Organizations on the River
Canoeing and Kayaking
Established in 1905, the Philadelphia Canoe Club (PCC) is a dedicated group of canoeists and kayakers headquartered on the Schuylkill River. The PCC club house is located on the confluence of the Wissahickon Creek and Schuylkill River, within the Fairmount Park System.
Hidden River Outfitters offers kayaking trips, instruction and corporate programs. Located on the Schuylkill River in Pottstown, Hidden River has been leading kayak tours on the River in Philadelphia, both in Manayunk and downtown at the Schuylkill Banks.
Founded in 1858, the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia is the oldest amateur athletic governing body in the United States. Today, the Schuylkill Navy comprises the clubs of Boathouse Row and conducts four regattas annually.
Dragon Boat Racing is the second largest sport in the world today, trailing just behind soccer. The sport dates back almost 2,000 years to the Chinese legend of Qu Yuan, who after being exiled from the land he loved, threw himself in the Milou River. In an attempt to save him, local fishermen wildly beat their drums and splashed the water with their paddles to prevent water dragons and the fish from eating his body.
The standard crew of a contemporary dragon boat is around 22, comprising 20 paddlers in pairs facing toward the bow of the boat, 1 drummer or caller at the bow facing toward the paddlers, and 1 steerer or tiller(helm) at the rear of the boat.
The sport has grown rapidly in popularity in the United States in recent years, and today there are over 1200 U.S. teams. A number of teams call Philadelphia their home and practice on the Schuylkill.
Hope Afloat USA is Philadelphia and Pennsylvania's FIRST breast cancer survivor dragon boat racing team led by a board of breast cancer survivors. Paddle from East Park Canoe Club.
The Manayunk Dragon Boat Racing Team has been fielding Men's, Women's and Youth dragon boat teams for the past 4 years competing at the world championship level. The team periodically offers classes through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree and has been reaching out to local high schools for the purpose of growing the youth program. The Manayunk program also offers Team Building programs for local and nationally based companies. The team paddles from the Manayunk dock.
Established in 1983, The Philadelphia Dragon Boat Racing Team was originally the Philadelphia Mens Dragon Boat Racing Team, but now includes men’s, women’s and kids’ divisions, competing and training at the world championship level. The team paddles from East Park Canoe Club.
The Philadelphia Flying Phoenix women's dragonboat team was founded in 2003. It is comprised of over 70 dedicated women of various ages (25 through 70), backgrounds, and athletic abilities and has three separate divisions: competitive, recreational, and a breast cancer survivors team. Paddle from East Park Canoe Club.
The Schuylkill Dragons, founded in 2001, is the oldest continuously active women’s dragon boating team in Philadelphia. The team includes paddlers of all levels ranging from beginners to those experienced in international competitions. Paddle from East Park Canoe Club.
The Tsunami Dragons are a team of women from all walks of life who challenge themselves and embrace healthy living. They compete in local and regional dragon boating events throughout the season that runs from April through October. The team practices three times a week from the Manayunk dock.