Upgrade to Whitewater Membership Package

Overview

This is for students who've already taken the Whitewater Fundamentals class and want to upgrade to the Whitewater Membership Package. Our Beginner Whitewater Membership Package gives you two years to master whitewater kayaking at your own pace, and all without owning your own gear! We really care about helping everyone learn, including the "slow learners". Here's what you get when you upgrade to the Membership:

Enjoy up to two years* of member benefits, including:

  1. Three outdoor lessons (choose the dates that work for you)
  2. FREE Coached Weeknight practice (with social hour afterward)*
  3. All kayak equipment (kayak, paddle, pfd, helmet, and skirt for classes & practice)
  4. 10% annual dividend from all purchases at our Potomac store

This is a lifetime membership to a friendly whitewater paddling community, with the highest quality instruction, the best equipment, and learn-at-your-own pace scheduling. Each of the three remaining courses is a building block for the next. Go as fast or as slow as your want over a two-year period. All equipment is provided and it's all brand new each season. Our friendly, non-intimidating approach has helped make us the top whitewater program in the region, and our warm and welcoming student community is the perfect environment for a beginner. See below for course descriptions and details.


WW 102-104 Course and Practice Descriptions

WW 102: Strokes and Rolling

This intensive three/four-hour class is also on flat water and teaches you the fundamental strokes that turn and propel the kayak and gives you the tools you need to "bombproof" your roll in preparation for WW 103.

2020 Dates (Choose one):

  • September 5, 12, 19, 26
  • October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

2021 Dates (Choose one):

  • May 29
  • June 5, 12, 19, 26
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • August 7, 14, 21, 28
  • September 4, 11, 18. 25
  • October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, skirt and helmet.

Location (link) : Pennyfield Lock, Potomac, MD

Time : 2:00 PM

Class Ratio : 5:1

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FREE: Coached Weeknight Practice

Practice is an important part of whitewater kayaking and our Whitewater Membership Package includes free weeknight practice. Part skills development, part social outing, our weeknight practice give you more coaching with our best instructors and more time on the water. Perhaps best of all, they provide the opportunity for you to meet new people. Beginner Package students may attend one night per week. And if you have your own gear, you can attend as many as you want! Please attend WW 102 prior to practicing.

2020 Dates (Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, and Thursday PM):

  • September 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
  • October 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29

2021 Dates (Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, and Thursday PM:

  • June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
  • July 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
  • August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31
  • September 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
  • October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, skirt and helmet.

Location (link) : Angler's Lot, Potomac, MD

Time : 6:00 PM (Earlier in Fall.)

Duration : 2 hours

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WW 103: Moving Water

Here is where the fun really begins! In this challenging four-hour course you'll learn how to carve turns, maneuver, and harness the power of the river beneath your kayak! We'll teach you techniques to paddle through current and stay upright. After four hours you will have gained tremendous confidence and an appreciation for your new skills.

2020 Dates (Choose one):

  • September 6, 20
  • October 11, 25
  • November 15, 29

2021 Dates (Choose one):

  • June 13, 27
  • July 11, 25
  • August 8, 2
  • September 5, 19
  • October 10, 24
  • November 14, 28

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, skirt and helmet.

Location (link) : Angler's Lot, Potomac, MD

Time : 9:00 AM

Duration : 4 hours

Class Ratio : 5:1

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WW 104: Trip Leading

Test your new whitewater skills and learn responsible group management, as you spend four hours running and playing in the class II-III Mather Gorge section of the Potomac. We'll climb up to the top of the gorge, view and name the major rapids, learn river communication skills and discuss strategy. You'll begin to understand how to read water and pick good lines through a rapid. Each wide-eyed student will take turns paddling from point to point under the watchful eye of an instructor shadowing your every move. It's an experience you will never forget. Be ready!

2020 Dates (Choose one):

  • September 6, 20
  • October 11, 25
  • November 15, 29

2021 Dates (Choose one):

  • June 13, 27
  • July 11, 25
  • August 8, 2
  • September 5, 19
  • October 10, 24
  • November 14, 28

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, skirt and helmet.

Location (link) : Angler's Lot, Potomac, MD

Time :2:00 PM

Duration : 4 hours

Class Ratio : 3:1

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Completion of the WW 104 course marks your "graduation" from the program and the conclusion of equipment rental and use benefits.