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Friends You Haven’t Met: Try an uncommon sport, part II

7 Jun

My post last December on unusual sports continues to get visits, and so I thought I’d add a few more suggestions to the mix.

Paddle boarding: I feel like the popularity of paddle boarding came out of nowhere! If you’ve been curious to try this new trend, you’re in luck as the Potomac River is a great place to learn. Valley Mill Kayak School now offers lessons.

Fencing: Believe it or not, the world’s largest fencing school is in Springfield. Virginia Academy of Fencing offers Olympic Sport Fencing or, if you really want to geek out, you can take a Historical Swordmanship class.

Clay Target Shooting: If you’re unlike me, then you’ve always wanted to try clay target shooting. Well, turns out Prince George’s County is just the place! There are classes, leagues and tournaments.

Sculling: I actually know a couple people who have taken sculling lessons at the Thompson Boat Center and had really good experiences. I’d be interested except that class starts at 6:15 … A.M! I imagine though, that being on the water that early in the morning is a pretty great way to start the day.