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PE 1671: Recreational Canoeing

Canoeing on a lake

This course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of canoeing in a relaxed environment. Appreciate being outside for class as you explore Beebe Lake and other Finger Lakes area waterways. Meet new friends, learn new skills, and experience nature all while you keep active.


Course Fee

Students: $215
Community: $245
CU Faculty/Staff: $230

*Free to students who are in need of a PE credit. (Students will first be billed the course fee, after passing and completing the course they will then be reimbursed the course fee. You must fulfill those requirements in order to receive the reimbursement.)

Fee Notes

All paddling equipment is provided.

Fill out the Fee Waiver Application to apply for a free or reduced PE course. 


First class is mandatory.
Students can miss one class and still receive PE credit.


Recreational swimmer

Drop Deadline



Enroll through Student Center or by contacting COE at 607-255-6183 or


Section 1 Schedule




Wednesday 4/17/24 4:45pm to 7:45pm
Monday 4/22/24 4:45pm to 7:45pm
Wednesday 4/24/24 4:45pm to 7:45pm
Monday 4/29/24 4:45pm to 7:45pm
Wednesday 5/1/24 4:45pm to 7:45pm
Monday 5/6/24 4:45pm to 7:45pm
Section 2 Schedule




Tuesday 4/16/24 4:45pm to 7:45pm
Thursday 4/18/24 4:45pm to 7:45pm
Tuesday 4/23/24 4:45pm to 7:45pm
Thursday 4/25/24 4:45pm to 7:45pm
Tuesday 4/30/24 4:45pm to 7:45pm
Thursday 5/2/24 4:45pm to 7:45pm

How to dress and what to bring to be prepared for class:

  • Shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, you will get wet at least to your knees launching and landing boats (water shoes, old sneakers, or rubber boots work great. flip flips or shores without a secure fit and heal strap do not work well). For safety reasons you can not be barefoot at these times.
  • Dress for the weather. Class will be held outside even if it is raining. Rain jackets and layers to keep you warm are recommended. If water and air temperatures are low, your instructors will talk to you about wearing a wetsuit (no extra fee). 
  • I always have an extra pair of cloths and a towel in my bag (can be left in the van) incase I fall in get rained on or get cold. 
  • Sun glasses, brimmed hat, sunscreen. The sun’s reflection off the water can be intense.
  • Water bottle & snack