October Newsletter

There have been ongoing issues with Paypal and unfortunately, renewals are still not ready. We have been working hard to get it up and running with the new system and had not had any issues until the payment system crashed. We will continue to keep you all updated. Please be aware that the delay does not affect your membership and we will push the deadline back to accommodate this.


  • Guided Paddle – Saturday, 6th October
  • Sun Smart Classic Paddle – Sunday, 7th October
  • Junior Classes Begin – Monday, 8th October
  • New member inductions – Tuesday, 9th October
  • Swan Canoe Club Club Night (and inductions) – Thursday, 18th October
  • Introduction to Kayaking Course – Saturday, 20th October

TERM 4 Paddling Classes

Slalom class timesMonday 4:30
Friday 4:30

Sprint Class times

Saturday 2:00
Saturday 3:30

If you are interested please contact to secure a place.

No Access to Long-boat Roller Doors

Next week our new ramp is scheduled to be put in! This exciting development is a result of lots of hard work from Peter Ewing and Kerry Hughes, and is required as per our agreement with Lotterywest who supplied the grant. Unfortunately, there will be no access to the western roller doors, the boat shed in which the long-boats are stored. The duration of which there is no access depends on the tides and other unforeseen circumstances.

Open Day Postponed

As a result of both the ramp being put in and the membership portal being down, we unfortunately have to postpone the Swan Canoe Club Open Day. We will advise you when a new date has been confirmed.

Rod Fry Report 2018

Letter from the President – Julia Davies

Hello Swannies,

Our annual Rod Fry Memorial Race was held on Sunday, this past weekend. For those members who have recently joined the club – Rod Fry was a long time member of the club and a National and International acclaimed C1/C2 paddler, sadly Rod is no longer with us – he is missed by many in the paddling community and his legacy carries on in our annual event.

Again this year, the event was highly successful, over 70 participants in different disciplines and for the first time a SUP race to the 6km marker and back (awesome!!!).

I didn’t race this year instead I had the pleasure of supporting all the paddlers to the finishing line as I was on the jetty with the rest of the timekeeping crew, I got really excited following the hard work of entrants chasing down times or their competition to the line.

It was a great day weather wise we started early to miss the boat traffic at Freo, which I believe, in comparison to previous years was an improvement.

I want to say a big thank-you to all who took part and made it such a fun event.

First a big thank-you to our sponsors who give so generously every year and without whom this event would not be possible;

Paddlesports MEGASTORE, our main sponsor – who gave vouchers and gifts
Mosmans Restaurant – who gave vouchers for food and wine – They are just next door and have a lovely venue and menu
FINN Kayaks – gave out some really useful car tiedowns and various other prizes
Stellar Kayaks & Surf Skis – provided a great prize for the raffle draw.
Bakers Delight – always give generously to our event they are in the shopping centre in Mosman Park – if you are around that way pay them a visit – always service with a smile.
Coles Mosman Park – always support us with food for our BBQ
IGA Mosman Park – have always supported our event
Subway Mosman Park – always give generously
Boatshed Cottesloe – regularly give towards our events
Zephyrs – are there for our daily paddlers providing a coffee and breakfast menu.

Members please pop in to say hello and help support us by supporting them.

Safety is key for this event we are on a busy part of the river and a safe crossing of the channel is paramount. Thank you to Fremantle Sea Rescue for providing a safety vessel and crew, without their services the race would not be possible.

Also a big thank you for helping keep our paddlers safe to:

  • Alwyn Duke who looked after the 3km paddlers
  • Our club members who acted as ‘Spotters’ at key places along the river
    • Katherine Kalaf
    • Evi Ferrier
    • Carolyne Gattard
    • Alisdair Finnie
    • Dale Magnus
    • Shirley Go
  • Our on-water kayak support:
    • Kerry Hughes
    • Pau Bowen
    • Marty Wells
    • Justin Mann
  • ​Rowan Davidson radio operator for the event, liaised with Marine Services
  • Lee Edwards who managed the safety programme

A big thank you to Demi O’Brien who worked tirelessly on registrations and was the main point of contact for all the non-Swannies who competed.

Thank you to the timers, who without this event would not be possible:

  • Millie Williams
  • Ruby Mayes
  • Isabella Choate
  • Julia Davies

A huge thank-you to those members who volunteered their services to ensure this event was a great success:

Lee Edwards has organised this event for the last 4 years – it’s a huge commitment and Lee has been responsible for the safe running of this event – a lot of upfront hard work organising people and services to be in the right place at the right time. This will be the last time this event will be run by Lee so I want to give him a big big thank-you for the last 4 years support.

All the other volunteers that work behind the scenes making this successful, Janet O, Janet V, Trish, Marty, Frank, Darren Rose and Shirley Go – making BBQ, cakes, sausage rolls, raffle etc. available – thank-you so much and if I have left anyone out apologies I know there are those who work behind the scenes.

Thank you to the group who cleaned out the Boatshed on Saturday morning and to John Williams and the others who cleaned up after the race.

Thank you to Isabella Choate and Demi O’Brien who together with Lee worked hard to make this a very successful event – well done and a big thank-you.

And finally, thank you to all the competitors, for making it a fun race and for getting out on the water and doing their best!

Catch-you all on the water,



Congratulations to William Lee and Amanda Bowman, the fastest male and females on the water. To see a full list of results and times, click on the button below.



If anyone has any photos from the day, please send them to so that we can share them with everyone!

S1 45+ Winner, Brett McDonald

Contact us
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us!


Phone: 0466677497

March Newsletter

Hi there Swannies,

We have had some beautiful days recently, we hope everyone has had the chance to get out on the water. There are some exciting new courses and events coming up, so save the dates and don’t miss out!

Upcoming Events:

  • Introduction to Paddling a Sea Kayak – Saturday, March 11th (FULL)
  • Wet Induction – Tuesday, March 13th, 18:00
  • Club night – Thursday, March 15th, 17:30
  • Skills Session – Thursdays, March 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd, 18:00-19:00
  • Introduction to Kayaking – Sunday, March 17th, 08:00-12:00
  • 2018 Avon Descent Event Launch – Wednesday, March 21st, 10:00
  • Introduction to Paddling a Sea Kayak – Sunday, March 25th 08:00-13:00

Juniors Flying High

Congratulations to our Swan paddlers Jack Choate (U18), Alexandria Choate (U18) and Demelza Wall (U23) for being selected on to the Australian Junior and U23 Teams respectively. After an intense series of selection races including the Australian Nationals, Oceania and Australian Open, our athletes were selected to compete in the World Championships being held in Ivrea, Italy (17th – 22nd July). To follow their journey and watch them compete later in the year, watch this space!

Marjan Shircore Making the Great Descent 

Our member Marjan is raising money for Princess Margaret Hospital next month by abseiling down the tallest building in Perth! Although a complete novice, Marjan will be abseiling 160m, or 40 storeys down the QV1 building on St. Georges Terrace, on April 21st.

Lets help Marjan smash her goal of $750, and come down on the day to cheer her on!

March 17th, 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.

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

March 25th, 2018

Do you fancy paddling Ningaloo, Shark Bay, or maybe the Whitsundays? Maybe closer to home, Broke Inlet, Penguin Island or Garden Island? Perhaps you would kist like to learn how to rescue fellow paddlers, and how to ‘edge’ your sea kayaking so you can turn more easily.

If so, contact Geoff Emery on or 0403 604 082.

Thursday Night Skills Sessions

Come along for an hour skills session at the club, between 6.00pm and 7.00pm on the following dates.

WEEK 1.  1/3/18     The Forward Stroke. (CLUB NIGHT)                      


WEEK 2.  8/3/1       Support Strokes & Turning Strokes.


WEEK 3. 15/3/18    Rescues. (CLUB NIGHT) 


WEEK 4.  22/3/18   Revision.

There will be no charge for the session but it will be very helpful to know how many paddlers are interested. If you are interested, contact:

Geoff Emery at or 0403 604 082.

Avon Descent Event Launch


At the Event Launch:

  • Media power dinghy race
  • Static displays of power and paddle craft
  • Opportunities to speak with race favourites/past winners
  • Interviews with Event Ambassadors Luke Dooley (17) and Kiera Albertsen (20)
  • Interviews with Legends of the Avon Descent

Hear what everyone is talking about – Take the Plunge in 2018 !

  • Day One short race option from Northam to Toodyay for those who don’t want to tackle the whole course
  • Enhanced Cobbler Pool Start and Finish Line with InfoHUB, Food and Beverage, and a lively atmosphere
  • Introduction of international Stand Up Paddleboard category and Ocean Racing craft classes
  • Competition for rival Surf Lifesaving Clubs, universities and schools

Event Chairman Greg Kaeding, said:

“Western Australia’s longest running multi-sport adventure race continues to provide the missing element of annual fun runs and distance swims by inspiring and challenging both individuals and families alike to undertake a challenge of the mind, the body and the spirit whilst introducing them to to the unique skills and strategies of paddle and power-dinghy racing.

To successfully complete the 124 kilometres of the Avon and Swan Rivers from Northam to Perth is not only a challenge for the competitor but also the support crews who follow and support their every move. Success as a competitor is as much a success for the families and individuals that support them and to succeed is a team effort to be celebrated and appreciated by all involved from the time of early craft preparation, through training days, weekends and the excitement of the competition weekend.

As organisers of the World’s only combined paddle and power dinghy marathon race, we are pleased to extend an invitation to local, national and international participants alike – to ‘Take The Plunge’.”

Venue Hire

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

  • Saturday 24th – Monday 26th March, 08:00 – 16:00


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!

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

Swan Canoe Club Contact Details:

Administration Officers: Demi O’Brien & Isabella Choate

January Newsletter 2018

Hi there Swannies,

Hopefully everyone has had a lovely Christmas and New Years!

2018 brings lots of exciting club events and opportunities for both old members and new members.

We have had a slight change in office, with the fabulous Olivia being whisked away by Paddle WA. Taking her place is the very capable Demi O’Brien and Isabella Choate. At this stage they will be in office every Thursday between 10:00 and 13:00. Please feel free to drop by or contact them at or 0466677497.

We hope to see you out on the water.

Upcoming Events:

  • Bronze Medallion – Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of January 2018
  • Club Night – Thursday, January 18th
  • Intro to Kayaking – Sunday, January 21st
  • January Holiday Classes – Tuesday, January 23rd – Friday 26th
  • Museum of Water – Friday, February 9th – Sunday, March 4th
  • Sea Kayak Festival WA – Friday, February 16th – Sunday, February 19th

Australian Slalom Championships

Many of our own talented juniors are currently over in Eildon, Victoria getting ready to compete in the National Schools competition and Australia Canoe Slalom Championships from January 4th – January 12th.

We would like to wish the best of luck to all our juniors competing:

  • Alexandria Choate
  • Billie Knell
  • Demelza Wall
  • Isabella Choate
  • Jack Choate
  • Jordan Flemming
  • Kira Wall
  • Louis Richardson

The junior paddlers will also be joined by their coach Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic.


This is an exciting opportunity to complete your bronze medallion from the comfort of our club. Royal Life Saving is conducting this in the river as inland waterways account for majority of all drowning deaths in WA and are extremely dynamic environments. It would be a great safety addition to your kayaking adventures!

What is covered:

  • Survival Swimming
  • CPR
  • Aquatic rescues
  • First aid
  • Inland waterway safety

Please contact Sam Bell at

JANUARY 21st, 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.

Museum of Water Program Announced

Sat 10 Feb – Sun 4 Mar 2018

Celebrate Perth Festival’s two-year commission of Museum of Water by Amy Sharrocks with a program of events you can watch, listen to and, most importantly, jump in and be part of. Spend your Festival weekends poolside listening to swimmers manifestos, make water crafts with a maritime archaeologist, distil this years festival scent, Damask Rose, learn how to have a three minute shower and explore your grace and stamina by dancing in water with Rio Olympic synchronised swimmers!

Every Saturday you can meet the custodians who look after the Museum of Water collection as they share new water donations and precious stories at Fremantle Arts Centre. And every Sunday enjoy music from Africa and the Indian Ocean at Sunday Music; The Oceanic Sessions.

Registrations for all events are now open and capacity is limited, so secure your spot before we head into the New Year.

Explore weekend highlights below and the full program online now.

January Holiday Classes

We invite you to involve all Juniors in the Swan Canoe Club – January Holiday Classes.

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

Ages 9-11:

23-26th January – 08:30 – 12:00

Ages 12-16

23-26th January – 13:00-16:30

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, click the links below:

(AGES 9-11)

(AGES 12-16)

Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions: 0466 677 497 or

Request for Safety Officer 

​If any of our members has expertise in safety, please come forwards as we are currently looking for a new safety officer. This role is volunteer and the main job is to advise the club on how to best protect our members. For further details please contact Kerry Hughes at


A reminder to all members – Everytime you leave the club make sure you have closed the roller doors, turned off the lights and locked all windows and doors. Whether someone is still at the club or not, it is so important to make sure the club is secure.

Club Hire

Please note that clubroom facilities are unavailable on the following dates due to the venue being hired out.

You will still have complete access to downstairs, however, please be mindful there will be functions upstairs.

13-14th January – 9:00 – 16:00

Friday 19th January – 16:00 – 20:00

Thank you for your consideration.

Introducing the new Admin Officers

Hi, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Izzie. I have been paddling and a member of Swan Canoe Club since I was born. I’m a slalom paddler and coach and have been a Swan committee member for the past year. If you see me around, please say hi!

Hi All! My name is Demi and I have been a member of the Club for 10 years as of 2018. I paddle many different disciplines including sprint kayaking, downriver kayaking, surf ski racing, and slalom kayaking. I can’t wait to meet you all on the water!

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

Swan Canoe Club Contact Details:

Administration Officers: Demi O’Brien & Isabella Choate