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Getting Started

"Get on the water, get into life!"

Often wondered what canoeing or kayaking was like? Have the kids just returned from camp raving about how much fun they had?

Had your curiosity piqued by the Murray Marathon? 

We recommend you join us on a two-hour introduction session to teach you the basics of paddling and show you what types of paddling you may be interested in participating in! 

Come and try

Based on the Yarra River at Westerfolds Park Templestowe, Canoeing Victoria offers two-hour sessions by way of introducing the public to canoeing or kayaking. With a maximum of six boats in the group, and with a qualified instructor to assist, you should have a good understanding of what the sport has to offer.  

From these sessions, many beginners go onto participate in the Basic Skills Award, which is a one-day version of the Come and Try learning paddling skills and safety. Others go onto a Club environment and some continue their paddling along leadership lines. We provide all the equipment…you just need to supply the desire! 

 Bookings are essential. Contact the office 

Cost is TBA

Basic Skills Pathway

Canoeing Victoria also offers a one day Basic Skills Course that is designed to teach you the basics and enable you to participate in club activities and confident paddling.

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Join A Club

A club is a great way to get involved in on-water paddling activities as well as the off water activities. It also gives you access to facilities, opportunities, people and experience to enhance your paddling and there are lots of clubs with different things to offer.

Different types of Canoeing / Kayaking

As with many other sports, there are lots of different types of canoeing, many of which have a competition infrastructure with many classes to account for gender, age and type of craft. From the Canoe polo team sport played in a pool, and the dynamic, fast and spectacular olympic discipline of Slalom to the sheer joy of being out on the water as a recreational paddler, there is bound to be a discipline to match your desire, budget, time or boat.
Slalom racing is one of two Olympic canoeing disciplines. Racing takes place in singles and doubles (men only), in kayak and canoe (men only) classes. Race are held at local, state and national regattas at junior and senior level, in classes for men, women and veterans.
more information    C1 Olympics UTube Video    2011 Slalom Nationals UTube
Flatwater / Sprint
Flatwater Racing is one of the best-known competitive canoeing disciplines in Australia. This is probably due to its inclusion in the Olympic Games since 1936 and Australia's involvement in All Olympics from the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Flatwater Racing is all about speed on flat water over distances of 200 metres, 500 metres and 1000 metres. The craft that have developed are sleek and fast but unstable.
Canoe Polo
Canoe Polo is an exciting team event played on 30m x 20m pitches set up in swimming pools or on flat stretches of water. Teams of 5 paddlers endeavour to score goals in a net suspended 2m above the water, the ball being thrown by hand, or 'flicked' with the paddle. Naturally, the team with the most goals at the end of the match wins the game

Wildwater is the ultimate combat, human versus river. Athletes must manage a 4.5 meter long, 11 kilogram, very unstable, composite craft down a river anywere from flatwater up to grade 4 rapids. Athletes fight the river, obstacles lactic acid, competitors and themselves to be the fastest.

Courses can be as short as 90 seconds for Rapid Sprints, Classic course range arround the 9 - 30 minute mark or go hard for the ultra distance 133km. Events are usually held as a time trial format, paddlers leave individually with between 30 to 120 seconds separating them from the paddler infront.
Marathon canoe racing is a popular sport in Australia. Marathon races are held throughout the year in Victoria and cater for a wide range of ages and abilities. Most races are structured such that everyone, from novices to elite racers, can race over a distance suitable for their level of ability. Top paddlers can progress through the Victorian Championships to the Australian Championships and from there to the World Championships; an event in which Australian athletes have achieved great success. For many, the pinnacle of marathon racing is the annual Murray Marathon, one of the longest annual canoe races in the world. Run over five days as a fundraiser by the YMCA, it covers 404km of the mighty Murray River between Yarrawonga and Swan Hill.
Freestyle kayaking is one of the newest and most exciting canoeing disciplines. Similar to Freestyle Skiing, athletes perform tricks utilising the water to help manoeuvre themselves about.
Each competitor has 45 seconds to complete as many moves on one given ride. The more complex the athlete’s routine, the higher their score.
Recreational / Touring /
Sea Kayaking
Recreational programs are aimed at people who paddle or want to paddle for the fun and excitement of it. Recreational paddling involves sea kayaking, inland touring and pure social paddling among friends.




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