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Beginner Kayaking Lessons in Maryland on the Potomac & Shenandoah River near Harpers Ferry WV and Virginia.

We have 25 years of experience teaching people how to kayak… Let our dedicated and enthusiastic instructors infect you with the paddling bug!

Our kayak lessons are held on the nearby Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers only one hour from Washington DC near Harpers Ferry WV. These two rivers are perfectly suited for introducing people to the enjoyable sport of kayaking… whether your interest is in recreational kayaking on mellow water or whitewater kayaking on the more adventurous Class I-III whitewater sections near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

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Basic Recreational Kayak Lesson

Start with the very basics! Our two hour lesson on calm water is designed for folks who have never been in a kayak before and would like a short lesson on the basics, as well as families with younger kids. This lesson is on a mellow stretch of the Shenandoah River where eagles are sometimes sited! The lesson will launch and return to our on-water property in Millville, WV.

Lesson will cover:

  • Introduction to kayaks and basic equipment
  • Entering, exiting, and maneuvering the boat
  • Basic paddle strokes

After the lesson, a variety of kayaks will be available for you to practice your new found skills for up to two hours. This makes a great family kayak lesson or youth group lesson with younger kids.

Adults: $49.00 Kids: $45.00
Add 5% amusement fee + $2.00 user fee
Includes: instructor and all equipment
Available: Sat & Sun: 9am-11am. Weekdays, for groups of 4 or more, time can be customized
Minimum age: 8 yrs.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more receive $5 off when paying collectively. Non-profits should inquire about special pricing for weekdays

"Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful kayak experience. We were very impressed by your kindness and professionalism--you and your operation do an outstanding job. Thanks again and keep up the good work!"
Peace, Love, and Positivity, Dave and Maggie


Discover Recreational Kayaking

kayak lessonFor those that have been enticed by the idea of kayaking on a beach, a bay, a river, or a lake--this lesson is for you! Moving beyond the basics, this half day lesson teaches you the ins and outs of recreational kayaking, so that you will be comfortable going on your own! With no prior experience necessary, this four hour kayak lesson is a combination of an on-land and on-water session, perfect for those who have only a half day to spare.

Dry Land Session will cover:

  • Into to recreational kayaks, gear, clothing
  • Basic trip planning and transportation of kayaks
  • River hazard detection & avoidance
  • Water-reading techniques

Time to hit the water! You will use a stable recreational kayak to maneuver your way on a mellow stretch of the Shenandoah or Potomac River, covering 4-7 miles of a scenic stretch where you will learn:

  • Four basic paddling strokes
  • Wet exits & how to recover your boat
  • River safety
  • How to put your water-reading techniques to use!

Cost: $85.00/ person.
Package with Discover Whitewater Kayaking on Sunday for $150/person (save $20)
Add 5% amusement fee + $2.00 user fee
Includes: certified lead instructor, kayak and all equipment
Available: 2nd Saturdays of each month May-Septemer 1pm-5pm + August 31st, Sunday--- Weekdays, for groups of 4 or more, time & day can be customized
Minimum age: 10 yrs.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more receive $5 off when paying collectively. Non-profits should inquire about very special pricing

*Those doing the Discover Recreational Kayaking & Discover Whitewater Kayaking package do not need to take the trips on consecutive days, however, the trip must be booked as a package!


 

Discover Whitewater Kayaking

This lesson is designed for individuals who have recreational kayaking experience or have an adventurous spirit to try whitewater kayaking! The fun simply does not end on this Class I-III whitewater run, paddling down the ledges and waves of this breath-taking section of the Shenandoah or Potomac River near Harpers Ferry WV. On this four hour lesson, you will comfortably learn how to maneuver in whitewater on our Sit-on-Top Kayak!

The Dry Land Session will cover:

  • Whitewater boats, hulls, & gear
  • Entering/exiting
  • River safety and signals

The On-Water Session will cover:

  • Four basic paddling strokes
  • Reading water
  • Entering & exiting currents, ferrying
  • Wet exits & self rescue

Cost: $85.00/ person.
Package with Discover Recreational Kayaking on Saturday for $150/person (save $20)
Add 5% amusement fee + $2.00 user fee
Includes: certified lead instructor, kayak and all equipment
Available: 2nd Sundays of each month May-Septemer 1pm-5pm --- Weekdays, for groups of 4 or more, time & day can be customized
Minimum age: 12 yrs

Groups: Groups of 10 or more receive $5 off when paying collectively. Non-profits should inquire about very special pricing.

 

Private Kayak Lesson

This four hour lesson is available for individuals who cannot fit our regular lessons into their busy schedules, or folks who have their own boats and are interested in a customized lesson covering specific elements, or paddlers who just want a certified instructor to accompany them down a specific stretch of river for instructional or safety purposes. To schedule call 301-834-9950.
Adults & Kids: 350
Add 5% amusement fee + $2.00 user fee
Includes: instructor and all equipment
Available: Time will be customized to suit the customers need
Minimum age: 10 yrs.


"Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful kayak experience. We were very impressed by your kindness and professionalism--you and your operation do an outstanding job. Thanks again and keep up the good work!" Peace, Love, and Positivity, Dave and Maggie.

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