Philadelphia Canoe Club

Upcoming events

    • 16 May 2016
    • 16 Mar 2026
    • 109 sessions
    • Philadelphia Canoe Club

    General Meetings for the Philadelphia Canoe Club are held at the clubhouse, Colony Castle, 4900 Ridge Avenue, every 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30 P/M., preceded by refreshments and snacks (bring something to share, if you can) at 6:30 p.m.The December meeting is the Annual Holiday Party (BYO beverage and a snack contribution). Meetings are open to the public - come on out, introduce yourself, meet our members, find out what's going on, learn about training courses, trips, and a lot more. We look forward to meeting you soon. 

    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Nescopeck

    This course is designed for the experienced novice who wishes to improve their canoe skills on more challenging water. American Whitewater classes the Nescopeck as class 1-3 whitewater. The instructor will contact you about the course details. This is a cold weather training class, students must wear a dry suit or wet suit. Please bring lunch, snacks and water or sports drink in a plastic bottle. For more information contact Course fee $25.

    To register for the class you have two options:

    1. Click the register button to the left and register online

    2. Print these documents and mail them to the address indicated along with a check:

    Nescopeck 2016 Application_0.pdf



    • 23 Apr 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Philadelphia Canoe Club

    PCC Instruction Fair - April 23

    Come to The Philadelphia Canoe Club (PCC) and learn to Paddle !!! The PCC Paddling Instruction Fair introduces those who want to learn to paddle,to the range of classes available, what the differences are, and what you can expect to learn from the class.  Meet the Instuctors, find out more about the club and how you can come paddle with us. This event is free and open to the public.We hope to see you there. 

    Instruction Fair, from 12 PM to 3 PM, at the Philadelphia Canoe Club (PCC). Get out on the water this summer! We can teach you how! Find out about local and affordable kayaking , canoeing, and paddle board lessons for adults of all ages, and teens. Learn to paddle on calm/moving water and whitewater. Open enrollment for summer classes kicks off at the fair. Get 20 % off of our already modest fees, if you register for lessons at this event.  Instructors are certified by the American Canoe Association. PCC is a non profit organization. You don't have to join the club to join in the fun. Come out and meet others who share your interests!

    • 20 May 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 21 May 2017
    • 4:00 AM
    • Philadelphia Canoe Club

    This course is designed for the beginner or novice student who would like to learn or enhance their canoeing skills. The course will cover equipment, safety, strokes, boat control and water reading. Solo and tandem instruction offered, no partner is necessary.

     Class will be in the NJ Pine Barrens, rain or shine.

     CLASS DATE: May 20 & 21, 2017

     Class will meet May 20, 8:30 a.m. at the Philadelphia Canoe Club, 4900 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128 (directions below).

     HOW TO DRESS: Be prepared to be wet all day. Clothing suggestion: Quick Drying Shorts and Shirt, Swimsuit, windbreaker or rainjacket, closed water shoes or sneakers (no sandals or barefeet). 

     THINGS TO BRING: Lunch and snacks. We will eat at the lakeside. Change of clothes, towel, strap to secure glasses, sunblock, snacks and drinking water in unbreakable bottle.

     COST: Adults: $100 --  Minors (12-18 years old): $50 (Price includes boat, paddle, lifejacket).

    You may take Day 1 only ($70 adults - $30 minors) but you must take day1 before continuing to Day 2.





    If you have any questions please contact the training director at: and Looie Voorhees at LOOIELOOIE1@YAHOO.COM

    • 21 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Philadelphia Canoe Club

    The Philadelphia Canoe Club opens its doors to the public for a day of free demonstrations, canoe and kayak rides, used equipment sales, racing, music, food and entertainment. Come and learn about one of the fastest growing sports in the country - paddling!


    This is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SIGN UP FOR CLASSES BEFORE THEY START FOR THE SEASON!  The Philadelphia Canoe Club's Open House offers  Flatwater Boat Rides, Racing, Demos, Equipment Sales, Used Canoe and Kayak sales, Food and Fun - Right on the Schuylkill River from 10 am to 4 pm!

    The Open House is free and open to the public. 

    The Philadelphia Canoe Club (PCC), which runs events, trips and paddling training programs open to the public, is a non-profit organization and a member of the American Canoe Association (ACA). The public is invited to attend regular monthly meetings at the clubhouse on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 pm.

    Volunteers are needed for setup, food prep, grilling, donating baked goods, boat rides, rolling, play boating demos, assisting with race, ticket sales, clean up, etc


    Whether you dream of spending the summer running raging whitewater or on quiet paddles through the woods or wetlands, the annual PCC Open House is an opportunity to learn about events and training, try out different types of boats or compete in a race on the Schuylkill River. Among the day's highlights:

    • Used Canoe / Kayak and Equipment Sale - great gear at great prices

    • Canoe and Kayak Rides - free and fun for adults AND kids

    • Food - affordable and delicious

    • Music - live music to be announced!

    • Meet the members - find a paddle partner

    • Paddling Demonstrations - entertaining and informative

    • Vendors - paddling and outdoor gear, wooden canoe/kayak building, etc

    • Antique Canoe Display - see 1908 thiry-eight foot War Canoe

    • PCC Membership and Paddling Instruction - information

    • Philadelphia Spring Regatta 7.1 mile race:

    • Distance Race:  7.1 miles, Canoes, Kayaks, Surfskis, Outrigger Canoes, SUPs.   Mass start at Noon.

    • Fun Race: FREE 500 meter fun race.  Mass start at 2 PM.  Classes  -  all recreation canoes and kayaks. 

    • PCC members are encouraged to race in the 500 meter fun race in their personal kayaks/canoes.

    • On site registration for both races:  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM.

    • Awards:  7.1 mile race - all finishers receive an award worth more than the entry fee.  Fun Race - ribbons for 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

    • Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting - 10 minutes before start of race for both races

    • Contact for 7.1 mile race: Glen Green,

    To register for 7.1 mile race:  Click on:

    • 01 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 11 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • philadelphia canoe club

    4 Day Novice Canoe Training

    This canoeing course may be taken either solo or tandem. You will learn about equipment, boat control, water reading, safety and good river judgement. 

    You may choose to take Part 1 of the class but must take Part 1 before taking Part 2.

    Class will be begin with an evening dry session followed by a two-day weekend training class on the Schuylkill River. The second weekend will be a held on the Lehigh River in the Poconos with camping at Hickory Run Campgound, and a picnic dinner Saturday Evening.

    HOW TO DRESS: Be prepared to be wet all day. Clothing suggestion: Quick Drying Shorts and Shirt, Swimsuit, windbreaker or rainjacket, closed water shoes or sneakers (no sandals or barefeet). Additional information regarding dress will be discussed at the dry session.

    THINGS TO BRING: Classes on the water begin on Saturday, June 3 at the Philadelphia Canoe Club, 4900 Ridge Avenue. Please bring a lunch. We will eat lunch at the clubhouse on Saturday. Our kitchen has a refrigerator, stove and microwave. Bring a change of clothes, towel, strap to secure glasses, sunblock, snacks and drinking water in unbreakable bottles. You may use the shower at the conclusion of the day. 

    CLASS DATES:  June 1, 3 & 4, 11 & 12, 2017


    Philadelphia Canoe Club, Evening Classroom Session   (7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Philadelphia Canoe Club).

    (Weekend 1) Schuylkill River, Philadelphia   (Class begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at Philadelphia Canoe Club).

    (Weekend 2) Camping Trip to Lehigh River, White Haven, Pennsylvania 

    (We will camp at Hickory Run State Park on Friday and Saturday, your instructor will provide you with the details for this trip).


    Adults: $200  --  Minors (12-18 years old): $100 - PCC Members $100

    (Part One Only: Adults: $100, Minors $50)


    There are two ways to register for this class:

    Option 1: Click the register button on the left side of this page.

    Option 2: Register by mail - print the application form below and the Adult or Minor ACA Waiver below:



    Here is a video from the second weekend of novice training:

    Novice Training 2012 from Joe Cunningham on Vimeo.

Past events

11 Feb 2017 Workday
01 Jan 2017 New Years Day Paddle/Pot Luck
11 Dec 2016 Paddle Crosswicks Creek
11 Dec 2016 Sunday Morning Pool Session at St. Joe's Pool
19 Nov 2016 TURKEY TROT
19 Sep 2016 Cookout, meeting and boat welding.
11 Sep 2016 Intro to Whitewater Canoe
10 Sep 2016 Intro to Canoe
01 Sep 2016 Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding
27 Aug 2016 1 Day Into to Whitewater Kayaking 8/27
25 Aug 2016 Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding 8/25
20 Aug 2016 1 Day Into to Whitewater Kayaking 8/20
18 Aug 2016 Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding 8/18
13 Aug 2016 1 Day Introduction to Flatwater Kayak 8/13
13 Aug 2016 Ottawa River
07 Aug 2016 1 Day Into to Whitewater Kayaking 8/7
06 Aug 2016 Advanced Whitewater Skills on the Lower Yough
05 Aug 2016 Lower Yough First Timers
04 Aug 2016 Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding 8/4
28 Jul 2016 Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding 7/28
24 Jul 2016 1 Day Into to Whitewater Kayaking 7/24
23 Jul 2016 Whitewater Canoe One Day
23 Jul 2016 1 Day Into to Whitewater Kayaking 7/23
17 Jul 2016 1 Day Into to Whitewater Kayaking 7/17
16 Jul 2016 1 Day Introduction to Flatwater Kayak 7/16
14 Jul 2016 Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding 7/14
09 Jul 2016 1 Day Into to Whitewater Kayaking 7/9
07 Jul 2016 Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding 7/7
30 Jun 2016 Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding 6/30
26 Jun 2016 1 Day Into to Whitewater Kayaking 6/26
25 Jun 2016 1 Day Introduction to Flatwater Kayak 6/25
04 Jun 2016 4 day novice whitewater kayak
29 May 2016 Shuylkill River - Pottstown to Linfield
20 May 2016 STONY FEST
15 May 2016 PCC Open House
14 May 2016 Club Work Day
23 Apr 2016 Boater Safety Class
08 Apr 2016 1 Day Intermediate Whitewater
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