New York City’s downtown boathouse is a volunteer-run organization that aims to provide New Yorkers with additional recreational opportunities via access to the harbor. The boathouse offers a variety of free activities, including public kayaking and guided four- to five-mile trips. These guided trips can be strenuous and require previous kayaking experience. For beginners, the organization offers classes that provide instruction on basic kayaking techniques and include practice time in the water. The Downtown Boathouse features three locations: Pier 40, Pier 96 and 72 Street. Classes are held at the Pier 96 location.