Canoe and Kayak Clubs and Places to Paddle

Many people ask us about Kayak Clubs and paddling groups so they can enjoy the company of others and learn from their expertise while paddling.

There are many advantages in joining registered groups:

  • Insurance Cover while paddling
  • Membership Fees are usually quite modest
  • Advice and guidance so you don't learn incorrect paddling techniques
  • The safety of paddling in a group with a designated Trip Leader
  • Regular paddling days encourage regular exercise
  • Development days that target specific skills like rescue techniques, rolling, trip planning, understanding weather and wave conditions

 Paddling Clubs and Groups

Paddle Australia - Paddle related information for Australia including:

Links to all state paddling associations:

PaddleNSW     PaddleQLD      PaddleVIC    PaddleSA    PaddleTAS    PaddleWA

Paddle NSW - Paddle related information for NSW including:

The PaddleSafe Waterways Guide promotes safety by helping paddlers plan safe and enjoyable paddling excursions with great suggestions for paddling all over the state.
This information is also available as an app for iPhones PaddleSafe Waterways and describes over 400 rivers, lakes, dams, estruaries, bays and coastlines in NSW, Australia. This guide is being continually updated and expanded by keen paddlers and other waterways enthusiasts via the Waterways Guide website, an initiative of Paddle NSW.

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 
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.

Paddling groups close to the Illawarra:

Illawarra Canoe Club - A Community Collaboration of Paddling Enthusiasts in the Illawarra area of New South Wales

Illawarra Ramblers - Dedicated to the enjoyment of the great outdoors (kayaking and canoeing, guided day walks, overnight hikes, camping, bike rides, bushwalking and cycling holidays) - Not specifically a canoe club but a good social paddlling group and a place to meet others with similar interests.

River Canoe Club - Based at the clubhouse on the Cooks River, Sydney - Covering all aspects of kayaking: Social, Flatwater, Whitewater, Open Water & Sea Kayaking, Freestyle - regular Newsletters to keep you up to date.

Cronulla Sutherland Kayak Club - Aims to promote all aspects of the sport and especially to encourage younger persons into the sport. The club has built up a tradition for participation in the true spirit of canoeing over many years.

Sutherland Shire Canoe Club - The club is the crossroads for members who participate in a wide range of paddle sports. Club activities centre around our clubrooms in Burnum Burnum Reserve, Woronora.

Shoalhaven Canoe and Kayak Club - The club meets regularly on Tuesday nights at the Bomaderry Aquatic Centre  with a strong interest in Canoe Polo.

Looking for Ideas on where to paddle on the South Coast of NSW?



Destination NSW has suggestions for Kayaking, Canoeing and Paddleboarding in Things To Do in NSW and also links to hire operators.

The NSW Department of Lands has some useful information on NSW Canoeing and Kayaking Trails:

You can download maps, get key information and GPS co-ordinates for a couple of great kayak trails in NSW. 

Other ideas for kayaking in NSW come from Trail Maze:

Murray River:
Trails and Locations for Canoeing and Kayaking on the Murray River