Universal Access Kayaking at Thompsons
 
 
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Universal Access Kayaking at Thompsons
Registration & Cancellation Policies for Reservations
You'll need to pay for your event when registering in order to guarantee your spots.
If you can't make your reservation, group, class or tour and you tell us more than 48 hours beforehand, we are happy to re-book you if spots are available. If you realize less than 48 hours before the lesson, unfortunately it might be  too late to re-book. There are no refunds unless we cancel due to circumstances like weather.
If weather is a factor, we will let you know about a cancellation at least 2 hours prior, in which case we will give you the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.
If you are taking a class we need a minimum number of students and if it looks like there won't be enough; we'll let you know at least 24 hours before the lesson. But you don't have to miss out! You can reschedule your lesson at no cost, or just get a full refund. It's up to you.
 
Pre-Requisites & Requirements. Before signing up, you must have:
Ability to Manage Personal Care Is Required
The participant must be able to manage personal care such as dressing and toileting independently or with the assistance of a companion (friend, PCA, family member) who will accompany the participant.
Ability to Wear Protective Equipment Is Required
The participant must be able to wear protective equipment properly, such as a bike helmet and life jacket/personal flotation device.
Ability to Refrain from Dangerous Behavior Is Required
The participant must be able to refrain from dangerous behavior (such as aggression) to self or others.
Ability to Breathe Independently Is Required
The participant must be able to breathe independently without the use of medical devices to sustain breathing..
Must Wear a Personal Flotation Device Properly
The participant must be able and willing to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device properly.
Ability to Hold Head Upright Is Required
The participant must be able to hold his or her head upright without head support.
Ability to Sit in a Kayak/Canoe Is Required
The participant must be able to tolerate sitting in a kayak or canoe, with or without modification, for 30 minutes.
Ability to Maintain Sealed Mouth Underwater Is Required
The participant must be able to maintain a sealed mouth while under water.
Ability to Turn and Remain Face Up in Water Is Required
The participant must be able to independently turn from face down to face up and remain face up while wearing a properly fitted personal flotation device.
Ability to Paddle with the Group Is Required
The participant must be able and willing to paddle with the group at a designated pace (based on the speed of the slowest paddlers).
Ability to Tolerate Ambient Air and Water Temperatures Is Required
The participant must be able and willing to tolerate air temperatures between 60 and 95 degrees F for one hour, and be able and willing to tolerate water temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Ability to manage personal care independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Ability to wear protective equipment properly (helmet/life jacket).
  • Ability to refrain from dangerous behavior to self or others.
  • Ability to breathe independently.
  • Ability and willingness to properly wear a personal flotation device.
  • Ability to hold head upright without head support.
  • Ability to sit in a kayak or canoe, with or without modification, for 30 minutes.
  • Ability to maintain a sealed mouth while underwater.
  • Ability to turn and remain face up in water while wearing a personal flotation device.
  • Ability and willingness to paddle with the group at a designated pace (based on slowest paddlers).
  • Ability to tolerate air temperatures between 60-95F and water temperatures between 65-80F.
Liability Waiver
Everyone in your party needs to complete the online waiver before arrival!
 
Please: complete the waiver online here
 
Let us know if you have questions.
UA Essential Eligibility Requirements
Please review the Essential Eligibility Requirements for this class. These requirements are to ensure the safety of both the customers & staff by assessing the participants level of comfort, and maneuverability. 
 
All Universal access participants must be able to perform the tasks listed to be eligible to participate. 
 
Please email info@boatinginboston.com for questions or concerns regarding these requirements. 
 
Directions and Check-In

Directions and Check-In

Our driveway entrance is located at the busy intersection of Virginia Avenue NW and The Rock Creek Parkway, at 2900 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007.

When you arrive, check in at the front desk. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early and be aware that parking can take some time.

GPS

You can put in Thompson Boat Center or 2900 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007. 

Biking

Biking is easy! There are bike racks at the boathouse, so we encourage you to bike, paddle and bike some more! Please bring your own locks. We are located near the Rock Creek Park Trails.

Metro

The best way to get here is via metro. We are just a short, 10-minute walk from the Foggy Bottom stop.

Parking

There is very limited lot parking on site, but the boathouse is an easy walk from Georgetown. If the lot is full, limited street parking may be available. Additionally, Colonial Parking (3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007) and Central Parking (2600 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037) are two garages that are a 5-minute walk from the boathouse. There are several other parking garages in Georgetown.

What to Wear and Bring
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign a waiver and go through a safety orientation.
You'll want to bring the following:
  • Water
  • Light snack
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with retaining strap
  • Appropriate clothing that can get a little wet -- please check weather conditions prior to attending class, and dress accordingly
Don't forget your smile and some enthusiasm. We'll take care of the rest!