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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.

Lightning
Not a great place to be! Photo: Glen Colledge
Cliff Head
Cliff Head, Garden Island
Photograph: Russ Hobbs
A beautiful morning's paddle to the site of the Swan River colony's first but temporary settlement.

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

Fremantle Harbour
Fremantle Port
Photograph: Brian Gilbert
The group shelters near the Maritime Museum as a container ship exits the port.

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

Duyfken
Club visit to the Duyfken replica
Photograph: Pel Turner
With the Duyfken back in the Fremantle fishing boat harbour, club paddlers couldn't resist a visit.

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.

Leeuwin
Returning from Rottnest
Photograph: Royd Bussell
Passing the Leeuwin off the Fremantle coast.

Rottnest west end
Rottnest
Photograph: Russ Hobbs
Linda, Dave and Kevin in big swell off the west end of Rottnest.

Steep Point
Steep Point, Shark Bay
Photograph: Tony Blake
Andrew and Pel poke their noses out to look along the cliffs.

Surf
Surf
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!

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.
This photo won the Club Photo Prize for 2015.


For more photos, see the photo gallery.

Current program

Sunday 14 February
Lagoon Boat Anchorage Halls Head to Mersey Point Shoalwater one way with sails (ISSA). Requires car shuffle.

Sunday 21 February
South Beach to Carnac Island & return (ISSA).

Saturday 27 February
Pinnaroo Point (north end of carpark) to Trigg Island & return (AP).

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

Fifth Annual WA Sea Kayak Symposium
Registration is now open for the 2016 event, to be held at Albany March 4th - 8th. See the Canoeing WA symposium page for details on the program, and how to register.
Mistaken Is

For Sale
Rod Coogan is selling all his kayaking gear, including the Mirage shown in the picture below, a kayak trailer, several paddles and much more. There's a long list on the Noticeboard page.


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.

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.

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

Sandy has completed stages 1 to 3 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 through the island chain east of Java on her way to East Papua.
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).

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
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.
This 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.
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
Tasman Express ( made by Q-Kayaks)
* Polyethylene foamed core
* Length  5.3m
* extras include thigh braces, electric bilge pump and it's in very good condition. $1650ono.
Pete Sellers Mob : 0413139064.


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.

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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