Eric Jackson Clinics

2017 Clinics with Eric Jackson on the Potomac River

Sign up for paddling clinics with a legend in the kayaking world- Eric EJ Jackson!

EJ will be conducting paddling clinics for all skill levels on Sat. May 6th and Sun May 7th. These clinics are open to every skill level of paddler from novice to expert. The cost for each 4hr clinic is just $150. Call Valley Mill (301)840-7388 to sign up before spaces fill (and they always do)

Eric Jackson, owner of Jackson Kayaks, four -time World Freestyle Champion; 1992 Olympian for Slalom Kayaking; National Slalom Champion; three time National Freestyle Champion; five-time Gorge Games Champion; invites you to Demo any Jackson Kayak for free from Valley Mill Boats in Germantown MD.

“What is the best kind of roll? Any roll that gets you right side up with ease.” – Eric Jackson. This is why we only use Jackson Kayaks in all of our instructional programs. Jackson kayaks are comfortable, easy to paddle, and easy to roll. That's why Jackson Kayaks have been the #1 brand in whitewater kayaks for years.

A Bio of Eric Jackson. Valley Mill Kayak School is the only kayak school in the DC area to teach EJ's training methods..They seemed to work pretty well for him.


EJ came to town on Sunday March 28th 2010 to teach some clinics in association with the Valley Mill Kayak School and show us the latest JK Creeker= The Villain. Here are a few pics from the event we had at Valley Mill Boat Shop, following EJ’s on-water clinic.

EJ shows us the new Villain creek boat.

EJ explains why the Villain is so awesome.

KC wonders if there will be a kid sized version

EJ’s courses are officially called “Strokes and Concepts, and Playboating.” This means learning to do the basics more easily, and then applying them to playboating and running rapids. Each course will start with a tune-up of foundation skills like basic strokes, body positioning, and the concepts of kayaking. Then the course will head out on the river to work on using the techniques in real life. The course is geared to modern short playboats, and is especially great for experienced paddlers who are moving into these boats. We will have the full Jackson Kayaks line available for demos. There are clinics for anyone who has a solid roll, all the way to advanced paddlers. If you missed this year’s clinics, don’t fret, because EJ will be through town again to do another clinic next year!