Recreational

Recreational canoeing is any form of paddling that is not competition based. Anyone can go for a recreational paddle. Recreational paddling involves sea kayaking, inland touring, whitewater paddling, social cruising with friends, yak fishing, kayak surfing, etc. Recreational canoeing is done within clubs, groups of friends, tourism and school programs.

Paddle Australia produces the National Safety Guidelines, which are the standard for organised activities, with training for individuals and leaders through the Paddle Australia Award Scheme.

For those people who are interested in recreational canoeing can obtain information about activities by contacting recreational canoe clubs throughout Australia through your State Canoeing Association.

Recreational canoeing is any form of paddling that is not competition based. Anyone can go for a recreational paddle. Recreational paddling involves sea kayaking, inland touring, whitewater paddling, social cruising with friends, yak fishing, kayak surfing, etc. Recreational canoeing is done within clubs, groups of friends, tourism and school programs.

Paddle Australia produces the National Safety Guidelines, which are the standard for organised activities, with training for individuals and leaders through the Paddle Australia Award Scheme.

For those people who are interested in recreational canoeing can obtain information about activities by contacting recreational canoe clubs throughout Australia through your State Canoeing Association.

The South West of Western Australia is considered a high rainfall area and therefore has many rivers that make for great canoeing and kayaking opportunities.  In between the towns of Boyup Brook, Bridgetown and Nannup is the Blackwood River. Bridgetown is the start of the annual “Geegelup Cup” which is part of the State Championships Down River. In the Pemberton area are the Warren and Donnelly Rivers, and in the Walpole-Frankland area are the Deep, Frankland and Walpole Rivers. In winter when the waterways are fullest the more adventurous can go white water rafting.  However in summer the family can paddle the calmer waters and spend hours exploring the unique surroundings.

 In between the towns of Boyup Brook, Bridgetown and Nannup is the Blackwood River; a river known for its beautiful surroundings and abundance of wildlife.

Click HERE for more information about this river.

Warren River

In the Pemberton area is the Warren River. During winter this river is great for white water rafting and in summer it is great for simply exploring and enjoying what nature has to offer.

Click HERE for more information about this river.

In the Pemberton area is the Donnelly River, starting amongst the beauty of the tall karri trees, then opening out into the mouth of the ocean.

Click HERE for more information about this river.

Paddling is for fitness, challenge, relaxation – or simply to get to beautiful places.

Paddling is great to help you get fit. Some like it as a challenge. Others simply like it to relax and get to beautiful places. Whatever you use it for, it’s good to know about paddle safety so things don’t go wrong.

In 2014, the Maritime Management Centre published a Paddle Safe Strategy (pdf 194KB). It was all about doing the right thing to be safe and responsible when you’re using paddle craft. Part of this included how to make sure you’re visible and also wearing a lifejacket.

Below, you can look at a series of key safety videos with pointers on how to stay safe when you’re out on the water paddling.

Wear a lifejacket

Be safe be seen

Know the rules

The right equipment

Plan your trip

Know your limits

Canoeing in Western Australia

Water Ways Guide

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Trails WA

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