Recreational Paddling

Paddling is one of the best recreational activities that can include all the family, especially when added to a holiday or sharing in a fun event.

A recreational canoe or kayak is crafted for comfort and performance, used on a short pre-breakfast paddle or loaded with fishing gear or gear for overnight camping on wilderness river trip or ocean crossing.

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Join a club in your area and learn to paddle with safety. Be sure to read the information under Education and Training to prepare yourself for getting the best out of the sport.

The PaddleNSW Education Group is a club alternative if you can’t find the right one in your local area. PaddleNSW Membership will enable discounts to PaddleNSW events, paddle courses, and contributes to recreational products like the Waterways Guide website, the Paddle Safe APP, the learn to paddle resources and advocacy for clean and accessible waterways. To join the PaddleNSW Education Group will cost an extra 10 dollars.


Rafting is for everyone! Groups can be found paddling some of the prettiest wild rivers in NSW.

You can get single craft or one that can carry 10 people. Like all water sports you will need to wear the right safety gear and be able to swim.

Penrith Whitewater Centre is a great place to try out in a controlled environment.

Video Credit: Mark Oates

Use the Waterways Guide to discover and explore where to paddle in Australian waters:

Discover the beauty of our Australian waterways and destinations, many unique only to paddlers.

The Waterways Guide is built by the paddling community to help explore lakes, rivers, bays and the coast.

Be inspired by hundreds of access points and trip ideas.

Get the latest weather reports, river heights, and trip lengths and features you can discover on your way.

A key aspect of Recreational paddling is Safety.

You can plan your trip using the Trip Planning freatures on the PaddleSafe App (available for iOS platforms) and after registering, you can to invite friends and log paddling details for a fun trip.

INVITE and Share a recreation paddle with other members.  Clubs or qualified Guides can add a TRIP DESCRIPTION to the PaddleNSW Events Calendar. (Email with your trip/event description). They may be free to any PaddleNSW member or after checking with the Trip Leader that it is a suitable trip for you, you can join PaddleNSW with a single event membership to take part. It can be lots of fun to meet up with like minded people and do wonders for your fitness! A big positive, as each trip will be led by a paddler who really knows the location.

For a list of upcoming paddles click here. You must register in advance – don’t just turn up on the day.

Recreational_Trips_Float_Plan_ or use the PaddleSafe APP for logging a float plan.


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