Beginner Instruction for Adult Paddlers

Our beginner kayaking river classes are structured into five progressive lessons, giving you all the skills you need to feel confident and competent on the river. We recommend that you take classes in order. Boat and equipment is provided. Just show up, prepared to get wet! Sign up for all 6 for only $510! (discount taken off at checkout.)

  • Level 1: Introduction- equipment and strokes, forward, backward and turning (2 hours)
  • Level 2: Foundations- wet exiting, strokes for turns and directional control, intro to whitewater (2 hours)
  • Level 3: Maneuvers- peel outs, eddy turns, ferries, t-rescue (4 hours)
  • Level 4: River Running- river dynamics, stroke technique, introduction to rolling (4 hours)
  • Level 5: Rescue Essentials- river signals, safety equipment and ropes, self-rescue, boat-to-boat rescue, rapid swimming (4 hours)
  • Level 6: Mather Gorge Trip: This program puts all the skills you’ve learned from previous classes to the test as you take on the Mather Gorge section of the Potomac River (4 hours)

Classes are generally held at Anglers Inn in Potomac, MD or Riley’s Lock in Poolesville, MD on Saturday or Sunday mornings.

Rolling on the River: Technique of rolling your kayak, available Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons in the summer.

Pool Rolling: November to April, learn to roll when it’s cold in an indoor pool! Each class is available to you one at a time or in a package of three.

Zero to Hero (Our Beginner PLP): Awesome, month-long program, including all six river classes, three rolling classes, and more – all in a fun, group environment. Students rave about these intensive, cost-effective programs.

Open Practice: Free to students who are signed up for a package of at least three lessons of any sort – at Anglers Inn on Tuesday evenings. We supply the boats. You can get an evening of practice and hang out with paddling friends.

Private Lessons: Looking for something more personalized? Let our instructors help design the perfect program for you, or your group, that meets your specific needs.