We offer different tours from many locations for all skill levels
Tours are divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced programs, plus multi-day programs. Many programs fill up early. Kayaking is a sport that’s easy to enjoy the first time out. You don’t need days of lessons to get started in a kayak, and our beginner kayak tours visit many of the same spots that delight the most advanced paddlers.
Atlantic Kayak Tours provides everything you need as a first-time paddler. All the equipment, introductory instruction, experienced guides – and friendly people just like you. There are some new paddlers on every beginner tour.
A typical full-day program: At our meeting place, guides work individually with each client to set you up with the boat and equipment that fit you best. On-land orientation covers paddling basics. On the water, our guides move around and offer help as needed. We try to have one guide for every four or five paddlers, and almost all of our staff were Atlantic Kayak Tours clients at one time. Beginner tours move at a comfortable pace with rest stops for water and enjoying the view. We take an hour for lunch and usually arrive back at the meeting place about 4 p.m.
Do kayaks tip over? Capsizes can happen on tours. Men capsize more than women. But if you find yourself in the water, our guides help you back into your boat in short order. We practice rescues all the time, to maintain our skills and just for the fun of it. On hot days, lots of us will capsize on purpose.
What to wear and bring? A detailed list of what to wear and bring will be sent to you when you register, along with driving directions to our meeting place.
How do I sign up for a program?
Registrations can be done by online, by mail, email, or in person the Norrie Paddlesport Centers. Fill out the registration form located on the Registration page, along with a check or credit card information. If the program is within one week, you can call to check availability. In the summer and early fall, some programs fill up a week or two in advance. If the program you registered for is full, we will call you. Registration Form
If you sign up for a program that is not at our Norrie Paddlesport Center, then a boat is carried to the program for you and you will not have a choice of kayaks. Although you have given us your size on the registration form, it’s hard for us to pick the perfect kayak for you without knowing you. If you are of average size, you’re likely to get a kayak that fits you well. The further you are from average size – in either direction – the more important it will be for you to do your first program from a Center. Or, you might like to stop by a Center before your program and sit in a number of kayaks to get an idea of which boats are a good fit.
Atlantic Kayak Tours has kayak tours in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island, but specializes on the Hudson River. The Hudson Valley offers many beautiful kayak tours. Beginner kayak instructional programs are offered at our Norrie Point Paddlesport Center in Staatsburg, between Hyde Park and Rhinebeck and in Saugerties
My First Time
To have the best first time experience you should do a shorter program from the Norrie Point Paddlesport Center. The best first program is our Norrie Short Tour. This is a half-day guided program from our Norrie Paddlersports Centers.
As we have over 100 kayaks and canoes we can get you into a kayak or canoe the best suits your size and needs. If you don’t like the kayak you start the program in, you can try more kayaks when we get back to the Center (at no additional charge). Finding the correct kayak has a great deal to do with your enjoyment of kayaking. Besides the Norrie Short Tour, other good first time options include:
Learn skills, not strokes. Strokes place too much emphasis on the paddle. Kayaking is about the body, the boat, and the blade. Your first kayak experience should be a shorter program to introduce yourself to kayaking (see Norrie Short Tour, Norrie Sunset Tour).
After a couple of days kayaking, an Instruction program starts to give you the building blocks for kayaking. Then, you need time in the boat. Paddle with us or a club and try to do some Saugerties Skill Sessions. Then get on the Core Techniques program. Building your skills on flat water in a safe controlled environment. After Core Techniques, the Safety & Rescue will cover the safety skills that all paddlers should have. Safety and Rescue is one of the most important programs to take.
Once your building blocks have begun to be put in place it is time to start applying them in different environments. Take the Coastal Paddling. A variety of experiences will make you a better, and safer, paddler.