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 - Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Class, Palatine
3/17/2014- 5/12/2014 (8)
Mondays, 2 hrs
Cost: $159
Contact/Registration: cwa@chicagowhitewater.org
Notes: 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


Northbrook YMCA - Intro to Kayaking Spring Class, Northbrook
4/4/2014- 6/6/2014 (10 weeks)
Thursdays, 8:00 PM to 9:45 PM
Cost: $138/182
Contact/Registration: http://nsymca.org/pdf/KayakFlyer.pdf
Notes: This is an introduction to the basics of white water kayaking including equipment, safety, strokes bracing and rolling. This course is taught in the pool by instructors from the American Canoe Association and Chicago Whitewater Association. All gear will be provided. Bring swimsuit and a cover layer (water is cool), and water shoes of some type (recommended) 14 & Up: Thursdays 8:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. $138 members, $182 non-members All gear is provided. North Suburban YMCA 2705 Techny Rd. Northbrook, IL 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!


Oak Park YMCA - Whitewater Kayaking , Oak Park
4/6/2014- 5/11/2014 (5 Weeks)
Sundays, 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Cost: $95/135
Contact/Registration: visit www.westcookymca.org or call 708.383.5200
Notes: Whitewater Kayaking (Ages 12+)
This fun class provides the skills and knowledge to enable you to safely paddle on moving water. It covers basic strokes, braces, rolls and other boat-handling skills along with river reading and rescue techniques. Upon successful completion of this course, participants are qualified to join the Chicago Whitewater Association on its beginner river trips in the Spring. All equipment is provided; a $15 club fee is due on the first day of class.

Max enrollment: 12

Date: Sundays, April 6- May 11, 2014 (no class on April 20). The May 4 session may be during the day on a river, weather permitting.

Time: Sundays 6:15pm - 7:45pm

Cost: Members $80 Program Member $120 (cost does not include the $15 club fee, which is due the first day of class)


Harper College - Summer, Palatine
6/11/2014- 7/30/2014 (8)
Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45
Cost: $149
Contact/Registration: circuitmonkey (at ) hotmail (dot) com
Notes: 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 CE directly - search under LPS Sports, then type in kayaking into the title field, hit enter. Or call 847.925.6300



 

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.