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August News

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Hey Swannies!


Our new committee recently had their first meeting. There have been some changes and some exciting new ideas discussed so please read on to find out more!

ATTENTION


As a club, we have always strived to be inclusive and welcoming. The Club Nights have historically been great nights where there were plenty of members and non-members getting to know each other.

As a committee, we have decided that fortnightly club nights are not achieving the previously mentioned community that we desired. Instead of fortnightly club nights, we have created a monthly club night. By having the club night less often, we are able to commit more time and effort into planning. We will cater to all skill levels and ages.

Each month there will be an official time trial, open to all skill levels and speeds. This will be entirely free of charge and will be a great way to test yourself. There will be a choice of a 3km, 6km or 12km course. After each race, we will make a record of times so that you can access them and aim to improve for the next event.

Our first club night will be held on August 16th. We would really love it if you could come. The event is open to non-members as well. The poster below has more information about the upcoming club night.

Previously the mobile contact for SCC was a personal mobile. From now on, the number above must be used instead. Please be aware that you will only receive replies within club office hours which can be seen below. Please spread the word.
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Newsletter Survey

Recently we asked everyone to give some feedback on the newsletters. The results are as follows.

We asked how often members would like to receive newsletters and the majority of respondents have said monthly. We will continue to send the newsletter out monthly with occasional special notice newsletters as required.
We always strive to make sure that our newsletters cover as much need to know information as possible. When we asked what you think is most important to include, this is what we received. We will endeavour to include more tips and trip ideas as this is something our newsletters have been lacking. The feedback received was greatly appreciated and if you have any further feedback, please reply to this email.
The above graph represents the readership of the newsletter showing that most people do read the whole newsletter. For those that don’t, let us know why. If there is something we can fix to make it more enjoyable for you, then we will do our best.

Backdated Electricity Accounts from the Town of Mosman Park.


Swan Canoe Club has had a good relationship with the Town of Mosman Park (TOMP), which traditionally has been very supportive of the club.
 
Recently the club committee were shocked to be informed by TOMP that it is claiming reimbursement from the Club of prior electricity accounts for $14,842, covering the period from 2010 until 2017. These have never before been raised by TOMP. We understand that TOMP has made similar claims to other sporting and recreational clubs in the district.
 
As you would appreciate, if this claim is sustainable, it would make a large dent in our finances. 
 
We have formed a sub-committee to look at this issue, including to check each of the accounts, to the extent possible verify that they directly relate to power usage at the clubhouse, and consider all our options. 
 
We are in contact with the other clubs in the Mosman Park area who are also grappling with these unexpected demands.
 
We shall keep you informed as the matter unfolds.  
 
Please feel free to contact the President, Julia Davies or the Secretary Geoff Emery if you have any comments or suggestions.
 
Geoff Emery
Secretary 
Swan Canoe Club.
 

We are currently looking into club merchandise.

Below are some ideas for a jacket, polo and rashie. If you have any suggestions or experience in designing, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Before we get too carried away, we need some feedback from you! 

We won’t start organising any club merchandise until we are certain that the members are interested. If you would like to see club merchandise, make sure you click the button below.

Let us know what you think!
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Introduction to White Water Kayaking

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Introduction to White Water Kayaking course

This course will give instruction on the kayaking skills required to negotiate rapids on water up to grade two. For more information please contact the instructor

Requirements- Must have good basic kayaking skills.
Instructor: Colin Priest. Email  cag2@westnet.com.au

More information at https://auscanoe.sportingdna.com/events/view/2485

June Newsletter

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SCC Newsletter

JUNE NEWSLETTER 2018

Hi there Swannies,

Winter is finally here! Make sure you check the weather forecast before going for a paddle and dress accordingly, we don’t want anyone getting sick or hurt out on the water. We have some very exciting events coming up, such as the Annual General Meeting, so please read on to find out more.

  • SCC Guided Paddle – Saturday, June 2nd
  • Junior Fundraiser Come & Try/Movie night – Saturday, June 2nd, 15:00
  • Peel Paddle 50 – Sunday, June 3rd
  • Dry induction – Tuesday, June 5th
  • Middle Swan Marathon Race – Sunday, June 10th
  • Matilda Bay Paddle – Sunday, June 10th
  • Wet induction – Tuesday, June 12th
  • Wildwater Drains Race – Sunday, June 17th
  • Intro to Whitewater – Sunday, June 17th
  • Intro to Kayaking – Sunday, June 24th
  • Brevis Choate Memorial Race – Sunday, June 24th
  • Moonlight Paddle – Thursday, June 28th
  • Intro to Whitewater – Saturday, June 30th
  • SCC AGM – Thursday, 21st June

Marathon Training 

Come down on Friday nights for race training. Sessions range anywhere from 3km – 18km. All are welcome, so make sure to get in contact with Andrew on 0400944818

Have your say! 

Make sure you don’t miss this year’s AGM! Please don’t hesitate to contact admin to find out more.

Our Oustanding Junior Competitors

Alexandria and Jack Choate are the only West Australian members of the Canoe Slalom Junior Team selected to represent Australia in the 2018 Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships held in Italy later this year.

Alexandria is 17 years old and has been coached by Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic at Swan Canoe Club since 2010. Alexandria has competed for Australia in Canoe Slalom, paddling canoe and kayak in New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Poland and Slovakia over the last three years.

“I was also selected for this team last year, where I made it to the semi-finals in C1 (Canoe Single). This year I hope to make it further and bring the best I’ve got to this competition.”

Jack at 15 years of age is the youngest athlete selected onto the national junior team and is also coached by Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic.

“This year’s ICF Canoe Slalom Junior World Championships will be my first major international competition, and the first step on my path towards furthering my paddling career. I am proud to have performed at a high enough level at the Australian Junior Team Selection to be selected for both canoe (C1) and kayak (K1). I am currently working hard to perform at that same high level again at the pinnacle event in Ivrea, Italy.”

To assist with the costs of training, travelling and competing as part of the Australian Junior Team, Alexandria and Jack are holding a Fundraising Event on June 2nd2018.

This will consist of :

3 pm  “Come and Try” paddling with the Australian Junior Team athletes – $5 per person

4:30 pm BBQ dinner for sale with videos of slalom training, past world cups and championships,

6 pm Movie Night: Blue the Film (rated PG) – a provocative journey into the ocean realm highlights a critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice- no admission charge, donations welcome, popcorn and snacks for sale.

If interested in attending please contact: canoeslalom.2018juniorteam@gmail.com

Tax Deductible donations to Alexandria and Jack can be made here:

https://asf.org.au/athletes/alexandria-choate/

https://asf.org.au/athletes/jack-choate/

Information about Swan Canoe Club’s junior classes can be obtained by emailing: admin@swancanoeclub.org.au.

Photo Credit: Kylie Wilson

Saturday, June 24th, 2018

This course is designed for people who are new to kayaking. It will provide information on:

What to wear when kayaking
Safety awareness when kayaking
Different types of kayak design
Different types fo paddles

It will provide instruction on how to: 

Determine the correct length of a paddle
Hold a paddle
Life and carry a kayak
Get in and out of a kayak
Launch and land a kayak
Adopt the correct sitting position while kayaking
Raft up with other kayakers
Paddle forward
Paddle backwards
Turn a kayak
Stop a kayaking in an emergency
Use the paddle to brace to help prevent a capsize
Manoeuvre the kayak sideways
Capsize and self-rescue.

Boat Hire Rules

  1. Only SCC members may hire boats.
  2. Only plastic boats are available for hire. Composite (fibreglass/carbon/kevlar) boats are too easily damaged to hire out.
  3. You need to have both roof racks and kayak cradles to transport the boat.
    If you don’t have these, you will either need to ask to arrange the appropriate transport or purchase them before hiring. The boats get quite badly damaged when carried without cradles.
  4. You pay for the number of days you use the boat so that if you pick it up a day before, you don’t need to pay for that day. However, this leniency is really only for transport days and it is not intended that you hold on to the boat for any length of time when it is not in use.
  5. The cost is $30 per day. This includes hire of a PFD and paddle.
  6. You can pay an extra $10 per boat per day for a spray deck. Please be careful to try these on the boat before you leave the club, as boats have differing sized cockpits and you have to size the spray deck to the boat.
  7. When paying for the boat/equipment hire, the preferred method of payment is by direct transfer, the boat hire officer will give you the details on enquiry. It can also be done by credit card or PayPal.
  8. Please check that the boat is in working order before leaving the club. If there it is damaged or unusable please inform the boat space officer straight away and arrange another craft.
  9. Please fill in the Craft Usage Logbook when removing the boat from the Clubrooms.
  10. If the boat is damaged in any way while in your care, please let the Admin know what has happened. We can then get them repaired promptly.
    You also need to fill out the REPAIRS LOG BOOK on the desk near the Club front door documenting the required repairs, and if the boat is unpaddlable please attach a REPAIRS REQUIRED tag to the stern (tags are in the desk drawer).
  11. Damaged boats that are left unreported can be a hazard for the next paddler. If a boat is damaged beyond repair, it may need to be replaced by you at the cost of an equivalent new model.
  12. Please be sure to keep spray decks, paddles, life-jackets and pod-covers inside the car when travelling. They are notorious for flying out of canoes if they are stored in or on them when driving.
  13. Lost items will need to be paid for at the cost of an equivalent, new replacement.

Contact Admin at admin@swancanoeclub.org.au

If you have any stories you would like to submit, send them to admin@swancanoeclub.org.au

Venue Hire

The upstairs area will be unavailable for members on these dates:

  • Saturday, June 2nd – 15:00 – late
  • Saturday, June 9th – 17:30 – late

Reminder

For those of you with boat-spaces, please ensure that your name and number is visible on your craft, and please return the new terms of agreement form!

May Newsletter

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MAY NEWSLETTER 2018

Hi there Swannies,

Winter is almost here, so make sure to stay warm on the water and layer up! There is a lot to look forward to, even if the weather is getting a little frosty, so be sure to read on and find out more.

Upcoming Events:

  • Point Walter Guided Paddle – Saturday May 5th
  • Slalom WA AGM – Sunday, May 6th
  • John Sims Race – Sunday, May 6th
  • Penguin Island Trip (FULL) – Sunday, May 6th
  • Wet Induction – Tuesday, May 8th, 18:00
  • Club Night – Thursday 17th, 17:30
  • Introduction to Kayaking – Sunday, May 20th
  • Canoe Slalom Special General Meeting – Friday, 25th May
  • Paddle and Dinner – Saturday, May 26th
  • Paddle Challenge – Sunday, May 27th
  • SCC AGM – Thursday, 21st June

SWAN CANOE CLUB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Our AGM is scheduled for June 21st so please book it into your calendars! Please see the link below for more information.

It’s not too late to sign up for junior term classes!

Contact admin@swancanoeclub.org.au to find out how your children can get involved in paddling. We have a number of different classes and levels, there is a class suitable for everyone.

Paddle Challenge – 27th May 

SCC at Penrith Whitewater Stadium

Over the weekend 3 of our members participated in training camps at Penrith Whitewater Stadium. Alexandria and Jack Choate worked their slalom skills and Demi O’Brien got into a downriver boat on the course for the first time. We hope to give more juniors more opportunities like this in the future!

May 20th, 2018

This course is designed for people who are new to kayaking. It will provide information on:

What to wear when kayaking
Safety awareness when kayaking
Different types of kayak design
Different types fo paddles

It will provide instruction on how to: 

Determine the correct length of a paddle
Hold a paddle
Life and carry a kayak
Get in and out of a kayak
Launch and land a kayak
Adopt the correct sitting position while kayaking
Raft up with other kayakers
Paddle forward
Paddle backwards
Turn a kayak
Stop a kayaking in an emergency
Use the paddle to brace to help prevent a capsize
Manoeuvre the kayak sideways
Capsize and self-rescue.

Paddle Dogs Australia was Created by Robert Mcintyre, Alex Mcintyre and Courtney Epps, to promote the sport of kayaking. They have launched a range of clothing that follows their belief in sustainable practices and they are definitely worth a look. You can find them by the link below.

They also have a series of blogs and information surrounding training camps and other paddling opportunities on whitewater. At the moment the majority of these training camps are over east, however, we are working to create better opportunities for WA paddlers, so keep an eye on the website or look them up on social media.

Swan Canoe Club Forum

We created a forum for Swan paddlers to get in touch with each other. This can be used for any kind of paddling event, whether you want to go for a quick paddle in the morning or organise a big event.

Please click the link below to join.

Venue Hire

The upstairs area will be unavailable for members on the following dates:

  • Sunday, May 6th

Thank you to Paddlesports Megastore for their continuous support to Swan Canoe Club.

April Newsletter

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SCC Newsletter

APRIL NEWSLETTER 2018

Hi there Swannies,

It’s getting cold out so make sure you stay warm with thermals and cags! Remember as a Swan member, you can get a free Mainpeak Club membership, getting you 10% off merchandise. Email us to activate your Mainpeak membership.

Upcoming Events:

  • Club Night – Thursday, April 19th, 17:30
  • Club Night – Thursday, May 3rd, 17:30
  • Point Walter Guided Paddle – Saturday May 5th
  • Slalom WA AGM – Sunday, May 6th
  • Penguin Island Trip – Sunday, May 6th
  • Wet Induction – Tuesday, May 8th, 18:00
  • Club Night – Thursday 17th, 17:30
  • Introduction to Kayaking – Sunday, May 20th
  • Paddle and Dinner – Saturday, May 26th
  • SCC AGM – Thursday, 21st June

Rod Fry – Sunday 8th 

Congratulations to all who competed or volunteered in the Rod Fry. If you missed our report, click the button below!

Jack Choate – Aus. Representative

Our junior, Jack Choate, was recently in New Zealand representing Australia as part of the National Talent Squad. He competed in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships and Nationals, receiving a silver in MK1, and two golds in MC1 teams. Congratulations Jack!

Jack will be joining his sister, Alexandria Choate in Ivrea, Italy in June this year to compete at the Canoe Slalom Junior World Championships.

May 20th, 2018

This course is designed for people who are new to kayaking. It will provide information on:

What to wear when kayaking
Safety awareness when kayaking
Different types of kayak design
Different types fo paddles

It will provide instruction on how to: 

Determine the correct length of a paddle
Hold a paddle
Life and carry a kayak
Get in and out of a kayak
Launch and land a kayak
Adopt the correct sitting position while kayaking
Raft up with other kayakers
Paddle forward
Paddle backwards
Turn a kayak
Stop a kayaking in an emergency
Use the paddle to brace to help prevent a capsize
Manoeuvre the kayak sideways
Capsize and self-rescue.

Point Walter Guided Paddle

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Come along for SCC’s monthly recreational paddle for members old and new.

Paddle from the club to around the local Swan River area with a stop for coffee along the way and then a return paddle to the club. Approx 4km in total. All paddlers and types of craft welcome.

Paddle will be led by Gill Palmer (Instructor), to register/get more information please email: Palmergillian@hotmail.com

Penguin Island Trip

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Depending on the weather forecast and ocean conditions, this paddle ususally starts just south of Rockingham, taking in Point Peron and Seal Island before reaching Penguin island. If time and conditions allow paddlers will circumnavigate the island before landing on the island for a break and lunch (BYO). Following lunch paddlers will return to the start point.

This is a fairly safe and comfortable paddle, especially for those who may not have had much experience of paddling on the ocean. Good oportunity to explore the small islands offshore and get close to the local wildlife.

Only those paddlers who have completed the SCC Intro to Sea Kayaking or are able to provide the instructor with proof of their ability to safely paddle on the ocean are able to attend this trip.

Paddlers must provide their own craft, suitable for paddling on the ocean. If you do not have one you can hire one from the club, please contact the SCC boat hire officer.

If interested, contact Geoff Palmer at geofferypalmer261@icloud.com

Another Day in Paradise

By Geoff Emery

Sunshine, turtles, wind, sharks, a hundred kilometres to paddle, big waves, wind, dugongs, dolphins, sunshine, mosquitoes, sharks, mosquitoes, wind and sunshine. What’s not to like?

Colin Priest, Richard Jolly and Geoff Emery – that’s me – planned a paddle to Dirk Hartog Island from Denham, Shark Bay on Thursday 5th April 2018. After the eight hundred and fifty kilometre, ten-hour drive from Perth, a mere twenty-kilometre paddle west from Denham to Heirisson Prong sounded easy. However a southeast wind of about sixteen to seventeen knots (thirty kilometre per hour) blowing up the eighty kilometres or so of Freycinet Reach generated a few waves. Our happy band laughed at adversity and set off with six days of food, camping gear and thirty kilograms of water in each kayak, figuring we needed about five litres a day. The crossing was interesting, as in the Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times.”

Twenty kilometres and four hours later, three tired paddlers collapsed onto the welcoming sand of Cape Heirisson. As we lay under hastily erected shade between the kayaks, glad to be on terra firma once more, any relief was tempered somewhat by the thought that we had another seven kilometres or so to paddle across to Cape Bellefin before we could set up camp for the night.

With stiff upper lips – in truth by now we were stiff all over – we paddled across the gap in about an hour and a half and happily set up camp on the east side of the prong. It was an early night for all of us.

Friday we planned a direct fifteen-kilometre paddle to Notch Point on Dirk Hartog Island, but due to a few navigational issues we ended up going more west, then north along the Dirk Hartog coast. We paddled north past Meade Island and the Homestead, following my GPS guide to Notch Point. Around about twenty kilometres from our previous camp a shark decided to nibble the rudder of my Epic 18X. There was a lot of splashing and thrashing – the shark, that is, not me – but the team just laughed at this minor adversity and the shark left us alone.

The camp at Notch Point was beautiful, with a white sand beach, limestone cliffs, and clear green water and of course a few sharks, so cleansing dips were fairly quick. Unfortunately the mosquitoes were so bad in the night I briefly considered throwing myself on the mercy of the sharks. The next morning, as my bladder suggested I should get up, I counted thirty mozzies waiting outside the mesh of my tent for me to make a break for it. I lathered RID all over me before I emerged from the tent, but the mozzies seemed to enjoy the taste of RID flavoured Geoff!

On Saturday it looked like the wind could soon be blowing up to twenty knots or thirty-six kilometres an hour. Despite laughing at adversity our collective sense of humour was wearing thin and we could only manage a half-hearted chuckle. Colin thought we would be wise to head south to camp at Tumbledown Point so that we could escape to the prongs and so back to Denham. Paddling south into a sixteen to eighteen knot south-southeast wind we covered the twelve kilometres in about three hours and set up camp to listen to the wind

After breakfast on Sunday we paddled the nine kilometres to Cape Bellefin for a rest stop and then about seven kilometres to Cape Heirisson into the ubiquitous southeast wind blowing about fifteen knots and gusting to seventeen. Despite the wind we made about six kilometres an hour and took about two and a half hours to cover the sixteen kilometres.

We had a great night on Cape Heirisson, with a cupola of stars above us, navigation lights flashing away to our north and the glow of Denham over the horizon to the east. Believe it or not there were no mosquitoes! We were a bit concerned as Monday was our only window of opportunity before the wind went to twenty knots for about four or five days. Much as we might enjoy each other’s company we weren’t keen to spend four nights on Cape Heirisson!

Initially there was little wind on Monday morning and we got off the beach about eight thirty, counting on Willy Weather’s prediction that the wind would drop en-route. As the southeast wind started to blow yet again we aimed a bit south of the compass bearing of sixty degrees for Denham. On the horizon we had a visual reference, as we could just see the wind farm and water tank behind Denham. Conditions got worse with waves of about one and a half metres and a wind of about sixteen to seventeen knots pushing us off course. We weren’t game to raft up for a break and paddled steadily for two hours. There wasn’t a lot of laughter on the way back as we wondered how we would manage a capsize in the current wave and wind conditions.

Finally we rafted up for some sustenance and being on the lee side of the raft I took the opportunity to mop out my cockpit as I was taking water through my spray-deck. Our three paddles were balanced across the decks in front of us as we grabbed some food and rest and I mopped my cockpit. I was surprised to see Richard’s paddle sliding by on the port side of my kayak and managed to grab it, which was when I realised that mine was missing! No one had seen my expensive black carbon Werner paddle make like a lemming and escape the raft! At that moment I began to wonder if crying at adversity might be a better option!

Richard passed me my breakdown paddle from the rear deck and after assembling it I left the other two in the raft while I made a fruitless search back along our track. Eventually I abandoned the search and somewhat subdued we paddled on and made it to Denham after about three and a half hours. Physically and psychologically we were pretty spent. A hot shower, clean clothes and a couple of low calorie pies later I was a feeling almost human again. As I became more philosophical I began to think that if the loss of my paddle was the only crisis in five days it had been a pretty good adventure.

If you have any stories you would like to submit, send them to admin@swancanoeclub.org.au

Venue Hire

The upstairs area will be unavailable for members on these dates:

  • Sunday, May 6th

Reminder

For those of you with boat-spaces, please ensure that your name and number is visible on your craft, and please return the new terms of agreement form!

Spotlight Switch

Our new spotlight can now be used via a switch next to the hose in the boatshed. Please ensure that it is turned off after use.

Thank you to Paddlesports Megastore for their continuous support to Swan Canoe Club.

Holiday Classes

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January Holiday Classes

2018 brings an exciting program that welcomes you to learn to kayak. Kids aged from 9-16.

Currently available:

23-26th January – 08:30 – 12:00

The cost of the January Holiday Classes is $190 per person until the 16th. Past this date, the course is $220. Being a Swan Canoe Club member is not necessary.

Bookings are essential via this link

Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions: Demi 0466 677 497 or paddlingclasses@gmail.com