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Grab A Paddle and PFD!

First take our Flat Water Paddling Basics class, then sign up for one of the exciting river float trips! Earn a certificate and patch by taking the basics class and paddling our series of four Maryland Waterways at least once within a three-year period. Most trips leave from Centennial Park South. All programs are for 10+ years; under 16 must be accompanied by a participating and REGISTERED adult. Detailed information will be emailed to participants within a week of the program start date. If you cannot make the date of a Flatwater class, please call Matt! Group rates and custom programs also available!
Registration: 410-313-7275. Information: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.

Classes

Flatwater Paddling Basics for Canoe or Kayak 
10 yrs + / Dates below / $35
Learn flat water paddling techniques, self-rescue, safety, gear selection and how to load a canoe or kayak. Participants under 16 are placed in a canoe or tandem kayak with an accompanying registered adult.  Wear loose-fitting layers of warm clothing. This is an American Canoe Association-certified instructional program.

Canoe /  10 yrs+ /  Centennial Pk South – Concession Dock

RP9120.501   Sep 9    9:30am-noon    Sa

Kayak /  10 yrs+ /  Centennial Pk South – Concession Dock

RP9125.501   Sep 9    9:30am-noon    Sa

RP9125.502   Sep 9    1-3:30pm          Sa

Please note:  Flatwater Classes are for adults or adults with their children.  Everyone in the class must be registered and participating, including parents.  No children without an accompanying and registered adult.

Many Adventure and Outdoors summer camps feature canoeing & kayaking:

Archery & Paddling Camp

Paddling & Fishing Camp

Rock & River Adventure

Shenandoah River Adventure

Pedals & Paddles

& more...  Visit the Adventure and Outdoors Camps page for complete information!

River Trips

Float the Antietam
10 yrs+ / Sep 17 / $47, canoe or tandem kayak; $68, single kayak
Nature enthusiasts and families, come enjoy a day of paddling on Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, MD. Choose a canoe, double (tandem) or single kayak. Beginner to intermediate paddlers welcome - this river does feature a class 1+ rapid! All paddlers must complete our Flatwater Canoe or Kayak Paddling Basics class before the trip. Fee is per person and includes transportation, leadership and boats; bring lunch (no nut products) and beverage.
Long Gate Park & Ride
RP9124.501   10 yrs+   Canoe   9am-6pm   Su

RP9124.502   10 yrs+   Tandem Kayak   8am-6pm   Su

RP9124.511   16 yrs+   Single Kayak   8am-6pm   Su

Float the Potomac River
10 yrs+ / Oct 1 /  $47, canoe or tandem kayak; $68, single kayak
Nature enthusiasts and families can discover the beauty of the scenic Potomac River (northwest of Harpers Ferry) on this one-day trip. Beginner to intermediate paddlers welcome. All paddlers must complete our Flatwater Canoe or Kayak Paddling Basics class before the trip. Fee is per person, and includes transportation, leadership and boats; bring lunch (no nut products) and beverage.
Long Gate Park & Ride
RP9123.501   10 yrs+   Canoe   9am-6pm   Su

RP9123.502   10 yrs+   Tandem Kayak   9am-6pm   Su

RP9123.511   16 yrs+   Single Kayak   9am-6pm   Su

Check back in the Spring for these exciting trips:

Float Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Paddle the tidal marshes of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on this one-day flat water trip. Enjoy the scenery of mixed evergreen and deciduous forests, which are home to the Bald Eagle and endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel. Beginner to intermediate paddlers welcome. All paddlers must complete our Kayak Paddling Basics class before the trip. Fee is per person and includes transportation, leadership and boats; bring lunch (no nut products) and beverage.

Float the Monocacy
Beginner to intermediate paddlers can discover the beauty of the scenic Monocacy River on this one-day trip. Paddle through history near the Monocacy National Battlefield. All paddlers must complete our Flatwater Canoe or Kayak Paddling Basics class before the trip. Fee is per person and includes transportation, leadership and boats; bring lunch (no nut products) and beverage.

Please Note:
  • If a program is full, place your name on the Wait List!  There is no charge, and you can sign up on the Wait List online or by phone (410-313-7275).  Wait List customers are considered first should a spot become available.
  • All participants should check the program status line within ONE HOUR of their program start time, regardless of the weather.  There are a lot of status lines for Recreation & Parks - the correct status line for canoe and kayak Flatwater Basics CLASSES is 410-313-4451: Press option 1, then option 4.  The correct status line for float TRIPS is 410-313-4451: Press option 1, then option 3.  There are many reasons a program or trip may be cancelled, not just weather, so please consult the program status line before each program or trip.