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. Meetings are preceded at 6:30 p.m.by refreshments and snacks, on a "potluck" basis--bring something to share. 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. 

    • 09 Dec 2018
    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 11 sessions
    • St Josephs University Sport's Complex

    The Philadelphia Canoe Club provides rolling sessions Sunday mornings during the months of December through March.  The rolling sessions are a great opportunity to learn how to roll and retain your rolling skills for the next paddling season.  Plus, it's a good way to have fun with your fellow paddlers and meet new people.

    Location
    St. Joseph University
     Sports Complex, 54th & Overbrook, Philadelphia, PA 19151

    Directions
    From the Clubhouse, take City Avenue to 54th Street. Turn left onto 54th Street. Turn into the first driveway on your right. Follow the drive to the back of the building. Park. Carry boats through the security fence gate. Boats will be inspected at the door to the pool.

    Boat Inspection
    All Boats must be clean before entering the pool. There will be no exceptions. Boats will be inspected on the patio outside the pool. If your boat does not pass inspection, you will not be allowed to bring it inside. Please be sure all airbags; inside and outside dirt, sand, leaves and debris are removed from your boat. Dirty boats will not be allowed in the pool.

    Clothing
    You will be totally wet and exposed to the air most of the time. It feels colder than most people anticipate. We recommend that you wear at least a polyester fleece sweater and/or a nylon shell jacket on your upper body. Some people wear wet suits in the pool. Locker rooms and showers are available.

    Pool Rules

    1. All Paddlers MUST wear a Helment and a Life Jacket (PFD) while in the pool.
    2. No swimming is permited.
    3. A parent or guardian MUST accompany minors (17 years of age and younger) at ALL times.

    Lessons
    Whitewater rolling lessons are available during Sunday morning sessions. Registration for lessons will be accepted between 8:30 AM and 8:45 AM only.  You do not have register in advance.  Students must be prepared to begin the lesson promptly at 9:00 AM.  No exceptions.

    Borrowing Equipment (Sunday morning only)
    Students are permitted to borrow equipment (boat, spray skirt, helmet, life jacket and paddle) from the Philadelphia Canoe Club. To do so, you must be at the PCC Boat Shed by 8:00 AM on Sunday morning. The Boat Shed will be open from 8:00 AM to 8:15 AM only. You must sign out the specific equipment borrowed, transport it to the pool and return it to the Boat Shed by 12:30 PM that same day. There is no charge for borrowing equipment; however, borrowers are responsible for any lost or damaged equipment.

    Fees: 

    Pool Fee
    PCC MEMBERS: $15.00 Per Session 
    NON-PCC MEMBERS: $20.00 Per Session                                                                                                                                         you can purchase a season pass at a discounted rate of 100.00 for members and 150.00 for non-members

    Insurance Fee
    $5.00 Per Session or show a current ACA Membership Card at registration.                                                                                       If you are not an ACA member, we can help get you signed up to save money on insurance fees every week

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Do I Have to register in advance for a Rolling Session?
    No advance registration is required. You do have to pay your fees and be signed in for a lesson no later than 8:45 AM on the morning you attend the pool.

    Do I have to be a Member of PCC to attend the Sessions and/or get a lesson?
    No.  Our sessions are open to the public.

    How do I sign up for a rolling lesson? 
    Registration for lessons will be accepted, at the pool, between 8:30 AM and 8:45 AM only. Students must be prepared to begin the lesson promptly at 9:00 AM. No exceptions.

    Do I need to bring my own equipment?
    You are welcome to bring your own equipment. If you do not have your own equipment, you can borrow it from the Philadelphia Canoe Club (see “Borrowing Equipment”).

    Borrowing Equipment
    Students are permitted to borrow equipment (boat, spray skirt, life jacket, helmet and paddle) from the Philadelphia Canoe Club on Sunday morning. To do so, you must be at the PCC Boat Shed by 8:00 AM on Sunday morning. The Boat Shed will be open from 8:00 AM to 8:15 AM only. Directions to the PCC Clubhouse are posted on the web site. You must sign out the specific equipment borrowed, transport it to the pool and return it to the Boat Shed by 12:30 PM that same day. There is no charge for borrowing equipment; however, you are responsible for any lost or damaged equipment.

    Can I attend the sessions to practice only?
    Yes.

    Where are the pool sessions held?
    St. Joseph University Sports Complex, 54th & City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151

    How do I get to the pool?
    Take City Avenue to 54th Street. Turn onto 54th Street. Then turn into the first driveway on your right. Follow the driveway to the back of the building. Park. Carry boats through the security fence gate. Boats will be inspected on the patio outside the pool.

    How much does it cost per session?
    Pool Fees:  $15 for PCC Members.  $20 for Non-PCC Members.
    Insurance: $5 Per Session or show a current ACA (American Canoe Association) card.

    Do I have to sign a waiver?
    Non-PCC members and non-ACA members must sign a waiver each time they attend the pool.  If you are a current ACA member, you must bring your ACA membership card with you. If you don't have your ACA card, you must pay the $5 fee.

    How do I get an ACA membership?
    Contact the ACA through their web site (www.americancanoe.org) or call them at 540-907-4460.

    Can I leave air bags in my boat?
    No.  Everything must be removed from the boat. This includes air bags, dirt, leaves, debris, sand and anything else that you may have inside.

    Does my boat have to be clean before coming to the pool at St. Joe's?
    Yes. Clean your boat before coming to the pool. Boats will be inspected on the patio outside the pool. If your boat does not pass inspection, you will not be allowed to bring it inside. Please be sure all airbags; inside and outside dirt, sand, leaves and debris are removed from your boat. DIRTY BOATS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE POOL.

    What gear do I have to wear in the pool?
    All participants must wear a Life Jacket and a Helmet in the pool. No exceptions.

    What other clothing is recommended for the pool?
    The water makes you feel colder than most people anticipate. We recommend that you wear shorts with either a polyester fleece shirt, a wool sweater or a nylon shell jacket for your upper body. Some people wear wet suits in the pool.

    Are showers available?
    Yes. Showers are available in the locker rooms.

    Are Rolling Lessons available at each pool session?
    Yes.

    Can I get a rolling lesson in my seakayak?
    Due to crowded conditions, we recommend that sea kayakers take lessons in a whitewater boat. Once you learn how to roll, you can easily transfer the skill to a seakayak.

    Is the pool open every Sunday morning?
    No. St. Joseph University sets the schedule for PCC. Please check the Pool Sessions Schedule before planning to attend any session.  Snow conditions or University events may change the schedule on short notice.  We will post all cancellation notices on this web site as soon as we are made aware of them.  We recommend you check the schedule before attending a session.

    Can my children get a rolling lesson?
    Children aged 12 to 17 years of age can get a rolling lesson. A parent or guardian must accompany them at all times in the pool. If you want to borrow equipment, we recommend they weigh at least 110 lbs.

    Can I swim in the pool?
    No swimming is allowed in the pool.

    What time are the pool sessions?
    Sunday morning from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

    How long is the Sunday morning Rolling Lesson?
    Lessons are conducted from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Sunday morning.  Students are welcome to remain at the pool and practice until the end of the session.

    Questions
    Contact Rosemary Rau, 215-743-6938 or by e-mail


    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Philadelphia Canoe Club
    • 93
    Register

    PCC Members! Come spend the evening with the rest of the PCC, sharing stories, awarding fellow paddlers for the year's accomplishments, and the installation of the new Board. This is an event not to be missed! Remember, this is also the time of year to roast your fellow club member for the foibles of the past paddling season! The Date is January 19, 2019, the time is 5:00 to 10:00 pm cost is $25 per person.

    The Annual Members Banquet will be prepared by our very own Henry Bartechko. The menu will include several tasty option such as:

    - Chicken Marsala

    - Stuffed Pork Loin

    - Baked Salmon

    - Ratatouille

    The following sides will also be provided:

    - Smoked Gouda Potatoes Au Gratin

    - Lemon and Garlic Broccoli

    - Grilled Peppers and Leeks

    - Wild Rice Pilaf

    Bring a dessert or appetizer to share, and beverages as desired. 

    It's also time to 'Bagel' your fellow paddlers.  You can e-mail your stories, mishaps, mayhem and general frivolity to Joe Cunningham, who has agreed to be our bagel master this year at wavesport001@yahoo.com. Alternatively, you can include your Bagel nominations in your event registration

    RSVP required, so we can know who is coming and who is volunteering to help. You can register online. Payment can be made via Pay-Pal or a check made out to Philadelphia Canoe Club.    

    If you have any questions about the event please let Sofia know at sofia.kehyaian@gmail.com


Past events

19 Nov 2018 Fleet Captain Joseph Cunningham "Trip Videos!"
17 Nov 2018 2018 Turkey Trot
21 Oct 2018 Dave Gunther Memorial
17 Sep 2018 Before Meeting Blue Grass/Folk Music by Ethan McCreadie
08 Sep 2018 Whitewater Kayaking Intro September 8, 2018
08 Sep 2018 Recreational Kayak Level 2 - Sept 8, 2018
20 Aug 2018 War Canoe Paddle CANCELLED!!
18 Aug 2018 Recreational Kayak Introduction - August 2018
13 Aug 2018 Yough and nearby rivers
11 Aug 2018 Whitewater Kayaking Intro August 11, 2018
09 Aug 2018 Stand Up Paddle Boarding Introduction - August 2018
04 Aug 2018 First timers Yough
04 Aug 2018 Recreational/Flatwater Kayak Introduction - Aug 4, 2018
21 Jul 2018 Whitewater Kayaking Intermediate - Lehigh River
21 Jul 2018 Whitewater Kayaking Introduction (2-Day) - July 2018
15 Jul 2018 Whitewater Canoe Introduction (1-Day) - July 2018
15 Jul 2018 Whitewater Kayaking Introduction (1-Day) - July 2018
14 Jul 2018 Recreational Kayak Introduction - July 2018
12 Jul 2018 Stand Up Paddle Boarding Introduction - July 2018
27 Jun 2018 Stand Up Paddle Boarding Introduction - June 2018
24 Jun 2018 Whitewater Kayaking Introduction (1-Day) - June 2018
23 Jun 2018 Recreational Kayak Introduction - June 2018
17 Jun 2018 PCC Open House
14 Jun 2018 Thursday Evening Paddle
31 May 2018 2018 Whitewater Kayak - Novice Training (4-Day)
31 May 2018 2018 Whitewater Canoe - Novice Training (4-Day)
19 May 2018 Introduction to Canoeing (2 Day Class)
22 Apr 2018 Instruction Fair
25 Mar 2018 Pool Rolling
18 Mar 2018 Pool Rolling
11 Mar 2018 Pool Rolling
04 Mar 2018 Pool Rolling
18 Feb 2018 Pool Rolling
11 Feb 2018 Pool Rolling
04 Feb 2018 (copy) pool
21 Jan 2018 (copy) (copy) pool
20 Jan 2018 2018 PCC Annual Banquet
07 Jan 2018 (copy) pool
30 Dec 2017 Bob Chellel Memorial Service
18 Dec 2017 After Meeting Program: Holiday Party!
17 Dec 2017 (copy) pool
10 Dec 2017 pool
20 Nov 2017 After Meeting Program: Margo Pellegrino, Solo Paddler Extraordinaire!
18 Nov 2017 Turkey Trot
16 Oct 2017 After Meeting Program: Fleet Capt. Joseph Cunningham
14 Oct 2017 october 14th work day
18 Sep 2017 Before Meeting Wine Tasting on the Deck! Free!
31 Aug 2017 Stand Up Paddle Boarding Introduction
19 Aug 2017 Whitewater Canoe Introduction (1-Day)
13 Aug 2017 Whitewater Kayaking Introduction (1-Day)
12 Aug 2017 Recreational Kayaking Introduction (1-Day)
05 Aug 2017 Whitewater Kayaking Intro (Schuylkill River - 2 Days)
05 Aug 2017 Whitewater Kayak - Advanced Skills on the Lower Yough
27 Jul 2017 Member (and Guest) Evening Paddle/Potluck
22 Jul 2017 Whitewater Kayaking Intermediate (Lehigh River - 2 Days)
20 Jul 2017 Stand Up Paddle Boarding Introduction
16 Jul 2017 Whitewater Kayaking Introduction (1-Day)
15 Jul 2017 Recreational Kayaking Introduction
08 Jul 2017 Whitewater Kayaking Introduction (1-Day)
24 Jun 2017 Recreational Kayak Introduction
22 Jun 2017 Stand Up Paddle Boarding Introduction
17 Jun 2017 Whitewater Kayaking Introduction (1-Day)
07 Jun 2017 Wednesday night flatrock
31 May 2017 Whitewater Kayak - Novice Training (4-Day)
21 May 2017 PCC Open House 2017
20 May 2017 Two Day Into to River Canoeing
20 May 2017 Canoeing - Intro to Flat/Moving Water (2-Days)
23 Apr 2017 Instruction Fair
08 Apr 2017 1 Day Intermediate Whitewater Canoe
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
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
14 May 2016 Club Work Day
06 May 2016 CHEAT RIVER FESTIVAL
23 Apr 2016 Boater Safety Class
08 Apr 2016 1 Day Intermediate Whitewater
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