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 Philadelphia Canoe Club offers training in many forms of paddling: Recreational canoeing and kayaking, Flat and moving water, Whitewater kayaking and canoeing, rolling, strokes for novice and intermediate paddlers, the PCC has ACA (American Canoe Association) certified instruction available in all of these areas year round. Click on Lessons and check out our class schedules for the training that fits what you want to learn, and get out on the water!  Come paddle with us. For further information about training contact Looielooie1@yahoo.com.

Canoe Lessons Whitewater Kayak Lessons  Recreational Kayak Lessons Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons


HELPFUL INFORMATION:

Paddling is a wet sport. Please prepare for your class. Consider the weather and water temperature. Do not wear cotton, it absorbs water quickly, gets heavy and will chill you. Appropriate warm weather clothing may be a swimsuit, synthetic quick drying shorts and shirt. Water shoes or old sneakers for your feet, no sandals or flip-flops, protect your feet and especially your toes. (Flatwater canoe students: kneeling pad or wearable knee pads will make your day more comfortable). Bring extra clothing and a rain jacket. If you are not sure what to wear or bring, contact your instructor. Always have plenty of drinking water and snacks for energy. Paddling is fun, and when you are prepared your day is more enjoyable. We hope to see you in class.

American Canoe Association (ACA)

Philadelphia Canoe Club is a member of the American Canoe Association (ACA). Our instructors are trained by the ACA and the ACA insures our classes at a cost of $10 per student per event. This fee is waived for ACA members. To become an ACA member contact them at: https://americancanoe.org.

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.


INSTRUCTION FAIR

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2023


Orientation to Paddling 11 a.m. - Noon

(Informal Presentation. Learn about styles of paddling and which one is the best fit for you.


Noon to 3 p.m.

Meet our Instructors, see our boats.  Discount class registration available.

PADDLING CLASSES - 2023

CANOE CLASSES

  • Intro to Flatwater Canoeing - 2 Days (Flat and Easy Moving Water - Lakes & Streams) - May 20 & 21
  • Whitewater Canoe Novice Training - June 2 (Evening Session), 3,4,10,11
  • Intro to Whitewater Canoe (2-Day) - July 17 & 18
  • Canoe-Basic Instruction (3 hours)
  • River Canoeing (Beginner - Part 1)
  • River Canoeing (Beginner - Part 2)


Canoe Clinics - Skill Building (Evening Sessions 6-8 pm)

      • (Forward, Backward and Cross Forward Strokes): June 21
      • (Prys, Draws, Braces): June 28
      •  (Front & Back Ferries): July 12
      •  (Eddy Turns and Peel Outs): July 19
      •  (Basic Rescue Techniques): July 26

WHITEWATER KAYAK CLASSES
      • Whitewater Kayak Novice Training - June 3 (Evening Session) - 3,4,10,11
      • Whitewater Kayak Introduction (1-Day)
      • Whitewater Kayak Introduction  (2-day)
      • ADVANCED Whitewater Kayaking (Lower Youghiogheny River) 

FLAT ROCK WHITEWATER PRACTICE SESSION - SCHUYLKILL RIVER - To Be Announced


RECREATIONAL KAYAK CLASSES 2022 

  • Recreational Kayaking (1-Day) 
  • Recreational Kayaking (2-Days) June 17 & 18


STAND UP PADDLEBOARD 2022

To Be Announced




COURSE DESCRIPTIONS BELOW:


Kayak Classes


WHITEWATER KAYAKING NOVICE TRAINING – 4-Day Training Class

No experience necessary. This course is held over a period of two weekends. You will be introduced to proper fit and use of equipment, strokes, maneuvers, assisted and self rescue, river reading and safety while building skills to paddle class two whitewater. The first two-day weekend is held in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River followed by two days on the Lehigh River in the Poconos. Camping included for Friday and Saturday nights. Successful completion of this course will allow students to participate in Philadelphia Canoe Club’s (PCC) Wednesday Night Flat Rock Trips on the Schuylkill River.


WHITEWATER KAYAKING INTRODUCTION – 1-Day Class

No experience necessary. This course is designed for students with little or no formal kayak training. Lessons include basic strokes, maneuvers, assisted and self-rescue, river reading and safety. The class will teach students the essentials of whitewater river kayaking. Successful completion of this course will allow students to participate in Philadelphia Canoe Club’s (PCC) Wednesday Night Flat Rock Trips on the Schuylkill River.

WHITEWATER KAYAKING INTRODUCTION – 2-Day Class 

No experience necessary. This two-day course is designed for students with little or no formal kayak training. Lessons include basic strokes, maneuvers, assisted and self-rescue, river reading and safety. The course will teach students the essentials of whitewater kayaking. The two-day format allows for a slower pace and more time to work on skills.

Successful completion of this course will allow students to participate in Philadelphia Canoe Club’s (PCC) Wednesday Night Flat Rock Trips on the Schuylkill River.


WHITEWATER KAYAKING – INTERMEDIATE 2-Day Class 

Prerequisite: Whitewater kayaking experience necessary.

This class is designed for students who are comfortable on class 2-3 water and have a reliable roll and can self-rescue. You will be encouraged to try more challenging maneuvers.


WHITEWATER KAYAKING – ADVANCED 1-Day Class

Lower Youghiogheny River, Ohiopyle, PA

This course is designed for the proficient intermediate kayak student. A reliable roll is preferred. You will learn creeking moves such as boofs, grinds, and using your hands with rocks while learning techniques for running larger drops and navigating and surfing holes.


WHITEWATER KAYAK RIVER PLAY - INTERMEDIATE 1-Day Class

Location: Lehigh River

Prerequisite: Whitewater kayaking experience necessary. This class is designed for people who are comfortable on and in a whitewater river and want to step up their skills. Bring your own boat, a roll is not necessary but helpful, and you should know basic self rescue. Learn to play the river. Surfing, catching eddies, looking for fun features, stern squirts, and enjoying the river on a summer day. Class will be held on the Lehigh River. Bring your equipment and meet your instructors at the White Haven Put-In at 10 a.m


WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHITEWATER PRACTICE

Whitewater students are invited to Wednesday night weekly practice sessions at Flat Rock, Schuylkill River (ask your instructor about practice sessions).

$10 Insurance Fee (If not an ACA (American Canoe Association) Member).

 $20 Equipment Rental

For further information, please contact fleet@philacanoe.org



RECREATIONAL KAYAKING INTRO (FLAT-WATER) (1-Day Class)

Location: Schuylkill River

No experience necessary. This course is designed for students with little or no formal kayak training. Lessons will include basic strokes, safety and rescue on flat and gently moving water.



RECREATIONAL KAYAKING INTRO (FLAT AND MOVING WATER) - (2-day Class)

Location: To be determined by instructors.

No experience necessary. This course is designed for students with little or no formal kayak training.

Day 1:

Kayaking is more fun when you know how to control your boat.  Your lesson will include basic strokes, safety and rescue on flat and gently moving water. You will learn how to safely and easily get back into your kayak should you tip over and how to help your companions.

Day 2:

You will practice your skills from day one in the morning on the lake. The afternoon session on the river includes water reading and river features. You will practice controlling your kayak in faster currents and around river bends and turns.

 

RECREATONAL KAYAKING EVENING CLINICS (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

Dates and Locations: To be announced.


SCHUYLKILL RIVER FLATWATER EVENING PADDLES (Recreational Kayak)

These flatwater paddles will be held Thursday evenings at Philadelphia Canoe Club from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. You do not have to be a club member. Bring your own equipment or equipment rental available.

Boat and Equipment Rental Available $20


CANOE CLASSES


INTRO WHITEWATER CANOE 4-Day Novice Training (Solo or Tandem)

No experience necessary:

This course is held over a period of two weekends. You may choose solo or tandem canoe. You will be introduced to proper fit and use of equipment, strokes, maneuvers, assisted and self rescue, river features and water reading, and safety while building skills to paddle class two whitewater. The first two-day weekend will begin on still water and move onto more challenging class two. The second weekend will be held on the Lehigh River in the Poconos. Camping included for Friday and Saturday nights.


WHITEWATER CANOEING 2-Day Class (Solo or Tandem)

Location: Schuylkill River - Lehigh River


Some whitewater experience necessary:


This class is for the canoeist who has some whitewater experience and would like to build their skills. We will practice strokes, maneuvers, water reading, safety and surfing. The goal of this class is to learn how to use the river to your advantage and become a more graceful and proficient paddler. 


The class will be taught on the Schuylkill River Saturday and the Lehigh River (class 1-2) in Jim Thorpe PA on Sunday. This class is a step up from the Intro to Canoe Class (flat and gentle moving water) and the River Canoeing Class, and a step down from the Whitewater Canoe Class (taught on the class 2-3 section of the Lehigh).

Please dress appropriately. No cotton clothing. Good footwear required, no sandals, flip flops or crocs. Make sure your shoes will stay on in turbulent water. Registrants will receive more information closer to the date of class from the instructors.


RIVER CANOEING BEGINNER - PART 1 (Solo or Tandem  2-Day Class)

Location: Schuylkill River or appropriate venue

No experience necessary. This course is designed for the beginner and will introduce equipment, safety, rescue and boat handling on flat and moving water. Topics include water reading and river hazards.

You may take just the first day but you can not skip the first day and attend the second day only.

Instruction is offered solo (1 person in a canoe) or tandem (2 people in a canoe).


RIVER CANOEING BEGINNER - Part 2 (Solo or Tandem) 2-Day Class 

Location: Schuylkill River - Lehigh River

Prerequisite: Completion of River Canoeing Beginner - Part 1.

This course will be taught on the Schuylkill River Saturday and the Lehigh River (class 1-2) in Jim Thorpe PA on Sunday. You will learn how to handle a solo or tandem canoe in moving water and easy whitewater. We will cover equipment, safety and rescue, boat control and maneuvers (eddy turns and ferries) in current. This class is a step up from the Intro to Canoe Class (flat and gentle moving water) and a step down from the whitewater canoe class (class 2-3 section of the Lehigh).

Please dress appropriately. No cotton clothing. Good footwear required, no sandals, flip flops or crocs. Make sure your shoes will stay on in turbulent water. Registrants will receive more information closer to the date of class from the instructors.



INTRODUCTION TO FLATWATER CANOEING (Lakes & Streams)  –  2-Day Class

No experience necessary. Instruction will include basic strokes, maneuvers, self and assisted rescue and safety. Class will begin at the Philadelphia Canoe Club then travel to a lake. Bring your lunch, camera and a chair or blanket. Day two will begin on the lake then progress to a gentle moving stream where you will be introduced to river features and water reading. You will learn how to maneuver your boat using strokes, ferries and eddies. You may choose solo or tandem. (Note: Tandem students must attend class with their partner). 


CANOE-BASIC INSTRUCTION (Flatwater)  – 5pm-8pm


Basic canoe instruction for the beginner on flatwater to prepare you for future classes. 

This class will focus on entering and exiting the canoe, basic strokes to control the boat, necessary gear. 

You may paddle solo or tandem. For tandem, both students need to be registered.

Cost: ($60 ACA-Members)  ($70 Non-ACA Members)

Boat and Equipment Rental Available $20


CANOE - EVENING CLINICS – (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

Some canoeing experience necessary. These clinics will focus on improving strokes and maneuvers. You may use either a whitewater or flat water. Tandem students need to bring a partner who is also registered for the class. You may bring your own canoe.

Cost for Each Clinic:

$25 for ACA  (American Canoe Association) Members

$35 for Non-ACA (American Canoe Association) Members


Boat and Equipment Rental Available $20


Forward, Backward and Cross Forward Strokes

This clinic will focus on improving your forward, backward and cross forward stroke. The forward stroke is hardest to learn and is a lifelong learning process. There are two kinds of "J" strokes, "Traditional J" for cruising and "River J" for whitewater. Paddling backward is necessary for slowing down, stopping and back ferry boat control in twisty moving water or whitewater.

You may use either a whitewater or flat water canoe. Tandem students need to bring their partner

Pry’s and Draws, Side Slips, Braces with a J-Lean.

Prys and draws are essential for good boat control and necessary for paddling straight, turning and side slipping. You will learn where to place you paddle and when to use these strokes for maximum control. We will also learn high and low braces, edging, "J" Leans, a handy skill to learn to keep from capsizing. 

You may use either a whitewater or flat water canoe. Tandem students need to bring a partner.

Front and Back Ferries - Paddling Backward using a reverse "J" stroke.

Ferrying is used to easily and quickly move from one side of the river to the other while avoiding obstacles (rocks, trees, other boaters). You can ferry facing downstream (back ferry) or facing upstream (front ferry). Back ferries are especially important in canoes because you don't need to turn the boat against the upstream current, just angle the boat a bit and paddle backward to avoid a problem.  Knowing a good back stroke is essential for back ferries. We will practice paddling backward using a reverse "J".

You may use either a whitewater or flat water canoe. Tandem students need to bring a partner.

 Eddy Turns,  Peel Outs, Water Reading, Scouting (This class will be held on easy whitewater).

This class will be held on the Schuylkill River at Flatrock in class 1-2 whitewater using whitewater canoes. Some whitewater experience helpful. You will practice ferries, peel outs, water reading and scouting. The goal of this class is to learn to good river judgement to navigate whitewater safely and efficiently.

Tandem students need to bring a partner.

Canoe Rescue Techniques

Class will be held on the Schuylkill River at the club.  The clinic will cover basic rescue techniques that every canoeist should know for personal and group safety. You will learn how to rescue a capsized canoe and assist paddlers with their re-entry into the boat.  You will also learn to use throw bags. (Bring your throw bag if you have one).  Be prepared to get wet, you will be in the water. Protect your feet, especially your toes, wear secure footwear. Closed water shoes or sneakers a must, no sandals, flip flops or crocs.




STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING CLASSES (SUP)

Schuylkill River


No experience necessary. This three-hour course is designed for the beginner to learn basic safety, equipment, strokes, balance, board walking and becoming comfortable on the board. Prepare to get very wet and have fun.

IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE:

Classes are generally held rain or shine. The instructor will notify students if there is a change or cancellation.

Minors must be 12 years old or older to enroll in a class (except for tandem flat water canoe).  A parent or guardian must register as a student to accompany minors in all classes.

After successful completion of your class, you are welcome to paddle with PCC on level appropriate river trips and practice sessions.

Cancellation policy:

  1. Students may cancel 5 days before class for 80% refund.
  2. Cancellations 4 days or closer to date of class – refunds will be half price.
  3. No refunds for no-shows.

American Canoe Association:

All of Philadelphia Canoe Club classes are insured by the ACA (American Canoe Association) at a cost of $10 per student per event. This fee is waived for ACA members. Currently ACA membership is $40 per year. To become an ACA member contact them at: https://americancanoe.org.

For further information, please contact Looie Voorhees at looielooie1@yahoo.com.

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