Kayak Lessons; Beginner through Advanced

NOTE- WE DO NOT HAVE ONLINE REGISTRATION! You MUST call (301)840-7388 to schedule/pay.

If you have a discount voucher you may EMAIL us at kayak@valleymill.com with your requested date/time from the schedule. Please include your voucher number and contact phone number in your email If the date/time is available, we will confirm your reservation by emailing you back. If you are not using a voucher, payment in advance is required for all reservations by calling (301)840-7388

Valley Mill Kayak School Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Whitewater Kayaking Lessons, things to bring, and cancellation policy.

OUR BEGINNER LESSONS START IN MAY (Conditions permitting) and end on OCT. 1st
Here is a video of one of our Whitewater Level 1 lessons. The whole lesson wasn't filmed, but you can see some of it here. The majority of the lesson takes place on the water, after gear orientation takes place on land.

Filmed and edited by Chris Ziegler

LEVEL 1, INTRO TO WHITEWATER KAYAKING- COST $120 (gear included)
Call to sign up (301)840-7388 Outdoor beginner lessons begin in May

The LEVEL 1 Intro To WHITEWATER Lesson is the most important lesson you could ever take. This lesson lays the foundation for everything else you will learn in the sport and is absolutely crucial for you going forward in the progression.

LEVEL WHITEWATER LESSON DATES for 2017

Sat June 3rd 8:00am-11:00am

Sat June 10th 8:00am-11:00am

Sat June 17th 8:00am-11:00am

Sat June 24th 8:00am-11:00am
July dates to follow

LEVEL 2, MASTERING THE KAYAK ROLL- COST $120 (gear included, if needed)
(completion of LEVEL1 or equivalent is REQUIRED! ) Call to sign up (301)840-7388

LEVEL 2 WHITEWATER LESSON DATES for MAY=

Sat June 3rd 12-3:00pm

Sat June 10th 12-3:00pm

Sat June 17th 12-3:00pm

Sat June 24th 12-3:00pm

Sat July 1st- NO LESSON

More dates to follow


This is the rolling progression we teach at Valley Mill, being shown here by Eric Jackson, 4 time World Freestyle Champion, and founder and president of Jackson Kayaks

WHITEWATER KAYAKING LEVEL 3- Moving Current Strokes and Concepts- COST $120
CALL (301)840-7388 ( A ROLL IS REQUIRED)
This lesson takes you from flatwater into moving current. The skills of "reading water", and stroke technique are applied to such tasks as "peal-outs", ferrying, and more.

LEVEL 3 WHITEWATER LESSON DATES for JUNE=

Sat June 24th 5:00-8:00pm

July dates to follow

WHITEWATER KAYAKING LEVEL 4- RIVER RUNNING- COST $120
Call (301)840-7388 (A ROLL IS REQUIRED)
This lesson gives you the full whitewater experience: running a section of river, rapid scouting, group safety, and much more. This lesson is a culmination of all lessons 1-3

BEGINNER WHITEWATER LESSON PACKAGE- $700
This package gives you all four lessons in the beginner series, as well as access to our weekly weeknight practice sessions. We use the #1 brand of kayaks in the industry, combined with the fastest progression in the sport. You learn faster, in a smaller group size.

BEGINNER GROUP LESSONS ARE ON WEEKENDS ONLY !!!!
Weekday group lessons can be arranged. Minimum group size is 10 students

PRIVATE LESSONS can be scheduled for any day of the week with sufficient notice by calling (301)840-7388. The private lesson rate is $75 per hour, with a minimum of 2hrs per lesson

IF YOU HAVE A COUPON VOUCHER= have it in front of you before you call or Email to schedule ! We need the code off the voucher to confirm your reservation.


Valley Mill Kayak School is a Jackson Kayak Super School, meaning we only use Jackson Kayaks, the number one brand in the kayaking industry. We use Jackson kayaks in our instructional programs. It is the perfect kayak to learn in, because it is comfortable, stable, and it is easy to paddle and roll.

BEGINNER Whitewater LEVEL 1 , 2, and 3. LESSONS take place at Anglers Inn just a few minutes from DC. Level 4 lesson locations depend on river levels and will be determined at scheduling.

DO NOT use GPS or online mapping websites to find us!!!! They may take you to the wrong location.

Call to sign up and pay for any of these lessons (301)840-7388

** Please note: We do not give refunds on lessons, lesson packages, or Discount Vouchers and will only offer credit for future lessons- no exceptions! **

See Our Cancellation Policy at the Bottom of this Page

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Valley Mill instructor Milan Rusnak works one on one with a student during the wet exit progression of the beginner lesson #1

You will be using the newest, and one of the best kayaks in the industry for all your beginner lessons with Valley Mill= the Jackson Antix kayak.

You may cancel/reschedule up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled lesson.

No refunds will be given to cancellations within 24 hours of your scheduled lesson- NO EXCEPTIONS ! No EXCUSES! Only credit towards a future lesson will be applied. Valley Mill reserves the right to cancel any lesson due to inclement weather, high water, or lack of participation required for group lessons. Credit will be issued for any lesson or trip that Valley Mill cancels.

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