What we're about

We are a free paddling group located at the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse at the Hoboken waterfront.

Our kayaking season at Maxwell Place begins in late May and runs through September. If you like to join our kayaking days inside our protected cove, there is no need to sign up or RSVP, just show up when we are open. Everyone is welcome!

Check our schedule under "free paddle days" on our website for dates and times.
http://www.hobokencoveboathouse.org/

For those who volunteer to help us run our public program we also provide free kayak, SUP, surfski, and outrigger canoe trainings. We also have trips all over our waterways for our volunteers.

Volunteer once during the season then start joining our trainings and fun on the water!

Follow us on Instagram for updates! @hobocobo

Upcoming events (4)

Full Day Training for Active Volunteers (Advanced Skills)

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Our regular season has ended. This training is open for those who regularly helped us fulfill our mission and ran our public program by volunteering during our embayments in 2022.

Join us for a full day of advanced kayak training for volunteers who helped for at least 4 shifts of our public program. This training will focus on boat handling and paddling in wind/current.

We'll head north with the flood and practice our skills as we paddle. After we stop for a brief lunch around Mitsuwa, we'll head south with the ebb and put what we've learned into practice.

Note: everyone will be placed on the waitlist at first. The class size will be kept small to ensure a low student:instructor ratio. Priority will be given based on the volunteer shifts and your commitment to teaching others in 2023.

Elite Trip - Circumnavigation of Manhattan - 31 miles

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If wind/temperature aren't in our favor, we may change it to something else

All RSVP's will go into a waitlist until the host reviews that you pass all prerequisites below.

You must be able to paddle at least 3 knots per hour for the 9+ hours. Please understand that this will be a fast paced marathon and you must keep up.

We'll paddle around the entire island of Manhattan.

It'll take 10 hours, we'll travel 30+ miles, on 3 rivers, and under 21 bridges! This will be an amazing, yet a very challenging trip.

PREREQUISITES TO RSVP:

  1. Volunteered at least 4 embayment shifts in 2022 (or fully hosted 1 training/trip)
    AND
  2. Completed at least 3 trips in 2022 including 1 advanced trip
    AND
  3. You show full control of your craft under tough conditions
    AND
  4. During your trips you stayed near the front of the pack and you felt like you could have kept going
    AND
  5. You have proven that you can paddle 1 mile (including turns) in under 15 minutes in the craft you are planning to paddle

CRAFT:

  • Sit on top - Not allowed
  • Sea Kayak - Level 3 (self rescue under 90 seconds)
  • OC1/OC2 - Not allowed. You may join Ke Aloha's fundraiser circ the same day
  • SUP - Only if completed 10+ mile round trip in 2021/2022 and pass all the prerequisites listed above
  • Surfski - Only if completed 10+ mile round trip in 2021/2022 and pass all the prerequisites listed above

COME PREPARED:

  • Make sure you have proper clothing to temperature of air and water and other conditions
  • Water in a reusable bottle. So much water
  • Lots and of food
  • Anything else you may need to spend 12 hours on the water

TIMELINE:
Departure will be at 5:45 AM SHARP
Boats on the water by 5:30 AM
Arrive to the boathouse no later than 5:00 AM

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Advanced Level Volunteer Trip - Governor's Island - 9 mile round trip

Needs a location

Our regular season has ended. This trip is open for those who regularly helped us fulfill our mission and ran our public program by volunteering during our embayments in 2022.

If you did not have a chance to volunteer this year, we will begin to train new volunteers in May 2023.
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One of our best trips. The whole island is a park and an awesome place to explore, eat, relax and play!

PREREQUISITES TO RSVP:

  1. Volunteered 4 embayment shifts in 2022
    AND
  2. Completed an "intermediate" trip in 2022 in which you stayed near the front of the pack and you found it easy to keep up
    AND
  3. You show full control of your kayak/SUP, can self rescue under 120 seconds, and completed our time trial under 16 minutes 30 seconds

COME PREPARED:

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Wallet if you plan to buy food at Mitsuwa or food to picnic
  • Temperature appropriate clothing (no cotton sweaters)
  • Anything else you may need to spend a few hours paddling!

CRAFT:

  • Sit on top - not allowed
  • Sea Kayak - must have completed a intermediate round trip and passed time trial in 2022
  • OC1/OC2 - Ke Aloha supporting paddlers with a Ke Aloha coach approval
  • SUP - must have completed a intermediate round trip and passed time trial in 2022
  • Surfski - must have completed a intermediate round trip and passed time trial in 2022

TIMELINE:

  • 6:15 am - meet at the boathouse, get equipment ready
  • 6:30 am - safety briefing
  • 6:45 am - move boats to beach
  • 7:00 am - depart
  • 8:00 am - arrive at Governor's Island dock and call security
  • 8:15 am - enter the island!

We'll have almost 4 hours to relax, bike, play, explore, eat, and nap!

  • 12:15 pm - meet back outside the dock,
  • 12:30 pm - Enter dock area, prepare equipment, and safety briefing
  • 12:45 pm - depart5 am - depart
  • 2:00 pm - arrive at boathouse
  • 2:30 pm - clean and put away equipment
  • 3:00 pm - trip ends

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NOAA predicted current at Hudson River Entrance
7:48 AM - Max Ebb ~1.40 knots
11:12 AM - Slack ~0 knots
2:06 PM - Max Flood ~1.06 knots

*NEW Elite Trip* - Alpine - 30 miles

Needs a location

If wind/conditions aren't in our favor, we may change it to something else or cancel.

All RSVP's will go into a waitlist until the host reviews that you pass all prerequisites below.

You must be able to paddle at least 3 knots per hour for the 6+ hours. Please understand that this will be a fast paced marathon and you must keep up.

*New Elite Trip* We may stop to see waterfalls on the way.

Ke Aloha will be doing a 50 mile trip, so wee must do at least 30! This will be an amazing, yet a very challenging trip. Please do not RSVP unless you absolutely know you can do it.

PREREQUISITES TO RSVP:

  1. Volunteered at least 4 embayment shifts in 2022 (or fully hosted 1 training/trip)
    AND
  2. Completed at least 3 trips in 2022 including 1 advanced trip
    AND
  3. You show full control of your craft under tough conditions
    AND
  4. During your trips you stayed near the front of the pack and you felt like you could have kept going
    AND
  5. You have proven that you can paddle 1 mile (including turns) in under 15 minutes in the craft you are planning to paddle

CRAFT:

  • Sit on top - Not allowed
  • Sea Kayak - Level 3 (self rescue under 90 seconds)
  • OC1/OC2 - Not allowed. You may join Ke Aloha's trip the same day
  • SUP - Only if completed 10+ mile round trip in 2021/2022 and pass all the prerequisites listed above
  • Surfski - Only if completed 10+ mile round trip in 2021/2022 and pass all the prerequisites listed above

COME PREPARED:

  • Make sure you have proper clothing to temperature of air and water and other conditions
  • Water in a reusable bottle. So much water
  • Lots and of food. There is no place to buy there so carry everything with you!
  • Anything else you may need to spend 6 hours on the water
  • Waterproof all around white light

TIMELINE:

  • 4:50 AM - meet at the boathouse, get equipment ready
  • 5:05 AM - safety briefing
  • Whoever does not have their equipment fully ready for the safety briefing will not join the trip
  • 5:20 AM - move boats to beach
  • 5:30 AM - depart
  • 9:00 AM - arrive at Alpine
  • 9:15 AM - put away boats and equipment

We'll have 90 minutes to relax and eat.

  • 10:45 AM - meet back at the beach, prepare equipment, and safety briefing
  • 11:00 AM - depart
  • 2:30 PM - arrive at boathouse
  • 2:45 PM - clean and put away equipment
  • 3:15 PM - trip ends

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NOAA predicted current at Pier 92
7:12 AM - Max flood ~1.75
9:54 AM - Slack ~0 knots
1:17 PM - Max ebb ~2.77 knots

NOAA predicted current at Riverdale
7:51 AM - Max flood ~[masked]:21 PM - Slack ~0 knots
2:02 PM - Max ebb ~1.78 knots

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Wind Training (Elite) - for Active 2022 Volunteers

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