Philadelphia Canoe Club

2018 Whitewater Canoe - Novice Training (4-Day)

  • 31 May 2018
  • 6:00 PM
  • 10 Jun 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • philadelphia canoe club


  • Select this option if you are:
    a) a member of the PCC planning to take part 1 only
    b) a minor (under 18) planning to take part 1 only
  • Select this option if you are:
    a) a member of the PCC planning to take part 1 only
    b) a minor planning to take part 1 only
  • 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.
  • Select this option if you are:
    a) a member of the PCC or a minor (under 18) planning to take parts 1 and 2


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 of the class but must take Part 1 before taking Part 2.

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 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, June 3 at the Philadelphia Canoe Club, 4900 Ridge Avenue. Please bring a lunch. We will eat lunch at the clubhouse on Saturday. Our kitchen has a refrigerator, stove and microwave. Bring a change of clothes, towel, strap to secure glasses, sunblock, snacks and drinking water in unbreakable bottles. You may use the shower at the conclusion of the day. 

CLASS DATES:  May 31, 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 2018


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) 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).

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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:

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

Novice Training 2012 from Joe Cunningham on Vimeo.

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