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Whitewater kayaking is one of the most dynamic sports out there. Within the last 10 years, limits have been broken, and new technologies have reshaped this sport and brought the joys of running rivers to countless explorers. Whether your passion is to make it down the most difficult and dangerous rapid, or to simply enjoy time in the tranquility of a flowing river, whitewater kayaking provides an awesome break from the busy student life.

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At Carnegie Mellon, there are currently around a dozen active kayakers whose skills range from enthusiastic novices to Class V adrenaline junkies. However, outside of CMU, there is already a solidly established paddling community in the Pittsburgh area with clubs such as the Three River's Paddling Club. We typically will run trips whenever and wherever people are interested, and have pool sessions every Thursday to refine technique.


The CMU storeroom, housed in the basement of Stever House (formerly New House), contains approximately a dozen kayaks over a variety of ages and styles. The club also has plenty of paddles, helmets, lifejackets, and sprayskirts for use on trips or pool sessions.

Explorers Club Kayaking Chair

Glenn Wagner (

I've been paddling for 4 years, on class 3 and 4 rivers. Happy paddling!

Matt Bernstein (

I've been kayaking for the last 10 years, and enjoy both challenging myself and teaching others while on the river. This past summer, I ran the Class V Upper Yough almost every weekend with Brian and other paddlers from the TRPC. If you're new to the sport or a hard-core paddler, I'd love to hear from you and have you join us. But for now, see you on the river!

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