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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 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

Flat Water Paddling Basics for Canoe or Kayak 
10 yrs + / Sep 10 / $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 / Centennial Pk South – Concession Dock
RP9120.101   9:30am-noon    Sa

Kayak / Centennial Pk South – Concession Dock
RP9125.101   9:30am-noon    Sa

RP9125.102   1-3:30pm          Sa


River Trips

Float the Potomac River
10 yrs+ / Sep 18 / $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 Flat Water 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

RP9123.101   10 yrs+   Canoe   9am-6pm   Su

RP9123.102   10 yrs+   Tandem Kayak   9am-6pm   Su

RP9123.111   16 yrs+   Single Kayak   9 am-6pm   Su

Float the Antietam
10 yrs+ / Oct 2 / $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 Flat Water 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

RP9124.101   10 yrs+   Canoe   9am-6pm   Su

RP9124.102   10 yrs+   Tandem Kayak   9am-6pm   Su

RP9124.111   16 yrs+   Single Kayak   9am-6pm   Su


Check back in the Spring for these exciting trips:

Float the Monocacy River
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 Flat Water 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.

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.


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.