• $ 395 for the package, or register for each class individually
  • Ages 12 and up
  • 6:1 student to instructor ratio
  • Courses run from May to October
  • 2022 Package Start Dates
    • May 21
    • June 18
    • July 16
    • Aug 13
    • Sept 17
  • To register, scroll down to “Book” button

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking in your backyard

A kayak is the best way to enjoy the water, and sea kayaks make it fun, dynamic and accessible to explore rivers and coasts. Over 3 weekends, you can learn the basics of paddling, gear tips, rescue skills and more with Calleva’s River School. From the Monuments in DC to beautiful Seneca Creek in Maryland, you will get a taste of all the Potomac has to offer!

  • 4 class course, 10 hours of instruction
  • Learn the basics with two lessons at Columbia Island Marina
  • Explore the Potomac River and learn rescue skills at Riley’s Lock
  • Come away with the skills and knowledge to make yourself a kayaker


  • L1 and L2, Saturday and Sunday, 9-11 a.m. at Columbia Island Marina
  • L3 and L4 are Saturday’s 1-4 pm at Riley’s Lock


Next Steps:

More Strokes – learn to control and turn your boat before taking it out to the coast! Increase your mobility on the water with more efficient strokes.

2022 Start Dates: May 28, June 18, July 16, Aug 13, Sept 17

Rolling on the River– Wednesdays 6-8 pm, Saturdays, 4-6 pm

You can join any of the Rolling on the River Classes, you will be in whitewater boats

Beginner Trip to Mayo Beach

River Tours Explore the river in a canoe or kayak with our expert staff

Advanced Trips

Private Lessons

Looking for something more personalized? Need to prepare for kayaking while on a cruise?  Let our instructors help design the perfect program for you, or your group that meets your specific needs.