Sea Kayaking Lesson 103: Bracing & Rolling Info Packet

Boost your confidence in this three-hour class devoted to bracing and rolling your kayak. 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


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, spray skirt, and kayak 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’ll spend half of your lessons in the water, literally. Paddling-specific apparel is required. Don’t try to go on the cheap when it comes to your comfort. Visit our retail store for assistance with purchasing the right clothing for kayaking. A full 3mm wetsuit (covering arms and legs) is okay if you cannot swing a full “layering system,” but you will eventually want better paddling clothing.
  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. Complete Package students may attend free Practice Clinics indefinitely. Starter Package students may attend 2 free Practice Clinics.
  11. You may repeat any lesson at a discounted rate of 10%. Please call our registration office for further information.
  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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Directions to Our Retail Store

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

Directions to Lesson Location

Sea Kayak Bracing and Roll is held at the Pennyfield Lock area of the C&O Canal National Historical Park off River Road in Potomac, Maryland. For alternate routes, or from points north or west, google 12100-12351 Pennyfield Lock Rd., Potomac, MD 20854.

From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take River Road (exit 39) west towards Potomac.

Continue west on River Road approximately 8.9 miles and make a left turn onto Pennyfield Lock Rd. (The sign for Pennyfield Lock Road is on your right and you will see a sign on the left that says “Historic Tobytown”)

Drive to the end of Pennyfield Lock Road to a stop sign and park in the parking area immediately in front of you adjacent to the C&O Canal. You should see a 24’ Potomac Paddlesports trailer.

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

Restrooms: If you make a left at the stop sign and continue to the end of the access road you should find the

Port-o-Johns near the Pennyfield House. After you use them, please return to the parking area near the stop sign. style="border:0" frameborder="0" height="450" width="700">