Canoeing is a great way to unwind after a busy week. No experience is required and we will provide all the necessary equipment transportation and instruction! On our trips you will learn about paddle strokes and become comfortable navigating water.  You will be rewarded by beautiful scenery and (usually) great weather. For whitewater canoe trips you will experience swift moving water and adrenaline rapids, so come ready to paddle!

Trip Information

Trip Requirements

  • Attend the pre-trip Meeting. Your instructor will email you with pre-trip information.
  • Complete all required paperwork (See ‘Forms and Waivers’).
  • Meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria for the trip:
    • Breathe independently (i.e., not require medical devices to sustain breathing)
    • Independently maintain sealed airway passages while under water
    • Independently hold head upright without neck / head support
    • Manage personal care independently or with assistance of a companion
    • Manage personal mobility independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance
    • Follow instructions and effectively communicate independently or with assistance of a companion
    • Independently turn from face-down to face-up and remain floating face up while wearing a properly fitted life jacket
    • Get in / out of a paddlecraft independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance
    • Independently get out and from under a capsized paddlecraft


How to Register

Outdoor trips are open to anyone affiliated with Johns Hopkins University including Hopkins students, staff, and faculty.

To register for a trip please do the following:

  1. View the upcoming trips below and click the “register” button for your desired trip. Payment is accepted via cash, credit card or check and can be made online or in-person at the Experiential Education Base Camp behind the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center on the Homewood Campus.
  2. After payment has been received and processed, you will receive a confirmation email. Attached to that email will include any forms you may have to fill out and return the Wednesday before you leave on your trip.
  3. Contact Experiential Education with any questions regarding your trip, registration information, payment options or with any concerns. We are open 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m. Friday’s during the semester, and can be reached at 410-516-4417 or
  4. The week of your trip you will be notified by the instructors. Attend the mandatory pre-trip meeting the week of your trip to get the details on your trip. Your instructors will email you with the time, date and location of the meeting.

Cancellation Policy

If you are not able to go on a trip, you may cancel no later than seven days prior to the date of your trip to receive a refund. If you do not cancel your spot a week before the date of your trip, you will not receive a refund. If a trip is canceled due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstances, you will be notified as soon as possible and will receive a full refund.

Signup Policy

You will be able to purchase one participant spot per trip online. If you have a friend that wants to come along they will have to purchase their own spot. Please be considerate of others that may want to go on a trip and purchase what you know you will be able to attend. 

What’s Included

  • Transportation (you must take the provided JHU transportation)
  • Activity-specific equipment
  • Basic instruction and coaching

What’s Not Included

  • Meals (unless it is an overnight trip)
  • Personal clothing for the activity

Forms and Waivers

To participate in an outdoor trip you are required to complete a medical form and trip waiver. 

Once your order is processed, you will receive an email with any necessary paperwork . Please download and print the required paperwork for your trip and return it by email to or in-person at our office. Forms and waivers must be completed and returned by 5 p.m. EST on the Wednesday before your trip. After hours, please leave your paperwork in the office door dropbox. If you do not turn in your paperwork by 5 p.m. EST the Wednesday before your trip, you will be removed from the trip without a refund. 

If you have already attended a trip this academic year you do not need to fill out a new medical form and instead need to stop by the Experiential Education Base Camp and resign your form, confirming that no information on your medical form has changed since last attending a trip. You must fill out a waiver for every type of trip you attend once a year.

What to Bring


  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Synthetic shorts or pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Closed toed water shoes (old sneakers work great)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hat with brim
  • Change of clothing for the drive home

Additional Clothing (Cold Weather Trips)

  • Long sleeve synthetic shirt
  • Long underwear tops and bottoms
  • Medium/Heavy weight wool or fleece sweater
  • Wool Socks
  • Pair of synthetic gloves (to help keep your hands warm)
  • Wool hat or beanie


  • Two 1-liter water bottles
  • Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Sunglasses with lanyard
  • Extra glasses and/or contacts
  • Medication in waterproof bags
  • Nose Plugs (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • LUNCH!
  • Snacks, granola bars, cookies, etc.

Equipment Included

  • Wetsuit
  • Splash Jacket
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Helmet
  • Boat
  • Paddle

Trip Schedule

Date Skill Location Cost  
4/1/2017 Flatwater TBD $15 for KSAS/WSE Students
$30 Non-KSAS/WSE Students
4/9/2017 Flatwater TBD $15 for KSAS/WSE Students
$30 Non-KSAS/WSE Students
4/15/2017 Whitewater TBD $15 for KSAS/WSE Students
$30 Non-KSAS/WSE Students
5/6/2017 Whitewater TBD $15 for KSAS/WSE Students
$30 Non-KSAS/WSE Students