The Red Hook Boaters is a volunteer organization that provides free kayaking in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Their mission is to help people get on the water and enjoy the New York Harbor, and to instill a sense of protection for our unique coastal environment by maintaining the small-boat launch site from which they operate.
Since 2006, thousands of people have joined them for a paddle inside the protected waters of the Louis Valentino Jr. Pier Park. We provide all the equipment along with paddling & safety tips. You arrive, put your name on a list, and then take a kayak out for a short paddle to explore the cove at your own pace (you will get a little wet). Afterwards, you can join us in our beach cleanup. As people experience and enjoy the waterfront through our programs, they become advocates for its revitalization. Many of them even join the mission and become volunteers themselves!