Valley Mill Kayak School

Valley Mill Kayak School

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Barbara A. · 4 reviews TOP REVIEWER
· Reviewed October 16, 2017
Great experience with friendly knowledgeable people. I wanted to feel confident learning to paddleboard in a small group on a private calm lake and that is exactly what I achieved.


Anne C. · 1 reviews
· Reviewed September 16, 2017
Tyler was an amazing instructor....patient with us novices, explaining things/demonstrating how things are done, clearly, and keeping it all fun, at the same time. He provided lots of one-on-one help, tailored to the students' needs, which I appreciated.


Amie B. ·
· Reviewed September 25, 2016
Three of us (a 13YO and 2 adults) had a great time on the calm water kayak tour. Our instructor, Tyler, took us on a fun trip first up the creek to a swimming hole, then back downstream and out into the Potomac. Kayaks were very stable and simple for the beginner paddler to maneuver. Would definitely recommend to anyone considering it.

What You'll Get

Some people consider the Potomac River to be fertile ground for finding a loving pet sea trout. Others see the accessible yet challenging whitewaters as the best place to experiment with kayaking. Browse for a suitable family fish with today's deal: for $44, you get a three-hour kayaking adventure down the Potomac and through the rapids of the Mather Gorge from Valley Mill Kayak School (an $89 value). Trips run every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.–11 a.m., May to October.

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. The trip plops you atop a sit-on-top Riviera kayak, which is designed to make it easier to climb back on board after being assaulted by a slight ripple or an octopus. Easy to handle and easy to paddle, the Riviera is an ideal choice for someone who is seeking a fun, stress-free float. The choose-your-own watery adventure has three options: taking serene pathways to Carderock Park or Rocky Island or following the more adventurous path to Mather Gorge, which requires paddlers to carry their kayaks over a stretch.

Though this isn’t a lesson, you will have the chance to glean some basic river-running skills and navigate some smooth-as-butter class II rapids. Valley Mill provides all gear and guides.

Kayakers must weigh between 100–275 pounds and be able to swim. Call in advance to schedule your trip.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Aug 16, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Not valid with other offers. No cash value. Must weigh between 100-275lbs. Must be able to swim. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About 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.

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