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. Students must elect to attend Part One of the class but must take Part One before continuing to Part Two.
Class will be begin with an evening dry session followed by a two-day weekend training class on the Schuylkill River. The second weekend will be a held on the Lehigh River in the Poconos with camping at Hickory Run Campgound, 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 on Saturday at the Philadelphia Canoe Club, 4900 Ridge Avenue. Please bring a lunch. We will eat at the clubhouse on Saturday. Our kitchen has a refrigerator, stove and microwave. 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 31, June 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 2018
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).
COST: Adults: $225 -- Minors (12-18 years old): $112 -- PCC Members $112 (Early Registration: 20% Discount until April 28, 2017).
(Part One Only: Adults: $150, Minors $75)
(Price includes boat, paddle, lifejacket, helmet, camping fee and banquet dinner).
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
Here is a video from the second weekend of novice training:
Novice Training 2012 from Joe Cunningham on Vimeo.