144 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 854-5223
Registration and FAQs for Tours and Instruction
Tour Long Island Sound
Reservations are required.All tours are registered on a first come basis.Prices include guides and equipment.
Tours must be prepaid at least one week in advance for registration.Space is limited.Registration can be made in person at The Small Boat Shop or by phone (203) 854-5223 with a Visa/MasterCard.Reservations made by mail (check) are not secured until received by The Small Boat Shop.
Equipment will be provided.If you are bringing your own sea kayak, it must be pre-approved by The Small Boat Shop prior to registration.There is no discount for bringing your own boat.
A liability release form will be signed by each person.Each kayaker must be willing to assume responsibility for their participation.Please assess your skills honestly.
Cancellations must be made at least one week in advance of the tour date in order to receive a full refund.Cancellations made with less than seven days notice will receive no refund.There are Special Cancellation Requirements for groups of six or more.We run trips rain or shine.SBS will cancel in the event of strong winds or other hazardous conditions.Tours cancelled by The Small Boat Shop will be rescheduled.
What to Bring
Participants should dress appropriately for the time of the year, i.e. layered clothing, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.Sneakers, sandals, or water shoes are required as you will be walking in the water and on beaches with rocks and shells.Your shoes will get wet.A spare change of clothing in case of an unexpected swim is also recommended.
Bring a lunch and plenty of water to drink.No hard coolers please.Bring more water than you anticipate needing.Sun and exercise cause you to lose fluids and energy faster than usual.
Showers are available after full day programs in Norwalk.Bring your own towel and toiletries.
Directions to The Small Boat Shop
144 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
From western Connecticut, New York and New Jersey
Take I-95 North to exit 14.At the end of the exit ramp turn right.At the fourth traffic light, take another right onto Water Street.Go four tenths of a mile down Water Street and turn left into REX Marine Center.The Small Boat Shop is about 200 feet down the lane.
From eastern Connecticut
Take I-95 South to exit 16.At the end of the ramp turn left onto East Avenue.Go two tenths of a mile and (at the gas station) turn right onto Fort Point Street.Turn left at the second stop sign to stay on Fort Point.Cross the Norwalk River Bridge.At the end of the bridge, turn left onto Water Street.Go four tenths of a mile down Water Street and turn left into REX Marine Center.The Small Boat Shop is about 200 feet down the lane.
From Northern Connecticut
Take Route 7 South to Norwalk.Follow the Route 7 Expressway south to the “South Norwalk/Maritime Center” exit.Turn right at the end of the ramp onto West Avenue.Turn left at the fourth traffic light onto North Main Street.At the third traffic light, turn left onto Washington Street.Turn right at the next traffic light onto Water Street.Go four tenths of a mile down Water Street and turn left into REX.
Directions to Calf Pasture Beach
Take I-95 Exit 16. If traveling North on I-95 turn right onto East Avenue, if traveling South on I-95 turn left onto East Avenue. Go straight through two traffic lights and under a railroad bridge. Bear left after the third traffic light to Cemetery Street, then bear right onto Gregory Boulevard.Continue to a traffic circle. Bear left at the circle then turn right and follow Calf Pasture Beach Road to the beach parking area.
Directions to Fall Foliage Tours
Directions to Lake Lillinonah
From Merrit Parkway, take exit 49 onto Route 25 North. At about 16 miles, in downtown Newtown, pass the giant flagpole in the intersection at the center of town.Then bear right on to Hanover road.At a “T” one mile down Hanover, turn left to stay on Hanover Road.Pond Brook Boat access is about2 miles down , on the right.
Directions to Deep River Launch
Take I-95 to exit 69 onto Rte 9.Take exit 5 and turn right on rte 80 to Deep River.In Deep River, cross rte 154 and your road becomes River Road.Take River Road to the Town Landing