Soul Trak Event Details 

Whitewater Kayaking Club

  • 6 Jul 2024
  • 27 Jul 2024
  • 4 sessions
  • 6 Jul 2024, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • 13 Jul 2024, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • 20 Jul 2024, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • 27 Jul 2024, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Riley's Lock (Lock 24), C&O Canal Trail, Poolesville, MD 20837
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Whitewater Kayaking Club

July 6 - July 27 

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location - Riley's Lock:

13015 Riley's Lock Rd, Poolesville, MD

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Location - Anglers Inn: 

10790 MacArthur Blvd. Potomac, MD

Soul Trak is excited to be partnering with Calleva River School to present the 2024 Whitewater Kayaking Club! Do you want to spend your afternoons on the river, learning to maneuver a kayak on the river, and enjoying all that the river has to offer? 

The course will consist of four 4-hr kayaking sessions on the Potomac River. The program is designed to introduce the club members to kayaking and the skills to maneuver on the river safely. The program will take place on Saturday afternoons from July 6- 27, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Riley's Lock (lock 24) on the C&O canal, located in Poolesville, MD 20837 and Angler's Inn 10790 MacArthur Blvd. Potomac, MD. Additional practice sessions on Tuesday evenings with Calleva are available to participants, and highly recommended, at no additional cost.

The program will provide participants with a unique opportunity to learn white water kayaking on the Potomac River, which is one of the premier places to learn to paddle. Participants will be accompanied by experienced kayakers from the Canoe Cruisers Association who will provide volunteer support and ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience on the water.

While the ability to swim is not required for this course, participants should hold a high level of comfort in the water and be able to stay calm if they need to remove themselves from the kayak in the water. You will be submerged under water to practice certain kayaking maneuvers, so be prepared to be completely submerged in the water for each class. One of the main objectives of the class is to be able to "roll your kayak", meaning being able to flip a kayak back over after being submerged underneath while still seated in the boat. 

Participants are advised to wear sunscreen and a hat and bring water. It is also recommended to bring a towel and a Zip loc or dry bag to keep belongings dry. Please note that all kayaking sessions are weather dependent and will proceed in light rain but may need to cancel if there is heavy rain, lightning, or strong wind in the forecast.

Session Calendar: 

Sat July 6, 1-5 pm - Introduction to Kayaking:

Location - Riley's Lock:

13015 Riley's Lock Rd, Poolesville, MD

Introduction to Kayaking - how to fit in a boat and use gear. Basis Strokes, how to turn, how to go straight, wet exiting: preliminary to rolling

Sat July 13, 1-5 pm, - Water Features and Rolling Technique 

Location - Anglers Inn: 

10790 MacArthur Blvd. Potomac, MD 

Maneuvers: Peel Outs, Eddy Turns and Ferries, how to use the current, run your first rapids, Rolling work: hip snap and using a boat to come back up

Sat July 20, 1-5 pm - River Runs, Surfing and more Rolling Technique: 

Location - Riley's Lock:

13015 Riley's Lock Rd, Poolesville, MD

Riley's Lock, River Run the GW canal or breaks, reading water, maybe some surfing , Rolling work: putting the paddle into it

Sat July 27th, 1-5 pm - Final Rive Run 

Location - Riley's Lock:

13015 Riley's Lock Rd, Poolesville, MD

Our final River Run: Anglers to Carderock, putting together all of the skills for down river paddling as well as rolling.