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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.

Judy with elephant seal
Judy paddles past female elephant seal with pup. Photo: Jill Sievenpiper.
Elephant seals only rarely visit the Western Australian coast, but this one had a pup, which unfortunately is not thriving. Observers are keeping well away, and this photo was taken on zoom so Judy is not as close as she looks.
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.

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.

Port Beach launch
Andrew Munyard launching at Port Beach
Photo: Russ Hobbs

There are challenging conditions off the Perth coast at times too. There are more pictures of this in the Gallery.

Leaders Gavin Evans and Chris Fry plan the launch
Photo: Sue Harrington

A large group paddled at the 5th annual WA Sea Kayak Symposium (2016). The Symposium was an excellent well-run event with a variety of paddles on offer including some fairly rough ones. Thanks to Les Allen, Ian Watkins, Gavin Evans, Chris Fry and Canoeing WA for organising it. The 2017 Symposium is now open for registrations on the Symposium Website.

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

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.

Garden Island
Sailing along Garden Island
Photograph: Alan Hale
Andrew fills his sail as he heads down the western side as part of a circumnavigation of the island.

Photograph: Callan Gault
Richard punches through a wave near Lancelin.

Right whale
Southern right whale on south coast
Photograph: Les Allen
This whale was rather too curious!

For more photos, see the photo gallery.

Current program

Sunday 8 January
Middle Swan Reserve (Middle Swan Road, off Reid Hwy) for Swan River paddle, return (AP).  8:00 for 8:30 start. Download waypoint here.

Saturday 14 January
Hillarys Boat Harbour to Ocean Reef, return (AP). 8:00 for 8:30 start.

Sunday 22 January
Beach Street Groyne Cottesloe to Trigg Island, return (SSA).  8:30 for 9:00 start.

Saturday 28 January
Hillarys Boat Harbour to Port Beach using Downwinder Transport (Approx $20), followed by BBQ (ISSA). 16:00 for 16:30 start.

Sunday 4 February
Halls Head Beach, Halls Head for circumnavigation of Mandurah Island (SSA).  8:30 for 9:00 start.

Saturday 11 February
Point Walter Jetty to UWA Boat Club then portage across the road into UWA Somerville Theatre Garden, get changed, picnic dinner and socialize, watch movie (title LIKE CRAZY, $18 per ticket) then night paddle after the movie back to Point Walter. Bring White light and headlamp for the paddle. Details: 15:45 for 16:15 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


Annual Seakayak Symposium 2017
The Symposium is open for business. It's on again at Albany and the dates are 3-7 March. Details can be found on the symposium website.


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 November 2016 is now available there.

Sandy Robson at the finish line on Saibai Island, Torres Strait.
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.

For Sale

Seabird Expedition XP 507 Kayak - $1200.
Length 507cm, width 58.5cm, depth 31cm, weight 27kg. Hybrid carbon/kevlar, capacity 145 kg, paddler weight 60 – 95 kg.
Very stable kayak with two large and spacious hatches and a small reachable one, where you can keep you cell-phone and keys. It also comes with a special hatch for your fishing rod or a lantern.
Contact Yvonne 0412 827 193.

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).
2015 was the 1st time that the whole contingent of an SKCWA club trip to Rottnest paddled across, around and back. Judy Blight has written a great report (see Rottnest 2015).
Rotto 2015
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.
Last year's 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.
See the Trip Reports page for this and other reports.

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.

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

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