Philadelphia Canoe Club

Whitewater Kayak Classes

Whitewater is faster moving water with obstacles, rocks, and dynamic features commonly found on rivers, creeks and streams. Generally uses shorter boats that turn easily, and don't track well in a straight line. Requires training to help to learn to read water, and avoid potential hazards.  

Click on each link below to learn more about the types of whitewater classes we offer:


WHITEWATER KAYAKING - NOVICE TRAINING (4 on-the-water days plus 1 classroom night)

May 30 (Thursday Evening Classroom session and equipment fitting)

June 1 & 2 (Philadelphia/Schuylkill River)

June 8 & 9 (Lehigh River Camping Trip)

This course is held over a period of two weekends, which includes an evening classroom session and four full days of instruction. 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 a two-day paddling and camping weekend to the Lehigh River in the Poconos. All equipment and campsite is included. You are responsible for your personal gear (clothing, tent, sleeping bag, etc.).

No experience necessary

Cost: $225 Adults, $112 Minors.  (Part 1 only: May 30, June 1 & 2, Cost $150 Adults, $75 Minors)

2019 Whitewater Kayak - Novice Training

2019 Whitewater Canoe - Novice Training 

WHITEWATER KAYAKING - "NOT SO NOVICE TRAINING"  - SOLD OUT

May 30 (Thursday Evening Classroom session and equipment fitting)

June 1 & 2 (Philadelphia/Schuylkill River)

June 8 & 9 (Lehigh River Camping Trip)


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. 

Prerequisite: Must have completed a PCC Whitewater Kayak Class or get instructor approval

Cost: $225 Adults, $112 Minors.  

SOLD OUT

WHITEWATER KAYAKING INTRODUCTION – 1-Day Class

June 22 (Philadelphia/Schuylkill River)

August 3 (Philadelphia/Schuylkill River)

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.

No experience necessary. 

Cost: $80 Adults, $40 Minors.

WHITEWATER KAYAKING INTRODUCTION – 2-Day Class

July 13 & 14 (Philadelphia/Schuylkill River) SOLD OUT

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.

No experience necessary. 

Cost: $125 Adults, $63 Minors

WHITEWATER KAYAK RIVER PLAY - INTERMEDIATE 1-Day Class

August 17, 2019 (Lehigh River) River Play

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.

Prerequisite: Whitewater kayaking experience necessary, must be willing to swim or know how to roll.

Cost: $80 Adults, $40 Minors.


WHITEWATER KAYAKING – INTERMEDIATE 2-Day Class

July 20-21, 2019 (Lehigh River) Intermediate 2 Day WW Class 

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.

Prerequisite: Whitewater kayaking experience necessary.

Cost: $125 Adults, $63 Minors

WHITEWATER KAYAKING – ADVANCED 1-Day Class

May 11, 2019 (Brodhead Creek, Poconos,Canadensis, PA)

July 6, 2019 (Youghiogheny River, Ohiopyle, PA)

The Broadhead  and the Youghiogheny (Yough) are rated as class 3-4. 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.

Prerequisite: Whitewater kayaking experience necessary. This course is designed for the proficient intermediate kayak student.

Cost: $80 Adults, $63 Minors


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) plus $10 Equipment Rental


For more information contact Looie Vorhees at Looielooie1@yahoo.com


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