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Welcome to the Homepage of the Sea Kayak Club of WA inc.

Western Australia has some of the best sea kayaking locations in the country plus the sort of weather conditions that allow us to enjoy this satisfying and adventurous activity year round. If you have a yen to get out on our pristine Indian Ocean waters with a supportive group of experienced and likeminded people, to improve your fitness, commune with nature and to paddle your own boat into adventurous, scenic locations then you have come to the right address for information as to how this can be achieved. If you are unable to find all of the information you need by clicking on the various site menus please do not hesitate to contact our President, Vice President or Secretary. Also see our Facebook page.

Welcome also to any of our existing members who may be visiting the web site in search of information, the aim is to provide a one stop location for all information about club activities.

Sea lion
Burns Beach
Photograph: Pel Turner
Kim and Glen near Burns Beach Rocks with a sea lion spectator.

Sea lions
Sea lions
Photograph: Alan Hale
The young sea lions at Essex Rocks off Jurien are very playful and curious.

Sea lion
Sea lion at Essex Rocks
Photograph: Andrew Munyard

Night paddle
Sunset
Photograph: Andrew Munyard
It was to be a red moon paddle, but the cloud got in the way. This sunset made up for it. Alan Hale is paddling into the sunset.

Seal Island
Seal Island, Shoalwater
Photograph: Tony Blake
The resident pigeons were scared into flight by a sea eagle.

Cockburn Sound
Cockburn Sound
Photograph: Alan Hale
Kevin Piper starting out on the long paddle back to Kwinana from Garden Island.

Muttonbird launch
Launching Margaret at Muttonbird
Photograph: Alan Hale
Another successful launch at the 2015 Sea Kayak Symposium. There are some more pictures of the symposium in the Gallery.

South coast
South coast paddle
Photograph: Les Allen
Andrew and Gavin paddling along the wild south coast, at the 2015 Sea Kayak Symposium.

For more photos, see the photo gallery.

Current program

Saturday 1 August
Hillarys Boat Harbour
to Mindarie Marina return (or an option for a one way car shuffle) (ISSA).

Sunday 9 August
South Beach Fremantle, to Stragglers & return (SSA).

Sunday 16 August
Palm Beach Rockingham, to west side of Garden Island & return (ISSA).

Sunday 23 August
Hillarys Boat Harbour
to Little Island then Mullaloo Beach & return (AP).

Sunday 26 July
Port Coogee Marina
to Mewstone Rock then Carnac Island & return (ISSA).

The Albany group meets on Saturdays at 1300, but with fickle weather on the south coast there is not an advance program. More information is on their Facebook page, where there are some excellent photos.

...Details and more planned trips

News

Radio Communications
The WA Volunteer Marine Rescue Service has produced a comprehensive guide to marine radio communications. It is downloadable as a PDF document (4.7MB) from our Safety page. Note that the club has also produced 2 maps showing locations of the Western Australian Volunteer Marine Rescue groups. Go to the Safety and Training page to view or download them.


Trip Reports
The Dampier trip was big disappointment to all the paddlers due to unseasonal weather. Andrew Munyard has written up a fine account (see Dampier 2015).
Dampier 2015
Adrian Gawned has posted another excellent article, this time on his second trip to Raja Ampat in West Papua. One of his images is shown below.
RajaAmpat
Ken Burton has written up a fine trip to the Desolation Sound region of British Columbia in Canada.
See the Trip Reports page for this and other reports.

For Sale
Wilderness Tempest 170 Pro in near new condition, including many extras. Selling for$2900.00 ono. Call Craig on 0450 625 402. For more info, see the Noticeboard page.


New Regulations
The Department of Transport has recently updated their Paddle Craft guidelines. There are 2 major changes. One is that PLBs are now allowed instead of EPIRBs. The other is that in the 400m to 2 nautical mile offshore zone, either an inshore flare kit or a PLB/EPIRB must be carried. For more information see the DoT website, or look at our updates for the club Safety Guidelines and Operating Procedures on our safety and training page.

Retracing Oskar Speck - West Bengal to the far east of Indonesia
Malaysia

Sandy has completed stages 1 and 2 of the journey and is the first woman to paddle the west coast of India. She has completed the circumnavigation of Sri Lanka, and has made the first kayak crossing of the strait to India since 1935. She's paddled the coasts of Thailand and Malaysia on her way to Australia and is now paddling along the northern coast of Java.
See her website and blog here, or go to Victorian Sea Kayak Club's expedition dashboard here.

Old Newsletters
Les Allen came across some year 2000 issues of the club newsletter (the WA Seakayaker), which used to be printed off and mailed out to members until 2008, when the internet took over. Some of the articles in those old newsletters make quite interesting reading. PDF versions of all issues are now available here.

Videos
Ian Watkins from the Albany branch has put some great pictures taken by various paddlers at last year's symposium on a YouTube slide show.
Tim Hale's YouTube video of a gentle and fun paddle from Hillarys is here.

The Sea Kayak Forum
Tim Robinson's Forum for Sea Kayakers in Australia is run independently of a club or business with the idea that it would be of benefit to clubs and businesses and would be available to kayakers world wide. There are posts on general kayak talk, techniques, equipment etc., and if you register you can post information yourself. See http://www.seakayakforum.com/.

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