Paddle Guidelines


  • PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) must be worn while on the water
  • On “Big Water” trips, such as those on the Hudson River (see exceptions below), Long Island Sound and Lake George, the minimum boat length is 13.5 ft. and boats must have dual bulkheads or flotation devices in bow and stern; unless the boat is a sit-on-top kayak.  Canoes do not come under these “Big Water” requirements.
    Hudson River Exceptions: “Big Water” requirements do not apply to trips into Constitution Marsh or other areas where travel on the Hudson is minimal.


How to Get Started Kayaking: 2014 Presentations

All ADK members are welcomed to attend and/or assist with the presentations–No kayaking experience is necessary.  Contact: Don Urmston:  or 845-457-4552

Always wanted to try kayaking but don’t know how to get started?  Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) trip leader Don Urmston will tell you how to get started, what gear you’ll need, where to go paddling, where to meet other paddlers and where to get instruction on your technique.  See and feel the difference in kayaks, paddles and other equipment with our hands-on presentation.  Special attention is given to kayak safety and choosing your first kayak.  Whether you just want to paddle occasionally or you want to become an expert sea kayaker, this program will get you started.  Free to all.

Thurs. March 6, Beacon Library 6:30pm

Tues. March 18, Saugerties Library   6:00pm

Sun. April 6, Pine Plains Library 2pm

Sun. April 13, Gardiner Library, 12:30PM

Tues. April 22, Elting Library, New Paltz 7:00pm

Tues. April 29, East Fishkill Library, 7pm

Wed. April 30, Goshen Library, 6:30pm

Fri. June 13, Mt. St. Mary Desmond Campus  6pm


  1. Hi Russ,
    I have a friend and he like fishing. When he saw my adventures with kayaking, he decide to go fishing with the kayak as a new experience. And he wants to learn how to paddle kayak. I saw your site and think suitable for him. So, do you have a kayak for renting or he have to find his kayak when joining your club?

  2. Russ,
    My wife is a beginner which is why I was interested in having her take a lesson from someone experienced in teaching proper paddling techniques. Since my kayak is only 12 feet, it does not meet your “big water” requirements.

    Thanks for getting back to me.

  3. The Mid-Hudson ADK guidelines apply to all of our paddling trips, whether at PaddleFest or otherwise.
    Guided kayaking trips at PaddleFest all require each participant to supply their own kayak. The Club does not own a fleet of boats. We borrow kayaks for PaddleFest, but they are to be used for the beginners’ kayak lessons and demo paddling in a restricted area for a limited time. The reason is to allow as many people to try kayaking as possible. You could rent a kayak from Mountain Top Outfitters on Main Street in Beacon for your wife.
    At PaddleFest, we will have guided paddling trips for those without their own boats, but these will be canoe trips.
    If you have any other questions, please contact me directly at
    I hope to see you at PaddleFest. Russ

  4. I have a 12 foot Pungo(120) with rear bulkhead & float bags in the bow. Do the paddle guidlines above apply to Paddlefest? Also, my wife does not have a kayak. Can she use one of yours so we can paddle together?

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