January Newsletter 2018


Hi there Swannies,

Hopefully everyone has had a lovely Christmas and New Years!

2018 brings lots of exciting club events and opportunities for both old members and new members.

We have had a slight change in office, with the fabulous Olivia being whisked away by Paddle WA. Taking her place is the very capable Demi O’Brien and Isabella Choate. At this stage they will be in office every Thursday between 10:00 and 13:00. Please feel free to drop by or contact them at admin@swancanoeclub.org.au or 0466677497.

We hope to see you out on the water.

Upcoming Events:

  • Bronze Medallion – Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of January 2018
  • Club Night – Thursday, January 18th
  • Intro to Kayaking – Sunday, January 21st
  • January Holiday Classes – Tuesday, January 23rd – Friday 26th
  • Museum of Water – Friday, February 9th – Sunday, March 4th
  • Sea Kayak Festival WA – Friday, February 16th – Sunday, February 19th

Australian Slalom Championships

Many of our own talented juniors are currently over in Eildon, Victoria getting ready to compete in the National Schools competition and Australia Canoe Slalom Championships from January 4th – January 12th.

We would like to wish the best of luck to all our juniors competing:

  • Alexandria Choate
  • Billie Knell
  • Demelza Wall
  • Isabella Choate
  • Jack Choate
  • Jordan Flemming
  • Kira Wall
  • Louis Richardson

The junior paddlers will also be joined by their coach Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic.


This is an exciting opportunity to complete your bronze medallion from the comfort of our club. Royal Life Saving is conducting this in the river as inland waterways account for majority of all drowning deaths in WA and are extremely dynamic environments. It would be a great safety addition to your kayaking adventures!

What is covered:

  • Survival Swimming
  • CPR
  • Aquatic rescues
  • First aid
  • Inland waterway safety

Please contact Sam Bell at sbell@rlsswa.com.au

JANUARY 21st, 2018

This course is designed for people who are new to kayaking. It will provide information on:

What to wear when kayaking
Safety awareness when kayaking
Different types of kayak design
Different types fo paddles

It will provide instruction on how to: 

Determine the correct length of a paddle
Hold a paddle
Life and carry a kayak
Get in and out of a kayak
Launch and land a kayak
Adopt the correct sitting position while kayaking
Raft up with other kayakers
Paddle forward
Paddle backwards
Turn a kayak
Stop a kayaking in an emergency
Use the paddle to brace to help prevent a capsize
Manoeuvre the kayak sideways
Capsize and self-rescue.

Museum of Water Program Announced

Sat 10 Feb – Sun 4 Mar 2018

Celebrate Perth Festival’s two-year commission of Museum of Water by Amy Sharrocks with a program of events you can watch, listen to and, most importantly, jump in and be part of. Spend your Festival weekends poolside listening to swimmers manifestos, make water crafts with a maritime archaeologist, distil this years festival scent, Damask Rose, learn how to have a three minute shower and explore your grace and stamina by dancing in water with Rio Olympic synchronised swimmers!

Every Saturday you can meet the custodians who look after the Museum of Water collection as they share new water donations and precious stories at Fremantle Arts Centre. And every Sunday enjoy music from Africa and the Indian Ocean at Sunday Music; The Oceanic Sessions.

Registrations for all events are now open and capacity is limited, so secure your spot before we head into the New Year.

Explore weekend highlights below and the full program online now.

January Holiday Classes

We invite you to involve all Juniors in the Swan Canoe Club – January Holiday Classes.

2018 brings an exciting program that welcomes you to learn to kayak. Kids aged from 9-16.

Ages 9-11:

23-26th January – 08:30 – 12:00

Ages 12-16

23-26th January – 13:00-16:30

The cost of the January Holiday Classes is $190 per person until the 16th. Past this date, the course is $220. Being a Swan Canoe Club member is not necessary.

Bookings are essential, click the links below:

(AGES 9-11)

(AGES 12-16)

Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions: 0466 677 497 or paddlingclasses@gmail.com

Request for Safety Officer 

​If any of our members has expertise in safety, please come forwards as we are currently looking for a new safety officer. This role is volunteer and the main job is to advise the club on how to best protect our members. For further details please contact Kerry Hughes at hugheskw@westnet.com.au


A reminder to all members – Everytime you leave the club make sure you have closed the roller doors, turned off the lights and locked all windows and doors. Whether someone is still at the club or not, it is so important to make sure the club is secure.

Club Hire

Please note that clubroom facilities are unavailable on the following dates due to the venue being hired out.

You will still have complete access to downstairs, however, please be mindful there will be functions upstairs.

13-14th January – 9:00 – 16:00

Friday 19th January – 16:00 – 20:00

Thank you for your consideration.

Introducing the new Admin Officers

Hi, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Izzie. I have been paddling and a member of Swan Canoe Club since I was born. I’m a slalom paddler and coach and have been a Swan committee member for the past year. If you see me around, please say hi!

Hi All! My name is Demi and I have been a member of the Club for 10 years as of 2018. I paddle many different disciplines including sprint kayaking, downriver kayaking, surf ski racing, and slalom kayaking. I can’t wait to meet you all on the water!

Thank you to Paddlesports Megastore for their continuous support to Swan Canoe Club.

Swan Canoe Club Contact Details:

Administration Officers: Demi O’Brien & Isabella Choate

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