Good samaritans and rescue crews tried to save the kayaker, but she didn't survive. Photo: Montgomery County Fire Dept.

VIDEO: College Kayaker Dies in Potomac River Rapids

A popular section of the Potomac River for paddlers has claimed the life of a Columbia University student. She was one of two dozen Whitewater Kayaking Club members from the university who traveled to Washington D.C. to paddle Great Falls, near the Chain Bridge.

Cheryl Costello speaks to a Potomac-region whitewater instructor who says experience and river knowledge are key as even seasoned paddlers can struggle in turbulent water. Watch below: