Level 1 – Foundations
With friendly and experienced ACA certified instructors, you will start by learning the proper fit for your gear and boat. We introduce you to safety concepts for kayaking. Then you start out paddling on calm water, learning step by step the basic strokes and how to propel yourself. A variety of creative, on-water activities help you master these necessary skills. You will amaze yourself with your ability to explore the islands and backwaters of the Potomac even on the first lesson. This class is part of our beginner progressive learning package(PLP).
Who: First-time kayakers, people trying to transition from canoes or sea kayaks to whitewater kayaks, or those who paddle but have never taken a class and wish to review the basics.
What: 4 hrs. including warm-up and stretch, safety briefing, introduction to strokes, and river dynamics.
Where and when: Every Saturday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Anglers and every Sunday from 8:30 AM -12:30 at Violettes Lock, May through October. Please meet 15 minutes early to check in and be ready to start class. We will let you know by email on Friday if river conditions require us to hold the class elsewhere on the river.
What to bring: All equipment is provided, or you can bring yours. See what to bring for details.
Cost: A single 4 hr. class is $100. Intro to river kayaking package (4 – 4hr classes) costs $360.
Prerequisites: Good health and ability to swim Registration: Go to our registration page to sign up and consult the calendar for dates.