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President and head instructor Sunny Pitcher started Potomac Paddlesports off the roof of his car in 1999. Before this, Sunny spent nearly a decade in the outdoor retail industry, serving as Hudson Trail Outfitter's Director of Stores and then, later, as the Retail Environment Director at Potomac Outdoors.

Within a few years after its launch, Potomac Paddlesports had become the top school in the area, offering beginner whitewater, sea kayaking, and flatwater instruction and trips. Programs were expanded to meet the needs of our growing student community, and we began to offer intermediate whitewater and sea kayaking instruction and a teen whitewater camp.

In 2007, Brad Reardon approached us about buying Springriver, the oldest canoe and kayak retailer in the mid-Atlantic region. We jumped at the chance to continue the tradition of serving the DC market. Within a few months we had remodeled the old Springriver warehouse and turned it into a stylin' 8,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor retail space. Our focus, however, continues to be instruction, and our company mission and core values have not changed.


Consistently provide our clients with the foundation of skills and level of knowledge that produces life-long kayaking enthusiasts.

Core Values
1. Respect for the power of the river
2. Environmental responsibility
3. Participation in community partnerships that sustain our natural resources.

Be Safe. Be Skilled!

Potomac Paddlesports
Potomac, MD 20854

Text / Voice: (301) 881-2628

Office Hours:

7 Days: 8:00am-6:00pm