Introduction to White Water Kayaking Course

This course is usually held at Walyunga National Park, off Great Northern Highway and there is an entry fee of about $11 to enter the park. We usually meet at the lower car park and the course is about six hours in duration. It requires a water level of at least 0.4m at Walyunga lower pool for it to go ahead.

This course will provide you with basic white-water safety and skills and allow you to paddle grade 1 to easy grade 2 white water. It assumes that you have done an Introduction to Kayaking on flat water or have the equivalent skill and knowledge of the various paddle strokes. The course is conducted in short, sit-in kayaks, rather than skis or sit-on boats.

Apart from a suitable kayak and spray-deck, you will need a helmet, P.F.D / life-jacket and paddle. These can be hired from Swan Canoe Club for a fee.

The course will provide information on water features, defensive and aggressive swimming techniques, use of a throw-bag, ferry gliding techniques, capsizing, wading and breaking in and out of eddies. We will also revise the basic strokes and practice edging and leaning downstream when crossing current. You will get wet when capsizing and being rescued by a throw-bag and need to wear suitable clothing and have dry clothes and a towel with you.

A Swan Canoe Club Introduction to White Water Kayaking certificate will be awarded to people who have demonstrated competency in the course and performed a safe wet exit from their kayak.

Course location: Walyunga National Park, Great Northern Highway

Duration: Approximately 6 hours
Cost: Members $ 85.00 / Non members $ 150.00 (Includes the use of a club kayak and equipment)

Pre-requisites: Able to swim 50 metres in paddling clothes and PFD
Clothing: Avoid cotton and use polypropylene or wool. Thermal top and bottoms and a can are a good idea, and a helmet is mandatory. Glasses need to be attached to you. You should bring a towel, dry clothes, water a hot drink, snacks and lunch. Please leave valuable behind.
Note: No mobile coverage in Walyunga National Park
All courses are run by an accredited Paddle Australia instructor. To make an enquiry or to book onto this course please contact the instructor who will be listed in the Events Calendar for each available course date.