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


    • 30 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 09 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • philadelphia canoe club
    • 25
    Register

    4 Day Novice Kayak Training


    Traditionally this is PCC's most popular and most comprehensive whitewater class which will prepare the student to run class 2 whitewater in the student's choice of either kayak or canoe. Course content includes proper clothing, equipment review, strokes, boat control, safety, water reading, and good river judgement.

    You may choose to take Part 1 only of the class but must take Part 1 before taking Part 2. Part 2 is a graduation trip where you will apply the skills you learned in Part 1 to a little more challenging whitewater.

    Class will be begin with an evening classroom session which includes safety, equipment fitting and program logistics, followed by a two-day weekend training class on the Schuylkill River (or venue determined by your instructors). The second weekend will be a held on the Lehigh River in the Poconos with camping and a banquet 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 8:30 a.m. (or otherwise instructed) on Saturday at the Philadelphia Canoe Club, 4900 Ridge Avenue. Please bring a lunch. Change of clothes, towel, noseplugs (may make you more comfortable), strap to secure glasses, sunblock, snacks and drinking water in unbreakable bottle. You may use the shower at the conclusion of the day. 

    CLASS DATES:  May 30, June  1 & 2, 8 & 9, 2018

    CLASS LOCATION:

    Philadelphia Canoe Club, Evening Classroom Session   (6:00 pm to 8:00 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 Whitewater Challengers on Friday and Saturday, your instructor will provide you with the details for this trip).

    (Price includes boat, paddle, lifejacket, helmet, camping fee and banquet dinner).

    For more information contact Looielooie1@yahoo.com.

    HOW TO REGISTER:

    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:

    Novice Kayak 2016.pdf

    aca_waiver__adult_p_0.pdf

    aca_waiver__minor_p_0.pdf

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

    Novice Training 2012 from Joe Cunningham on Vimeo.




    • 30 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 09 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • philadelphia canoe club
    • 10
    Register

    4 Day "Not So Novice" Kayak Training


    This class is designed for those that have previously taken novice training or a one or two day introductory class with the Philadelphia Canoe Club and want to get a refresher course to become more comfortable running class II/III whitewater in a kayak. The course will focus on becoming more comfortable in white water by perfecting strokes, boat control, and water reading and will include a review of safety and good river judgement.

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

    Class will be begin with an evening classroom session which includes safety, equipment fitting and program logistics, followed by a two-day weekend training class on the Schuylkill River (or venue determined by your instructors). The second weekend will be a held on the Lehigh River in the Poconos with camping and a banquet 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 8:30 a.m. (or otherwise instructed) on Saturday at the Philadelphia Canoe Club, 4900 Ridge Avenue. Please bring a lunch. Change of clothes, towel, noseplugs (may make you more comfortable), strap to secure glasses, sunblock, snacks and drinking water in unbreakable bottle. You may use the shower at the conclusion of the day. 

    CLASS DATES:  May 30, June  1 & 2, 8 & 9, 2018

    CLASS LOCATION:

    Philadelphia Canoe Club, Evening Classroom Session   (6:00 pm to 8:00 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 Whitewater Challengers on Friday and Saturday, your instructor will provide you with the details for this trip).

    (Price includes boat, paddle, lifejacket, helmet, camping fee and banquet dinner).

    For more information contact Looielooie1@yahoo.com.

    HOW TO REGISTER:

    Click the register button on the left side of this page.




    • 30 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 09 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • philadelphia canoe club
    • 8
    Register

    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 only of the class but must take Part 1 before taking Part 2. Part 2 is a graduation trip where you will apply the skills you learned in Part 1 to a little more challenging whitewater.

    The course will be begin with an evening classroom session where you will learn safety, be fitted for equipment and cover logistics, followed by the first two-day weekend training class on the Schuylkill River or other selected waterway. The second weekend is a graduation trip which will be a held on the Lehigh River in the Poconos with camping 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 at the Philadelphia Canoe Club, 4900 Ridge Avenue (unless otherwise noted by your instructors). Please bring a lunch, change of clothes, towel, strap to secure glasses, sunblock, snacks and drinking water in unbreakable bottles. You may use the shower at the clubhouse at conclusion of the day. 

    CLASS DATES:  May 30, 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 2019

    CLASS LOCATION:

    Philadelphia Canoe Club, Evening Classroom Session   (6:30 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) Graduation Camping Trip to Lehigh River, White Haven, Pennsylvania 

    Your instructors will give you information for the Lehigh River camping trip.

    For more information contact Looielooie1@yahoo.com.

    HOW TO REGISTER:

    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:

    Or contact looielooie1@yahoo.com

    aca_waiver__adult_p_0.pdf

    aca_waiver__minor_p_0.pdf

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

    Novice Training 2012 from Joe Cunningham on Vimeo.




    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Philadelphia Canoe Club
    • 5
    Register


    This course is designed for the beginner. You will learn balance, strokes and safety on flatwater.

    CLASS LOCATION: Philadelphia Canoe Club, 4900 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128 (directions below).

     HOW TO DRESS: Be prepared to be wet, no sandals or bare feet. Bring change of clothes and towel, water to drink. 

     COST: Adults: $40 --  Minors $20 (12-18 years old)

    To Register, click the register button to the left or print the following files and mail them to the address indicated on the form:

    SUP 2016 App.pdf         

    aca_waiver__adult_p_0.pdf

    aca_waiver__minor_p_0.pdf

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


    • 19 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Philadelphia Canoe Club
    • 5
    Register


    This course is designed for the beginner. You will learn balance, strokes and safety on flatwater.

    CLASS LOCATION: Philadelphia Canoe Club, 4900 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128 (directions below).

     HOW TO DRESS: Be prepared to be wet, no sandals or bare feet. Bring change of clothes and towel, water to drink. 

     COST: Adults: $40 --  Minors $20 (12-18 years old)

    To Register, click the register button to the left or print the following files and mail them to the address indicated on the form:

    SUP 2016 App.pdf         

    aca_waiver__adult_p_0.pdf

    aca_waiver__minor_p_0.pdf

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


    • 10 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Philadelphia Canoe Club
    • 5
    Register


    This course is designed for the beginner. You will learn balance, strokes and safety on flatwater.

    CLASS LOCATION: Philadelphia Canoe Club, 4900 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128 (directions below).

     HOW TO DRESS: Be prepared to be wet, no sandals or bare feet. Bring change of clothes and towel, water to drink. 

     COST: Adults: $40 --  Minors $20 (12-18 years old)

    To Register, click the register button to the left or print the following files and mail them to the address indicated on the form:

    SUP 2016 App.pdf         

    aca_waiver__adult_p_0.pdf

    aca_waiver__minor_p_0.pdf

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


Past events

19 Jan 2019 2019 PCC Annual Banquet
19 Jan 2019 VOTE from 5 PM - 6PM ONLY!
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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