About Prime Paddlesports


Our Story

Born through a passion for sea kayaking, education, and adventure, Prime Paddlesports has grown to become the tri-state area’s premier provider of quality educational and safety-based paddlesports programming.  As the only independent, full-time provider of paddlesports-based education in NY, NJ and CT, we are committed to safe and fun outdoor education. 

Our varied offerings including private instruction, adventure learning, formal courses, symposiums, and other educational opportunities that we deliver, arrange, and host.  Paddlers of all levels have come to enjoy the quality programs that Prime paddlesports is known for.   

Prime Paddlesports excels at helping paddlers develop and “grow to own” the personal skills and safety awareness needed to operate in waters ranging from calm flats through powerful, dynamic environments.

Matt Kane

Matt Kane


Matt began to explore the shores of Long Island, NY by kayak as a young adult.  After relocating to the Hudson Valley in the early 2000’s, he worked as guide for a local Hudson Valley Paddlesports Shop and went on to support over half a dozen outfitters in the greater Metro NY Areas. He has helped to influence and inspire guides, instructors, and adventures alike. Matt is an American Canoe Association L4 Open Water Kayak Instructor & British Canoeing Four Star Leader. He owns and operates Prime Paddlesports, the tri-state area’s premier provider of paddlesport adventure, and specializes in individualized instruction.  He has single–handedly developed and executed the Hudson Valley Paddlesport Symposium He is an active Wilderness EMT in the Hudson Highlands region of NY, and teaches SOLO Wilderness Medicine Courses throughout the northeast. Matt spends his winters as a Professional Ski Patroller at the West Point Military Academy.