Paddle Academy


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The LiveLighter Paddle Academy is a paddle education program for schools, senior groups, corporate team building, social groups and individuals. Our experienced instructors teach participants basic paddling skills in a fun & safe environment, and run all year round on flatwater, on the ocean, or even on whitewater!

‘Irene McCormack have used Paddle Academy now for ten years. We find paddling helps students learn resilience, cooperation, teamwork and technical paddling skills, in a safe but challenging environment. Paddle Academy successfully facilitates this process for us, and I would recommend them to any school looking to develop a paddle program.’ 

Neil Bright, Irene McCormack Catholic College

Everything to get you on the water.

Paddle WA provides all the equipment including kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and where relevant, spray decks and helmets. We run LiveLighter Paddle Academy all over the state on most types of water sources (rivers, lakes, pools, ocean etc.) Get in touch if you think there’s a place near you where we can run sessions.

Skills taught in the LiveLighter Paddle Academy include:

  • Understanding of basic paddling safety
  • Inspection of craft & equipment
  • Launch and disembark from your craft
  • Forwards & backward paddle strokes
  • Turning strokes
  • Using your paddle for support
  • Rafting up
  • Capsize & recovery drills

Every booking is tailored to the specific group and their abilities, let us know if you have any requests or queries. There is no limit to the number of sessions (one-off, or even 12+), the frequency (weekly, monthly etc.), the duration of each session (flatwater 1-4hrs, whitewater 2-6hrs), or the number of participants in your booking.

Want to know more?

Contact Paddle Academy to find out how your School, Seniors Group or Corporate Team can discover the physical, mental and team building benefits of Paddling!
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What they’re saying about Paddle Academy.

We have been using Paddle Academy for our Year 9 Outdoor Education Program for the last five years and have found them very accommodating to cater for the individual needs within our program. All instructors have been professional in their duty of care and delivery of specific skills in the course’ 

Matthew Richmond, St Stephens School

Our students spent a week with two of WA’s most experienced instructors. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to develop new skills, and experience personal growth through challenging activities. Thank you to Paddle Academy for visiting Kununurra and providing this wonderful opportunity to our students’ 

Claire Piesse, East Kimberley College

‘It was great having the Paddle Academy team join us at the ‘Have A Go Day’ event. It was a terrific day and very successful for the GOLD Paddling program.’ 

Don Mullaley, GOLD Paddlers (Seniors)
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