Chicago Whitewater Association

CWA sponsors pool classes which introduce the students to whitewater kayaking. Strokes, braces, the eskimo roll and safety considerations are all taught in these classes, unless otherwise noted. The following locations currently sponsor these classes and anyone interested in taking a class should note the exact dates, registration, and contact information. Most classes start in October and again in January or February, but few are offered in the summer but we are hoping that will change soon. This page should show the most current pool sessions available.

Current CWA ACA Certified Instructors

Marlene Bertolozzi

Jeff Brown        

Kyle Christensen

Andy Cocallas  

Tom Costello    

Tam Fletcher   

Dave McGovern

Wayne Minor  

Alec and Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin

Pat Rivers       

Link to all ACA Certified instructors by state by discipline

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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