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    Sunset Paddle at National Harbor

    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!
    Sunset Paddle at National Harbor

    165 Waterfront St, Fort Washington

    • Experience a breathtaking sunset over the Potomac River during this guided kayaking adventure
    • Start with a brief kayaking and safety instruction session to ensure you feel confident on the water
    • Paddle under the architecturally interesting Wilson Bridge and see the Capital Wheel all lit up
    • No experience necessary
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    Discover Scuba

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    Are you curious about scuba diving, but just aren't sure if it's for you? This class is for beginners who aren't ready to commit to scuba, but are more than ready to test the waters. You'll be taught the basics that will give you a feel for scuba techniques and practices. This lesson will also lay the groundwork for any future scuba training you may indulge in. Expect to learn how to use proper equipment in a shallow pool environment and get a quick and easy introduction into what it takes to explore the underwater world. You may find yourself loving scuba, and even decide you want to pursue a certification in it!
    Discover Scuba

    4600 N Park Ave., Chevy Chase

    • Participate in a scuba diving program and gain insight on scuba techniques and fundamentals
    • Learn basic skills such as how to use necessary equipment and how to explore the water properly
    • Train in a shallow pool environment conducive for learning with high quality equipment and effective training
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    Intro to Kayaking (Key Bridge)

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    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!
    Intro to Kayaking (Key Bridge)

    3500 Water St NW, Washington

    • Try your hand at a new sport during this fun and exciting kayaking lesson
    • Learn about boating safety, kayaking equipment, and basic strokes and maneuvers from a seasoned instructor
    • Build up the strength and confidence necessary to eventually navigate the water on your own
    • No experience necessary
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    9 positive reviews
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    Twilight Kayak Adventure

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    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!
    Twilight Kayak Adventure

    3500 Water St NW, Washington

    • Experience the serenity of the Potomac River at twilight during this guided kayaking adventure
    • Start with a brief kayaking and safety instruction session to ensure you feel confident on the water
    • Paddle past iconic D.C. locations like Watergate and the Lincoln Memorial
    • Enjoying enlightening commentary from a local guide
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    Kayaking Essentials (Key Bridge)

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    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!
    Kayaking Essentials (Key Bridge)

    3500 Water St NW, Washington

    • Take your paddling skills to the next level with this novice kayaking class
    • Learn efficient stroke techniques to help you paddle faster for greater distances
    • Improve your ability to maneuver your boat around any obstacles in the way
    • Build up the strength and confidence necessary to explore new horizons on your own
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    9 positive reviews
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    Calm Water Kayaking Tour

    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.
    Calm Water Kayaking Tour

    15101 Seneca Rd, Germantown

    • Take a relaxing kayak tour along the Potomac River
    • Enjoy beautiful views of nature as you paddle along
    • Learn all about the area from your knowledgeable tour guide
    • Escape the noise of the city and reconnect with nature
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    Critters at the Water's Edge

    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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    Critters at the Water's Edge

    13600 King Charles Terrace , Fort Washington

    • Leave behind the bustling city and head to Piscataway Creek for some fresh air, mild exercise, and a much-needed dose of nature
    • Discover the local wildlife of the Potomac River and learn how to identify critters like crayfish and damselfly nymphs
    • Begin your adventure with a brief orientation session, including safety discussion
    • Indulge in a short and sweet kayaking adventure with your friends and family
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    Marsh Loop Flora and Fauna

    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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    Marsh Loop Flora and Fauna

    13600 King Charles Terrace , Fort Washington

    • Spend 3 hours kayaking through the marshes of Piscataway Bay with a certified tour guide
    • Keep your eyes peeled for eagles, turtles, and perhaps even beavers
    • Marvel at the variety of foliage in the marsh, from water lilies to wild rice
    • Take plenty of photos throughout your trip to commemorate the adventure
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    Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding

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    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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    Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding

    Wiehle Ave, Reston

    • Learn the basic skills necessary to enjoy SUP, or stand-up paddleboarding, safely and efficiently
    • Gain an introduction into a sport where even the most basic acts of balancing are fun and challenging
    • Nurture your mind, body, awareness, and breath in a setting more dynamic than a gym
    • No experience necessary
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    Eagles, Islands & Potomac Kayak Tour

    Embark on a kayaking adventure through the wild of Piscataway Bay towards the Potomac River! As you paddle, be on the lookout for osprey nests high up in the forested shores or eagles soaring up above, looking for their next meal. Near the Potomac River, you'll also enjoy a historical perspective of the region. Get distant views of Mount Vernon, the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, and the Fort Washington Light House. In fact, Captain John Smith first met the Piscataway Indians here in 1608! Come discover the unspoiled beauty of Piscataway Bay, juxtaposed by the historical buildings of civilization in the distance.
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    Eagles, Islands & Potomac Kayak Tour

    13600 King Charles Terrace , Fort Washington

    • Go on a fun kayaking adventure through the wilderness of Piscataway Bay
    • Lookout for osprey nests in the trees and eagles soaring up ahead
    • Enjoy a historical perspective of the region, with distant views of the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, and more
    • Take pictures of the unspoiled beautiful beauty of Piscataway Bay
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