Thank you for registering for lessons with Potomac Paddlesports! This packet of information is provided to help keep you organized and ensure that you are fully prepared for your lessons. Please review all of this information carefully at least one week prior to your lesson. You may contact us at any time with questions by calling 301-881-2628 or emailing us at

For expert service when purchasing paddling clothing or equipment, please visit our retail store at 9812 Falls Rd. Potomac, MD 20854. Please double-check the location and date of your lesson!


This packet contains the following:

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.

  1. You have up to two years from your first lesson to complete any membership package.
  2. Please schedule or re-schedule your lessons online.
  3. You have up until 72 hours before a class’s start time to reschedule. Students who do not reschedule
    in time or who don’t show up forfeit their lesson. No exceptions are made to this policy and we do
    not offer refunds.
  4. Personal floatation, paddle, helmet and board are provided at no charge.
  5. Please arrive and be prepared fifteen minutes prior to your lesson start time. (Late arrivals will not be
    admitted to class.)
  6. All lessons meet rain or shine. A decision to postpone due to lightning or other dangerous conditions
    is made on-site at the last possible minute. (Mother Nature often cooperates if we wait-and-see.)
  7. You may fall in the water and should definitely dress to get wet! Paddling-specific apparel is
    recommended. Please don’t try to go on the cheap when it comes to your comfort. See the list of
    items to bring and visit our retail stores for assistance with purchasing the right clothing for paddling.
  8. Please do not wait until the last minute to purchase your clothing and accessories.
  9. During your lesson, store your car key in a “Hide-a-Key” box somewhere on your vehicle.
  10. Membership students may attend free Practice Clinics indefinitely.
  11. You may repeat any lesson at a discounted rate of 10%. Please call us at 301-881-2628 to schedule.
  12. For your safety and enjoyment, we request that you keep your personal information up-to-date via your schedule page. Please log in and update your info at

List of Things to Bring

The following list of things to bring is for your comfort, safety, and enjoyment of your on-water experience with us. ALL ITEMS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Please call or visit our retail store for assistance. (See map and directions below.)

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Shop our entire online store! Boats, boards, Patagonia apparel, and more!

Gear Store

Directions to Our Retail Store

Our retail store (not lessons!) is located at 9812 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854. Our phone number is (301) 881-2628. Click on the Directions link in the map below for directions.

Directions to Lesson Location

All Stand Up Paddling class are held at the Old Angler’s Inn parking area. For alternate routes, google 10801 Macarthur Blvd., Potomac, Maryland 20854.

From the Capital Beltway (I-495) take exit 41 toward Carderock/Great Falls, MD and merge onto the Clara Barton Parkway

Take the Parkway 1.7 miles until it ends at Macarthur Blvd., and then turn left onto Macarthur Blvd.

The parking area will be on your left across the street from the Old Angler’s Inn. Look for the Potomac Paddlesports Instructor. (Note: There are three separate lots at different levels. Please look around for us.)

PLEASE have your clothing and supplies ready to go fifteen minutes prior to start time so that we can start promptly.

Note: Vehicles have been broken into at this parking lot. Please leave all valuables at home and bring a small drybox for your credit cards and cash. You can store your car key in a hidden key box on the underside of your fender.