
JUNE 20TH – AUGUST 31TH, 2019
WALK-UP KAYAKING, PADDLE-BOARDING AND ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENES.
THIS COMMUNITY PADDLE PROGRAM (BOATS, BOARDS, EQUIPMENT AND TRAINED LEADERS) ARE FREE-OF-CHARGE TO PARTICIPANTS 6 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER
NO ONE MAY PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM WITHOUT THE ADULT OR MINOR INSURANCE WAIVER BEING SIGNED (TAP LINK AT BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN).
Boats and equipment are available on a first come first served basis. We do not take reservations. (see below for start times).
Participants are expected to help carry boats and equipment from the storage facilities to the ramp and help wash and store all boats and equipment on their return.
WHEN: JUNE 20TH UNTIL AUGUST 31ST, 2019
THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS 3:00PM-8:30PM
PLEASE check the weekly calendar for the most up to date information. Walk-up kayaking may always be cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
CANCELLATION OF TRIPS
Community paddling may be cancelled or modified due to weather conditions, water conditions, or for safety reasons. The Public Program Coordinator has COMPLETE Authority over the event and SAFETY of all participants is paramount.
Participants can be from 6 to 80 yrs old. However, participants must realize that they need to be physically able to help carry their boat and equipment to the ramp and back.
Participants must be physically able to sit in a Sit-on-top kayak boat.
Persons with physical disabilities must contact The Public Program Coordinator BEFORE you arrive for a paddle.
If you have any health concerns please contact The Public Program Coordinator BEFORE you arrive for a paddle
Participants Safety is our number one concern, which is why:
Volunteer YPRC Members have taken courses in kayaking and leadership.
On-Water volunteers carry VHF radios in case of emergencies.
On-Water volunteers have complete authority over all boats on water and may exclude any individual as they see fit.
You must fill out our standard an Insurance Waiver online (tap link at bottom of your screen).
Groups should fill out online adult and minor waivers before they arrive and provide a list of all signed waivers at check-in.
Lifejackets must be worn at all times.
Competent swimming skills are encouraged but not required but you should at a minimum be comfortable in the water. The boats used are all wide sit-on-top kayaks designed for beginners but there is always a chance of falling into the water.
WHAT TO BRING:
Dress appropriately for the day. YPRC suggests that all participants wear water shoes (not sneakers). It is necessary that you protect your feet because there are sharp rocks and sometimes broken glass in the river, and kayakers need to wade into the water as they launch their boats. Wear clothes that can get wet and you will feel comfortable in. If possible, bring a towel and a set of dry clothes to change into after the paddle.
The water in June is still cold and it is suggested that long pants and a long sleeve top are worn. Clothes that are breathable and NOT COTTON are recommended.
YPRC will not be responsible for the loss of any items. Please leave your valuables at home.
A hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses that protect against UV rays are recommended in the hot summer sun. The rays that reflect off the water can be dangerous to the retina. Dark glasses that do not offer UV protection are more harmful than no glasses because they cause the pupil to open wide allowing even more UV to hit the retina.
There are no shower facilities available and restrooms consist of Porta-Sans near the ramp and flush toilets at the south end of JFK Marina
Drinking water is available for $1 - Don't pay us for water bring a reusable water bottle
DO NOT BRING ANYTHING ONTO THE WATER THAT CAN BE LOST OR DAMAGED. (cell phones, wallets, keys etc). There are NO lockers available to store valuables at JFK Marina.
From Tappan Zee Bridge
Go south on Route 87 (NYS Thruway) to the Saw Mill River Parkway to Executive Blvd. exit. Follow Executive Blvd. to end. Make left onto North Broadway to first traffic light - Odell Avenue. Right onto Odell Avenue. to end. Make left onto Warburton Avenue to Kennedy Blvd. Turn right onto Kennedy to marina and park.
Take either the Major Deegan or the Henry Hudson Parkway north to Saw Mill River Parkway north. Stay on Saw Mill River Parkway north to Executive Blvd. Follow directions from * above.
Metro North Hudson Line to Glenwood Station - 43 minutes from Grand Central Station. SUBWAY: 1 or 9 IRT to 242nd Street. Then BIKE north 6.5 miles or take #1 Yonkers BUS to JFK Memorial Drive and walk west to river.
If you have any questions not addressed here or for general information please contact Phil Giller 718-354-6141 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
If the kayaks have not yet been taken out, please help carry them from their storage area onto the launching site or other designated area, a program volunteer will assist you. Do not drag the boats, as the cement will damage the bottoms, work in pairs, one at each end.
Small children should not carry kayaks, but they can help with carrying the paddles.
Sit on Top Kayaks do not have seats and unless you have a bad back, seats are not really necessary.
Once all the boats and equipment are staged for use, get fitted with a life jacket PFD and obtain a paddle. Remember that the PFD must fit snugly and should not be able to slip above your neck.
Pay attention to a brief review of paddling techniques and safety tips from one of the program volunteers
Your help will make things flow smoothly. After you have come off the water, you can help put kayaks and equipment away or with other brief chores.