The Philadelphia Canoe Club provides rolling sessions Sunday mornings during the months of December through March. The rolling sessions are a great opportunity to learn how to roll and retain your rolling skills for the next paddling season. Plus, it's a good way to have fun with your fellow paddlers and meet new people.
St. Joseph University Sports Complex, 54th & Overbrook, Philadelphia, PA 19151
From the Clubhouse, take City Avenue to 54th Street. Turn left onto 54th Street. Turn into the first driveway on your right. Follow the drive to the back of the building. Park. Carry boats through the security fence gate. Boats will be inspected at the door to the pool.
All Boats must be clean before entering the pool. There will be no exceptions. Boats will be inspected on the patio outside the pool. If your boat does not pass inspection, you will not be allowed to bring it inside. Please be sure all airbags; inside and outside dirt, sand, leaves and debris are removed from your boat. Dirty boats will not be allowed in the pool.
You will be totally wet and exposed to the air most of the time. It feels colder than most people anticipate. We recommend that you wear at least a polyester fleece sweater and/or a nylon shell jacket on your upper body. Some people wear wet suits in the pool. Locker rooms and showers are available.
- All Paddlers MUST wear a Helment and a Life Jacket (PFD) while in the pool.
- No swimming is permited.
- A parent or guardian MUST accompany minors (17 years of age and younger) at ALL times.
Whitewater rolling lessons are available during Sunday morning sessions. Registration for lessons will be accepted between 8:30 AM and 8:45 AM only. You do not have register in advance. Students must be prepared to begin the lesson promptly at 9:00 AM. No exceptions.
Borrowing Equipment (Sunday morning only)
Students are permitted to borrow equipment (boat, spray skirt, helmet, life jacket and paddle) from the Philadelphia Canoe Club. To do so, you must be at the PCC Boat Shed by 8:00 AM on Sunday morning. The Boat Shed will be open from 8:00 AM to 8:15 AM only. You must sign out the specific equipment borrowed, transport it to the pool and return it to the Boat Shed by 12:30 PM that same day. There is no charge for borrowing equipment; however, borrowers are responsible for any lost or damaged equipment.
PCC MEMBERS: $15.00 Per Session
NON-PCC MEMBERS: $20.00 Per Session you can purchase a season pass at a discounted rate of 100.00 for members and 150.00 for non-members
$5.00 Per Session or show a current ACA Membership Card at registration. If you are not an ACA member, we can help get you signed up to save money on insurance fees every week
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I Have to register in advance for a Rolling Session?
No advance registration is required. You do have to pay your fees and be signed in for a lesson no later than 8:45 AM on the morning you attend the pool.
Do I have to be a Member of PCC to attend the Sessions and/or get a lesson?
No. Our sessions are open to the public.
How do I sign up for a rolling lesson?
Registration for lessons will be accepted, at the pool, between 8:30 AM and 8:45 AM only. Students must be prepared to begin the lesson promptly at 9:00 AM. No exceptions.
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
You are welcome to bring your own equipment. If you do not have your own equipment, you can borrow it from the Philadelphia Canoe Club (see “Borrowing Equipment”).
Students are permitted to borrow equipment (boat, spray skirt, life jacket, helmet and paddle) from the Philadelphia Canoe Club on Sunday morning. To do so, you must be at the PCC Boat Shed by 8:00 AM on Sunday morning. The Boat Shed will be open from 8:00 AM to 8:15 AM only. Directions to the PCC Clubhouse are posted on the web site. You must sign out the specific equipment borrowed, transport it to the pool and return it to the Boat Shed by 12:30 PM that same day. There is no charge for borrowing equipment; however, you are responsible for any lost or damaged equipment.
Can I attend the sessions to practice only?
Where are the pool sessions held?
St. Joseph University Sports Complex, 54th & City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151
How do I get to the pool?
Take City Avenue to 54th Street. Turn onto 54th Street. Then turn into the first driveway on your right. Follow the driveway to the back of the building. Park. Carry boats through the security fence gate. Boats will be inspected on the patio outside the pool.
How much does it cost per session?
Pool Fees: $15 for PCC Members. $20 for Non-PCC Members.
Insurance: $5 Per Session or show a current ACA (American Canoe Association) card.
Do I have to sign a waiver?
Non-PCC members and non-ACA members must sign a waiver each time they attend the pool. If you are a current ACA member, you must bring your ACA membership card with you. If you don't have your ACA card, you must pay the $5 fee.
How do I get an ACA membership?
Contact the ACA through their web site (www.americancanoe.org) or call them at 540-907-4460.
Can I leave air bags in my boat?
No. Everything must be removed from the boat. This includes air bags, dirt, leaves, debris, sand and anything else that you may have inside.
Does my boat have to be clean before coming to the pool at St. Joe's?
Yes. Clean your boat before coming to the pool. Boats will be inspected on the patio outside the pool. If your boat does not pass inspection, you will not be allowed to bring it inside. Please be sure all airbags; inside and outside dirt, sand, leaves and debris are removed from your boat. DIRTY BOATS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE POOL.
What gear do I have to wear in the pool?
All participants must wear a Life Jacket and a Helmet in the pool. No exceptions.
What other clothing is recommended for the pool?
The water makes you feel colder than most people anticipate. We recommend that you wear shorts with either a polyester fleece shirt, a wool sweater or a nylon shell jacket for your upper body. Some people wear wet suits in the pool.
Are showers available?
Yes. Showers are available in the locker rooms.
Are Rolling Lessons available at each pool session?
Can I get a rolling lesson in my seakayak?
Due to crowded conditions, we recommend that sea kayakers take lessons in a whitewater boat. Once you learn how to roll, you can easily transfer the skill to a seakayak.
Is the pool open every Sunday morning?
No. St. Joseph University sets the schedule for PCC. Please check the Pool Sessions Schedule before planning to attend any session. Snow conditions or University events may change the schedule on short notice. We will post all cancellation notices on this web site as soon as we are made aware of them. We recommend you check the schedule before attending a session.
Can my children get a rolling lesson?
Children aged 12 to 17 years of age can get a rolling lesson. A parent or guardian must accompany them at all times in the pool. If you want to borrow equipment, we recommend they weigh at least 110 lbs.
Can I swim in the pool?
No swimming is allowed in the pool.
What time are the pool sessions?
Sunday morning from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
How long is the Sunday morning Rolling Lesson?
Lessons are conducted from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Sunday morning. Students are welcome to remain at the pool and practice until the end of the session.
Contact Rosemary Rau, 215-743-6938 or by e-mail