FOR THE NEW PADDLER
If you are an adult and new to paddling the best place to start is the Introductory Course. It is very popular and fills up quick, book early. Many recreational/social paddlers meet and network at this course. If you are an adult, once a member, we have a range of entry level kayaks you can paddle on the river nearby.
For new junior paddlers we have 2 pathways. Flatwater and Slalom. Adults and juniors don’t need to buy any gear to get started, the club supplies everything. Juniors can do a trial before signing up for a membership. Juniors cannot join the club without a Parent or Guardian club member.
COACHING AND INSTRUCTION
The Introductory Course provides outstanding instruction in basic kayaking skills for 16+. The course is available to members (free) and the general public ($80.00). Linked to this is Tuesday Night Training and instruction for beginners in flatwater. Coaching for seniors is provided in both flatwater (Sprint and Marathon) and Slalom with a choice of several training sessions running weekly. Slalom has 4 squads (junior-senior) and several Senior coaches and Level One coaches at hand to assist.
For the serious competitive flatwater paddlers there are 2 High Performance Squads, 1 for Juniors and 1 for Adults.
Any child aged 10+ can be a slalom paddler and 8+ a flatwater paddler. We would like you to swim well enough (50 metres) but no other pre-skills are required. Slalom equips paddlers to tackle whitewater and surf and develop skills useful in any paddlesport area. Its a great place to start as a junior who likes a bit of adventure. Flatwater prepares paddlers for competition events in sprint and marathon racing. Paddlers learn all the basic strokes and racing strategies while having lots of fun. It is competition in a safe and supportive environment.