What Should You Bring?

Whitewater Lessons 103 and 104 Info

This packet contains information for Lessons 103 and 104. Please message or chat with us if you have any additional questions.

REMEMBER lessons 103 and 104 are held at the Old Angler’s Parking area at 10801 Macarthur Blvd., Potomac, Maryland 20854.


This packet contains the following:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • List of Things to Bring

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.

    1. A 80% reliable roll is required for Lesson 103.
    2. A 100% reliable roll is required for Lesson 104.
    3. If you have not been practicing between lessons, you will not be ready for these classes.
    4. You will be responsible for running your own shuttle with your classmates for Lesson 104.
    5. Please arrive and be prepared fifteen minutes prior to your lesson start time. (Late arrivals will not be admitted to class)
    6. You have up until 72 hours before start time to reschedule (please do so online). Students who fail to re-schedule in time or don’t show up forfeit their lesson. No exceptions are made to this policy and we do not offer refunds.
    7. Personal floatation, paddle, spray skirt, helmet, and kayak are provided at no charge.
    8. Please schedule or re-schedule your lesson online.
    9. You have up to two years from your first lesson to complete any membership package.
    10. Package students may attend Free Practice Clinics indefinitely.
    11. You may repeat any Lesson at a discounted rate of 10%. Please call our registration office for further information.
    12. All lessons meet rain or shine. A decision to postpone due to lightning or other dangerous conditions is made on site. (Due to the nature of the weather, we wait until the last minute to see if it clears up).
    13. For your safety and enjoyment, we request that you keep your personal information up-to-date on your schedule page using the link at the top right that says “Personal info”



List of Things to Bring

The following list of things to bring are mandatory for your comfort, safety, and enjoyment of your on-water (and in-water) experience with us. Upon completing the 101 lesson, past students have provided feedback that we “should have been more emphatic” about the need to bring these specific items, even though we were. The Potomac can be very warm in July and August, but you’ll need all this stuff, and eventually a semi dry top, as you get psyched and continue to paddle for at least three seasons.

  • Kayaker’s nose plugs (we’re giving you a free pair at your 101 lesson, don’t leave them on your loaner helmet or lose them)
  • Performance base layer or rash guard that dries fast (for wicking)
  • Surf trunks (can be worn over neoprene pants or shorts and without)
  • Simple and low profile wet shoes or booties without laces or straps
  • One liter of water
  • Waterproof snack (Clif Bar, etc.)
  • Allergy medication (We require medications for all severe reactions such as bee stings, peanuts, asthma, etc.) and small dry bag to store it
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Hide A Key and or small dry bag – Please stash your own key and belongings on your car or person during events.
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel and change of clothes
  • Tip for instructors (Suggested)
  • Q-tips (optional)
  • Ear wash (optional)

Glasses or Contact Wearers:

  • Eyeglass strap (So you don’t lose your expensive prescription lenses)
  • Note to those who wear contacts: Bring extra. You will need to close your eyes while underwater. (Swim goggles don’t work that well. A well fitting dive mask is ok while learning to roll.)