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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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    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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    Discover Scuba

    SPE Dive School, LLC
    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!
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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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    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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    Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard

    Active Nature
    Easy to learn while offering a lifetime of progression in skills and fitness, stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, is a sport that you're sure to love from day 1 through 1001! Enjoy the gloriously liberating feeling of getting away from it all while engaging in a full body workout that's second to none. After learning about the equipment, including proper safety techniques, head out onto the water where instructors will guide you through the strokes, turns, and knowledge you'll need to start surfing the river. It's easy to see why SUP is the fastest growing paddlesport in the world, and this fun and comprehensive course will teach you everything you need to start your paddling journey right away!
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    Intro Stand Up Paddling

    Valley Mill Kayak School
    Learn to stand up paddleboard! This class will give you all the stand up paddling instruction you need to get you started on your watery adventures. Come paddle! This exciting activity is fun and beginner friendly. You will master the basics of this sport, and even get good enough to eventually get your own board and gear, and venture out on your own. It's a fun and exciting way to mix enjoyment, exercise, and having a great time out on the water!
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    Capitol Riverfront Evening Tour

    Boating in DC
    If you've never experienced the vibrant Capitol Riverfront neighbourhood of DC, then you need to take part in this kayaking adventure! Never kayaked before? Don't worry, this is a great tour for beginners, and your friendly instructor will make sure you learn the proper way to paddle, steer, and stay the course. On this tour you'll kayak your way through picturesque views of this 500-acre neighborhood located along the wide stretch of the Anacostia River. Take in the sites as you paddle along the calm waters and witness some gorgeous sights. You'll glide past establishments like the Capitol, Navy Yard, USS Barry, and Fort McNair. Kayak, life jacket, and paddle are all included. See the sunset from a new perspective, and appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.
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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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    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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