Club Boat Use

Some guidance for the use of club craft

  1. Wearing a PFD is recommended
  2. Always paddle with a buddy
  3. Please fill in the ‘Club Craft Usage Log’ at the stand-up desk in the foyer
  4. Only embark and disembark with craft parallel to beach or jetty and fully floating
  5. Don’t run Club boats onto beach or over rocks (particularly important for composite craft)
  6. Avoid putting full body weight on areas behind cockpit of composite boats
  7. Ensure rudders/skegs are raised prior to embarking or disembarking
  8. Ensure skis or K1s with underneath rudders are embarked or disembarked in deep water
  9. Check hatches and bungs are in place and watertight before paddling
  10. Hose down boats and equipment after use (including internally around footrest, rudder and other fittings)
  11. Ensure all sand and debris is emptied from the cockpit as these damage fittings
  12. Empty boats of all water using a two person tip or the sponges provided before storing
  13. Store in correct boat bays
  14. Use boats for trips from the clubhouse
  15. Try your hand at different styles of boats
  16. Plastic boats can be booked for trips away from Club
  17. Fibreglass / composite craft can’t be used away from Club without permission from Boat Officer
  18. Participate in Club events and training
  19. Ask for advice when buying your own craft
  20. If a boat is damaged in any way please 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.

Club craft are for the use of all members, repairs are costly and time consuming, please treat craft with the care, as you would your own belongings

If a boat is damaged due to carelessness or negligence you may 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

Additional guidance for the use of composite club craft

This includes Stellar 14 and Stellar 15 touring kayaks, Stellar 18 skis, Grafton sport and other TK1s, Sprint K1s and junior Guppys

  1. Ensure craft are fully floating in deep water off the jetty when entering or exiting, running these craft onto the beach or launching by pushing off the beach will result in undue wear and damage.
  2. If you have any questions on the use of these craft please contact a Club Instructor, Committee Member or the Boat Officer.

Boat Space Naming

Rack – Level – Column

(eg in photo above Rack B – Level 4 – Column 7)

Each Boat Space has a Rack – Level – Column reference to enable the Boat Officer to manage the spaces and members to identify their allocated storage position. Dave has recently written these references on all spaces in the Old (East) Shed to a make things easier. We are looking into doing similar in the New (West) Shed.

Refers to the row of boats and starts from the East
(ie to the left as you enter from the Clubhouse foyer)
Rack A and Rack B are in the Old (East) Boatshed
Racks C, D, E, F, G and H are in the New (West) Boatshed

Refers to the height location with the bottom being 1 and the top being 5 or 6

Refers to the column between the roller doors (South) and the Clubhouse foyer door (North)
1 is closest to the roller door
Rack A has 18 Columns
Rack B has 15 Columns
Racks C, D, E, F, G and H have 3 Columns each

Palm Beach Paddle


A large group lead by Geoff Emery enjoyed a 17km return paddle from Palm Beach to Point Peron, Bird Island, Seal Island and Penguin Island for lunch on the the 5th of January 2020.

Walyunga National Park Whitewater Paddling

A huge shoutout to everyone that has learned to paddle whitewater over the past few weeks. We have seen children as young as seven years old tackle the course at Walyunga National Park, better yet, parents have even had a go!

Serpentine Lakes Paddle August 2015

On Sunday 23rd August, in near perfect conditions, seven ‘swannies’ set off on a twenty-kilometre paddle down the Serpentine River lakes system.

After unloading boats at Karnup Rd and a car shuffle to the end of the paddle, we hit the water about 9.10 am. Geoff aka ‘Two Dogs,’ Sarah and Rowan aka ‘The Badger’ led the group that included Karen, Justyna, Marjan and Phyll. Marjan was singing the praises of her new kayak ‘Kermit,’ while Phyll didn’t say much, but clearly thought nothing could be as good as her kayak, ‘Precious’.

Paddling south through Kerulup Pool, we saw lots of cows, a fox and many birds ranging from pelicans to hawks. Four of the cows kept crossing back and forth in front of us, showing us where the shallow and deeper water was. Despite the cows attempt to help, a bit of route finding was still needed, as we twisted our way through a thicket of dead trees eventually into Lake Amarillo and open cow-free water.
The water was like a mirror reflecting the blue sky and clouds, making for very pleasant paddling. After a few short cuts and a relaxing eleven kilometres we ducked under a low farm bridge and reached our island where we stopped for lunch. Stretching out on the grass after lunch, the idea of an afternoon nap was appealing, but we got back into the kayaks instead. Karen decided to practice her capsize technique while trying for the W.A. record in breath-holding, while-upside-down-in-a-kayak-under-a-dead-tree. She finally popped up to the surface as I was reluctantly considering a swim myself. Despite being damp and worried about her wet camera, Karen could almost see the funny side of it. I was going to score her capsize as seven out of ten, but wisely thought better of it.

Further downriver in Guanarnup Pool, Badger spotted a tiger snake swimming across the river in front of us. We paddled up to have a look, but quickly backed off when he (the snake, not Badger) reared up out of the water. Giving him a wide berth as he made his way to the bank, we followed the meander of the river and made it safely to Yalbanberup Pool, a little sad to be near the end of a very enjoyable paddle.
At the end of Yalbanberup Pool, we found the hidden exit into the Serpentine River and paddled along in shade, past a couple of fishermen until we reached open water again.
Finally after about four and half hours, we could see the beach at our exit point at Woodland Parade. Despite the cows, snake and capsize or maybe because of the cows, snake and capsize it ended up being a great paddle, with good company on a magnificent day.

I resolved to organise another Serpentine trip soon, water level permitting.

Geoff (Two Dogs) Emery. SCC Instructor. August 2015.

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Moore River Trip July 2015


On a crisp clear Sunday morning fourteen of us met up on the muddy banks of the Moore River near Woodridge. We set off under the leadership of Gisela assisted by Geoff P, and headed towards Guilderton about 7 km away. With lovely sunny blue skies and little wind, we enjoyed a leisurely paddle and had opportunity to spot an osprey and nest, a flock of relaxed pelicans, a heron, cormorants, a purple swamphen and many birds for which I don’t know the name.

Despite the plug having been pulled on the river the day before (the sand bank broke), there was enough water to stay afloat. We enjoyed a short walk and a relaxed lunch at the scenic river mouth before making our way back up river. It was a great day out, with fine company and a good supply of delicious cakes!  by Lyndal














Ningaloo Trip May 2015

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Trip Participants; Geoff Palmer (leader), Gisela Cannon, Colin Priest, Gail Priest, Aaron Gove, Andrea Reiss and Geoff Emery (joined halfway)

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Saturday 9/5/2015

We all met at Coral Bay at midday. It was nice to catch up with ex club member, Andrea, who flew in to Carnarvon from Sydney and was picked up by Aaron, carrying their double kayak and gear. Geoff P had booked campsites at the caravan park, where we unload our boats and gear. Then the drivers set off to do the car shuffle to Ningaloo Station, while Andrea and I minded the gear and tested the blissful waters of Coral Bay. After there hours the drivers were back in Geoff P’s car. Time for a sunset stroll on the beach before a bite to eat at the cafe and then early to bed.

Sunday 10/5/2015 Day 1 Coral Bay to Bateman Bay 10.7km

Beautiful morning. Carted all the boats and gear down to the beach by car and trolley. Then came the concentrated effort of stowing our six days supplies in every available bit of sale in our kayaks. Andrea uncomplaining as she worked her sleeping bag through that silly, way-too-small hatch opening. So much water to carry – oh so heavy!!! And then we were away. Not long in and the NE came up, making us work hard. We decided to make camp where we stopped for lunch. Scurries to put up our makeshift sun shelters, then swam and vegged out. All of us tired after long drives and car shuttle and the preparation for the trip, so very nice to relax, even though short of our target camp.

We were sitting around when a couple pulled up in their rubber dinghy shouting that a manta ray was making it’s way towards us if we wanted to get in the water with our snorkelling gear. Aaron, Colin and I grabbed our gear and next thing they were back telling us to hop on board as the ray had changed direction so they would take us out to it. They dropped us just ahead of the ray, so we could see it swimming towards us and then we followed it a little way. Another couple picked us up in their boat and dropped us back at camp. They were all tour guides on holiday. It was all very chop-chop, quick-quick and exciting.

Monday 11/5/2015 Day 2 Bateman Bay to Carter Hill 28.5km

Made an early start (8am) to make up some distance. Nice conditions (SE). Dolphin and turtle sightings. Had a lunch and swim stop. Ferocious sand-flies drove some of us to stand in the water to eat our lunch. Pushed on till late afternoon, just short of Carter Hill. The long paddle left us pretty tired, but we were very happy with our campsite. Set up our tents in the low dunes. A lovely, calm evening. Gisela produced a chocolate beetroot cake, unsquashed and delicious, that gave us all a boast.

Tuesday 12/5/2015 Day 3 Carter Hill to Ningaloo Station to Norwegian Bay 28km

Good conditions. Set off at 8.30am, heading towards Ningaloo Station and looking out for Geoff E who was planning to paddle south from Ningaloo Station to join us. Made contact with him via UHF mid morning before spotting him in the distance. Found him wide-eyed and shaken after receiving a massive bump to the front of his kayak, followed by a second, slightly milder bump to the back of his kayak by an alleged shark.

The incident was more scary for the fact that Geoff was paddling without a spray-deck and was having to do regular sponging of his cockpit. Not a wise move, which we put down to boggle-brained Geoff after three days of babysitting three little grandsons and then leaving Perth at 3am to drive up to Ningaloo Station in one day. I’m sure there were some good expletives when Geoff discovered he hadn’t packed his spray-deck. Oops!! We felt your pain, Geoff!! Luckily Geoff P had a spare spray-deck – only it was in his car at Coral Bay!! It was decided that the two Geoffs would paddle straight on to Ningaloo Station and set off to Coral Bay to pick up the spray-deck. The rest of us could paddle at leisure up to the station and then paddle on to the first suitable campsite. We had a lunch break in a scenic little spot, then did a brief stop at the station for a water top-up for some of us. We padded on scouting for a good campsite. There was a rocky shore for some time, so we paddled about 8km before finding ourselves in a beautiful spot. After setting up camp and having swims and cups it was getting late in the day and we started looking out for the Geoffs. Andrea made a good flag on top of the highest sand dune, using her brightest red dry bag on the end of her paddle. We made UHF contact and then spotted them. We go the billy on the have a cuppa ready. Nice too see them arrive tired but smiling.That pie and beer in Coral Bay must have helped. A big day for them!!! We agreed on a later start for the next day.

Wednesday 13/5/2015 Day 4 Norwegian Bay to Point Edgar 7km

Beautiful morning. Slow pack-up and then off again. Perfect paddling conditions. Sopped in a glorious spot for lunch and set up camp there in eager readiness for a lazy afternoon and rest day to follow. Bliss!!! Our shade shelters went up and the afternoon was spent on swimming, reading, Nanna-naps, fishing, cups and snacks. there was a lovely, long stretch of beach for a sunset stroll. The time for the overly-friendly flies to go to bed. A mild temperature evening and a beautiful sky, thick with stars. Entertained ourselves spotting shooting stars and satellites. Quite chilly late in the night.

Thursday 14/5/2015 Day 5 Point Edgar to Reef and Along Coast towards Point Billie 4.6km

Rest day. All enjoyed the luxury of not having to pack up camp and have an open-ended day ahead. Geoff and Gisela paddled out to the reef and then up to Point Billie. A little later some oil us also paddled out to the reef, hoping to jump out and have a snorkel, but conditions were too choppy out there. We paddled along the shore for a while, enjoying watching the osprey and wedge-tailed eagles soaring. Water so turquoise, dunes so white and sky so blue.

There was a strip of reef just off shore and if we walked up the beach a bit, and swam out to the reef, the current would carry us down over it, where there were plenty of beautiful fish and a few bits of coral. Well worth a number of goes.

Another stunning sunset in out little paradise. Colin got weather forecast on his AM/FM radio and discovery there was a strong wind warning in place for the following day. Geoff P check in by UHF radio with the homestead and they confirmed strong winds were due. We decide the next morning would have to be an early start. Perfect calm night.

Friday 15/5/2015 Day 6 Point Edgar to Ningaloo Station at Cloates Point 13.7km

A lot of beavering about by torchlight in the early morning, getting ourselves packed up. No sign of impending winds. Quick pose for a group photo before departure – quite a crusty mob we were by then. Lovely to be on the water with the sun just up and the boats gleaming in the early light. The peacefulness didn’t last long. As the sun rose, so the wind picked up and we soon had it coming in strongly onto our port side. As we rounded the bay we hd the advantage of a following sea. Colin used his sail to great advantage and I rafted up to hitch a ride for a while. The wind got stronger and stronger and we were having a bit of a wild ride, catching some good waves – quite exhilarating for some, a little on the hairy side for yours truly, but exciting at the same time. By the time we landed the wind was fierce. High fives all round before a mighty wind-swept and sand-based unloading session. All hands on board for tying the boards onto the roof racks. Geoff E produced a round of lukewarm beers and Andrea some pre-melted but semi-recovered chocolate before all parting to go our separate ways, feeling salty, sun-kissed and satisfied.

A huge thank you to Geoff P for organising the trip and being our illustrious leader. Also thanks to everyone for their friendly company and for the TLC when my back played up and doing my share of the lifting and carrying. Great team, great part of the country and great trip


Ningaloo group
Ningaloo group


Walpole December 2010

Boxing Day 2010 to New Years Day a group of Swannies headed South to relax and play at Coalmine Beach Caravan Park Walpole.

While everyone else sweltered in Perth’s heatwave we had a fabulous time keeping cool around Nornalup Inlet. There was plenty of paddling, river exploring and bush walking. Of course there was also plenty of food and drinks to be had after all that exercise! And New Years Eve was a night to be remembered. The Walpole revellers included Tracy, Gina Chris & the twins, Jennifer & Andy, Paul & Patrick, Roz & Ian, Craig & Carlindi, Roland Kristina Annika & Elena, Fiona, Andrea, Aaron, Elaine & Colin, plus others.

Many thanks go to Tracy for organising it!

Busselton Sea Kayaking Weekend 2006

10-12 Feb 2006

A happy crowd of Swan Canoeists gathered at the Uniting Church camping grounds near Busselton for another great weekend.

Our accommodation was comfortable little hutch like bunks.  Upon arrival it was a matter of checking out each little room and taking your key.  Even though they were all identical you felt impelled to check out each one before taking possession.

SaturdayÕs paddle was led by Colin Priest our trip leader for the weekend and Gisela.  Two groups put in near old Dunsborough after a quick car shuffle to Meelup Bay.  We had a slight easterly behind us as we paddled out in beautiful calm conditions towards Meelup Bay.  The ocean was beautiful and the scenery past Dunsborough made an interesting paddle with much bird life around the beautiful rock formations.

We stopped at Meelup Bay for morning tea and then paddled on towards Cape Naturaliste, passing Eagle Bay and rafting up occasionally to enjoy the stunning scenery.  DonÕt miss this paddle next year, Geographe Bay is such a beautiful place to paddle and the area from Meelup Bay to Bunker simply stunning.

Around Meelup Bay a few of us noticed a couple of black objects protruding from the surface, ..shark?, dolphin?, old tyres?, dead seal?  Finally, rather than keep guessing we paddled over there.  To our delight it was a young seal.  Just laying around with its fins out of the water.  When we approached it just played around and put on a bit of a show for us.

As we paddled into Bunker Bay we got exited by a slight swell and played around a bit in the gentle advancing surf under the ever watching eyes of our leader Gisela.  Phew! We were ready for lunch in the shade at Bunker Bay.

After lunch it was time to paddle back to Meelup Bay.  By now the wind had picked up, but rather than the expected south westerly which would have blown us back it was a very strong easterly that we had to paddle directly into.  A very strenuous paddle that seemed to take forever.  Not so much chat on this leg of the paddle.  However at the end we were rewarded by those crystal clear turquoise waters of Meelup Bay and picturesque scenes of yachts at anchor and the sea birds on the rocky outrcrops.  A great finish to our 21 km paddle.   ÔDo you think they painted that rock white?Õ says Gina?!! (you mean the one with that bird standing on it?)

After swimming and relaxing at Meelup we made our way back to base by car, some of us stopping at a nice cafŽ in Dunsborough for a nice cuppa and cake.  Saturday night was spent preparing and eating dinner together as we shared experiences of the day.

Sunday morning was a paddle from the campground to Busselton (about 8 km away) and return.  This was quite pleasant and declared a great workout by all.  Most of us had lunch back at the camp before packing up and heading for home.  A few lucky paddlers stayed on for an extra night to make the most of what the area offers, snorkeling, swimming, wine tasting, cafes and to read the Sunday Papers.

Thanks to all who came, it was fantastic.  Special thanks to Colin and Gisela for keeping us on the straight and narrow and Colin for all the organisation of the weekend.

Lesley Hadnett