Philadelphia Canoe Club

Whitewater 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:

Novice Training  - May 30, June 1-2, and June 8-9, 2019

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. Students must elect to attend Part One of the class but must take Part One before continuing to Part Two.

2019 Whitewater Kayak - Novice Training

2019 Whitewater Canoe - Novice Training 

Not So Novice Training - May 30, June 1-2, and June 8-9, 2019

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. Students can elect to attend Part One of the class but must take Part One before continuing to Part Two.

2019 Whitewater Kayak - "Not So Novice" Training

One and Two Day Introduction Class

This whitewater kayaking or canoeing class will introduce the student to basic whitewater kayaking/ canoeing skills. Course content includes proper clothing, equipment review, strokes, boat control, safety, water reading, and good river judgement.

July 13-14, 2019 Two Day Intro to Whitewater - July 

White Water Kayak - River Play

This course is designed for the experienced novice who wishes to improve their playing skills on the river. Typically this class is held on the Lehigh river (class II/III) and covers river play skills such as surfing, catching eddies, looking for fun features, stern squirts, and enjoying the river on a summer day. Students must have taken novice training or an introductory white water kayak class, they must be willing to swim or know how to roll.

August 17, 2019 River Play


Two Day Intermediate Whitewater Kayak Class

This course is designed for the experienced novice who wishes to improve their skills on more challenging water. Typically this class is held on the Nescopeck, Brodhead or Lehigh rivers, all of which are class II/III.

July 20-21, 2019 Intermediate 2 Day WW Class 


One Day Intermediate Whitewater Class

This course is designed for the experienced novice who wishes to improve their skills on more challenging water. Typically this class is held on the Nescopeck, Brodhead or Lehigh rivers, all of which are class II/III. 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 Looie Vorhees at Looielooie1@yahoo.com


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