Sea Kayaking Lesson 104: Advanced Strokes Info Packet

Improve your on-water agility with the advanced stroke techniques that you’re about to learn! We look forward to paddling with you. 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 Please double-check the location and date of your class!


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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Gear Store

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

Directions to Riley’s Lock in Poolesville, MD.
From I-495
  1. Take exit 39 for River Rd/Rt-190 west toward Potomac
  2. Merge onto MD-190/River Rd
  3. After 11.5 miles, you will come to a dead end.
  4. Turn left onto River Rd
  5. After 0.7 miles, turn left onto Rileys Lock Rd.
  6. Proceed to a boat ramp on your right and parking area on your left. You will see a kayak trailer and a Potomac Paddlesports instructor in the parking lot on your left.

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.