Newsletter March 2018


Hi there Swannies,

We have had some beautiful days recently, we hope everyone has had the chance to get out on the water. There are some exciting new courses and events coming up, so save the dates and don’t miss out!

Upcoming Events:

  • Introduction to Paddling a Sea Kayak – Saturday, March 11th (FULL)
  • Wet Induction – Tuesday, March 13th, 18:00
  • Club night – Thursday, March 15th, 17:30
  • Skills Session – Thursdays, March 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd, 18:00-19:00
  • Introduction to Kayaking – Sunday, March 17th, 08:00-12:00
  • 2018 Avon Descent Event Launch – Wednesday, March 21st, 10:00
  • Introduction to Paddling a Sea Kayak – Sunday, March 25th 08:00-13:00

Juniors Flying High

Congratulations to our Swan paddlers Jack Choate (U18), Alexandria Choate (U18) and Demelza Wall (U23) for being selected on to the Australian Junior and U23 Teams respectively. After an intense series of selection races including the Australian Nationals, Oceania and Australian Open, our athletes were selected to compete in the World Championships being held in Ivrea, Italy (17th – 22nd July). To follow their journey and watch them compete later in the year, watch this space!

Marjan Shircore Making the Great Descent 

Our member Marjan is raising money for Princess Margaret Hospital next month by abseiling down the tallest building in Perth! Although a complete novice, Marjan will be abseiling 160m, or 40 storeys down the QV1 building on St. Georges Terrace, on April 21st.

Lets help Marjan smash her goal of $750, and come down on the day to cheer her on!

March 17th, 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.

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

March 25th, 2018

Do you fancy paddling Ningaloo, Shark Bay, or maybe the Whitsundays? Maybe closer to home, Broke Inlet, Penguin Island or Garden Island? Perhaps you would kist like to learn how to rescue fellow paddlers, and how to ‘edge’ your sea kayaking so you can turn more easily.

If so, contact Geoff Emery on or 0403 604 082.

Thursday Night Skills Sessions

Come along for an hour skills session at the club, between 6.00pm and 7.00pm on the following dates.

WEEK 1.  1/3/18     The Forward Stroke. (CLUB NIGHT)                      


WEEK 2.  8/3/1       Support Strokes & Turning Strokes.


WEEK 3. 15/3/18    Rescues. (CLUB NIGHT) 


WEEK 4.  22/3/18   Revision.

There will be no charge for the session but it will be very helpful to know how many paddlers are interested. If you are interested, contact:

Geoff Emery at or 0403 604 082.

Avon Descent Event Launch


At the Event Launch:

  • Media power dinghy race
  • Static displays of power and paddle craft
  • Opportunities to speak with race favourites/past winners
  • Interviews with Event Ambassadors Luke Dooley (17) and Kiera Albertsen (20)
  • Interviews with Legends of the Avon Descent

Hear what everyone is talking about – Take the Plunge in 2018 !

  • Day One short race option from Northam to Toodyay for those who don’t want to tackle the whole course
  • Enhanced Cobbler Pool Start and Finish Line with InfoHUB, Food and Beverage, and a lively atmosphere
  • Introduction of international Stand Up Paddleboard category and Ocean Racing craft classes
  • Competition for rival Surf Lifesaving Clubs, universities and schools

Event Chairman Greg Kaeding, said:

“Western Australia’s longest running multi-sport adventure race continues to provide the missing element of annual fun runs and distance swims by inspiring and challenging both individuals and families alike to undertake a challenge of the mind, the body and the spirit whilst introducing them to to the unique skills and strategies of paddle and power-dinghy racing.

To successfully complete the 124 kilometres of the Avon and Swan Rivers from Northam to Perth is not only a challenge for the competitor but also the support crews who follow and support their every move. Success as a competitor is as much a success for the families and individuals that support them and to succeed is a team effort to be celebrated and appreciated by all involved from the time of early craft preparation, through training days, weekends and the excitement of the competition weekend.

As organisers of the World’s only combined paddle and power dinghy marathon race, we are pleased to extend an invitation to local, national and international participants alike – to ‘Take The Plunge’.”

Venue Hire

The upstairs area will be unavailable for members on these dates:

  • Saturday 24th – Monday 26th March, 08:00 – 16:00


For those of you with boat-spaces, please ensure that your name and number is visible on your craft, and please return the new terms of agreement form!

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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