Upgrade to Flatwater Membership Package

Overview

Our Upgrade to Flatwater Membership Package is a for individuals that have gone on one of our trips and would like to do the rest. This neat bundle of four of the five fun trips listed below have been specifically designed for people with limited paddling experience (calm water, stable kayaks, friendly instruction). The Membership Package includes:

Up to two years* of member benefits, including:

  1. Discover The Potomac
  2. Night Sounds By Moonlight
  3. Blackwater Wildlife Refuge
  4. Fall Colors On The Potomac
  5. DC Monument Tour
  6. Use of top-quality equipment for all trips (kayak, paddle and PFD)
  7. 10% annual dividend from all purchases at our Potomac store

Kayak, paddle, and pfd is provided on site for each trip, and our guides provide instruction on proper equipment fit, boat outfitting, safe launching and landing, and basic strokes. We'll even teach you the "right" way to paddle (by using your core muscles, instead of your arms and shoulders). Get an introduction to kayaking and see bald eagles, great blue herons, wild turkeys, owls, deer, turtles, beaver, rays, and more! All trips are run by a professional instructor. *You have up to two years to complete all five trips.


Individual Trip Descriptions

Discover the Potomac

Enjoy a four-hour guided trip of a serene and scenic section of the Potomac River on our signature trip. 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.

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • May 4, 18
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • July 6, 13, 20, 27
  • August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • September 7, 14, 21, 28

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device

Location (link) : Pennyfield Lock, Potomac, MD

Time : 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM

Duration : 4 hours

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Night Sounds By Moonlight

Enjoy a three-hour breathtaking trip on the mysterious "Widewater" section of the C&O Canal in Potomac. After a quick paddling lesson, we'll listen intently for evening sounds such as owls, bull frogs, and many other creatures of the night. These trips are offered on evenings when the moon is full or nearly full. Experiencing a moonrise from a kayak will take your breath away!

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • June 17 at 7:30 PM
  • July 16 7:30 PM
  • August 15 at 7:30 PM
  • September 14 at 6:30 PM
  • October 13 at 6:00 PM

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device

Location (link) : Riley's Lock, Poolesvillle, MD

Duration : 3 hours

Additional equipment to bring : Headlamp with new batteries, long nylon pants, shoes with EXCELLENT TRACTION, bug spray, and a red light stick on a string to wear around your neck.

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Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

Join us as we go on a three-hour kayak safari in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge! Located in Cambridge Maryland, the refuge supports over 60 species of birds-including a large Bald Eagle population and 13 species of waterfowl! Blackwater is only a two-hour drive from the metro area. All trips include a brief equipment orientation and paddling lesson. Come experience the beauty of this national treasure in a kayak! Bald eagle sightings are guaranteed! Bring your binoculars!

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • October 5, 6

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device

Location (link) : BNWR Visitor Center, Cambridge, MD

Time : 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM

Duration : 4 hours

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Fall Colors On The Potomac

See the fall foliage change from the most unique perspective: on the water! Witness the splendor and pageantry of fall as the trees provide a vivid display of color and light reflected on the water's surface. All trips include a brief equipment orientation and paddling lesson. Bring a thermos of hot spiced cider and a waterproof camera on this four-hour trip!

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • October 20, 21, 27, 28

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device

Location (link) : Pennyfield Lock, C&O Canal National Historic Park, Potomac, Maryland

Time : 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM

Duration : 4 hours

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DC Monument Tour

Enjoy a four-hour guided trip of one of the most scenic sections of the Potomac River. All our flatwater trips are specifically designed for people with limited paddling experience (calm water, stable kayaks, friendly instruction).

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • June 16, 30
  • July 14, 28
  • August 11, 25
  • September 8, 22

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device

Location (link) : Columbia Island Marina

Time : 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM

Duration : 4 hours

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