Valley Mill Kayak School


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Did you know that kayak is both a palindrome and onomatopoeia? There’s probably a lot you didn’t know about kayaking. For example, kayaking technology has drastically evolved in the last century. A hundred years ago, people paddled with one finger on each hand. After that, they used spoons, then cupped hands, then tennis rackets, and then, finally, oars.

The innovation of the modern oar has allowed kayaks to reach dangerous speeds. That’s why you need one-on-one instruction to learn how to kayak safely. And what better place to learn than at Valley Mill Kayak School? Keep reading about today’s awesome deal on kayak lessons.


Some people consider the Potomac River, with its accessible yet challenging whitewater and friendly beaver colonies, to be the best place to learn how to kayak. Take advantage of the river’s proximity with today’s Groupon. For only $49, you get a beginner’s lesson at Valley Mill Kayak School (a $105 value). The school has introduced people to kayaks for more than 40 years, so you and your kayak-curious friends are guaranteed to be in well-trained, heavily calloused hands. A kayaking class with a group of friends is the perfect summer weekend excursion.

All Valley Mill instructors are certified by the American Canoe Association and are personally trained by Eric Jackson, a former Olympian and world-champion freestyle-kayaker. Classes are small (five students to one instructor) to ensure personalized instruction. For your lesson, meet across the street from Old Angler’s Inn, 10801 Macarthur Blvd. in Potomac, before heading out on flat water or a moving current. Valley Mill provides you with a kayak, paddle, helmet, spray skirt, and personal floatation device.

In your beginner class, you’ll get answers to all the basic questions:

  • The Gear: What’s it for, how do I wear it, and does it make me look frumpy?
  • Kayak Outfitting: What are my kayak’s features? Is there room enough for my cantaloupes?
  • The Paddle: How do I hold it and use it correctly? Will I bruise?
  • Basic Strokes and Concepts: How exactly do I kayak? How do basic kayaking strokes connect with a unified field theory?
  • Bow Rescues: How do I use my buddy’s bow to get upright after a flip? How do I use two buddies’ bows to do a complete 360˚?

Head outside and traverse the open seas with a bunch of friends. Get your Groupon!

Note: This Groupon is only good for Beginner Class #1.


The New York Times called Valley Mill Kayak School “a premier paddling school and camp.”

The people who take lessons are raving about it:

  • “The instructors are top notch. You can tell that all of these guys and gals loooove kayaking. They are just happy to be in the water and they have infinite patience. These are the guys who will keep flipping you back over when you don’t get your eskimo roll six times in a row. And they are the ones who will keep breaking down the movements for you in as many ways as possible to ensure you will understand all the concepts properly.” – LeeAnn O., Yelp
  • “This is my first time in a kayak where I was actually trying to learn something. I had a good time and feel like I got a good intro but didn’t manage to learn how to roll yet. That’s something I really want to learn how to do as I think it will help me be more aggressive in my learning.” – KayakerBoy, a kayaking blog

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.

Customer Reviews

Mark was a great instructor! Very patient and thorough. I can't wait to go do this on my own now that I have the basics down.
Lorraine W. · June 25, 2016
Great place, lovely instructor.
Rudy C. · September 15, 2014
Our teacher Michelle was awesome! She got to know each of us and made the whole experience felt like summer camp. I would definitely recommend the Into to SUP at Valley Mill Kayak School to anyone!
Cheng-wen L. · September 14, 2014
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    10801 Mac Arthur Blvd

    Potomac, Maryland 20854

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