River and Trail Outfitters in Knoxville, Maryland offers canoeing instruction appropriate to any age, ability, and interest. All classes are led by an American Canoe Association certified instructor and are held on the nearby Potomac, Shenandoah Rivers, and Antietam Creek near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, only one hour from Washington DC and Baltimore beltways.
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Schools, Churches, Government Agencies, Military and other non-profit groups can receive group instruction from our experienced canoe school staff. Merit badge programs and counselors are available for scouts. River & Trail can customize a program that will suit the needs and fulfill the goals of any group. From half day to guided multi-day canoe-camping trips to canoe lessons on a lake, we can accommodate any group searching for a total outdoor educational experience.
Cost of the program is canoe rental fees + $200 per ACA certified instructor, per day. Canoe rental rates for non-profits range from $48-$58.50 + tax/day. Depending on your program goals and the difficulty of the river, we recommend one instructor per 5-10 canoes.
For more information on the river trips we offer, please take a look at our canoe trips. Trips to the remote areas of the Cacapon River and Paw Paw Bends on the Potomac are also available in the spring and when water levels permit.
Flatwater Canoeing Lessons
Recommended for novice canoeists as well as for more experienced paddlers who have never received professional instruction. Dry land instruction will cover safety, gear, clothing, and the concepts of efficient paddling. On the river we’ll practice self and assisted rescue as well as learn how to effectively maneuver the canoe using basic paddling strokes and techniques. Flatwater paddling can be an end in itself, or a solid foundation from which to move on to white water.
Beginner Whitewater Canoeing Lessons
Designed for individuals who have completed the flat water canoe lesson or who are already proficient in basic canoe strokes and maneuvers. This lesson will emphasize the safety concerns specific to paddling in moving water and will introduce the canoeist to water-reading techniques, paddle strokes, and maneuvers in currents. Paddlers will learn to run Class I, II and possibly III rapids safely and comfortably.
|"I wanted to let you know what a wonderful time our girl scouts and the family members that joined us had today canoeing/kayaking! Jack and Sarah were AWESOME!!! They were both so great with the kids! They were extremely polite, helpful and did everything in their power to make sure that all of us had a wonderful time! … Your recommendations for our day were perfect! Between the staff at River & Trail and a very helpful, easy to maneuver website, our total experience with your company has been beyond great!"
Thanks again, Lane Bolyard
|Call 301-834-9950 to book this trip|