The Izaak Walton League’s Rockville Chapter Paddle Sports program provides educational and recreational opportunities for adults and children interested in kayaking and canoeing. The program runs through the summer months and is open to both chapter members and non-members.
Started more than 30 years ago by Chapter pioneer Jim Hill, the program has trained Olympic-level championship paddlers starting at an early age. Today's program is more family oriented, with things for both adults and kids alike to learn and do. The Chairmen of the program provides hands-on training in the chapter’s boats. Training sessions for children and beginner paddlers afford participants an opportunity to practice skills and become familiar with different boats. The overriding priority of the program is proper water and boating safety. Beyond that we want to teach the fundamentals and good technique. If you establish a solid foundation your skills will grow naturally as you gain more experience.
Our Chapter’s program also includes regular group paddling outings. We paddle on the Potomac River, Monocacy River, Little Seneca Lake and the Triadelphia Reservoir. There is an age requirement of 12 and above for these outings and no prior experience or equipment is required. Participants must be able to swim and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information or to register for an outing, contact us at Watersports@iwlar.ORG.
2019 Water Sports Information
Introduction to Kayaking
When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Where: Meet in the Lower Level of IWLAR Chapter House
When: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (arrive at 8:45 to register)
Cost: Free for IWLA Rockville members, $25 for non-members
This course will provide a basic understanding of safety, equipment, kayak entry and exit, proper paddle and body position, paddle technique and basic strokes.
2019 Water Sports Schedule
The schedule for 2019 Summer Kayaking is below.
June 1: Kayaking 101 Training Session at IWLA Lake
June 15: Monocacy River to Potomac
July 20: Sandy Hook to Brunswick
August 24: Violets Lock to Old Potowmack Canal
September 7: Monocacy River to Potomac