Appalachian Mountain Club

Canoe & Kayak FAQ


What kinds of paddling trips does NY-NoJ AMC offer?

NY-NoJ AMC offers trips covering many disciplines of paddling, including whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking and different kinds of canoeing. Our trips range from gentle rivers in the New Jersey Pine Barrens to challenging whitewater; from placid lakes to rough ocean surf. Some of our trips are day trips; others are weekend trips with car camping at a convenient campsite. Many weekend trips feature community cooking while others take advantage of inexpensive restaurants. One or two trips a year are expeditions in which we carry all our gear in the boats and camp overnight on the river bank. Trips are listed in the NY-NoJ triennial activities schedule and on the Club website. The website is generally more up-to-date, since new trips are added throughout the year due to fortuitous rainfalls.

 

Do I need my own boat to paddle with NY-NoJ AMC?

No, you don’t need to own a boat to paddle with the AMC. We own several fleets of boats that are available for rent on scheduled trips and instructionals.  Our rental rates are nominal.  Boat rentals generally need to be picked up and returned to our Barn in Rockland County, NY. Gear such as PFDs, paddles, sprayskirts, and helmets are included in the boat rental costs.

 

Does NY-NoJ AMC offer canoe and kayak instruction?

Yes, our instructional program includes courses in both beginner and intermediate skill levels, in both kayak and canoe. Details about these courses are in the online schedule. Be aware our instructional programs are very popular and fill up quickly.

 

Who are the trip leaders for NY-NoJ AMC and what do they do?

All CKC trip leaders are AMC members who volunteer their time and skills to share their love of paddlesports. AMC paddling trips are not catered affairs: you are expected to share the unloading, loading, camping, and cooking chores that make our trips successful and inexpensive.

What if it is raining?  Will the trip be cancelled or a rain date be scheduled?

As a general rule, we don’t cancel paddling trips due to bad weather, but trip plans may be altered by changing water levels and the weather that may create paddling hazards.  Also remember that while it may be raining in one location, the sun may be shining at your paddling destination!

As a general rule, we don’t cancel paddling trips due to bad weather, but trip plans may be altered by changing water levels and the weather that may create paddling hazards. Also remember that while it may be raining in one location, the sun may be shining at your paddling destination!

Have a Question?

Contact the CKC Chair at Canoekayak@amc-ny.org