You’ll benefit from our patient, step-by-step approach developed by the American Canoe Association (ACA). Lessons are taught by ACA-certified kayak instructors. Typically, there’s 1 instructor for every 4 students, so you’ll get plenty of support.
Beginner Lessons .
Most people start with our Beginner’s Combo, which includes two lessons:
. (1) Kayaking 101 – Essentials of Kayaking; and
. (2) Day trip/skills review.
The first covers essential skills; the second will give you a chance to practice and explore! Lessons typically start in the morning and run for 3-4 hours. Kayak, paddle and life jacket provided!
Kayaking 101 – Essentials of Kayaking
Get outfitted, launch, and learn various strokes and maneuvers. The focus is on safety, technique and fun! Most classes take place at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, MD.
Dates: June 22 (full), July 6, August 24, or Sept 14.
Day trip/skills review
Here’s your chance to practice the skills you learned in Kayaking 101 and explore the world from a kayak. Trite, but true: this is what kayaking is all about!
Dates: July 13 (Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary), Sept 21 (Mattawoman Creek Tributary), Oct 5 (Ghost Ships of Mallows Bay).
Prereqs: Kayaking 101 or equivalent.
Beginner’s Combo (Kayaking 101 + Day Trip) – $150
The Beginner’s Combo saves you $20 and you also get 25% off any additional day trips!
Kayaking 101 – $85
Day trip/skills review – $85
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Kayaking 102 – Safety and Rescue
Build your confidence by learning how to exit the kayak safely (called a ‘wet exit’) and techniques for getting back in the boat while still on the water! Learn how weather and other conditions can affect your paddling and how to plan a great day trip.
Dates: July 20 or August 31.
Prereqs: Kayaking 101 or equivalent. Note, you must have your own boat and gear for Kayaking 102.
Having a reliable kayak roll will build your confidence and open up new possibilities to explore different environments. Our patient instructors–often standing right beside you–will break down the roll into its essential parts, and help you to put it all together.
We offer a set of 3 rolling lessons for those who are new to rolling. Lessons are about 2 hours long and there’s usually 1 instructor for every 4 students.
Warm weather classes meet at Angler’s on weekday evenings. Winter pool classes meet in Takoma Park, MD (a 15 minute walk from the Takoma Metro) on Sunday mornings.
Prereqs: Kayaking 102 or equivalent. Note, you must have your own boat and gear for rolling.
When? Contact us and we’ll email you about the schedule.
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Kayaking 102 – $90
Introduction to Kayak Rolling (3 lessons) - $175
Introduction to Kayak Rolling (Pool) (3 lessons) – $225
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