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 as a new kayak, SUP or canoe owner. 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, add membership payment info ($20/year) as shown in this video walk-through.

STEP 2: Join us at events by RSVP’ing at 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!

Kansas City Events for New Paddlers, Spring and Early Summer 2021

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 event examples in Spring, 2021. We add activities regularly on our full calendar.

New Paddler “Quick Start” Clinic

Loading & Tie Down (Online) Show & Tell

Annual Pimp My Kayak DIY Upgrades & Cookout

Spring Paddling Kickoff – Kayak, SUP, Canoe!

JoCo Leisure Paddle

WenesDAY On The Water Kickoff

FriDAY On The Water Kickoff


Paddlesports Safety Day

May Full Moon Paddle

Kayak Self-Rescue Practice

Family Camping & Paddling

July 4th Fireworks On The Water

Additional Kansas City Events for Experienced Paddlers

Exercise Paddles (7-12 Miles)

Buffalo National River Kayak & Hiking Weekend

River Rescue & Safety Course

Demo Day – Surfskis and Greenland Paddles

Missouri River Overnight OR Day Trip


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)