This Paddler Quickstart page has info to get you up to speed quickly as a new Paddle KC member, or get you up to speed quickly to kayak, paddleboard or canoe in the Kansas City area. Learn to kayak, paddleboard or canoe with us, while having a great time at a wide variety of paddling activities.

New Paddle KC Members

STEP 1: Join Paddle KC at to receive invitations to all of our activities, see event details and photos, connect with members, receive member discounts, and receive all membership benefits. To finalize your membership at the end of your free 30 day trial, simply add payment info ($20/year) as shown in this video walk-through.

STEP 2: Join us at events by RSVP’ing at Our many benefits are gained through participation! We are ALL about showing up and enjoying a wide variety of paddling, learning, and connecting over shared experiences.

STEP 3: Follow us on facebook and instagram, and tag us when you post event photos – we love to see them! We share a lot of useful information on facebook.

New Paddlers

You’ll learn faster, more easily, and more safely by joining Paddle KC paddling club and attending our excellent variety of events in the Kansas City area and beyond. Get started easily by making sure you have the required gear, including legally required safety gear and permits. Have FUN while gaining skills that make paddling even more enjoyable!

Sample Paddle KC Events for New Paddlers

See our full calendar to see the descriptions of events, and any possible skill or gear requirements. Many events are perfect for new or leisurely paddlers. Following are a few samples of Paddle KC events geared toward new paddlers. We add activities regularly on our full calendar, and you’ll receive invitations to all events after joining.

Intro To Kayaking Pool Session

New Paddler “Quick Start” Clinics

SUP Skills Sessions

Annual Pimp My Kayak DIY Upgrades & Cookout

Spring Paddling Kickoff – Kayak, SUP, Canoe! 

JoCo Monday Night Leisure Paddles

WednesDAY Afternoon Leisure Paddles

12 Ft & Under Kayak & SUP Paddles

Loading & Tie Down (Online) Show & Tell

SUP DAWG! Dog Paddles

Ozark River Float Trips

Full Moon Paddles

Kayak Self-Rescue Practice

Family Camping & Paddling

Yoga & Paddle

Sample Paddle KC Events for Experienced Paddlers

Rolling Intro & Practice Pool Sessions

Exercise Paddles (7-12 Miles)

Annual Buffalo National River Kayak & Hiking Weekend

Ozark Week Of Rivers

River Rescue & Safety Course

MR340 Prep Session

Upriver Workouts

Missouri River Moonlight Paddle

Sea Kayaking Symposium


Check our our Resources page with info on Kansas City area paddling permits and night lighting requirements.

See our News & Notes blog for tips and recommendations.

(See You On The Water)