Chicago Whitewater Association

Chicago Whitewater Association beginner trips



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).



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  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:

Upcoming events

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

    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


    • 01/03/2018
    • 12/05/2018
    • 12 sessions
    • 1455 W Lake St, Addison, IL 60101-1870

    The CWA meets the first Wednesday of the month at Aurelio's Pizza on Lake Street in Addison. Minutes and finances can be found on this website when logged in as a member.

    A few people come early for dinner. The meeting starts at 7:30.

    • 06/09/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06/10/2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • W 510 Hwy WW, White Lake, Wisconsin

    This is the last Beginner Trip of 2017. It will be at Wausau Whitewater Park on Saturday then Wolf River Section 2 on Sunday 

    Location:   River Rating: II III
    Type of Trip: A (CWA Beginner trip)
    Leader: Tom Costello
    Contact Info:
    Additional Info: This is the final instructor led beginner trip for the year. It is also the annual club meeting and time to vote in new board. 

    Please be prepared for this trip. We are camping at Wausau and the weather can turn nasty. You need to have provisions for eating and sleeping and adverse weather conditions. The river is a class 2-3 river and can be long days. We will be paddling both Saturday and Sunday.

    • 06/09/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • W 510 Hwy WW, White Lake, WI

    The CWA Annual meeting to elect board members will be on June 9 at the River Forest Wolf River Campground. Camping is $10/person!

    This annual meeting is to elect board members for the upcoming year.

    There is a beginner class on Saturday on Section 3 of the Wolf. Contact Randy He is planning a potluck dinner on Saturday. If there is interest we can try to organize a main dish such as Pulled Pork or Brisket for a few bucks per humanish creature.

    This trip is open to all. There will be instruction available for those who took pool classes and spring warm up trips. Others will boat socially on one of the many great north woods rivers.

    • 07/14/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Marge Cline Whitewater Course
    • 99

    Save the date for the 5th annual IWF!! Cardboard Regatta provided by the Yorkville Chamber on Friday evening with the Buttercup Slalom Series & Boatercross sponsored by World Kayak on Saturday. Yorkville to provide the usual rib and beer festival along with adding a carnival with rides, games and more. Bring your boat, paddling skills, family & friends for a great weekend of paddling fun in your own backyard. 9:00am to 10:00am registration. Racers meeting at 9:45am and start at 10:00am

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

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