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..
Conant High School - Fall Intro To Whitewater Kayaking, Schaumburg
OTHER - Fall Intro To Whitewater Kayaking, none
10/31/2013- 12/19/2013 (8)
Cost: $ 121
Contact/Registration: otherkitty1 (at) yahoo.com
Notes: 14 & Up: Thursdays 8:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. 10/31 - 12/19 $90 members, $121 non-members All gear is provided. ACA certified instructors. North Suburban YMCA 2705 Techny Rd. Northbrook, IL (847) 272-7250 http://nsymca.org/pdf/KayakFlyer.pdf
Oak Park YMCA - Fall Intro To Whitewater Kayaking, Oak Park
11/3/2013- 12/15/2013 (10)
Notes: West Cook YMCA - Oak Park, IL KAYAKING (12+YEARS) COST: M $80 / PM $120 *cost does not include $15 equipment fee. 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's spring beginner trips. All equipment is provided. $15 equipment fee due on the first day of class, payable to the Chicago Whitewater Association.
Sundays - Oct 27 - Dec 15 6:00-7:30pm Register online or over the phone:
Harper College - Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Class, Palatine
1/13/2014- 3/10/2014 (8)
Mondays, 2 hrs
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
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.