Updated: April 5, 2017

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You need not be a member to paddle with our club! Of course we encourage membership, but we invite you to go on some trips and see for yourself. Trips rates as flatwater or class 1 are generally open to paddlers of all skill levels, with the trip leader's approval. Rental or loaner boats may be available. Trips listed as class 2 or higher are whitewater, and prior experience, your own equipment and leader approval are required. Contact the trip leader at least a few days in advance if you have never paddled with us before. Always contact the leader. We do not publish meeting place and time.

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PFDs (life jackets) must be worn on all trips when on the water. Helmets must be worn by all paddling decked boats on Class 2 or higher trips, and for all open boats on Class 3 or higher trips.

 

April 29 Saturday Neshaminy Creek, Mill Creek road to Tyler State Park. A scenic paddle in Bucks county. Class 1 not difficult but some experience is helpful. Upon registration detailed information will be sent to you. If you have a boat, register with the leader. If you need a boat, contact Churchville Nature Center. Call Tue.-Sun. 10-5 at 215-357-4005. Fee includes canoe, paddle, pfd, and boat transport to river. Canoe Use Fee: Members $25/Non-Members $30. CNC honors AMC membership. If you are an AMC member, be sure to mention it when you call. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Additional information will be provided upon registration. John Chalikian, 215-635-3516 (best time to call: before 9) chalikian@juno.com

June 3-4 Saturday & Sunday, Tandem Canoe Training Beginners and experienced people are welcome. We work with your skill level. This class is a two-day event. The first day is on Lake Luxembourg, Core Creek Park in Bucks County, PA. The second day will be on the Delaware at Lambertville, NJ. On the first day, the strokes for paddling in the bow and stern will be taught and practiced so you can become comfortable and in control of the canoe. To help you achieve this you will have your own coach in the boat as a partner.. Safety and other boating skills will be covered. The second day you will learn how to do eddy turns, ferries, and water reading will be worked on. We will finish with a short paddle down the Delaware with some surfing along the way. After these classes you should be comfortable paddling many local rivers like all of the Pine Barrens, most of the Delaware, Schuylkill and the Lehigh that are class 1. As you gain time on the water and if you choose to move on to wild water you will simply build on the foundation of skills you've learned in this class. This is a joint class with Churchville Nature Center[CNC] and Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). Registration is through CNC; call Tue.-Sun. 10-5 at 215-357-4005. CNC-AMC Members/non-members - $90/$110 for both days. Includes boat, paddle, and pfd. Questions? Contact leaders John Chalikian. 215-635-3516, (best time to call: before 9), chalikian@juno.com or Walt Underhill, 610-827-7776, (best time to call: before 9) underwalt@aol.com

June 24, Saturday Lehigh River old friends paddle and pizza. Class 2-3 whitewater from White Haven to Rockport. After paddle: old friends' pizza party at leader's nearby house. Food costs to be shared, plus BYOB. Contact the leader to register for both or either.

June 24 Saturday, Batsto River, Quaker Bridge to Batsto Village. Join us for the twists and turns of the Pine Barrens. This is a good follow up for the tandem class . students and anyone who wants to have an adventure on the water.  This is a class 1 (easy) paddle. This is a joint trip with CNC, If you need a canoe contact Churchville at 215-357-4005. cost for boat, paddle and pfd is $25/30 – AMC/CNC member / non-members. If you have a boat contact the leader: Leader: Walt Underhill, 610-827-7776 before 9, underwalt@aol.com

July 8-9 Saturday & Sunday, Solo Open Canoe Training. Your chance to learn to paddle a canoe solo. We'll cover basic strokes and boat control on flatwater. Then we'll learn basic maneuvers (such as ferrys, eddy turns, and peel outs) on moving water. Sunday will be a river trip to review, practice and experience how all this happens on moving water. Some prior experience is helpful, but is not required. Tandem canoe course is particularly helpful. Equipment is available. Leader: Walt Underhill, 610-827-7776 before 9, underwalt@aol.com

July 22 Saturday, Swiftwater Safety Session. Excellent for both whitewater, flatwater and sea kayak paddlers. $5/$25 (member/nonmember), instructor/volunteers are free. Course tailored to the needs of the group. We'll cover swimming rapids, self-rescue, deep water reentry, group rescue, equipment recovery, group actions, scene management, gear & more. On Delaware River at Lambertville wing dam. Register by 7/20. Eric Pavlak, 610-650-8926, eric@outings.org

September 16, Saturday, Delaware River, Kingwood to Bulls Island Flatwater. This is a joint trip between the Churchville Nature Center and AMC. If you have a boat contact the leaders, if you need a tandem canoe contact CNC at 215-357-4005 to rent a canoe, pfd and paddle. Register with the leader, John Chalikian, 215-635-3516 (best time to call: before 9) chalikian@juno.com

October 21, Saturday, Brandywine River paddle and Brandywine River Museum visit, Class 1. We will paddle this scenic Chester County river at the height of fall colors. At lunch we will spend time at the museum viewing the exhibits and than proceed down river to Thompson Bridge in Delaware. Afterward, everyone is invitedback to CNC's co-leader Barb Nesbitt's house in West Chester for a bread and soup get-together. This is a joint trip with Churchville Nature Center. They only have tandem canoes that can be rented. If you need a boat contact the center at 215-357-4005, Tue.-Sun. 10 to 5. AMC and CNC members/Non-members: $30/35, includes museum admission. If you have a boat contact the leader; John Chalikian, There will be a $12 fee collected at beginning of trip for museum ticket for those not renting from CNC. John Chalikian, 215-635-3516 (best time to call: before 9) chalikian@juno.com