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Paddling Safety

Find information on the NSW Roads and Maritime website  about a variety of relevant subjects including:


Other safety information and suggestions for paddling locations are available under Useful Links on the Australis web site:

NSW Marine Rescue web site has lots of useful information and, while we hope you never have to use it, a link to a FREE Marine Rescue phone app


Canoe Tasmania presents 7 Videos on Basic Skills & Safety for Kayaking with 3 times Wildwater World Cup Medalist, Dan Hall.

We thank Canoe Tasmania for allowing us to share this information.

In order the videos show and explain:

  1. Before You Get in the Water
  2. Forwards and Backwards Paddling
  3. Support Strokes
  4. Rescue Techniques
  5. Sweep Strokes
  6. Draw Strokes
  7. Bow Draw Strokes


NSW Sea Kayak Club 
This is a club with a focus on sea kayaking and developing the skills for safe open water paddling.

Visit the NSW Sea Kayak Club website by clicking  www.nswseakayaker.asn.au 

Introduction to Basic Sea Kayaking Skills online resource
The NSWSKC has also developed this online resource which uses video demonstrations, text and photographs of key skills at the Basic Skills level for sea kayaking. This resource has been written and compiled by NSWSKC instructors and paddlers to demonstrate skills and inspire club members to constantly improve and progress their sea kayaking. Promotion of safe sea kayaking is a core aim of the club and this resource.


PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES (PFDs)

Please note, from November 1 2010, it will be compulsory to wear a PFD when kayaking in most situations and for ALL children under 12.

These new requirements apply to all NSW navigable water including estuaries, rivers, lakes, dams and ocean waters.

Canoes and kayaks (Adults and children over 12)

  • On enclosed waters more than 100m from shore
    •  Level 100+, Level 50 or level 50S (also known as Type 1, 2 or 3) 
  • On open waters at all  times
    •  Level 100+, Level 50 or level 50S (also known as Type 1, 2 or 3) 
  • On alpine waters at all  times
    •  Level 100+, Level 50 or level 50S (also known as Type 1, 2 or 3) 
  • On white waters at all  times
    •  Level 100+, Level 50 or level 50S (also known as Type 1, 2 or 3) 

Children under 12 years of age

  • At all  times in a vessel under 4.8 m (Canoes and kayaks)
    • On enclosed waters
      • Level 100+, Level 50 or level 50S (also known as Type 1, 2 or 3) 
    • On open (ocean) waters
      •  Level 100+ (also known as Type 1) 
    • On alpine waters
      •  Level 100+, Level 50 or level 50S (also known as Type 1, 2 or 3) 

         

 Find out more on the old NSW Maritime website about: