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2019 Whitewater Canoe - Novice Training (4-Day)

  • 30 May 2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • 09 Jun 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • philadelphia canoe club
  • 5


  • 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
  • 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

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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 only of the class but must take Part 1 before taking Part 2. Part 2 is a graduation trip where you will apply the skills you learned in Part 1 to a little more challenging whitewater.

The course will be begin with an evening classroom session where you will learn safety, be fitted for equipment and cover logistics, followed by the first two-day weekend training class on the Schuylkill River or other selected waterway. The second weekend is a graduation trip which will be a held on the Lehigh River in the Poconos with camping 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 at the Philadelphia Canoe Club, 4900 Ridge Avenue (unless otherwise noted by your instructors). Please bring a lunch, change of clothes, towel, strap to secure glasses, sunblock, snacks and drinking water in unbreakable bottles. You may use the shower at the clubhouse at conclusion of the day. 

CLASS DATES:  May 30, 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 2019


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) Graduation Camping Trip to Lehigh River, White Haven, Pennsylvania 

Your instructors will give you information for the Lehigh River camping trip.

For more information contact Looielooie1@yahoo.com.


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:

Or contact looielooie1@yahoo.com



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

Novice Training 2012 from Joe Cunningham on Vimeo.

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