Chicago Whitewater Association

Learning

POOL SESSIONS

CWA sponsors pool classes which introduce the students to whitewater boating in kayaks. Strokes, braces, the eskimo roll and safety considerations are all taught in these classes, unless otherwise noted. The following locations sponsor these classes and anyone interested in taking a class should visit the website for exact dates and contact information. Most classes start in October and again in January. This page is now updated dynamically with the most current pool sessions available..


Harper College - Winter Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Class, Palatine
1/12/2015- 3/2/2015 (8 Weeks)
Mondays, 8:15pm-10:00pm
Cost: $159
Contact/Registration: cwa@chicagowhitewater.org http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/ce/index.php
Notes:

Please note: Registration does not open until 11/24 ~for now, save the date. Also, there is an error in the Catalog. Class begins at 8:15, not 8:45.

In a safe, controlled environment you will learn the basics skills needed to begin whitewater kayaking. You will be taught proper paddling and stroke techniques in addition to developing individual rolls and braces. In each class you will spend a half-hour in the classroom and over an hour in the Harper pool practicing. Bring a swimsuit, towel and nose plugs. Equipment and kayaks for the class are supplied by the Chicago Whitewater Association. You must be able to swim to participate in this class. Cost: $159 Register online: http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/ce/index.php


Oak Park YMCA - Kayak Rolling Class, Oak Park
2/1/2015- 2/1/2015 (3)
nones,
Cost: $$90
Contact/Registration: http://www.westcookymca.org/index.php?q=node/879
Notes: Online registration is via this link:
http://www.westcookymca.org/index.php?q=node/879 People can also register by calling 708.383.5200, or by visiting the YMCA.

Kayak Rolling (Ages 13+) Rolling is a fundamental skill for confidence, competence and safety in all types of kayaking. Learn to prevent yourself from capsizing though the use of support strokes and bracing, and to right your boat after capsize by rolling. All equipment is provided; a $15 equipment fee is due on the first day of class.

Max enrollment: 8
Date: Sundays, February 1 -15, 2015.
Time: Sundays 6:30pm - 8:00pm Cost: YMCA Members $75 Program Member $90


Northbrook YMCA - Intro to River Kayaking, none
2/2/2015- 2/2/2015 ( )
nones,
Cost: $64
Contact/Registration: www.nsymca.org
Notes: Introduction To River Kayaking - ADULT
Each evening will begin with 1/2-hour of classroom study and videos in one of the Y conference rooms. Although targeted to river kayaking, the skills learned in this course will apply to lakes and sea kayaking as well. We learn boat control and maneuvering through effective use of the forward, back, turning, draw, and bracing strokes. River safety, river reading, and several other topics will also be covered.

Feb 2 - March 3 Thursdays 8:00 -9:45 pm $64 member, $84 non-member
register at: nsymca.org


OTHER - Kayak Rolling Class - Vernon Hills, none
2/8/2015- 2/8/2015 (4)
nones,
Cost: $$105
Contact/Registration: http://comed128.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=4592&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0
Notes: Have you ever wanted to learn to Eskimo roll your kayak? Here is your chance to learn in a safe environment. Instruction will include videotaping and personal instruction. Be prepared to get wet and be upside down in the water. Bring nose plugs and goggles, PFD, kayak (if you have one), skirt, and paddle. Class size limited to six. No discounts or vouchers.

2/8/2015-3/1/2015
Weekly -Sun
5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Tuition: $105.00

Register online:
http://comed128.augusoft.net/index.cfm? method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=4592&int_category_id=0&i nt_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0


OTHER - Intro to Whitewater Canoeing, none
2/8/2015- 2/8/2015 (4)
nones,
Cost: $$89
Contact/Registration: http://comed128.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=4424&int_category_id=1&int_sub_category_id=7&int_catalog_id=0
Notes: 4 week class
Sunday nights, 4:15pm-5:45pm.
WHITEWATER Canoeing -

In a safe, controlled environment you will learn the basics skills needed to begin whitewater canoeing. You will be taught proper paddling and stroke techniques in addition to developing braces and a roll. Bring a swimsuit, towel and a nose plug if you want to work on a roll. Equipment and canoes for the class are supplied by Chicago Whitewater Association Members. You must be able to swim to participate in this class and have comfort kneeling in a canoe. Register for the class through Vernon Hills High School directly

Price: $89 Once you've completed this class you will have all the basic skills necessary to take one of CWA's beginner canoe trips in the spring! To register for this class, go to: http://comed128.augusoft.net/index.cfm? method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=4424&int_category_id=1&i nt_sub_category_id=7&int_catalog_id=0


Northbrook YMCA - Kayak Rolling Class, none
3/12/2015- 3/12/2015 (3)
nones,
Cost: $55
Contact/Registration: http://nsymca.org/
Notes: North Suburban YMCA
2705 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-272-7250
Rolling Your Kayak - ADULT This class runs 3 nights.
Besides looking cool, rolling is a great skill to have whether you paddle rivers, streams, or lakes. We'll start with the basics of how your body, boat, and blade interact, learn effective bracing so that you never need to roll your boat, and progress into effective rolling techniques. The first night will begin with 1/2-hour of classroom study and video.

3/12 - 3/26

Thursday 8:00 - 9:45 p.m

$41 YMCA member, $55 non-member

All gear will be provided. Bring swimsuit and a cover layer (water is cool), and water shoes of some type (recommended)


Harper College - Intro to Whitewater Kayaking, none
3/16/2015- 3/16/2015 (8)
nones, 2 hrs
Cost: $159
Contact/Registration: www.harpercollege.edu/ce
Notes: 8 week class
Monday nights, 8:15pm-10:00pm.
WHITEWATER KAYAKING - 50880 - LPS 0025 - 001

In a safe, controlled environment you will learn the basics skills needed to begin whitewater kayaking. You will be taught proper paddling and stroke techniques in addition to developing individual rolls and braces. In each class you will spend a half-hour in the classroom and over an hour in the Harper pool practicing. Bring a swimsuit, towel and nose plugs. Equipment and kayaks for the class are supplied by the Chicago Whitewater Association. You must be able to swim to participate in this class.

Register for the class through Harper College directly:
www.harpercollege.edu/ce 847.925.6300
Price: $159

Once you've completed this class you will have all the basic skills necessary to take one of CWA's beginner trips in the spring! To register for this class, go to:
http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/ce/registration/index.php
...click on "register online" and search "kayaking"



 

CWA BEGINNER TRIPS

Learn to paddle safely and responsibly at our Fall and Winter pool classes offered at locations in and around the Chicago area. More experienced boaters can use their pool time to join us for a game of kayak polo or fine-tune new moves.

During spring and summer months, the CWA offers learning opportunities on local rivers.

We also offer special workshops for our members, including instructor development, certification and safety.

All classes require advance registration and many are available to CWA members only. 

Visit our Beginner trips page or our full Calendar page to see what is coming up. Please contact individual organizers for more information.

Tips

Bring bathing suit, towel, eyeglass guards (if you wear glasses), nose plugs (you’ll be upside down a lot), synthetic sweater or similar garment for warmth, some pools are cold.

Leave jewelry at home, it can break, or fall off; there’s no time to search the pool for lost charms!

Bring a lock for the locker room.

Leave valuables at home.

You do not need to bring your own equipment, unless you have your own whitewater kayak you wish to learn in.

Please be on time for all classes, especially the classroom session, as topics will not be repeated, come a few minutes early.