Sea Kayaking

Sebago’s Kayaking Committee has a lot to offer our club members. With the largest membership of all Sebago activity groups the Kayaking Committee has a busy schedule of trips, instruction and activities. View the calendar for dates and information.

During the peak season there are guided Jamaica Bay (Open Kayaking Paddles) trips on Saturday morning  for club members and guests, regional trips in the NYC tri-state area and instructional programs to help you become a safer paddler and possible trip leader. We also host a number of special events each year like the “Full Moon” paddle that combine paddling on the Bay with socializing at the club. Contact the Kayak Chair for more information.

Kayak Policies and Safety:

» View the Kayaking Committee policies for the use of club kayaks and participation

Here is the paddlecraft-specific Vessel Safety Check form that the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the American Canoe Association worked together to create. It gives requirements and then a whole lot more suggested safety practices. This is the sort of stuff above and beyond basic paddling skills that folks should be aware of when they’re going out for a paddle.

It was designed to let the Coast Guard Auxiliary do a more effective job when doing Vessel Safety Checks for paddlecraft (originally they used the same form for us as they did for motorboats, and that was just weird ’cause their asking to see fire extinguishers and backflame arrestors and other stuff that a kayak just doesn’t have), but it’s also a really good checklist of gear and practices.

» Vessel Safety Check Form