Sebago Canoe Club is offering COVID conscious activities that provide access to Jamaica Bay. All members and in-person visitors must bring and wear face coverings, expect social distancing, and expect changes in usual practices.

Kayaking in Jamaica Bay – Free and Open to the Public!

Description . Schedule/Cancellations . Your Health . What to Bring . Directions . Questions


  • These paddling trips are guided group kayak trips launching from the dock of the Sebago Canoe Club on Paerdegat Basin into the adjacent waters of Jamaica Bay (Gateway National Park).
  • This paddle program (boats, equipment and trained leaders) are FREE-OF-CHARGE .
  • No one under 16 yrs old will be permitted on trips. A parent must accompany participants 16-18 yrs old.
  • No one may participate in this program without signing our insurance waiver. A waiver for those 16-18 years of age must be signed by a parent or guardian. 
  • Space is limited. Boats and equipment are on a first come first served basis. We do not take reservations. (see below for start times).
  • In order to accommodate the large number of people who are interested in the Open Paddle program, we request that you participate no more than 3 times. If you are still interested in kayaking after your participation in these paddles you can join the club for a reasonable membership fee.
  • Participants are expected to help carry boats and equipment from the storage facilities to the dock and help wash and store all boats and equipment on their return.

Open Paddle Schedule/Trip Cancellations:

  • Open Paddles are scheduled to take place on Saturday mornings from June through
    August as listed on the Sebago Calendar of Events. Please check the calendar.
  • Excursions, which may last up to 2 hours, are dependent upon factors
    such as temperature, wind and water conditions, and the abilities of each particular group.
  • Trips may be cancelled by the club and/or the Trip Leader at any time, at its/his/her sole
  • Open Paddles will have an estimated launch time of 10 AM, which means participants must
    arrive no later than 9 AM for orientation, equipment fittings and deployment.

Your Health:

  • Participants can be from 16 to 80 yrs old. However, participants need to be in good physical shape to help carry your boat and equipment to the dock and back.
  • You must be physically able to sit in an enclosed boat and paddle for a 2 hr period.
  • If you have any health concerns please contact BEFORE you arrive for a paddle

Safety Requirements/issues:

  • Volunteer Trip Leaders and Assistants have taken courses in kayaking and leadership.
  • Trip Leaders have taken and passed kayak rescue classes.
  • Trips leaders have complete authority over all trips and may exclude any individual as they see fit. Please keep in mind that during these paddles you will be operating as part of a group under the direction of the leaders.
  • You must sign an insurance waiver. Insurance waivers for those under 18 must be signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Lifejackets must be worn at all times.
  • Competent swimming skills are encouraged but not required, you should at a minimum be comfortable in the water. The boats used are all wide recreational kayaks designed for beginners but there is always a chance of falling into the water.
  • As previously mentioned, participants should be in good physical condition, as they will be required to paddle for 2 hours. If you have any health concerns please contact BEFORE you arrive for a paddle.
  • Please inform the Trip Leader BEFORE you leave the dock if you have any health or safety concerns.

What to Bring:

  • Dress appropriately for the day. Sebago suggests that all participants wear sneakers and clothes that can get wet and that they bring a set of dry clothes to change into after the paddle. There are lockers available to leave your dry clothes, keys and wallet. Please bring your own small locker size lock.
  • The water in June is still cold and it is suggested that long pants and a long sleeve top be worn, clothes that are breathable and NOT COTTON are recommended. Please bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a bottle of water and an energy snack. Please eat something and drink at least 8 oz of water before you arrive in order to be fueled for the trip. Snacks can be left in the refrigerator (please mark your name on the bag) at the club or taken with you on the paddle.
  • Sebago will not be responsible for the loss of any items. Please leave your valuables at home.
  • There are no shower facilities available and restrooms consist of Porta-Sans on the property. Drinking water is available in the clubhouse.


Free parking is available on the street outside the club.

Public transportation is close by but will require you to take a bus or walk. Car services are available at the subway station and will pick you up at Sebago and take you to the subway for a nominal cost.

Click here for Directions by car or public transportation.


If you have any questions that were not addressed here, please contact us and the paddle coordinator or a representative from the club will contact you.