Calleva's River School

Calleva's River School


Thank you Calleva's River School for hosting this incredible event last month for the DC area community! 20 participants got to try whitewater kayaking and stand-up paddling (SUP) on Seneca Creek and the Potomac River in Poolesville, Maryland. Thank you to the volunteer paddling instructors, safety kayakers, and shuttle drivers who supported the event, and to our fabulous sponsors and for donating awesome gear & apparel for the participants to take home!

This is our second year partnering with Calleva and we can’t thank them enough for their dedication to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in paddling. See you next year!

We acknowledge that this event was held on Manahoac and Piscataway lands.

📷 by Alexander Payne and

We can't believe it's been a week since our Trailblaze Challenge hikers hit the trail! Special thanks to our in-kind sponsors for helping make our event a success. The Trail House, Kona Ice of Frederick County, Go Ape USA, Picnic & Peonies, Five Iron Golf, and Calleva's River School
Start of the Downriver race. Garet Strouse out in front.
Start of the Attainment race. Garet Strouse out in front.
It was another beautiful morning for a paddle up the Potomac River and Mather Gorge. On our way back downstream we were joined by this very majestic bald eagle. What a way to start the day!

Want to get on the water this spring? Make sure to check out Calleva's River School for lessons and the gear you need to make a morning like this happen.
Grand Opening of our Calleva's River School Store this weekend!

You have to come check it out! Visit their page for all the exciting details
Such an amazing night last night getting to play/sing music with Michael Harding and Natalie Taylor. I’ve been to my fair share of concert venues, but not many have a backdrop as beautiful as this.

It seemed only fitting to include O.A.R. ‘s song “Black Rock” to the set list since the actual location the song was written about was just a few short miles upstream on Seneca Creek.

Thanks Calleva's River School for organizing such a great event and inviting us to participate. It’s not everyday you get to play live music on a 35 foot canoe in the middle of the Potomac River!

It’s a great day for a kayak race! Race medallions for today’s Seneca Showdown presented by Calleva's River School. I’m a little biased, but I think they turned out great. Special thanks to Paul and Chris for your help with this project.
An amazing opportunity to help out Calleva Staff and participate in Calleva's River School classes!

We have a fresh batch of instructors finishing up the ACA certification course Friday. We are looking for test subjects for them to teach to. If you or anyone you know is interested please register, it’s a free registration. First timers, beginners, and intermediate level paddlers are invited pass this opportunity on to friends and family who might be interested. Class is 10-12 at rileys lock. Volunteers will be rewarded with a voucher for a free class with Calleva's River School.
Tom McEwan Calleva Calleva's River School
hey fun peoples! I'm only in town for another day or two. My last two classes are tomorrow. Bombproofing your roll at 10:00 and A half slice at 1:00. These classes are lots of fun, and a great opportunity to learn to have more fun and gain confidence in your kayak. We also still have all 3 sizes of Antix 2.0 available for demo--take one out for a spin:) Spread that word!
How was your weekend?
Ours was STELLAR. Check out all the amazing adventures Calleva's got going this summer. From Calleva's River School to Friday Pizza Nights at Calleva Farm we've got something for everyone with a hankering to get out of the house for some fun!
Join Dan Cumberland Jr. as he visits Calleva. Calleva has something for everyone, no matter the age! From the Calleva Farm Store Friday pizza night to Calleva's River School, their Summer Camps, and Markoff's Haunted Forest, Calleva is a place where everyone in the family can have a great time!

Located in Poolesville Maryland, Calleva opened its doors in 1993. Over the years Calleva has developed its own unique brand of outdoor adventure that encompasses summer camp, wilderness educational experiences, environmental education, and small-scale sustainable farming!

We laughed, we made some new friends, and we ziplined! Thank you, Calleva!

To learn more visit:

The @2020 drawing winner for a Calleva's River School Skills Clinic (e.g., Intro to Playboating Clinic; Slalom Stroke Clinics; Rolling) is...

Margot Kayak

Congratulations! We'll get your prize out to you soon.

We used to pick a random name from among all racers.
Did you know that Calleva's River School had more than just whitewater classes? Our instructor Tom is currently teaching the forward stroke and getting our Full Moon Kayak students ready to hit the water. This is just one of 3 great flat water tours offered this summer. Head to to see all of our options!
Dane Jackson was supposed to be joining us this weekend for clinics, but due to social distancing we’ll be having him online instead. Join Calleva's River School this Friday at 1 for an awesome Facebook Live!

DC area kayak school under the direction of Steve-O. Classes on the Potomac, trips to Mexico, West Virginia, Canada...

Operating as usual


Need a last minute gift for the paddler in your family, buy before Saturday and we can have it in the trailer at anglers Friday evening!

Last Chance to Give Adventure this Holiday Season 12/20/2022

Last Chance to Give Adventure this Holiday Season

50% off Class Packages, 25% off 22 Jacksons, and Cheat Training registration coming soon!



Cheat elite is getting a new look this year, stay tuned for details…


Jason running trampolina with perfect style on the Rio El Salto in Mexico during our Cascadas trip a few weeks ago.


Somebody once told me "You wouldn't live in Vail and not ski, so you shouldn't live around DC and not kayak, it's that good." Please share this blog with people who you have been trying to convince to join you on the river, it might just be the little extra push they need.

Also, all packaged programs are 50% off right now through December.


Meet Roxy, honorable shop dog for the day! She loves headscratches and meeting new people. If you're near the shop today come say hi


Holiday sale at

25% off 2022 Jackson Kayaks.
Immersion Research 2022 Drywear on sale too!

Store is open Friday 10-6
Saturday 10-4


This guy is ready for cheat training to start, anyone else? Registration for cheat training, cheat lite, Creeking Lite open up 1/9, which one will fill up first?


Hot kayak summer is coming, register for classes now for 50% off using code summerdreaming at check out.

Link in bio.


Use Promocode summer dreaming to get 50% off class packages now til the end of December!
River Experiences Package - Four ways to see the Potomac

Zero to Hero- THE beginner whitewater package

Intro to Kayak Touring - Learn quickly to explore the river from Sea Kayaks!

Check out to purchase


Cascades de valles provides stoke! The crew at the takeout to the Santa Maria!

Photos from Calleva's River School's post 11/28/2022

We just got back from Immersion Research where they trained our staff to do repairs. Send or drop your stuff off at the shop for us to fix!


We are out paddling till Monday! Please browse our online store for sales, but we are closed this weekend.


Who wants some winter workouts to get stoked for cheat training season?


You could be standing here! Our Advanced Tlapacoyan has a few spots left! Start the new year off at this pool!

Photos from Calleva's River School's post 11/16/2022

CRS straps are in! 👇🏽


New Jacksons are here! Try out a Gnarvana, Rockstar or Antix through our demo program on


Green Race Watch Party — join us tomorrow at noon in the River Store!

Photos from Calleva's River School's post 11/01/2022

These two are teaming up again this year to run the Advanced Tlapacoyan trip in Mexico this year 1/1-1-8. They will be focusing on making you a better creek boater in class 4-5 by review footage and giving their tips and tricks over the years! Start off the new year in these deep canyons with these awesome guys!

Photos from Calleva's River School's post 10/24/2022

Fall is for kayaking…


Introducing our slalom coach Ian Hamilton! Ian has been kayaking for nearly 3 decades and spent his early years training whitewater slalom in his hometown Durango, CO. He has traveled to paddle across the US, Europe, South & Central America, NZ & Aus. He now enjoys sharing his knowledge and skill with students and his 2 young children. Ian has developed a winter slalom curriculum for Calleva that focuses on technique while building stamina and confidence. Classes include drills, practices, and mock races!


Last classes of our rescue ready series are this weekend. There are still spots. Check the website for details.


Codes and Novas are on their way to the Potomac right now! Check out Potomac river supply to get yours before they run out. We aren’t sure when we will see more!


Guess what is so excited about?

Photos from Calleva's River School's post 10/05/2022

New and used gear sale this Saturday 10-4


We had an adventure this weekend.
📸 Ryan Morrow


Gear swap is coming along. It’s happening 10/8 10-4 at our paddlesports store!

I think this little one has her eyes on the .kayaks Scorch X!


What a unique view just 20 minutes outside Washington, DC.


All Jackson Kayaks are 15% off, except the Gnarvana. Check them out at

Photos from Diversify Whitewater's post 09/07/2022

This was so much fun. Looking forward to doing more things like this.


Our Potomac Paddlers appreciation concert was a huge success. We had over 100 people listening to great music under an amazing sunset! Don’t miss next years!

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Have you visited our online retail site? It’s pretty awesome!
The @pyranha.kayaks Scorch X rips! Stoked the they weren’t scared to break the 9 foot imaginary line! Try out the demo o...
The Dagger Large Code and the Waka OG side by side on a rock, a tail as old as time…
Same paddler, same lines, different boat, just as stoked. @wakakayaks #goatvssteeze
A rare @pyranha.kayaks adolescent Scorch in its natural habitat, eating a stout breakfast.#dawnpatrol
Rafting trips on the Potomac are fun! Discover adventure in your backyard, minutes from the DC and Virginia!
Hot laps with the birthday boy “Subway” Sam.



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13015 Rileys Lock Road
Poolesville, MD

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

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