Enjoy a four-hour guided trip of a serene and scenic section of the Potomac River on our signature trip. All our beginner trips are specifically designed for people with limited paddling experience (calm water, stable kayaks, friendly instruction).
Our professional instructors and guides will teach you all about flatwater kayaks, how to paddle with correct technique, and will help you discover the flora and fauna of our local treasure. You'll also learn the rich history of the C&O Canal. Catch a glimpse of heron, kingfisher, white-tailed deer, and painted turtles, and see and learn about the many other wild inhabitants of our river ecosystem. All equipment is included! See below for details.
How to Schedule Your Classes
Select the quantity of participants you want to register for a particular trip or class and click "purchase and enroll."
On the next screen enter your registration information. Review your order and click "Charge Credit Card" if everything looks okay. This creates a credit for you in our system. Your payment will be processed and you will be sent an email with your login information.
You should now have received 2 emails from us. Read the first email, "Potomac Paddlesports Account," and write down your username and password.
Using your username and password, log in to the website. You will be taken to your account page. In the "Schedule-at-a-Glance" window, click "Schedule My Trips/Classes".
On the scheduling tool page, under "Available," choose from among the available dates for your event. Doing so will add you to the roster for that trip or class. You must cancel or reschedule at least 3 days (72 hours) prior to the event or you will forfeit the trip or class.
Once you schedule yourself for a class, you will get a third email from us ("IMPORTANT EVENT INFORMATION"). This email contains a link to a PDF packet of information: Directions, list of equipment, waiver and medical form. Print out this packet and review it prior to your event.
If you registered more than one participant, forward the second email ("Purchase Confirmation/Gift Codes") to the other participant(s). This email contains a GIFT CODE and instructions. They MUST follow the instructions in this email and complete Steps 3 - 6 themselves.
Are you thoroughly confused? No problem. We're here to help! Give us a call and we can walk you through the process and answer any questions you have--the old fashioned way!
Discover the Potomac
Dates (Choose one):
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13
: Kayak, personal floatation device and paddle.
: Pennyfield Lock, Potomac, MD
: 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM
: 4 hours
Click for directions, waivers, and gear list
A percentage of all sales from our flatwater kayak program goes to support the Potomac Riverkeeper.
Below are some products that we frequently recom-mend to our flatwater tour guests. Have a look, and if there's any-thing else you need to make sure you're ready for your session on the water, we've got a ton of gear over in our online store! Check it out!