Product Rating

Kayaking 301: Coastal Kayaking

Product Description

Join our instructor for a private or small-group coastal kayaking course at the beautiful Hope Springs Marina!

The marina is located on a protected section of Aquia Creek at the mouth of the Potomac River.  Stay close to the marina to practice your skills and then venture out with our instructor for a distance tour.  This is big water with a lot of area to stretch out and explore.  You can travel up the creek to enjoy a more eco-tour feel with lily pads, an abundance of wildlife, and beautiful tree lined shores.  Travel down the creek toward the Potomac and receive a more challenging paddle with choppier water and more flowing currents.

Course length:

4-6 hours


Kayaking 101 or equivalent

You will learn:

  • The paddling environment: wind, waves, currents, tides
  • Introduction to nautical charts and basic navigation
  • Introduction to trip planning (safety) and basic Touring Kayak equipment
  • Strokes: power strokes, sweeps, pivots, draws, rudders and braces
  • Self rescues: paddle float and sling
  • Assisted rescues: TX, scoop, eskimo, bulldozing and towing, hand-of-god
  • Basic boat repair and first aid at sea
  • Skills and preparation for an ACA Level 1 or Level 2 Coastal Kayak skills assessment

What should I wear?

Avoid wearing cotton if possible.  Wear synthetics top and bottom.  Synthetics are lighter when wet, dry faster, and wick moisture away from the body.  Even if the air is warm the water can still be chilly.  Plan accordingly, especially in late fall and early spring.

What should I bring?

When out on the water staying hydrated and protected from the sun is a MUST!

  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with a retention strap
  • Dry bag for phone/wallet/keys
  • Snack
  • Towel
  • Required medications
  • River shoes (shoes that can get wet, smelly, and will stay on)


customer reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to write a review

Rate this product

38.3018° N, 77.4708° W

Basecamp Blog

talking our rocks off

Basecamp Blog