Come and Try

Welcome to those wanting to come down and try outrigger paddling with us on the Gold Coast Broadwater.

Come and Try sessions are held most Sundays of the year. They are open to anyone who wants to try out paddling for the first time or just to have a sociable paddle with club members and fellow beginners. Alongside you will be experienced coaches, steerers, and club paddlers ready to show you the basics of the craft of paddling.

We tailor the sessions to suit the experience level of the paddlers joining in and there is always a cafe close by for a coffee and post paddle debrief.

We take you out in our six-man canoes so you won’t have to worry about navigation, and a coach will take you through the basics before you start.

CONTACT US if you’d like to join in and we will get back to you before our next session.

The only pre-requisites are that you can swim or otherwise handle yourself in the ocean, and that you fill out an insurance waiver which we can provide for you before you jump in the canoe. If you are under 18, then you must have a parent or guardian sign the form as well. While there is no upper age limit, you must be at least 10 years old to paddle with us.

Be sure to bring:

  • Water friendly clothing
  • A drink bottle or hydration pack
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • A change of clothes and towel
  • Some coins for parking and a coffee during or after your paddle
  • A paddle if you have one or can borrow one, otherwise let us know and we will provide a club one

Joining the Club

We provide three free sessions for new paddlers. Get to know some of our coaches and paddlers then take a look at the Membership page to guide you through the steps of joining should you so wish.

When you join, we will provide an induction program to introduce you to the basics of outrigger canoeing:

  • the traditions and terminology of the craft and the sport
  • the six man canoe layout and role of each paddler
  • stroke technique
  • use and care of equipment.

We encourage all new members – including experienced paddlers – to work through the induction program so that we have a common understanding of the basics of outrigger paddling and its terminology.