Discover the Potomac Beginner Kayak Tour On Calm Water - Bring Binoculars!


Our professional instructors and guides will teach you all about flatwater kayaks, how to paddle with correct technique, and will help you discover the flora and fauna of our local treasure. You'll also learn the rich history of the C&O Canal. Catch a glimpse of eagles, herons, kingfisher, white-tailed deer, and painted turtles, and see and learn about the many other wild inhabitants of our river ecosystem. All equipment is included! See below for details.

And don't worry: if the trip ends and you find yourself wishing you'd signed up for the entire package, we make it easy to upgrade. See Flatwater Membership Package Upgrade for details.

Discover the Potomac

Enjoy a four-hour guided trip of a serene and scenic section of the Potomac River on our signature trip. All our beginner trips are specifically designed for people with limited to no paddling experience (calm water, stable kayaks, friendly instruction).

2024 Dates (All dates currently have availability):

  • May* 11, 25
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • July 6, 13, 20, 27
  • August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • September 7, 14, 21, 28
  • October 5, 12, 19, 26

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device

Location (link) : Pennyfield Lock, Potomac, MD

Time : 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM

Duration : 4 hours

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