Chicago Whitewater Association


Chicago Whitewater Association beginner trips

Instructions

 

2018 Beginner Trip Schedule is set. Go to EVENTS to register participate in  trips: You must be a CWA member! ($15 per year).  A parent must accompany anyone under 18 on the trip, the cost for kids 12 and under is $15 per trip. The cost for age 13 and over is $30 per trip.  You can pay all these fees online, or you can mail a check to the treasurer, Tom Costello. His mailing address is on the site. Each trip is listed in the events on this sight. 

To mail in your payment: send to Tom Costello 1160 E Brighton Rd., Naperville, IL 60563

To pay online: register for the class and you will be prompted to pay via PayPal or create an invoice to be paid later

If you are a current ACA member the cost is $30. If you select to have an event (one or two days depending on the event) ACA membership select the appropriate button and it will add $5 for the ACA event membership. 

Also print out and bring along the ACA waiver (if you submitted it online). If you are a member of the ACA, there is no charge, but you must include your ACA number and sign and turn in this form. If you are not an ACA member, you must pay a $5 event fee (or become a full member, which you can do through the CWA and you will get a discount), which you can pay for when you pay for the trip (see above).

ACA_waiver_2014.pdf

cwamembershipapp.pdf

CWA ACA membership forms 2014.pdf

This trips are listed in the events sections of our site. Please contact the instructor for additional information and with any questions. 

What you will need that day:

  • ·      Boat
  • ·      Float bags for the boat
  • ·      Paddle
  • ·      Spray skirt
  • ·      PFD (life vest)
  • ·      Helmet (for paddling, not for bicycling)
  • ·      Wetsuit - can often be rented from local scuba shops for about $15/day
  • ·      Wicking or wool shirt beneath the wetsuit
  • ·      Splash jacket
  • ·      Wicking or wool socks in cold weather
  • ·      Water shoes without laces ( suitable to swim in and walk on wet rocks)
  • ·      Water bottle
  • ·      Lunch
  • ·      Snacks

 

What you can potentially rent and from whom

The Chicago Whitewater Association can provide you with a boat, flotation, paddle and skirt, helmet and PFD if you arrange this in advance. The cost is free for members and $10 for non-members. If using a boat from the Club fleet, you are responsible for arranging transport of them to and from the venue yourself.

Jeff Brown, who owns the YakShackOnline.com  can rent boats, flotation, paddles, skirts, wetsuits, splash jackets, PDFs (life vests) and helmets. We cannot promise what boat you will get from him, but he has a decent selection. Call him in advance to ensure that he sets aside the items you need! 630.479.8074. He is at the park, so you don't have to transport anything. Boat, flotation, paddle and skirt are $30; wetsuit, PFD and helmet are $15.

Questions? First look online and see if you find the answers:

http://chicagowhitewater.org/cwa/beginner-info.asp


Upcoming events

    • 01/01/2016
    • 12/31/2020
    • everywhere
    Register

    You can start a new ACA Membership or renew your ACA membership using this page. For new ACA memberships you MUST download the waiver, sign it and return it to Tom Costello. If paying by PayPal, please create an invoice and continue with the payment process via PayPal. If you'd like to pay via cash or check, create an invoice and then send your payment to: Chicago Whitewater Association, 1160 Brighton Rd, Naperville, IL 60563

    DOWNLOAD THE ACA WAIVER FORM HERE



    • 01/01/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 100 S Neltnor Blvd, West Chicago, IL 60185-2845
    Register

    Join a group of your fellow (crazy) paddlers in a polar bear paddle on January 1st. Please note this is NOT a “Beginner Trip” Meet for breakfast at 9:30 at the Egg Yolk Café (formerly the Sandpiper) on Rt. 59 in West Chicago. From there we will decide where to paddle based on where there is open water. Please RSVP  so we at least know how many for breakfast. If you are not up for joining us on the river you are more than welcome to join us for breakfast or back at Rich and Julie’s after paddling. We are usually back at the house by 2 or 3:00

Chicago Whitewater Association is a 501(c) non-profit organization. Chicago, Illinois

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