for Prospective New Members
you are thinking about sea kayaking. We hope the following will provide
you with some information about our club and sea kayaking generally and
will answer some of the basic questions confronting all new entrants to
OBJECTS OF ASSOCIATION
Kayak Club WA Inc. schedules and coordinates a variety of paddling
events for it's members allowing them to participate in recreational
sea kayaking activities ranging from leisurely trips on rivers and
inlets and sheltered coastal waters to demanding adventure paddling in
the open ocean plus expedition trips to remote areas in the north west
of the state. The emphasis on all club paddles is on safety and risk
minimisation and the club has comprehensive safety guidelines in place
based on Australian Canoeing Inc. standards. Club events take place in
a supportive group environment allowing members to share their
accumulated skills and experience and provide support and assistance
- To act, as a contact point for members’ sea kayak activities.
promote and encourage sea kayaking to the general community as an
enjoyable, social and environmentally responsible wilderness pursuit.
- To unite and co-ordinate
the activities of members in their sea kayaking pursuits.
promote safe boating practices and endeavour to ensure that all rules
and regulations relating to sea kayaking are complied with.
encourage respect for our environment and to foster a positive attitude
towards the conservation of flora and fauna and the practice of minimum
- To act on behalf of
members in their relationship with Canoeing WA Inc. and other
- To represent sea kayakers
in consultation with Government departments at all levels.
CLUB PADDLING PHILOSOPHY
- Club trips
will be conducted at the level of the least skilled paddler in the
- All safety equipment
required by law and club regulations will be carried by each paddler on
- An approved Personal
Flotation Device ( PFD ) will be worn at all times on club trips.
- Group members will
paddle together for the duration of the trip unless directed otherwise
by the Trip Leader or Instructor
- All available assistance
will be offered to any paddler in distress.
- Only seaworthy sit-in
sea kayaks (not sit-on-top kayaks) will be used on club trips.
- All members on club
paddles are required to act in an environmentally responsible manner.
club committee, elected at an annual general meeting of the members,
manages the activities and business of the club. The club’s
paddling activities, meetings and social functions are conducted to a
pre-determined schedule and a copy of the program is emailed to all
members and posted on this website every two months. A general meeting
is held periodically at which a guest speaker usually addresses the
group on a subject relevant to sea kayaking. An Annual General meeting
is held at the end of each club year. Members are encouraged to
contribute constructive comments and ideas, relevant to the
clubs’ activities and business, at these meetings.
basis of the club’s on water activities are the paddles scheduled every
Sunday. Some of these trips are more leasurely 10 to 15 km paddles on
sheltered estuary or river
waters or along the coastal strip, weather permitting. Other trips
travel up to ten kilometres off shore
and can involve round trips of up to forty kilometres in variable
weather conditions. Long weekend camping trips are
often scheduled as are 5-7 day trips to various locations in the
north west of WA, usually during the less windy April - May period.
Sunday paddles take place within the boundaries of Two Rocks to the
North, Mandurah to the South and offshore islands and reefs to the
West. Club trips are led by experienced and qualified Trip Leaders
appointed by the club.
POPULAR ACTIVITY AREAS
frequently visited by the easier paddles include the Swan, Canning, Murray
and Serpentine rivers, the Peel Inlet and Yanchep Lagoon, Penguin
Island, Point Peron, Little Island and most stretches of the coastal
strip between Two Rocks and Rockingham. The more adventurous paddle areas include
Rottnest, Garden, Carnac, Mewstone and Mandurah Island (through the
Dawsville Cut). Adventure trips may involve circumnavigations.
Venues for long weekends include Jurien Bay, Margaret River, Hamelin
Bay, Augusta, Albany and the Walpole - Nornalup Inlet. Expeditions to
the NW visit areas such as Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, Coral Bay, Shark Bay
and the Dampier Archipelago.
SKILLS AND TRAINING
insurance and liability reasons, people intending to participate in
club activities must be club members. An inexpensive short-term
membership is available to non-members wishing to try sea kayaking,
allowing them to participate in three club paddles under the guidance
of an instructor. New members must have either an Australian Canoeing
Inc. Basic Sea Skills Award, an Introduction to Sea Skills Award or Sea Skills Award in order to participate
in scheduled club paddles. Individual and group skills training is
available by accredited club instructors and through approved training
providers such as Les Allen Kayaks (the website address details are on our Links page). For more information on skills progression, go to our Safety and Training page.
kayaking is a high risk recreational activity which can expose
participants to known, unknown or unanticipated hazards and risks that
could result in serious physical or emotional injury or, in extreme
cases, death. It could also result in damage to a
participant’s own property or the property of others. Such
risks cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities
of this adventure activity, taking place as it does on open waters
subject to the vagaries and forces of nature. Sea Kayak Club WA Inc.
promotes and coordinates a variety of sea kayaking activities with
emphasis on safety and minimization of the hazards and risks involved.
The club enables like minded individuals to take part in these
activities in a supportive group environment, to share their
accumulated skills and experience and provide support and assistance to
new paddlers all within guidelines laid out in the club’s
operating policies and procedures . The club and it’s members
and officers do this on a voluntary basis however and those taking part
in club activities or acting according to club policies and procedures
or on the advice of a club member or officer do so at their own risk.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
will no doubt be additional questions that you would like answered if
you are contemplating taking up sea kayaking. It is suggested that
initially you contact one of the club officers listed below who will
attempt to answer your questions and will provide you with the
information and documentation needed to join the club should you decide
to do so. Following registration as a new member, our Instructors will
assess your skill levels and training needs and ensure that you have
the necessary skills and safety techniques to ensure that you can enjoy
your entry into the club’s activities with safety and
confidence. When you're ready to join, you can find more
information on membership fees and downloadable form on the New Member Joining Kit page.
President - Callan Gault,
Tel 9444 9330, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary - Paul Browne, Email email@example.com
on club trips will provide you with the opportunity to assess and
discuss the equipment used by other paddlers who may, at their
discretion, let you try their gear so that you can make informed
decisions regarding your own purchases.
To join a club paddle in sheltered waters you will need the following basic equipment.
• Seaworthy kayak complete with watertight bulkheads, hatch covers and
a spray deck.
• A suitable paddle which must be secured to the kayak with a paddle
• A bailer or sponge.
• An approved Personal Flotation Device ( PFD ).
• At least 2 litres of water, snack food and hot drink. A social
morning tea on the beach is the norm, mid paddle.
• Paddling attire to suit the prevailing weather conditions plus a
change of warm dry clothes in a waterproof bag.
kayaking takes time and perseverance to master. The road can be both
exciting and rewarding. Western Australia is an excellent place in
which to enjoy sea kayaking activities because of the variety offered
by our coast line, islands and inland waterways and the sort of weather
conditions that allow us to paddle year round. We look forward to
helping you get started on your sea kayaking experience. If we can help
you by providing additional information on our club or sea kayaking in
general please do no hesitate to contact one of the people listed above
under "Initial Contacts".
Details about what is
required to pass the Australian Canoeing Awards can be found on the AC
Details about member insurance can be found on the Australian Canoeing
website here. Also, there is some further information about insurance in the Australian Canoeing certificate of insurance (PDF, 260KB), and the insurance FAQ (PDF, 320KB).
If you would like to read the Club Constitution you can download a copy
Go to the New
Member Joining Kit page for the downloadable membership form and
information on membership fees.