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 adults who want to try paddling and see if it’s a sport for them. Each session has an experienced coach to teach the basics of paddling, steerers, and club paddlers ready to help you learn.

The ‘Come & Try’ sessions are designed to help get people started with Outrigging so they can decide if they want to go further and become a club member to take part in the regular training sessions and possibly even competitions.

We take you out in our OC6 canoes (1 steerer & 5 paddlers) so you won’t have to worry about navigation, and a coach will take you through the basics before you start (we stay within the Broadwater area).

CONTACT US if you’d like to join in and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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.

What you need for the session:

  • Water friendly clothing
  • A drink bottle or hydration pack
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • A change of clothes and towel (if you need it for after the session)
  • An outrigger paddle if you have one or can borrow one, otherwise let us know and we will provide a club one

Joining the Club

You’re able to come along to 3 free sessions to get to know some of club members and help you decide if it’s the sport for you. Then take a look at the Membership page to guide you through the steps of joining if you want to keep paddling with the club.

When you join, we will provide follow up information to introduce you to the basics of outrigger canoeing:

  • the traditions and terminology of the craft and the sport
  • the OC6 canoe layout and role of each paddler
  • stroke technique
  • use and care of equipment.