|Pittsburgh Council previously a member of American Youth Hostels|
|To provide inexpensive educational travel, intercultural understanding, and an understanding of the natural environment through hostels, hostelling, and outdoor recreation.|
Pittsburgh Council runs several canoe schools to allow new members to get started in canoeing or to improve their skills. You may choose to develop your skills as a solo or tandem paddler. The number of schools and types of trips each month reflect the wishes of the membership and trip leaders.
Most of our leaders and instructors were developed through the AYH canoeing program. New members with previous experience were usually asked to attend a whitewater school to see how Council trips were run.
Pittsburgh Council has canoes, life vests, and paddles for use on Council trips at a modest rental fee. While Council policy prevents the equipment from being used on higher class rivers, some members paddle their own canoes on more difficult water.
Check the latest newsletter for the current trip schedule and leader. Call the leader listed for information about a trip or to sign up for the trip. Please call before 10 o'clock at night.
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Whitewater I (WW I) reviews the basic strokes used on whitewater rivers. These were taught on still or quiet water. Progress to moving water follows, and downstream and upstream ferrying skills were taught and practiced. Other skills that were taught include river reading, safety, rescue, river etiquette, and scouting procedures. The school was taught on Class I rivers.
Whitewater II (WW II) reviews the skills learned in WW I and moves on to eddy turns, peel outs, surfing, rescue, safety, and tactics for river running. WW II was taught on Class II rivers.
Poling was taught on flowing streams. This is an interesting variation to the sport, and not nearly as difficult as it may seem.
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"To provide inexpensive educational travel, intercultural understanding, and an understanding of the natural environment through hostels, hostelling, and outdoor recreation."
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Page was last updated January 21, 2006