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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.

Shark Bay
Shark Bay sunset. Photo: Royd Bussell.
This classic scene was shot on Royd and Linda's paddle around Peron Peninsula.
O'Connor Beach
Steve resting with C Y O'connor
Photograph: Glen Colledge
The C Y O'Connor bronze monument is off O'Connor Beach, North Coogee.

Elephant seal
Judy paddles past female elephant seal with pup
Photograph: Jill Sievenpiper
Elephant seals only rarely visit the Western Australian coast, but this one had a pup.

Gage Roads
Jo on the way over to Rottnest
Photograph: Jill Sievenpiper
It was a very calm trip over for a change. There are more pictures from this trip in the Gallery.

Duyfken
Jo and Margaret with the Duyfken at Hillarys
Photograph: Pel Turner
The Duyfken replica is on its way up to Dirk Hartog Island to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog's landing on the west coast.

South coast
Chris Fry on the south coast of WA
Photograph: Brodie Soanes
Typically challenging conditions off Albany. There are more of Brodie's stunning pictures in the Gallery.

Lightning
Too Close for Comfort
Photograph: Glen Colledge
Heading for safety during a storm near Hillarys.

Training
Hillarys Training Morning
Photograph: Pel Turner
A well-attended training day, focussing on rolling skills.

Bird Island
Bird Island
Photograph: Al Hale
Dead calm conditions at the Bird Island cave, Shoalwater.

For more photos, see the photo gallery.

Current Program


Sunday 21 May
Woodman Point Boat Harbour (E) - Herring Bay Garden Island, return (ISSA). 8:00 for 8:30 start.

Sunday 28 May
Hillarys Boat Harbour - Trigg Island, return (AP). 8:30 for 9:00 start.

Sunday 4 June
Mersey Point - around Shoalwater Bay with maybe a bit of surfing as well (AP). 8:30 for 9:00 start.

Saturday 10 June
Falcon Bay - Avalon for surfing (AP). 8:30 for 9:00 start.

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


Newsletters

Andrew Munyard has reinstituted the WA Seakayaker, our club Newsletter, on a trial basis. There will not be printed versions as the WA Seakayer once was, but downloadable PDF versions instead. The new issues, plus an archive of all the old issues are now available from the  Newsletter Page.  The February 2017 is now available there.

For Sale
Tahe Marine Wind 585, Lite; Skeg/rudder combination; 4 compartments inc forward day hatch; fast downwind V hull; suit experienced paddler; plenty of storage space; heavy duty sail; spraydeck inc. $2800. Contact Pel 0429 644 543. For more photos see Noticeboard.


Sandy Robson at the finish line on Saibai Island, Torres Strait.
Sandy
 
Photo from ABC news website.

Sandy has completed her extraordinary 23,000km kayak expedition from Germany to Australia. Read the ABC News article about Sandy's voyage here. Congratulations Sandy for your amazing strength and tenacity! See her website and blog here, or go to Victorian Sea Kayak Club's expedition dashboard here. There's also an excellent article in Wild Magazine, downloadable here (PDF 205KB), and a fine report of her Sundarbans section in Canoe and Kayak Magazine.

Ian Watkins's Shark Interaction
Albany member Ian Watkins has had a brush with a very large shark. The ABC News article and video can be seen here.
Ian Watkins
Photo: ABC News, Kendall O'Connor
The Club has a policy in the Safety Guidelines and Operating Procedures on what to do in the event of a shark sighting (see page 23). To reduce the risk, it is wise to paddle with others, close enough to be able to communicate and raft up if a large shark is spotted. Carrying a radio could be very useful too, as Ian's experience clearly shows.

Department of Transport Boating Guides
The Department has produced a new boating guide for the Swan and Canning Rivers.  Check out the full list of boating guides, downloadable here.

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 April 2016 Shark Bay trip was a great success and Heidi & Pete have written up a fine report (see Shark Bay April 2016).
Pete and Heidi Hutton did a 9 week trip down the Murray River from Towong in Victoria to the outlet in South Australia in 2011. They've written up a beautifully illustrated account, which has been posted on our Members Only page as a PDF document (50MB) for download.
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
See the Trip Reports page for this and other reports.

..More news

Where to Buy a Sea Kayak

If you're at the stage of buying your first sea kayak, it would be a wise move to ask experienced paddlers for advice. There are many different sea kayaks out there, with very different characteristics. If you wish to talk to a club member, see our Contacts page. Below is a list of suppliers and manufacturers.
Suppliers
Mainpeak (Cottesloe)
Kayaks4U (Mandurah)
Yak Shack (Rockingham)
Perth Canoe Works (Myaree)
In2Kayaks (Joondalup)
Canoeing Downunder (online - Perth based)
Expedition Kayaks (online - NSW)
Les Allen Kayaks (online - Rockingham based)
Manufacturers
Mirage (Gosford NSW)
Rafta (Geelong Vic)
Nadgee (Bega NSW)
Pittarak (Shoalhaven NSW)

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