I did the locks both ways with 3 kids several years ago. Aside from their splashing each other :) it was fine. Out of caution where the ropes were too high for little arms we had them hang on to our boats. I recommend bringing work gloves because some of the ropes are oily. If there's another large boat in the lock, holding on gives a sense of comfort that the kayaks won't get pushed into it.
Also, we drove back up and around because the views/photos from lock #5 (if I remember correcty) are spectacular and it's worth it for the kids to be able to walk around on top of the gates to see the mechanism.
From: Diane Dintruff [mailto:ddintruff@...]
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2010 11:31 AM
To: KayakGroup1 <KingstonPaddlePals@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [KingstonPaddlePals] Fw: What can we expect going up the Waterford locks?
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From: "aamapes@..." <aamapes@...>
To: Diane Dintruff <ddintruff@...>
Sent: Sat, August 28, 2010 9:13:12 PM
Subject: Re: What can we expect going up the Waterford locks?
It's been quite a few years since I did it up and down. I remember it being easier if we did not hold on to the ropes or cables, whatever they were. I can't say about the beginner or child - I just remember it being less dramatic than we expected when the water comes in.
Have fun - Alan
---- Diane Dintruff <ddintruff@...
> Hi Alan,
> We're doing the paddle around Cohoes Falls again Monday. Last year we only went
> down, but this year we want to go both ways. Should we be nervous about going
> up? Is it OK for beginner paddlers? Can you tell me anything about what to
> expect going up? last year,we were surprised to learn that we didn't even have
> to hold on going down. Would it be OK for an 11 year old?