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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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    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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    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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    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 one 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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    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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    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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    Eagles, Islands & Potomac Kayak Tour

    Atlantic Kayak Company
    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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    Beginner Group Kayak Lesson

    Valley Mill Kayak School
    Ready to experience whitewater kayaking? In this lesson you will cover all the basics to get you started, with the goal being to make sure you build the techniques to take the sport as far as you want to go. This lesson is aimed at the total beginner, or someone who has never been in a whitewater kayak before. You will learn about outfitting, the paddle, basic strokes, and concepts like arc and spin momentum. If you have been in other types of kayaks, you still need to take this lesson because whitewater kayaks handle differently than other kayaks. Start exploring today and have fun learning a valuable kayaking lesson!
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