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Kayaking

Kayak Rentals

Kayaks are a great option for beginners and seasoned paddlers alike. Kayaks are appropriate for all ages. Anyone aged 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the same boat.

*Boat availability differs by location.
**Price does not include tax. Minimum rental 1 hour.

Available at: Ballpark Boathouse, Fletcher’s Boathouse, Key Bridge Boathouse, National Harbor, Thompson’s Boat Center, Washington Sailing Marina, Wharf Boathouse

Nature Tour at Fletcher's Cove

This 90-minute tour starts off with a brief paddling tutorial from your guide followed by some leisurely to moderate paddling around Fletchers Cove. Your experienced tour guide will provide some light narration as well as a few paddling tips along the way. All types of paddling experience are welcome!

Price includes your kayak, paddle, and life jacket rental.

Available at: Fletcher’s Boathouse, Key Bridge Boathouse

Sunset Tour

On this 90-minute paddle explore the Potomac River and its role in our nation’s history. Hear fascinatig stories and take plenty of photos in the glow of a gorgeous DC sunset.

Kayak Orientation

Looking to get out and paddle, but don’t know your aft from your anchor? This 1-hour class is geared toward first-time kayakers looking to get acquainted with the water.

Our seasoned instructors will go over boating safety, equipment, basic strokes, and maneuvers to get you pointed in the right direction. You’ll have plenty of instruction to learn the basic skills you’ll need to navigate the Potomac and Anacostia.

Price includes your kayak, paddle, and life jacket rental.

Available at: Key Bridge Boathouse, Washington Sailing Marina

Kayak Monuments Tour

Your tour begins with a brief kayaking and safety instruction followed by a 90-120 minute guided paddle around Theodore Roosevelt Island and paddle past iconic D.C. locations like Watergate, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Kennedy Center.

Your guide will share intriguing facts about the area that you will only hear from us! No previous kayaking experience required.

Price includes your kayak, paddle, and life jacket rental.

Available at: Key Bridge Boathouse

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUPING)

Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga

For experienced paddleboarders, and those who are new or familiar with yoga.

The tranquility of floating on water and the meditative nature of yoga are in natural harmony during SUP Yoga. Enjoy low-impact muscle toning and the great outdoors while moving and breathing mindfully through yoga poses on the board. These fun, approachable classes are for those experienced with SUP and new or experienced with yoga. This 60-minute class will challenge you mentally and physically while leaving you focused and relaxed. No yoga experience required.

SUP Yoga is designed for experienced SUP’ers. If you need experience, take our SUP Orientation class!

Price includes your board, paddle, and life jacket rental.

Available at: Key Bridge Boathouse

Paddleboard Orientation

This 1-hour class is geared towards first-time paddleboarders who are interested in learning the fine art of SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboarding)!

This class goes over basic water safety, how to launch and dock, how to stand on the board, proper stroke form, and all the necessary techniques in between. By the end, you’ll be surfing up and down the Potomac!

Price includes paddleboard, paddle, and life-jacket rental.

Available at: Key Bridge Boathouse, Washington Sailing Marina

Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Rental

Stand-up Paddleboarding is an incredible combination of canoeing, kayaking, and surfing all in one! People ages 8 on up can grab a SUP and go!

*Boat availability differs by location.
**Price does not include tax. Minimum rental 1 hour.

Available at: Fletcher’s Boathouse, Key Bridge Boathouse, National Harbor, Thompson’s Boat Center, Wharf Boathouse

Sweep & Sculling

Learn to Scull

In this compressed version of our introduction to sculling class, students of all ages will learn about the basics of rowing in a one-person boat, including proper terminology, equipment handling, an overview of river navigation, and of course, the rowing stroke.

Upon successful completion of the course, a student who has passed the “Level I Sculler’s Test” will be certified to rent our Level I shells, including the Peinert Zephyrs, Maas Aeros, Wintech 21, and Hudson Training Shells.

*This program is designed for those with little to no rowing experience or those looking to get back into a boat after an extended absence. (Ages 12-Adult)

Available at: Thompson’s Boat Center

Intermediate Sculling Weekends

Take the next step in developing your rowing skills in our Intermediate Sculling Class. This four day, Saturday, intensive class reinforces the basic skills first introduced in our “Learn to Scull” class, while still providing participants with the opportunity to grow and improve their technique.

Additional topics covered in the class include introductions to ratio, improving your set in a less stable boat, and further practice in navigating the river. Upon successful completion of the course, a student who has passed the “Level II Sculler’s Test” will be certified to rent our Level II shells, including the Maas 24 and Wintech 24 shells.
*3 week course

Available at: Thompson’s Boat Center

Advanced Sculling

Moves beyond the basic skills covered in our first two classes to help students as they progress into our racing shells. Topics covered in this class involve how to handle the increased instability of a racing shell, how to build pressure and move the boat faster, and advanced navigation of the river.

Upon successful completion of the course, a student who has passed the “Level III Sculler’s Test” will be certified to rent our Level III shells, including the Peinert 26 and Wintech racing shells.

*This course is designed for those who have passed our “Level II Sculler’s Test”

Available at: Thompson’s Boat Center

Private Sculling Lessons

One on one instruction with a member of the Thompson Boat Center coaching staff. This program is for anyone looking for individualized analysis and coaching. Each session will last roughly 90 mins. including setup and breakdown of equipment.

Available at: Thompson’s Boat Center

Intermediate Sculling

Take the next step in developing your rowing skills in our Intermediate Sculling Class. This class reinforces the basic skills first introduced in our “Learn to Scull” class, while still providing participants with the opportunity to grow and improve their technique.

Additional topics covered in the class include introductions to ratio, improving your set in a less stable boat, and further practice in navigating the river. Upon successful completion of the course, a a student who has passed the “Level II Sculler’s Test” will be certified to rent our Level II shells, including the Maas 24 and Wintech 24 shells.

*Only for those who have passed our “Level I Sculler’s Test”

Available at: Thompson’s Boat Center

Rentals

Tidal Basin Pedal Boat for 4

Pedal Boats are a fun way to take a relaxing, leisurely pedal on the water and see the sights. Great for all ages!

*Boat availability differs by location

**Price does not include tax. Minimum rental 1 hour.

Available at: Tidal Basin

Kayak Rental

Kayaks are a great option for beginners and seasoned paddlers alike. Kayaks are appropriate for all ages. Anyone aged 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the same boat.

*Boat availability differs by location.
**Price does not include tax. Minimum rental 1 hour.

Available at: Ballpark Boathouse, Fletcher’s Boathouse, Key Bridge Boathouse, Thompson’s Boat Center, Washington Sailing Marina, Wharf Boathouse

Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Rental

Stand-up Paddleboarding is an incredible combination of canoeing, kayaking, and surfing all in one! People ages 8 on up can grab a SUP and go!

*Boat availability differs by location.
**Price does not include tax. Minimum rental 1 hour.

Available at: Fletcher’s Boathouse, Key Bridge Boathouse, Thompson’s Boat Center, Wharf Boathouse

Canoe Rental

Stable and easy to handle, canoes are perfect for your solo water adventure or with friends and family!

*Boat availability differs by location.
**Price does not include tax. Minimum rental 1 hour.

Available at: Ballpark Boathouse, Fletcher’s Boathouse, Key Bridge Boathouse, National Harbor, Thompson’s Boat Center, Wharf Boathouse

Rowboat Rental

Grab your fishing poles, pack a picnic, and hit the water in search for the big one. Or go old school and grab your parasol for a romantic row around the sights.

*Boat availability differs by location.
**Price does not include tax. Minimum rental 1 hour.

Available at: Fletcher’s Boathouse

Biking Rental

If you’re more of the landlubber type, we have quality bike rentals to get you out on a two-wheeled exploration of the scenic DC sights!

*Bike availability differs by location.
**Price does not include tax. Minimum rental 1 hour.

Available at: Fletcher’s Boathouse

Sculling Rental

Comfortable, safe and stable, sculling provides the ultimate low-impact, full-body workout and burns about twice as many calories per hour than jogging!

*Boat availability differs by location.
**Singles: Participant must be certified and validated for rental; Doubles: Both participants must be certified and validated for rental
***Price does not include tax. Minimum rental 1 hour.

Available at: Thompson’s Boat Center

Tours & Events

SUP Daytime Monument Tour

Experience the iconic D.C. monuments, Kennedy Center, and Georgetown Waterfront from the Potomac!

After a brief paddling demo and safety instructions, your 90-120 minute guided tour will start off with a paddle around Theodore Roosevelt Island, right up to the Watergate steps. From there you’ll get amazing unobstructed views of the Lincoln and Washington Memorials. This might be the perfect time for a selfie!

Price includes your paddleboard, paddle, and life jacket rental.

Available at: Key Bridge Boathouse, Washington Sailing Marina

Nature Tour at Fletcher's Cove

This 90-minute tour starts off with a brief paddling tutorial from your guide followed by some leisurely to moderate paddling around Fletchers Cove. Your experienced tour guide will provide some light narration as well as a few paddling tips along the way. All types of paddling experience are welcome!

Price includes your kayak, paddle, and life jacket rental.

Available at: Fletcher’s Boathouse

Sunset Tour

On this 90 minute paddle explore the Potomac River with views of Alexandria and learn the history of our Nation’s Capital. You’ll hear historical information from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and modern times.

July 4th Firework Paddle

Kayak from Key Bridge Boathouse to one of the best 4th of July backdrops in the country and get an amazing view of the fireworks on America’s birthday! Choose between either a single or a double kayak.

Cherry Blossom Tour

See the beautiful DC Cherry Blossoms in bloom!
Experience the Cherry blossoms in a new way – from the water! Join our historical kayak tour along the Georgetown waterfront. Learn some of our nation’s incredible history while taking in some of DC’s most majestic sights.

The tour is 90-120 minutes.

The price includes kayak, paddle, and life-jacket rental.

Available at: Thompson’s Boat Center

Daytime Monument Tour

Your tour begins with a brief kayaking and safety instruction followed by a 90-120 minute guided paddle around Theodore Roosevelt Island and paddle past iconic D.C. locations like Watergate, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Kennedy Center. Your guide will share intriguing facts about the area that you will only hear from us!

No previous kayaking experience required.

Price includes your kayak, paddle, and life jacket rental.

Available at: Key Bridge Boathouse

Full Moon Tour

A full moon happens just once a month. The coolest place to view it is from the water!

Join Boating in DC as we wait until the sun starts to kiss the horizon before turning on our navigation lights and pushing off the dock for a 90-120 minute paddle. This awesome nighttime tour is something you just can’t experience anywhere else.

Your price includes your kayak, paddle, and life jacket rental.

Available at: Key Bridge Boathouse, Washington Sailing Marina

Kayak Monuments Tour

As the sun falls over DC, your adventure begins!

Your evening tour begins with a brief kayaking and safety instruction followed by a 90-120 minute guided paddle around Theodore Roosevelt Island and paddle past iconic D.C. locations like Watergate, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Kennedy Center. Your guide will share intriguing facts about the area that you will only hear from us! No previous kayaking experience required.

Price includes your kayak, paddle, and life jacket rental.

Available at: Key Bridge Boathouse

Other Classes & Instruction

July 4th Firework Paddle

Kayak from Key Bridge Boathouse to one of the best 4th of July backdrops in the country and get an amazing view of the fireworks on America’s birthday! Choose between either a single or a double kayak.

Advanced Sculling

Moves beyond the basic skills covered in our first two classes to help students as they progress into our racing shells. Topics covered in this class involve how to handle the increased instability of a racing shell, how to build pressure and move the boat faster, and advanced navigation of the river.

Upon successful completion of the course, a student who has passed the “Level III Sculler’s Test” will be certified to rent our Level III shells, including the Peinert 26 and Wintech racing shells.

*This course is designed for those who have passed our “Level II Sculler’s Test”

Available at: Thompson’s Boat Center

Flying Scot One-day Refresher Course

This one- day refresher is for our sailors who have taken a full sailing class either with us or somewhere else. This one-day refresher course will review and reteach any of the necessary sailing skills to get you comfortable to rent a boat on your own. This will be on our 19ft Flying Scot up to 4 people per boat plus the instructor.

Class meets 9:30-3:30 Saturday
1 six-hour session

Available at: Washington Sailing Marina

Youth Pre-Camp Flying Scot Only

Open to first-timers as well as returning sailors
To accommodate students not following the public school schedule, pre-camp is offered before most other camps begin. So, gather your friends and come on down.

Youth Basic Sailing Camp - Sunfish

Covers sailing basics for first-timers and those with limited experience
This 5-day course covers the basics of sailing, the parts of the boat, steering, use of a sail, capsizing and safety issues.

Perfect for a first-time sailor or for children with limited sailing experience. 2 students per boat.

Available at: Washington Sailing Marina

Youth Intermediate Sailing Camp - Flying Scot

5-day course on a Flying Scot
Over this fun 5-day course, you’ll learn boat handling, points of sail, sail trim (main & jib), terminology, and basic navigation aboard a Flying Scot. 4-5 students per boat.

Prerequisite: Basic Sunfish Camp, either Crew or Skipper rating

Available at: Washington Sailing Marina

Youth Windsurfing Sailing Camp

Learn to maneuver a Windsurfer on your own!
This fun 5-day course will give students the necessary skills they need to maneuver a windsurfer independently around a small course in a contained area. The first session will be on a simulator to “get the feel.”

Prerequisite – Basic Sailing Card
Must be 12 years or older, over 90lbs.

Available at: Washington Sailing Marina

Youth Adventures on Board a Big Boat

Learn keelboard cruising aboard a 25-ft. Catalina!

This fun-filled 5-day course aboard a 25ft Catalina covers basic keelboat sailing, including preparing to sail, crew operations, sail theory, leaving and returning to dock or mooring, boat control in confined waters, overboard recovery, and safety. Includes test and card.

Prerequisite: Basic and Intermediate Camps – Skipper, First Mate or Crew rating

Available at: Washington Sailing Marina

Youth Skipper's Club - Sunfish

This camp will be on board our Sunfish Aquafins and is for sailors who have a Sunfish Skippers license, preferably during the summer of 2018 (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis).

Since you already know how to handle this boat on your own, there will be very little land time. You’ll be off to the river for adventures, races, games and more outside our cozy lagoon at the Washington Sailing Marina. Two campers per boat with solo sailing sessions for each camper during this week.

Prerequisite Skippers license in Sunfish (at least 2 years sailing experience).

Available at: Washington Sailing Marina

Youth Advanced Sailing Camp - Hobie

Learn to sail a high-performance Hobie Cat

Hop onboard a high-performance Hobie Cat for this awesomely fun 5-day camp. The course covers boat handling with multi-hulls, hull flying, points of sail, sail trim (main & jib), racing techniques, tuning the rig, and extra features such as adjustable jib car travelers.

Prerequisite – Intermediate Skipper card required.
Must be 12 years or older and weigh at least 90 lbs.

Available at: Washington Sailing Marina

Adult Basic Day Camp

Yes, a camp for adults! This 3-day course (6 hours per day) for beginners or those looking to refresh their skills offers the same lessons as our 2-day Adult Basic Lessons, but with one extra day for practice!

3 six-hour lessons for beginners and more.

Available at: Washington Sailing Marina

Adult Basic Keelboat Weekend

This class is for the experienced day-sailor who is ready to tackle something a little bit bigger, like a 25′ Catalina! This exciting 2-day course (6 hours each day) covers basic keelboat sailing, including preparation to sail, crew operations, sail theory, leaving and returning to dock or mooring, boat control in confined waters, overboard recovery, and safety.

US Sailing certificate is available for an additional $60, which covers your Keelboat book, test, answer key, logbook, hologram sticker, and US Sailing membership.

Available at: Washington Sailing Marina

Adult Basic Sunfish Weekend

This 2-day course (six hours per day) is for beginners who like to start at the very beginning. You’ll learn aboard the classic 14′ Sunfish, a fun solo sailor boat, or for two if you wish. Be prepared to get wet and have a great time!

Adult Basic Weekend Class

Two-day course on-board a 19 ft Flying Scot. Good for beginners or as a refresher course. Teaches steering, use of sails (main & jib), docking, tacking, jibing and basic nomenclature. RAIN or SHINE. Two-6 hour session (12 hours total)

Adult Basic Weeknight Class

Over 4 evenings for a total of 12 hours, you’ll learn the use of sails (main & jib), docking, tacking, jibing, and basic nomenclature while sailing a 19′ Flying Scot. It’s great for beginners or as a refresher course.

4 three-hour evening lessons for beginners or brushing up.

Available at: Washington Sailing Marina

Youth Beginner Racing Camp

During this 5-day course on board a Flying Junior or 420, the focus will be on developing boat handling and racing skills through an array of specific drills designed to demonstrate the various elements of racing.

For advanced sailors learning to race.

Prerequisite – Intermediate Skipper’s Card required
Must be 12 years or older and weigh at least 90 lbs.

Available at: Washington Sailing Marina

Supervised Sailing (Adult & Youth)

You’ve learned how to sail, now come show off your new skills under the supervision of a sailing instructor. For Both Youths and Adults.

They will make sure that you’ve rigged your boat properly, remind you of the areas you are able to sail, and answer any questions. Once you’re out sailing, the instructor will be at the dock and/or cruising around in the safety boat to offer you tips. This is not a lesson, but our instructors will certainly make sure things are going well for you.

You may bring one guest with you on the boat at no additional charge. Two to four people are allowed per boat for sailing the Flying Scots, and one to two people per boat for sailing a Sunfish. Sailing solo on Flying Scots will be up to the instructor’s discretion. If you are here for the session on your own and the instructor feels it necessary, he/she will match you up with another sailor or group of sailors.

Space is limited so sign up early. If the session is full, it is a good idea to put yourself on a waiting list so we can contact you about availability changes.

Available at: Washington Sailing Marina

Yoga on the Docks

Awaken your soul as the sunrises over D.C. with the water rolling gently past the docks! This peaceful 1-hour class is a great way to start your day outside with serenity and bliss. Don’t forget to bring your mat!

Available at: Key Bridge Boathouse

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