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    Calm Water Kayaking Tour

    Valley Mill Kayak School
    Enjoy a peaceful tour along the beautiful Potomac River with a professional tour guide by your side to share fun facts and introduce you to the joy of kayaking. As you explore the fourth-largest river along the Atlantic Coast, you'll be amazed at how much natural beauty can be found just minutes from the bustle of D.C. You'll view stunning scenery and glide along calm waters as you take a deep breath of fresh air and reconnect with nature. Keep an eye out for wildlife including wild birds, turtles, and more. New to kayaking? No fear! The Jackson Riviera Kayak you'll be using is easy to paddle, super stable, and the perfect vessel for beginners.
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    DC Bus and Boat Tour

    Signature Tours DC
    Washington DC has a lot to offer you, and with so many monuments to visit, sightseeing can be bewildering and almost completely overwhelming. With this bus tour, you will be able to see all the top Washington DC monuments and attractions to the tune of exciting live narration on one convenient bus ride -- talk about saving time and stress! At each stop, your expert local guide will hop off your climate controlled bus with you to provide fascinating and relevant information about each memorial that you may have otherwise missed. Explore Washington DC in a more comprehensive way than you ever thought possible, while skipping the hassle of driving yourself or figuring out public transportation. End your tour on a high note with an exclusive boat ride along the Potomac River from historic Georgetown!
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    Try Sailing!

    The Sailing Academy
    Have you always wondered what it would feel like to be the captain of your own vessel? Take your first exploratory steps into sailing with this 2 hour course and get a taste of the seaman life! Perfect for those looking to just get their feet wet, you'll learn all about sailing from a professional sailor, who will share basic terms and techniques as you glide across the Chesapeake Bay. Let your curiosity be fulfilled as you, guided by your instructor, take the helm and steer your crew in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Whether you're looking to get serious about sailing or simply want to get out on the water for the day, this class has a little something for everyone.
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    Critters at the Water's Edge

    Atlantic Kayak Company
    If you like getting your feet wet, this adventure is for you! You'll begin your adventure with a brief orientation, including a safety discussion, land lesson, and a primer on how to figure out where you are in the watershed. Then, you're off to explore! You'll enjoy the soft breeze of the Piscataway Creek and the overall calm of the Potomac River, a welcome break from the bustle of the city. You'll also discover the exciting variety of local wildlife. There will be an array of birds, including bald eagles, osprey, and great blue herons. You'll also see many different edible and medicinal plants! Once you're on land, you'll explore the various critters on the beach! You can even get out nets to comb the waters! After your beach exploration, you'll kayak back to the nature center for a brief wrap-up activity, during which you'll have time to munch on a snack you've brought from home. Come indulge in some adventure to spruce up your week!
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    Marsh Loop Flora and Fauna

    Atlantic Kayak Company
    Kick off a wildlife adventure in Piscataway Bay, where you'll kayak through the waters to find the creatures of the marsh! Look out for eagles, osprey, or cormorants hunting for fish. You'll also meander through narrow marsh channels framed by wild rice, water lilies, and cattails. A canopy of trees in the more forested part of the creek will envelope you in nature's musical sounds -- song birds singing, turtles splashing into the water, great blue herons squawking, and maybe even a beaver slapping its tail to warn her family of danger! Get close-up views of beaver lodges, butterflies, and other native wildflowers that you can't see elsewhere. This is your chance to fulfill your adventure dreams!
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    Sunset Paddle at National Harbor

    Boating in DC
    As the sun falls over Alexandria, your adventure is just beginning! Start with a brief kayaking and safety instruction session to ensure you feel confident out on the water. Then, enjoy a 90-minute guided tour around Smoot's Cove. Paddle under the architecturally interesting Wilson Bridge, and catch the sunset by Old Town -- can you just imagine seeing National Harbor and the Capital Wheel all lit up!? As you take in scenic views of the beautifully reflective Potomac River, absorb the interesting commentary from your expert local guides and learn unique tidbits about D.C. that will take your appreciation for our nation's capital to a whole new level!
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    Intro to Kayaking (Key Bridge)

    Boating in DC
    Looking to get out on the water, but don't know your aft from your anchor? This intro to kayaking class makes it easy for even the most serious of landlubbers to don a pair of sea legs! During this two hour lesson, a seasoned instructor will introduce you to boating safety, kayaking equipment, and basic strokes and maneuvers to get you going in the right direction. Whether you're a first-time boater looking to get acquainted with the water, or an adventure seeker looking to try a new hobby, this class will have you navigating the water like a pro in no time!
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    Kayaking Essentials (Key Bridge)

    Boating in DC
    Are you hooked? Caught the kayaking bug, and ready to bring your skills to the next level? This hour and a half class is geared toward the novice paddler who has been in a kayak a time or two but wants to learn more. You will learn efficient stroke techniques to help you paddle faster for greater distances as you improve your ability to maneuver the boat around any obstacles in your way. Review water safety techniques to keep your paddling companions and yourself safe on the river, and practice advanced procedures such as what to do if your boat tips over. Don't let your limited knowledge of kayaking (or lack thereof) keep you from chasing the horizon. The skills you learn in this class will allow you to get out there and explore ASAP!
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    Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding

    Surf Reston
    As a first time "SUPer," you will learn the basic skills necessary to enjoy stand-up paddleboarding safely and efficiently in this 60-90 minute introductory session! During the dry land portion, you'll learn about the equipment, review safety techniques, and practice paddling basics. Then, venture out into the water under the instruction of an expert, where you'll progress slowly but surely from paddling on your knees to standing up straight. You'll practice a proper and efficient forward stroke as well as how to turn and stop your board. But most importantly of all, you'll have FUN!
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    Twilight Kayak Adventure

    Boating in DC
    As the sun falls over Washington D.C., your adventure is just beginning! Start with a brief kayaking and safety instruction session to ensure you feel confident out on the water. Then, enjoy a 90-minute guided tour around Teddy Roosevelt Island as you paddle past iconic D.C. locations like Watergate, the Lincoln Memorial and Kennedy Center. As you take in scenic views of the beautifully reflective Potomac River, enjoy interesting commentary from your expert local guides, and learn unique tidbits about D.C. that will take your appreciation for our nation's capital to a whole new level!
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