About Us

Respect, Responsibility, Positivity, Innovation

In the beginning

Formed in January 2014 by two paddling families – the Paines and the Davis’s. Headed by enthusiasts Leigh Paine and Tony Davis, it has grown to be one of the strongest and fastest growing clubs in Queensland. Our main membership drivers have been the development of successful junior and novice paddler programs. We believe in being part of the Gold Coast community and welcome paddlers at all levels – there is a place for everyone from social paddlers and beginners to elite competitors.

Additionally we are the sister club of the Cradle Coast Outrigger Canoe Club which was formed in Burnie, Tasmania by Leigh & Linda Paine in 2006.

A community and sporting club

We are a community club and strive to provide opportunities for everyone to participate in healthy, safe and inclusive outrigging activities in a fun, family orientated environment. We offer the largest junior outrigging program on the Gold Coast and promote our sport to all schools in our region. We have a successful para-athlete contingent and everyone from world champion elite paddlers to Sunday morning novices.

Our vision is to provide anyone and everyone with the opportunity to enjoy the great sport of outrigging, no matter their age, gender, fitness level or competitive goals (if any). Central to this vision is our commitment to ‘giving back’ and this drives our champion paddlers to ‘mentor’ those new to the sport to ‘be the best’ they can be in meeting their outrigging goals. This also means embracing our paddlers’ entire family on and off the water and our club events and family/corporate days see a great culture of inclusion and involvement.

We actively contribute to the development of our sport by hosting innovative events and regattas aligned with our national sporting body AOCRA, for the Pan Pac Games, and for Gold Coast corporations and other groups.

Junior development is a key element of our club and we reach out and welcome juniors into the club, as our future and the future of the sport.

Our values

Our core values are: Respect, Responsibility, Positivity and Innovation.

Respect: All club members are to respect coach and committee decisions and adhere to any instruction given.

Responsibility: All club members are responsible for their own actions and to adhere to club rules and regulations.

Positivity: The club is an environment of positivity – each member will be encouraged to perform to the best of their abilities and make a positive contribution to the club in every way.

Innovation: The club will be innovative in their event hosting and training methods, bringing a refreshing approach to the sport to create growth and develop the sport.

All members will be provided with our club Code of Conduct which is to be adhered to at all times once a membership application has been accepted.

Read our Code of conduct – 2020

Our facilities

We are located on the ramp behind the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre for marathon and most social paddling, and at Lake Coomera for sprint and marathon training.

Club HQ & Shed – Coomera Lake

We have our club shed and headquarters located at Lake Coomera which contains club canoes and equipment used for events. Canoe storage is available for single and double canoes and other craft such as surf skis.

Club OC1 and V1 canoes are stored at the shed and available to members for use in training and skills development. Club OC6 are also located at the lake.

Sprint training, junior and senior training and regattas are held at this site.

Broadwater Boat Ramp

Marathon training and most social paddling is based at the Broadwater boat ramp behind the Southport Aquatic Centre. Six man canoes are securely kept at the ramp.