Flatwater paddling technique

A note from Amanda Simper – our ex-Olympian flatwater coach:

This Saturday 14/5/2016, I will be talking flatwater paddling technique.  Upstairs at the club at 1.30pm, for about an hour. This is primarily for paddlers on skis or in kayaks with rudders, using wing paddles, but all members are welcome.  This is a general talk (rather than individual stroke correction), where I’ll go through posture, hand position, stroke shape etc.  I’m aiming the conversation mostly at paddlers with some experience, but will definitely touch on the things that novice paddlers need to know.

Then getting on the water about 2.30pm for a couple of 3km time trials to test out what you’ve taken in!  I’m not expecting to get the opportunity to give much technique feedback on-water this Saturday, but plan on paddling at 8am on Saturdays after this with a group of ski paddlers from Swanbourne Surf Club with fairly diverse range of paddling ability/fitness.  Swan paddlers are welcome to join in.  Sessions will be organised so that faster paddlers can work at their ability level without leaving slower paddlers behind (i.e., frequent re-grouping and paddle-backs).  I’ll be doing my best to give everyone in the group individual technical feedback on a regular basis.  You don’t have to be fast, but these will be sessions for paddlers who have enough experience to manage their craft – if you fall off/out, you need to be able to get yourself back in your craft without help, and then catch up with the group once you have sorted yourself out.

Rod Fry Memorial Race 2016 – report

The race was a another great success with a good turnout of volunteers on the day – many thanks to all who contributed, and especially Lee Edwards for coordinating a very well run event.  We had a big increase of paddlers: 79 registered craft including 15 guppies and 6 doubles – about double 2014, and 71 craft completed the race.

The weather conditions were perfect but there were a few too many power boats – maybe we start it earlier in the day in 2017.   Many thanks to all the race sponsors who generously provided a wide range of prizes and food: Mainpeak Paddlesports, Mosmans Restaurant, Finn Kayaks, Zephyr Café, and in Mosman Park: IGA, Subway, Coles, Pronto Gourmet Butchers & Bakers Delight. You can view the results here.

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Training & Devepment Report to AGM 2015

We apologise for forgetting to add a report from the Training and Development sub-committee to the agenda for this year’s AGM.  You can read the written version at this link.

Free Paddlesports Megastore Club membership

You can join the Mainpeak Club for free at any time by visiting Paddlesports Megastore and presenting your full name and Swan Canoe Club membership number.

Note that your SCC membership number is different to your Paddle Australia membership number.

If you don’t know your SCC membership number, please contact the Membership Officer at Membership.

Mainpeak Paddlesports

44 McCoy St, Myaree,
Western Australia, 6154

Club Boat Hire

The Club hires boats to members for sanctioned Club activities which include: Club organised training courses and Club trips. The Club may also hire boats for some low-damage-risk private paddles and races.

The final decision will be made by the Boat Officer or SCC Committee.

Boat Hire Rules

  1. Only SCC members may hire boats and they cannot be hired on behalf of non-members.
  2. Only plastic boats are available for hire. Composite (fibreglass/carbon/kevlar) boats are too easily damaged to hire out.
  3. You need to have both roof racks and kayak cradles to transport the boat. If you don’t have these, you will either need to arrange the appropriate transport or purchase them before hiring. The boats get quite badly damaged when carried without cradles.
  4. You pay for the number of days the boat is away from the Club.
  5. The cost is $33 per day including GST. This includes hire of a PFD and paddle if required.
  6. You can pay an extra $10 per boat per day for a spray deck. Please be careful to try these on the boat before you leave the Club, as boats have differing sized cockpits and you have to size the spray deck to the boat.
  7. Payment is on invoice by direct transfer to the Club bank account.
  8. Please check that the boat is in working order before leaving the Club.
  9. Please fill in the ‘Club Craft Usage Log’ at the stand-up desk in the foyer when removing the boat from the Club.
  10. If the boat is damaged in any way while in your care, please advise the Boat Officer, fill out the ‘Club Craft Repairs Log’ at the stand-up desk in the foyer and follow the repairs process as documented in the front of the logbook. Damaged boats can be a hazard for the next paddler.
  11. If the boat has been damaged due to carelessness or negligence you will be requested to contribute to some or all of the repair costs. If a boat is damaged beyond repair, it may need to be replaced by you at the cost of an equivalent new model.
  12. Please be sure to keep spray decks, paddles, life-jackets and pod-covers inside the car when travelling as they may fly out of canoes if they are stored in or on them when driving.
  13. Lost items will need to be paid for at the cost of an equivalent, new replacement.
  14. All craft and equipment should be thoroughly cleaned on return and replaced to the correct racks.

To enquire about Club Boat Hire please contact