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If you happen to be visiting Washington DC in the summer months, you may notice that it can be extremely hot. Thankfully, Key Bridge Boathouse offers water sports that will keep you cool and happy. Try kayaking or canoeing along the forested edges of the Potomac River, where you will pass Roosevelt Island and some of DC's most famous monuments. For those who like to exercise both their body and spirit, Key Bridge Boathouse offers stand up paddling boarding yoga classes, which will really test your ability to balance.
In operation since it was built over 150 years ago, Fletcher's Boathouse is the first stop on a number of Washington recreational excursions. Boats can be rented and taken out to Roosevelt Island, and canoes are available for leisurely floats up the historic C&O Canal. There are bicycles for rent, as well as a wide range of fishing supplies.
Whether you are a novice or a pro, the SPE Scuba Dive School is the place for anyone seeking underwater pleasures. For many years, this establishment has been providing SCUBA instruction to Washingtonians. Busy folks will find a flexible course schedule designed so students can start and stop lessons without missing a stroke. Lessons are held in heated pools at facilities in metropolitan Washington. Caribbean dive trips are offered each month.
Banneker Pool is one of the most popular public pools in the Washington DC area. Lovers of swimming flock to the pool to beat the summer heat, enroll their kids in swimming classes, and swim laps. If you happen to be in the DC area and fancy a dip, this pool is the place to do it. Not the greatest swimmer in the world? No worries - the large outdoor pool can accommodate all abilities and all ages so you can have a safe, fun time no matter what.
The National Maritime Heritage Foundation offers Washington, DC's first and only community sailing program. NMHF provides sailing lessons, boat rentals, fleet racing, Schooner cruises and charters on the Washington Channel for both youth and adults. Learn to Sail offers the incredible opportunity to get your internationally accepted sailing certification from US 19-foot Flying Scot sailboats. NMHF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering sailing scholarships to underprivileged youth.
If you're a one-design or small sailboat enthusiast and happen to be in the Washington DC area, then the Washington Sailing Marina is where you ought to be. The marina, which plays host to such establishments as the Potomac River Sailing Association and the Sailing Club of Washington, rents out slips for you boat, boats for those who don't have them, and bikes for those who would rather stay on land. The marina also offers sailing lessons for those inclined to take to the water.
Chinquapin Park Recreation Center boasts a year-round 25-meter indoor pool and diving well, aquatic sports and fitness classes, fitness rooms, saunas, fitness trail, nature trail, basketball and volleyball courts, lighted tennis courts, and racquetball courts. Of course, all of this activity works up an appetite, so try the Greenery—a full-service, on-site snack bar. This establishment also has birthday party packages available. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays guests can swim and have a meal in the party.
Cameron Run Regional Park is located across the river from Washington in Alexandria . The main attraction is the fantastic water park with a wave pool, 3-flume water slide, water playground, lap lanes and raft rental. There is also a bathhouse and snack bar. The water park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Other park features include a deluxe miniature golf course, batting cage, picnic shelter (available for rental), and a fishing pond. The batting cage and miniature golf course are open mid-March through October.