NOTICE: Youth Kayak Program on Friday, June 28 2019 @ 10:00am
26 Jun 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians, We have a wonderful opportunity for your child to participate in a kayaking program on Friday, June 28th at 10:00 am in Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The youth kayak program at Brooklyn Bridge Park is designed to introduce students to kayaking. With an emphasis on fun, safety, communication and building confidence in a variety of skills, the program offers students the opportunity to learn the basics of kayaking and the chance to apply this knowledge and practice these skills on the water. Instructors are experienced kayakers and teachers and, for the on‐water portion of the program, there will be at least one experienced instructor for every 8 youth on the water.
The day begins with an on‐land segment that includes instruction on safety protocol, a life‐vest fitting and a basic stroke clinic (to teach basic skills, such as paddling forward, backward, and sideways, stopping and turning). Experienced staff members will then teach students basic skills for “sit‐on‐top” kayaking within the protected embayment between Piers 1 and 2. The program will include all equipment and gear, including kayaks, paddles and life vests.
Please complete the wavier and read the below instructions if you are interested in your child attending this program. Parents are also welcome to chaperone on the boats and please let us know if you volunteer. There are limited spaces for this free program and please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (no “i” in the night part to RSVP. Incoming sixth graders, seventh graders and eight graders are all welcome to participate. There are two sessions, a 10:00 am to 12:00 pm session and a 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm session. Please let us know which session you are registering your child for.
All the Best, PTA Executive Board
Dock Street Kayaking Day at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 2
What to Wear Please note that this class takes place on the water. Students’ shoes and clothing will get wet. Water shoes or light sneakers are strongly recommended for all students. We recommend wearing multiple layers, quick-dry fabrics, a hat and sunscreen and having an extra pair of clothing to change into. No bare feet. Glasses should be well-secured.
Directions: This class takes place at Pier 2 section of the park. You can find directions by clicking here.
Photographs: Please be advised that with the confirmation of this field trip the school is providing authorization and consent to the use of visual images of students and teachers by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Brooklyn Bridge Park, The Kayak Foundation, and Brooklyn Kayak Guides for appropriate purposes, including but not limited to: still photography, videotape, electronic and print publications and websites. It is the responsibility of the teacher to identify any students who do not have a signed photo release on file with the school.
Chaperones: Students must be accompanied by an adult at a ratio of 1 adult for every 10 students.
Behavioral Expectations: We have a strict behavior policy at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The primary objective of this program is for students to have a unique, educationally rich experience. It is our expectation that the general classroom teacher/camp counselor not only help to facilitate student learning but assist in moderating any disruptive behavior that may impede on the expected overall learning objectives for the class. Many of our lessons include small group activities. We ask that chaperones and teachers be prepared to participate and help the students to work in small groups. At no time should a chaperone smoke on the park property. Additionally, it is requested that chaperones and/or teachers step away from the class if they need to use their cellphone. Please keep in mind that if a class becomes too disruptive, the park educator has the right to end the class if she/he deems it appropriate.
Indemnification: Schools will defend, indemnify and hold harmless Bridge Park Conservancy, Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, Brooklyn Kayak Guides, Inc., The Kayak Foundation, Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, Inc. and their affiliates, commissioners, directors, officers, agents and employees from and against damages for injury or death of persons and for damages to or destruction of property of the Park or Conservancy property occurring during visit and caused by the acts, omissions, neglect or misconduct of students, teachers, staff or chaperones. The guardian and student assumes all risk of loss of property.