Learn To Kayak Near DC!


Potomac, MD 20854

Office Hours:

7 Days: 8:00am-6:00pm

Reach us by phone at (301) 881-2628


Always open online at shop.potomacpaddlesports.com!


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Award-Winning Kayak School For Adults

Potomac Paddlesports is a locally-owned, award-winning kayak school specializing in structured lessons and trips uniquely tailored for beginner adults.

Since 1999, Potomac Paddlesports has offered DC Metro area residents the opportunity to develop confidence, lasting friendships, and a sense of environmental stewardship - all through convenient, quality, and award-winning paddle sports and paddling safety instruction. We were the first and only kayak school to be fully sanctioned (and insured) by the American Canoe Association (ACA) and the first to have both ACA and British Canoe Union (BCU) institutional accreditations. Of all of our accolades, we are most proud of the American Canoe Association honoring us with an award for 'Making The World a Better Place to Paddle'.

When you kayak with us, you get:

  1. Quality Instruction We've designed all of our programs so that each lesson is a building block for the next, with a focus on developing core "fundamentals" through muscle memory drills, practice routines, and key safety habits. All lessons and trips are run by expert instructors and guides who are selected for their patience and passion for teaching beginners in appropriate conditions.
  2. Convenient Scheduling You have up to two years from the date of your first lesson or trip to complete any package. This allows everyone to work around their own individual scheduling needs and learn at their own pace. It also allows for practice between lessons so that you get the most out of our programs.
  3. Free Use of New Gear Kayaks and most other required gear are are provided at no additional cost. We replace our entire fleet every 12-24 months, so you get the benefit of using modern equipment that's in excellent working condition.

We commend your decision to start kayaking and we look forward to having you as a student or guest in our programs!

Apparel and Gear For Students and Guests

Potomac Paddlesports offers special pricing on packages of the apparel and accessories you'll need to be comfortable and safe while participating in our programs. We also sell our 'barely used' kayak packages that you used while participating in our programs, which you can reserve with a deposit during each season and then pick up in October. Shop online at shop.potomacpaddlesports.com!

Be Safe. Be Skilled!

Potomac Paddlesports
Potomac, MD 20854

(301) 881-2628

Office Hours:

7 Days: 8:00am-6:00pm

Potomac Paddlesports is an outdoor retail store that sells kayaks, kayaking gear, canoes, paddles, lifejackets and more. Our retail store is located in Potomac, MD near Washington DC and Virginia. We are a dealer for many top kayak brands including Wavesport, Dagger, Liquid Logic dealer, Werner Paddles, Valley Kayaks, Impex Kayaks, Wilderness Systems Kayaks, and many more.