Which session is right for me?

NYKP holds three sessions per week. They have different objectives and are aimed at different levels of skill/experience.

SATURDAY

Our entry-level and social session. Targeted at individuals who want a more relaxed and fun set of games. It is also targeted at kayakers who are new to kayak polo. It will involve some basic drills on paddling, throwing and shooting, and allow time to practice personal skills, rescues and rolls. You should be:

  • Comfortable doing a wet exit and require minimal assistance to re-enter your boat
  • Comfortable or working toward being comfortable upside-down waiting for an assisted rescue
  • Working on your basic paddling skills and strokes
  • Curious about kayak polo skills, strategies and rules
  • Willing to take instruction and learn
SUNDAY

Our intermediate-level session. Targeted at individuals who have fundamental kayak polo skills and are learning strategy and rules. The games are competitive and faster-paced, led by our more seasoned players, but care is taken to accommodate newer players. We generally start with drills to develop skills. You should be:

  • Comfortable upside-down waiting for an assisted rescue
  • Actively working toward a roll or self-reliant with your wet exit and re-entry
  • Actively developing intermediate paddling skills and strokes
  • Willing to take advice about kayak polo skills, strategies and rules
WEDNESDAY

Our more advanced session. Targeted at individuals who are ready for fully competitive games (which will involve potential hand tackles) and are interested in training toward being NYKP team members in local/national tournaments. Our senior players direct drills and guide with gameplay. You should be:

  • Comfortable upside-down waiting for an assisted rescue
  • Actively working toward a roll or self-reliant with your wet exit and re-entry (having a roll is strongly recommended)
  • Competent with intermediate to advanced paddling skills and strokes
  • Actively learning and seeking advice for intermediate to advanced kayak polo skills, strategies and rules

I’ve Never Kayaked Before, Which Session Should I Join?

Due to intense aquatic engagement, our sessions are intended for paddlers with intermediate to advanced kayaking skills, especially using a decked boat. They are not recommended for those new to kayaking. Exceptions may be made upon speaking with session hosts on a case-by- case basis. We recommend the AMC pool sessions to get started http://www.nyckayaking.com.

What do I need to Bring?

We supply boats, paddles, spraydecks, life jackets (PFDs) and helmets. Please bring water shorts, rash guard, water shoes, water bottle and towel/shower stuff.

Can I Just Turn-Up at the Pool?

No – please sign-up below so we know you are coming. Without a minimum of 8 people signed up 48 hours in advance, pool sessions will be cancelled. Also, the pool door may be locked, so we will look out for you if we know you are coming. We don’t want wasted journeys!

Ready for Kayak Polo, please sign up to one of our upcoming sessions below

Tuesday Night Practice & Play

Held by New York Kayak Polo on 26 September 2017 6:00 PM

Join us for a drills and scrimmage session at our summer home on the Hudson River. Based on who shows up, we will probably do a combination of drills and some play. If you are NOT an NYKP regular or otherwise experienced player, please communicate... Read More


Thirsty Night for Kayak Polo

Held by New York Kayak Polo on 28 September 2017 6:00 PM

Join us for a drills and scrimmage session at our summer home on the Hudson River. Based on who shows up, we will probably do a combination of drills and some play. If you are NOT an NYKP regular or otherwise experienced player, please communicate... Read More


BEAVERS & Friends Training Sessions (Seriously)

Held by New York Kayak Polo on 1 October 2017 12:30 PM

Hello Kayak Polo Players,

The Hudson Beavers (NYKP's B-level envoy to the 2017 Nationals in Austin, TX) plan to have a full court practice on Sunday, October 1, in Brooklyn, and we need our strong local players to support us by giving us s... Read More


Tuesday Night Practice & Play

Held by New York Kayak Polo on 3 October 2017 6:00 PM

Join us for a drills and scrimmage session at our summer home on the Hudson River. Based on who shows up, we will probably do a combination of drills and some play. If you are NOT an NYKP regular or otherwise experienced player, please communicate... Read More


Thirsty Night for Kayak Polo

Held by New York Kayak Polo on 5 October 2017 6:00 PM

Join us for a drills and scrimmage session at our summer home on the Hudson River. Based on who shows up, we will probably do a combination of drills and some play. If you are NOT an NYKP regular or otherwise experienced player, please communicate... Read More