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 Philadelphia Canoe Club offers training in many forms of paddling: Recreational canoeing and kayaking, Flat and moving water, Whitewater kayaking and canoeing, rolling, strokes for novice and intermediate paddlers, the PCC has ACA certified instruction available in all of these areas year round. Click on Lessons and check out our class schedules for the training that fits what you want to learn, and get out on the water!  Come paddle with us. 




You're invited to visit the Philadelphia Canoe Club, admission free. Meet our instructors, see our boats, learn about our classes. You will receive a 10% discount if you register at the Fair. For additional information contact Beth Fast @ befast@verizon.net.

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2021 CANOE – KAYAK – STAND UP PADDLEBOARD LESSONS

WHITEWATER KAYAK

WHITEWATER KAYAKING – 4-Day Training Class

June 5,6,12,13, 2021 Click here to Register

No experience necessary. This course is held over a period of two weekends. You will be introduced to proper fit and use of equipment, strokes, maneuvers, assisted and self rescue, river reading and safety while building skills to paddle class two whitewater. The first two-day weekend is held in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River followed by two days on the Lehigh River in the Poconos. Successful completion of this course will allow students to participate in Philadelphia Canoe Club’s (PCC) Wednesday Night Flat Rock Trips on the Schuylkill River.

Cost: $250 Adults, $125 Minors.  (First weekend only: Adults $140, Minors $70)

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.


WHITEWATER KAYAKING INTRODUCTION – 1-Day Class

June 19 Click Here to Register

July 11  Click here to Register

August 7 Click here to Register


No experience necessary. This course is designed for students with little or no formal kayak training. Lessons include basic strokes, maneuvers, assisted and self-rescue, river reading and safety. The class will teach students the essentials of whitewater river kayaking. Successful completion of this course will allow students to participate in Philadelphia Canoe Club’s (PCC) Wednesday Night Flat Rock Trips on the Schuylkill River.

Cost: $80 Adults, $40 Minors.

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.


WHITEWATER KAYAKING INTRODUCTION – 2-Day Class

Dates to be announced.

No experience necessary. This two-day course is designed for students with little or no formal kayak training. Lessons include basic strokes, maneuvers, assisted and self-rescue, river reading and safety. The course will teach students the essentials of whitewater kayaking. The two-day format allows for a slower pace and more time to work on skills. Successful completion of this course will allow students to participate in Philadelphia Canoe Club’s (PCC) Wednesday Night Flat Rock Trips on the Schuylkill River.

Cost: $140 Adults, $70 Minors

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.


WHITEWATER KAYAKING – 2-Day Class - INTERMEDIATE

Date to be announced.

Prerequisite: Whitewater kayaking experience necessary. This class is designed for students who are comfortable on class 2-3 water and have a reliable roll and can self-rescue. You will be encouraged to try more challenging maneuvers.

Cost: $140 Adults

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.


WHITEWATER KAYAKING – ADVANCED 1-Day Class

Date to be announced.

Location: Brodhead Creek, Canadensis, PA.

This course is designed for the proficient intermediate kayak student. The Brodhead is rated as a class 3-4 creek. A reliable roll is preferred. You will learn creeking moves such as boofs, grinds, and using your hands with rocks while learning techniques for running larger drops and navigating and surfing holes.

Cost: $80 Adults

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.


WHITEWATER KAYAKING – ADVANCED 1-Day Class

Date to be announced.

Location: Youghiogheny River (Ohiopyle, PA)

This course is designed for the proficient intermediate kayak student. The Youghiogheny (Yough) is rated as a class 3-4 river. A reliable roll is preferred. You will learn creeking moves such as boofs, grinds, and using your hands with rocks while learning techniques for running larger drops and navigating and surfing holes.

Cost: $80 Adults

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.


WHITEWATER KAYAK RIVER PLAY - INTERMEDIATE 1-Day Class

August 14 Click Here to Register

Location: Lehigh River

Prerequisite: Whitewater kayaking experience necessary. This class is designed for people who are comfortable on and in a whitewater river and want to step up their skills. Bring your own boat, a roll is not necessary but helpful, and you should know basic self rescue. Learn to play the river. Surfing, catching eddies, looking for fun features, stern squirts, and enjoying the river on a summer day. Class will be held on the Lehigh River. Bring your equipment and meet your instructors at the White Haven Put-In at 10 a.m.

Cost: $80 Adults, $40 Minors.

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.


RECREATIONAL KAYAK

RECREATIONAL KAYAKING INTRO (FLAT-WATER) (1-Day Class)

June 12 Click here to Register

June 26 Click here to Register

July 10 Click here to Register

July 24 Click here to Register

August 21 Click here to Register

Location: Schuylkill River

No experience necessary. This course is designed for students with little or no formal kayak training. Lessons will include basic strokes, safety and rescue on flat and gently moving water.

Cost: $80 Adults, $40 Minors.

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.


RECREATIONAL KAYAKING INTRO (FLAT AND MOVING WATER) - (2-day)

June 19 & 20, 2021   Click here to Register


July 17 & 18, 2021   Click here to Register


August 14 & 15, 2021  Click here to Register


Location: To be determined by instructors.

No experience necessary. This course is designed for students with little or no formal kayak training.

Day 1:

Kayaking is more fun when you know how to control your boat.  Your lesson will include basic strokes, safety and rescue on flat and gently moving water. You will learn how to safely and easily get back into your kayak should you tip over and how to help your companions.

Day 2:

You will practice your skills from day one in the morning on the lake. The afternoon session on the river includes water reading and river features. You will practice controlling your kayak in faster currents and around river bends and turns.

Cost: Adults $140, $70 Minors (Day 1 only: Adults $80, Minors $40)

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.

RECREATONAL KAYAKING CLINICS

Dates and Locations: To be announced.

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.


CANOE

WHITEWATER CANOE 4-Day Training Class (Solo or Tandem)

June 4 (Friday Evening Orientation and Equipment Fitting)

June 5 & 6 and June 12 & 13

Click here to Register

No experience necessary. This course is held over a period of two weekends. You may choose solo or tandem canoe. You will be introduced to proper fit and use of equipment, strokes, maneuvers, assisted and self rescue, river features and water reading, and safety while building skills to paddle class two whitewater. The first two-day weekend will begin on still water and move onto more challenging class two. The second weekend will be held on the Lehigh River in the Poconos.

Cost: $250 Adults, $125 Minors.  (First weekend only: Adults $140, Minors $70)

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.

WHITEWATER CANOE (Solo or Tandem) – 2-Day Class

July 17 & 18, 2021

Click here to Register

Location: Schuylkill River

Some experience necessary. This class is for the flatwater canoeist to build on already developed skills. Strokes reviewed will be forward, backward, sweeps, draws and prys. You will learn the skills needed to control a canoe in whitewater and to practice ferries and eddy turns in class 1-2 whitewater.

Cost: $140 Adults, $70 Minors. (You may take Day 1 only. Cost: $80 Adults, $40 Minors).

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.

FLAT/MOVING WATER CANOE (Solo or Tandem) – 2-Day Class

May 22 & 23, 2021

Click here to Register

No experience necessary. Instruction will include basic strokes, maneuvers, self and assisted rescue and safety. Class will begin at the Philadelphia Canoe Club then travel to a lake. Bring your lunch, camera and a chair or blanket. Day two will begin on the lake then progress to a gentle moving stream where you will be introduced to river features and water reading. You will learn how to maneuver your boat using strokes, ferries and eddies.

Cost: $140 Adults, $70 Minors. (You may take Day 1 only. Cost: $80 Adults, $40 Minors).

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.


CANOE - EVENING CLINICS – (6:00 – 8:00)

Some boat control experience necessary. These clinics will focus on improving your strokes and maneuvers. You may use either a whitewater or flatwater canoe except where whitewater is indicated. Tandem students need to bring a partner.

July 14, 2021 – Forward, Backward and Cross Forward StrokesClick here to Register


July 21, 2021 – Pry’s and DrawsClick here to Register


July 28, 2021 – Front and Back FerriesClick here to Register


August 4, 2021 - Eddy Turns and Peel Outs (This class will be held on whitewater).Click here to Register

Cost: $25 (No discounts, includes equipment.)

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.

STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING CLASSES (SUP)

No experience necessary. This three-hour course is designed for the beginner to learn basic safety, equipment, strokes, balance, board walking and becoming comfortable on the board. Prepare to get very wet and have fun.

Cost: $40 Adults.

IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE:

Classes are generally held rain or shine. The instructor will notify students if there is a change or cancellation.

Applications with payment must be received 5 days in advance of the course date (or contact Training Director at Looielooie1@yahoo.com).

Minors must be 12 years or older (except for tandem flatwater canoe).  A parent or guardian must register as a student to accompany minors in all classes.

After successful completion of your class you are welcome to paddle with PCC on level appropriate river trips.

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHITEWATER PRACTICE

Whitewater students are invited to Wednesday night weekly practice sessions at Flat Rock, Schuylkill River (ask your instructor about practice sessions).

Cost:    $5 Insurance Fee (If not an ACA Member).

            $10 Equipment Rental

For further information, please contact fleet@philacanoe.org


HELPFUL INFORMATION:

Paddling is a wet sport. Please prepare for your class. Consider the weather and water temperature. Do not wear cotton, it absorbs water quickly, gets heavy and will chill you. Appropriate warm weather clothing may be a swimsuit, synthetic quick drying shorts and shirt. Water shoes or old sneakers for your feet, no sandals or flip-flops, protect your feet and especially your toes. (Flatwater canoe students: kneeling pad or wearable knee pads will make your day more comfortable). Bring extra clothing and a rain jacket. If you are not sure what to wear or bring, contact your instructor. Always have plenty of drinking water and snacks for energy. Paddling is fun, and when you are prepared your day is more enjoyable. We hope to see you in class.

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.

Please Note: For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, we are requesting all participants wear a face mask at all times and maintain social distance when not on the water. Please bring your own mask and hand sanitizer. PCC will follow all current CDC guidelines.  Thank you.


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