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Over the past sixteen years, Potomac Paddlesports has introduced thousands of DC-area residents to the lifestyle of whitewater paddling offered to them just a few miles from the US Capital. Our new River Stand Up Paddleboarding Membership is a methodical progression that builds your confidence on flat water, and then gradually introduces you to the excitement of running class II rapids and surfing waves in the breathtaking Mather Gorge section of the Potomac. Our instructors are among the most accomplished stand up paddleboarders in the country, and their passion for teaching is unmatched.

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New! River Stand Up Paddleboarding Membership Package

Have you finished our Beginner SUP Package (or equivalent) and would like to explore the world class whitewater on the Potomac River standing up? Are you interested in learning to surf river waves and run rapids on a SUP? Our new River Stand Up Paddleboard Membership program offers four quality lessons that will provide you with the skills and knowledge you'll need to enjoy paddling whitewater and surfing river waves on an SUP!

$395.00 | Details...

Early bird discount! Purchase online by for 50% off all participants!

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Potomac Paddlesports is an award-winning, charter ACA Pro School

Potomac Paddlesports is proud to be an award-winning, charter ACA Pro School.

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Support the Washington, DC chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics

Potomac Paddlesports teaches and practices Leave No Trace ethics in all our programs.

Be Prepared!

Below are some products that we frequently recommend to our beginning whitewater students. Have a look, and if there's anything else you need to make sure you're ready for your sessions on the water, we've got a ton of gear over in our online store! Check it out!

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Potomac Paddlesports offers stand up paddle and standup paddleboarding instruction and stand up paddleboards in and near Washington DC on the Potomac River. With lots of great resources like Jack's Boathouse, Thompson's, and other great access points, you'll want to take lessons with an organization that functions more like a club or meetup group--only with more structure so you learn how to stand up paddle like a pro, and have a blast while doing it. We also have a full assortment of standup paddleboards and stand up paddles at our retail store in MD near DC where we are a dealer for C4 Watermen, Surf Tech, and more!