Beginners Program - Spring and Summer Sessions

Have you always wanted to try kayaking but not known where to start? Or have you tried it and want to take it further?

River Canoe Club is Australia’s longest running canoe club with over 80 years of paddling adventures.

The club invites you to share these adventures, the best way to start is via the River Canoe Club Beginners Program. Held over three days the program will introduce you to kayaking, teach you the core paddling skills, posture as well as self-rescue techniques to give you the skills, confidence and self-sufficiency to paddle on one of the club’s flatwater trips.

Day 1 – Introductory Paddle
  • Introduction to Kayaking Equipment
  • Basic paddle strokes
  • Correct Posture
Day 2 – Skill Session & BBQ Lunch
  • Practise the core paddling skills in a protected area
  • Practise wet exits and self-rescue
Day 3 – All Day Adventure Paddle
  • Apply your new skills on a club day trip somewhere around Sydney


See the Home Page or Calendar for the latest dates, or Contact for more details.


FREE to New Members. Check out the following link on Joining the River Canoe Club

Note it only costs $124 to join for the year or only $55 if you are already a member of Paddle NSW

What is included:

  • Equipment Hire for the three days (usually $30/day)
  • Instruction from experienced club members and/or Australian Canoeing qualified instructors

What you will need to bring:

  • Your own food and water bottle
  • Shoes that will get wet
  • Hat, Suncreen
  • Clothes for paddling, (synthetic cloths dry quicker than cotton which will stay wet and cold for longer)
  • Towel
  • Change of Clothes for afterwards

How to Book

There are limited places available so do not delay book your place by via