Beginner Kayak Tours On Calm Water 5-Trips Package - Bring Binoculars!

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Our Flatwater Membership is a neat bundle of five fun trips that have been specifically designed for people with limited paddling experience (calm water, stable kayaks, friendly instruction). The Membership Package includes:

Up to three years* of member benefits, including:

  1. C&O Canal Tour
  2. Discover The Potomac
  3. Night Sounds By Moonlight
  4. Blackwater Wildlife Refuge
  5. Fall Colors On The Potomac
  6. Use of top-quality equipment for all trips (kayak, paddle and PFD)

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 three years to complete all five trips.


Individual Trip Descriptions

Trip 1: C&O Canal Beginner Kayak Tour

New to kayaking and looking for a great first experience for your family? Our 2-Hour C&O Canal Beginner Kayak Tour is the perfect place to start! Friendly, safety-conscious guides, great instruction tailored for beginners, comfortable and stable kayaks, plus wonderful birds, turtles, history, and much more! Experience George Washington's vision, and explore a feature of the DC area that draws millions of visitors annually. Bring your binoculars, and relax!

2022 Dates (All dates currently have availability):

  • May 14, 28
  • June 4, 11, 18, 25
  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • August 6, 13, 20, 27
  • September 3, 10, 17, 24
  • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device

Location (link) : Pennyfield Lock, Potomac, MD

Time : 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM

Duration : 2 hours

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Trip 2: 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.

2022 Dates (All dates currently have availability):

  • May 14, 28
  • June 4, 11, 18, 25
  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • August 6, 13, 20, 27
  • September 3, 10, 17, 24
  • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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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Trip 3: Night Sounds By Moonlight

Enjoy a three-hour breathtaking trip on the beautiful and majestic Potomac River at Riley's Lock. 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!

2022 Dates (Choose one):

  • June 14 at 7:30 PM
  • July 13 7:30 PM
  • August 11 at 7:30 PM
  • September 10 at 6:30 PM
  • October 9 at 6:00 PM

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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Trip 4: 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!

2022 Dates (Choose one):

  • October 1, 2
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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Trip 5: 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!

2022 Dates (Choose one):

  • October 22, 23, 29, 30

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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