Pool Session to try everything from basic handling to advanced playboating to working on that all important roll.

We expect to offer 2 hour pool sessions at the Garfield, NJ Boys and Girls club for the 2024-25 season, weekends during the day from  December thru March except those that conflict with holiday.

Once things warm up paddlers start hitting the rivers.

Morgan rolling and Chana watchesThough there are usually many skilled kayakers at each session, if a trained instructor is planning on being at the session we’ll post in that session.
Trained instructors interested in teaching should contact us.


  • All boats must be washed before each pool session, in plain view, on the deck of the pool, before the boat is placed in the water. All water contained in boats must be dumped onto the deck surrounding the pool and the owner must immediately properly discard of any debris.
  • Remove float bags, throw ropes…anything that might hold debris.

teaching at a pool session


  • Jason, Mark and Boof showing playboating in poolWe have plenty of skilled instructors at all sessions who can help with getting you started and basic rolling. Just ask (or flounder and someone will probably offer to help).
  • Many sessions will have more specialized instruction from safety to play boating to sea kayak re-entry which will be noted in the individual session.


  • A helmet and a personal flotation device must be worn in the water.
  • No one may stand, swim or be in the water unless they are in a boat or are an instructor actively teaching.
  • We’ll put a limit on the # of folks as we don’t want it to get too crowded (but we’re ok with pretty crowded).
  • The Pool  Coordinator(s) are the authority at pool sessions and KCCNY reserves the right to expel anyone who does not follow the lifeguard’s and or the Event Coordinator’s instructions as well as these rules.


  • Equipment is available to borrow including boats, paddles, skirts helmets and life jackets  but takes time to arrange so reach out well beforehand. Details on borrowing equipment.
  • If you’re bringing a boat other than a whitewater kayak note that when you sign up. Don’t expect to paddle a larger boat around much but you should be able to practice rolls and re-entries.
  • Fragile boats are not recommended. Neither KCCNY nor the participants will be responsible for equipment damage. Getting a long or big boat in the pool is challenging. The largest boat we’ve gotten in are narrow 18 foot sea kayaks.

Garfield boys and girls club pool with kayakersAbout the Garfield Pool

The parking lot is on the right side of the building. Drive up to the upper lot.
You can enter the pool deck directly by going through the door nearest the back corner of the building which has an arrow on it saying pool entrance and pointing towards the street. This allows you to bring your boat directly into the pool.
The entrance has an awkward turn so longer or wider boats may be difficult or impossible to get in. The largest boats we’ve ever had are narrow 18 foot sea kayaks.

You can arrive as much as 30 minutes early to change and be ready to get your full 2 hours, but please stay out of the way of folks who precede us.
Changing rooms are thru the door by the bleachers.


  • We’ll try to offer a reasonable price, but renting a pool is expensive. We do hope to not lose money, but if we make some KCCNY traditionally donates most of our ‘profit’ to organizations that further our cause. We’ve donated as much as $1250 in recent years to such organizations as American Whitewater, American Rivers, RiverKeeper and many more. Learn more.


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