| Classes for Intermediates
Trips for Intermediates
Below Great Falls, the Potomac passes through a stretch of class II-III rapids that is enjoyed daily by a passionate white water community. The whole river rushes through the 50-foot-wide Mather Gorge filled with waves, boils, and play features.
You can experience this turbulent piece of Nature with a few basic skills and a little expert instruction in our Intermediate Program. You will learn precision in your paddling, reading the water, scouting rapids, making good decisions, and choosing your line. We can also help you develop basic playboating skills to increase your comfort and enjoyment in whitewater paddling.
The intermediate classes will bring your paddling up to a new level and prepare you for river trips such as the Lower Yough or Cheat Rivers! Our intermediate program includes river running skills and playboating skills, knowing that one skill set strengthens the other.
Your options: Check out the list of all intermediate classes in the text box above. A Chutes Workout or Slalom for River Runners class is a great starting place if you have not had an intermediate class or are joining us from another kayak school. You can choose to take one class at a time when your schedule allows, or sign up for a 4 lesson package with complete flexibility and additional savings, or join a month-long PLP for consistency of instructor and fellow students. Sign up with a group of your friends and receive additional savings.
Intermediate PLP: The Intermediate Progressive Learning Package (PLP) is a month – long program which includes everything that you need to know to grow your paddling in class III white water. You will participate in the Thursday night classes along with weekend river runs. The final weekend will be a two-day trip to the Lower Yough.
How to register – select a class and date from the calendar that you would like to take. Click on ‘registration’ in the top bar above. Establish an account and enter the SMART system with your name and password. Click ‘Register for a class.’ Confirm your personal information including ‘medical condition.’ Select your class and date from the list and click on it. Click again to confirm your selection.
How to pay – after registering, you will be presented with the option of using Paypal, or calling our office with your credit card number. The registration process will be complete when you have made your payment.
Final details – you will receive an email confirmation with any pertinent information.
Free Kayaking Tuesdays – open to LAKS students who have taken a package of at least three lessons of any sort – to come out paddling at Lock 6 on Tuesday evenings. This is your practice opportunity. We supply the boats. You can get an evening of practice and hang out with paddling friends.
Upon completing the PLP or an equivalent series of classes, you’ll be ready to enter our advanced program.
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