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Lesson 101: Fundamentals

Lesson 102: Safety

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Lesson 104: Advanced Strokes

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Potomac Paddlesports
9812 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854
Located next door to Citibank

(301) 881-2628

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Winter Office and Store Hours:

Wed-Sat: 9:30am - 7:00pm
Sun-Tue: Closed (Winter Only)

Lesson Locations

Wondering where to go for your kayak lessons, or how to get there? Have a look below!

NOTE: Make sure you're registered for your classes before arriving! :)


 

Pennyfield Lock

C&O Canal National Historical Park, River Road, Potomac, Maryland. · Get Directions


Meet here for the Whitewater Lesson 101: Fundamentals, Whitewater Lesson 102: Strokes & Rolling, Whitewater Advanced Rolling Class, Sea Kayak 103: Bracing and Rolling, the Discover the Potomac Beginner Tour, and the Fall Colors Beginner Tour.
 

From the Capital Beltway (I-495)

  1. Take River Road (exit 39) west towards Potomac.
  2. Continue west on River Road approximately 8.9 miles and make a left turn onto Pennyfield Lock Rd. (The sign for Pennyfield Lock Road is on your right and you will see a sign on the left that says "Historic Tobytown".)
  3. Drive to the end of Pennyfield Lock Road to a stop sign and park in the parking area immediately in front of you adjacent to the C&O Canal. You should see a Potomac Paddlesports trailer.

Note: Please have your waivers completed, in hand, and all your clothing and supplies ready to go fifteen minutes prior to start time so that we can start promptly.

Also, for restrooms, make a left at the stop sign and continue to the end of the access road. You should find the Port-o-Johns near the Pennyfield House. After you use them, please return to the parking area near the stop sign.

 

 

Old Angler's Inn Parking Lot

10801 Macarthur Blvd., Potomac, Maryland 20854. · Get Directions


Meet here for the Whitewater Lesson 103: Intro to Moving Water, Whitewater Lesson 104: Whitewater Rescues, Whitewater Lesson 105: Mather Gorge Run, Whitewater Practice Nights, Whitewater Wave Surfing Class, Whitewater Playboating Class, Whitewater Safety, Whitewater Youth Camp, and the Night Sounds Beginner Tour.
 

From the Capital Beltway (I-495)

  1. Take Exit 41 toward Carderock/Great Falls, MD and merge onto the Clara Barton Parkway.
  2. Take the Parkway 1.7 miles until it ends at Macarthur Blvd., and then turn left onto Macarthur Blvd.
  3. The parking area will be on your left, across the street from the Old Angler's Inn.
  4. Look for the Potomac Paddlesports Trailer.

Please Note:

  1. There are three separate lots at different levels. Please look around for us.
  2. Please have your waivers completed in hand and all your clothing and supplies ready to go fifteen minutes prior to start time so that we can start promptly.
  3. Vehicles have been broken into at this parking lot. Please leave all valuables at home and bring a small drybox for your credit cards and cash. You can store your car key in a hidden key box on the underside of your fender.
 

 

Rileys Lock

Rileys Lock Rd., Darnestown, Maryland 20874 · Get Directions


Meet here for the Sea Kayak 101: Fundamentals, Sea Kayak 102: Safety and Sea Kayak 104: Advanced Strokes.
 

From the Capital Beltway (I-495)

  1. Take River Road (exit 39) west towards Potomac.
  2. Continue west on River Road approximately 12.3 miles and make a left turn to stay on River Rd. for another 0.7 miles.
  3. Turn left on Rileys Lock Rd and continue until you see a sea kayak trailer in the gravel lot on the left across from the boat ramp.

Note: Please have your waivers completed, in hand, and all your clothing and supplies ready to go fifteen minutes prior to start time so that we can start promptly.

 

 

Columbia Island Marina

Arlington, VA · Get Directions


Meet here for the Monument Tour
 

Southbound on the George Washington Parkway

  1. Take the George Washington Parkway southbound. Follow signs towards Reagan National Airport.
  2. After you pass the exit for Rt. 66, get in the right lane and get ready to exit.
  3. Turn Right into the Marina just after the signs for “Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove and Columbia sland Marina.
  4. Park in the lot on your left near the restrooms. You will see a kayak trailer and instructors nearby.

Northbound on the George Washington Parkway

  1. Take exit after Reagan Washington National Airport for I-395 South.
  2. Stay Right and take immediate first exit, Exit 10 A (Boundary Channel Drive).
  3. Follow directions From I-395, below.

From I-395 (northbound or southbound)

  1. Take Exit 10 A (Boundary Channel Drive)
  2. Merge Right towards the North Parking of the Pentagon
  3. Continue on in the Left lane around the Pentagon. The Pentagon Lagoon and marina will be to the right.
  4. Come to a stop sign. There will be a sign that says "George Washington Memorial Parkway", with an arrow to the right.
  5. Turn Right and enter Route 27 North (there will not be a sign for 27 North) for a short time (stay in right lane).
  6. Take first exit right to George Washington Parkway south. There is a sign for Lady Bird Johnson Park to the right on the exit ramp.
  7. Merge right onto George Washington Parkway south.
  8. Just past yield/merge sign, turn Right into Marina (before the Humpback Bridge).
  9. Park in the lot on your left near the restrooms. You will see a kayak trailer and instructors nearby.
 

 

Truxton Park

Park Road, Annapolis, MD 21403 · Get Directions


Meet here for the Sea Kayaking 105: Open Water.
 

From DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis

To start, make sure you are on Route 50 heading east, and then follow the steps below.

  1. From Route 50, take exit 22 for Aris T. Allen Blvd (MD 665). (Aris T. Allen Blvd. will become Forest Drive.).
  2. After approximately 3.9 miles, turn left onto Hilltop Lane.
  3. After approximately 1.1 miles, turn left on Primrose Road.
  4. Proceed about 0.2 miles. Bear left at the fork in the road and proceed up on Park Road (unmarked).
  5. Park in the treed lot on your left near the restrooms. You will see a kayak trailer and instructors nearby.

 

Audrey Moore Recreation Center

8100 Braddock Road, Annandale, VA 22003 · Get Directions
703.321.7081


Meet here for Whitewater Indoor Rolling Lessons, Sea Kayak Indoor Rolling Lessons, and Winter-Season Indoor Practice Nights.
 

From the Capital Beltway (I-495)

To start, make sure you are on Route 50 heading east, and then follow the steps below.

  1. Take Braddock Road West (exit 54A).
  2. Almost immediately after you get off the Beltway, take your first right into the Wakefield Park entrance.
  3. Follow the park road all the way around to the back of the park, where you'll see the Audrey Moore Rec Center and a large parking lot.
  4. Park, then walk with your gear down the path (just to the right of the Rec Center) to the big patio behind the pool.
  5. Please Note: We will meet here to collect waivers and conduct a briefing. No one is allowed inside the pool before handing in a waiver.
 

 

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, Maryland 21613 · Get Directions


Meet here for the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Sea Kayak Trip and the Blackwater NWR Beginner Tour.
 

From DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis

To start, make sure you are on Route 50 heading east, and then follow the steps below.

  1. Take Route 50 east towards the Bay Bridge.
  2. Cross over the Bay Bridge (toll required).
  3. After about 9.5 miles, merge onto Ocean Gateway/US-50 towards Ocean City.
  4. After 34.8 miles, turn right onto Church Creek Rd/Gypsy Hill Rd/MD-16.
  5. After 7.3 miles, turn left on MD-335/Church Creek-Golden Hill Rd.
  6. After 3.8 miles, turn left onto Key Wallace Rd.
  7. After 0.8 miles, the Blackwater Visitors Center will be on your right.
  8. Park in the Visitors Center parking lot and look for the Potomac Paddlesports trailer and guides.

If you get lost, you can call the Blackwater NWR Visitors Center at (410) 228-2677.