– Come and Try
Want to find out if joining West Lakes Canoe Club is for you? You can try paddling a club canoe or kayak with assistance from an experienced paddler. Come and Try Sessions are held on most Saturday mornings. Our volunteers/coaches will help you get on the water by showing you the basics of paddling and ensuring you’re in a suitable boat. Contact the club if you are interested, and register your details on the GoMembership database by taking out a Come and Try membership at West Lakes Canoe Club. The Come and Try Membership cost is $30. Under Paddle Australia terms this allows you to try paddling for 4 weeks. It’s essential you take out the membership so you are covered by Paddle Australia’s insurance when on the water.
– Canoe / Kayak / SUP
We have a variety of craft for members to paddle – from plastic kayaks and SUP Boards, right through to competition Kayaks and Canoes. As well as boats for one person, K1s and C1s, we also have team boats for K2s and K4s, C2s and C4s. There are a range of boats from the more stable, through to the faster racing boats.
Sprint Season is between October and March. There are 5 inter-club state regattas, and State Sprint Titles held at A M Ramsay Regatta Course at West Lakes. There are 3 national sprint regattas – National Grand Prix Regattas (GP1 and GP2) and Canoe Sprint Nationals.
– Long Distance / Marathon
The long distance season is between April and September and includes Marathon Nationals, which is the main national long distance competition held at various locations around the country. There are Long Distance Events held on the River Murray – these are the Back to Back and Riverland Paddling Marathon (RPM).
West Lakes Canoe Club holds an annual long distance event in May – this is the West Lakes Classic. Other long distance events are held at Encounter Paddling, Onkaparinga Canoe Club, and Holdfast Bay Canoe Club
Recreational Paddlers can test themselves in the state regattas for sprint, and many recreational paddlers undertake the long distance events on the River Murray.
As well as the state and national events for sprint and long distance/marathon, there are also various international events, such as the Asia Pacific Regatta, Junior and U23 World Championships and Canoe Sprint World Championships
– Para / Inclusive Paddling
The club has recently improved its toilet and shower facilities for wheelchair access. There is a Para / Inclusive Paddling Program run out of WLCC by Paddle SA. The program has a dedicated coach who can assist people on and off the water, and paddle with them during training sessions. There are a variety of boats available through the program.