Choose from Three Options
- $45 for a two-hour recreational kayak tour on the Potomac River (a $95 value)
- $49 for a three-hour introductory whitewater-kayaking class (a $100 value)
- $49 for a three-hour standup paddleboarding class (a $105 value)
For all three options, Valley Mill Kayak School provides all the necessary gear, including rental kayaks or paddleboards. The tour season starts in May and runs through October 1.
Valley Mill Kayak School
Since 1956, Valley Mill Kayak School has trained countless kayakers, including the first kayaking recipients of Olympic medals, on the deep waters of the Potomac River. A former Olympian and four-time freestyle-kayaking world champion, Eric Jackson personally designs the school's lesson plans around modern whitewater-paddling techniques. Eric trains each of the school's American Canoe Association–certified instructors, who, in turn, dispense their knowledge to beginners and proficient paddlers alike.
Through a wealth of small classes, private lessons, and occasional clinics taught by Eric himself, pupils discover such skills as paddling and basic strokes, or attempting to work your kayak into rhythmic-gymnastics routines.