Chicago Whitewater Association
Chicago Whitewater Association beginner trips
To register to 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).
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:
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 Yak Shack (located at the Marge Cline Whitewater Park in Yorkville) 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: