Our instructional program teaches the methods of former Olympian and World Freestyle Champion Eric Jackson (“EJ” to those who know him) and it represents the most recent teaching techniques and technical knowledge available in whitewater paddling today. Furthermore, by limiting our class sizes to a 5:1 student to instructor ratio, we provide the smallest classes with the most personalized instruction on the river. VMKS instructors are certified by the American Canoe Association as well as personally trained by Eric Jackson.

Our Lead Instructors :Jim Buley, Bruce Uthus, Koji Hirota, Jim Hubshman, Monique Hubshman, Milan Rusnak, James Sneeringer, Matt Springer, Mike Mathwin, Mark Thomsen, James Hedges, Martin Trpis, Callum Lewandrowski, Christian Horton, Josh Ellis, Michele Gasper, Perry Warren, Jake Jarnik, Jordan Sherman, Tyler Uthus, Elliot Bertrand and Andrew Robinson.

Those interested in becoming kayaking instructors for Valley Mill can contact Jim Buley by calling (301)840-7388, or email your resume to