Do I need any experience? No experience is needed for Kayaking 101 – Essentials of Kayaking. The other lessons build on that.
What is the size of the classes? Classes have 10 students or less. Our average instructor/student ratio is 1:4.
Who teaches the lessons? An certified ACA kayak instructor.
How long is the lesson? Most lessons and trips run 3-4 hours. Rolling lessons run about 2 hours.
Can kids sign up? Yes, so long as they’re at least age 10 years old and over 90 lbs.
Do I need to be a great swimmer to take a class? No. In any event, everyone on the water is required to wear a life jacket.
Can I register for a class any time? We ask that you register at least 48 hours before a class begins. Lessons fill up, so the earlier you register, the better. If there’s a kayak lesson that you want to join on short notice, contact us before you sign up and we’ll try and fit you in.
Can I just show up for a class? No. We need to know you’re coming so we bring the right equipment for you.
Do I need to answer the questionnaire portion of the class registration form?Yes! We need to know about you so we can provide suitable equipment for you. The information about you also helps us provide the best teaching possible.
How do I fill out the ACA membership form and waiver? Each person must fill out and sign an ACA Adult or Minor membership and waiver and bring it with them to the lesson.
You can join the ACA for as little as $5, though we recommend an introductory or annual membership, which will cover you for other lessons that you take with us this season. Simply select your membership level at the top of the form and bring payment with you to the lesson(cash or check made payable to Potomac Kayaking Company is fine).
If you’ve been an ACA member before and not sure if you’re membership is current or if you don’t know your ACA member number, call the ACA at 540-907-4460. The ACA is a non-profit that promotes paddling and safety.
I’m rusty, can I take the same class again? Of course! In fact, the more you practice, the better. You can repeat any class at 25% off of the normal price. You can also sign up for as many kayaking skills trips as you want!