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    Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding (Key Bridge)

    Boating in DC
    SUP. No, not the friendly and informal greeting, short for "What's up?" -- the sport! Experience a fun and exciting day out on the water learning how to SUP, or Stand-Up Paddleboard. During this 75 minute absolute beginners class, develop a greater understanding of water safety, as well as fundamental SUP techniques like how to launch and dock, how to stand and balance on the board, proper stroke form, and all the necessary details in between. With the help of seasoned instructors, who have spent years in Australia, Hawaii and California learning the fine art of Stand-Up Paddleboarding, you'll be out surfing down the Potomac 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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    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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    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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    Urban Essentials: Utility Riding

    City Bikes, Inc.
    A bicycle is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and an efficient way to get from point A to B -- that is, until you have things you need to bring along with you. Where do you put it? Is a backpack the only option? Have all those questions and more answered during this utility riding class! You'll discover the most common (and best!) ways to carry gear on your bike. Learn the difference between front and rear rack options, as well as how to choose which saddlebags are best suited for your own personal needs. Is a cargo bike or trailer a good investment for you? You'll just have to join this class to find out!
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    Blossoms by Bike

    Bike and Roll DC
    Experience the ravishing beauty of Washington DC in the spring! On this guided bike tour you will get to appreciate the charm of our Nation's Capital at its peak. This tour was created especially for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and it will take you through the most impressive locations to view this unique site. Take in your surrounding as bike through a sea of pink and white blossoms. Make your way past the Potomac Tidal Basin to East Potomac Park and beyond. Breathe in the fresh air, celebrate the arrival of spring, and let your spirit be uplifted on this romantic bike tour.
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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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    Solo Driving Competition Experience

    Sports Car Club Of America
    Are you a masterful driver with plenty of control and deft ability behind the wheel? Come test your prowess with the driving competition known as Solo! In a low-risk environment, you will be timed on how well you can navigate the course. Dodge the pylons with expert ability or risk a two second penalty on your final time if you hit one. You'll have a great time making your way around the track and showing off your talents with a competitive spirit. Come see what your lowest time is and have a lot of fun giving Solo a try!
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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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