Here’s your chance to learn the fun of standup paddleboarding in the Washington, DC area!
Fall’s coming and so don’t miss one of your last chances to learn the fun of standup paddleboarding in the Washington, DC area this season!
The two-hour lesson is taught by a local legend among stand up paddle board instructors who’s going to provide a top-quality, enthusiastic, supportive environment.
The lesson will be in a safe, calm-water environment where you’ll learn the basics—from how to use your equipment properly, to learn on how to balance on the board, and use the right paddling technique. The instruction is geared toward starting out right and getting a solid understanding of the fundamentals. For those who've been in the previous session, here’s your chance to refine the fundamentals.
The lesson may be held in a section of the C&O canal, or on the Potomac itself. This area is one of the most picturesque settings in the DC area, where there are frequent sightings of eagles, egrets, turkey vultures and other wildlife.
If you already know a little paddleboarding and have your own equipment, you are welcome to come paddle along with the group, cheer your friends on, and get free pointers on your paddling technique.
(You can also register for the Level II class following this Intro class to build on the skills you just learned.)
NOTE: Class size is limited to 12 people. To reserve your spot, you must sign up and pay online at: http://bit.ly/1pCHLCm - scroll down to the listing for “Outdoor Activity Meetup Group (Members only)” at the bottom, then click the green “Book” button. You are not registered until you have paid. RSVP'ing "Yes" does NOT mean you have reserved a spot.
Meeting Place: In front of restrooms in parking lot across from Old Angler's Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD.
a. From the Beltway (I-495), take exit # 41, which is immediately north of the American Legion Bridge. When taking exit # 41, take it west towards Carderock / Great Falls, Maryland.
b. This puts you on the Clara Barton Parkway, heading west. Stay on the Clara Barton Parkway for 1.7 miles until you come to a flashing stoplight.
c. Make a left turn at the flashing stoplight onto MacArthur Blvd. Go for 1 mile until you see the Old Anglers Inn on your right side. Park in the parking lots across the street from the Old Anglers Inn.
Meet Time: 2:45 pm. We need to arrive early to gather our gear. The lesson will start at 3 pm.
What to Bring:
- Clothing you don’t mind getting wet
- Sunglasses (make sure you have a strap!)
- Water (you can bring a soft water bottle on your board if you want)
- Change of clothes
- Shoes that can get wet (no flip flops)
- Completed Waiver: http://paddlestrokesup.com/assets/doc/paddlestroke-sup-release-forms-2014.pdf
For those interested for a bite to eat, we can head down the street at Fish Taco.
Carpooling is encouraged as parking spots can be difficult to come by. In your RSVP please indicate if you need a ride. If you are coming by car and wouldn’t mind picking someone up at a convenient metro stop, please indicate how many people you can take. Hopefully we’ll have enough room for everyone. I can pick up three at the Braddock Road metro (yellow) or Rosslyn (grey/orange/blue). Carpoolers, please chip in generously for gas!
Note: this event is cross-posted with another group.