Rockaway Little League Paddle At Riis Landing
Last Friday close to 60 boys, girls and parents from Rockaway Little League participated in a Gateway group kayak session in Jamaica Bay. Thirty-five children, accompanied by 24 parents, traded their cleats and bats for life vests and paddles. Younger children rode in twoseat kayaks with their parents; children above the age of 11 were allowed to ride in their own single-seat kayak.
There were enough participants from Little League to fill all three two-hour sessions. The first started at 10:00 a.m. The last launched at 2:00 p.m. and got back just ahead of the afternoon rain.
Each session began with basic paddling instruction from Ranger Rikki Wise. On the water, Ranger Wise was accompanied by two other guides and two lifeguards, including RLL softball alumna Paige Whelan. After some practice paddling in the immediate area of Riis Landing, the Gateway team led each group west along the Roxbury shore. After an hour of paddling on smooth waters, the group returned to Riis Landing for some free paddling.
The response from the paddlers was very positive. One parent said, “I really enjoyed sharing the experience with my children and showing them how many natural treasures we have in Rockaway.” Another added, “My kids and I had a blast and will definitely go again.” All families expressed interest in another group kayak at Gateway.
Gateway Supervisory Ranger John Daskalakis arranged the kayak trip with the Little League (Rockaway Little League is a strategic partner of Gateway NRA).
Gateway NRA kayak programs that launch from Riis Landing include Walk-Up and Kayak on Saturdays and Sundays, Kayak Skills Workshops on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, and a two-mile Rockaway Cove Kayak on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Call Gateway at 718-338-3799 for more information.