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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.


Kalamos cave
Kalamos cave
Photograph: Barb Manson
Jo, Pel, Sue, Russ and Judy line up in front of one of the many caves of the Ioniand Islands in Greece. For more pictures and a great report of the trip, click here.

Mother and calf
Southern Right mother and calf
Photograph: Ian Watkins
Ian snapped this pic from his kayak on a paddle to Seal Island off Albany.

Kalamos Island
Kalamos Island, Greece
Photograph: Russ Hobbs
The view from the 'Green Mary' of some of the beautiful cliffs of the Greek Ionian Islands. For more pictures and a great report of the trip, click here.

Hiroshima
Tori Gate, Japan
Martin Burgoyne, paddling near Hiroshima by the famous Tori Gate.

Garden Island
West side Garden Island
Photograph: Royd Bussell
Tony Blake's trip to the back of Garden Island on 18 May. Note the buddist icon being worshipped.

Surfing
Point Peron
Photograph: Pel Turner
Easy surf break at north side of Point Peron.

Night paddle
Setting sun on the south coast
Photograph: Andrew Munyard
Night paddle at the 2014 Sea Kayak Symposium, Albany.

Jenni Harrison launching
South Coast Surf Practice
Photograph: Chris Fry
Jenni Harrison powers into the surf on a Muttonbird Island to Cosy Corner paddle near Torbay on the south coast. For more fabulous pictures of sea kayaking off the south coast, visit the Albany group Facebook site.

For more photos, see the photo gallery.

Current program

Saturday 1 November
Woodman Point East
flare display and presentation by Dept of Transport Marine Safety, followed by optional paddle (AP). 8:30 flare display.

Saturday 1 November
Woodman Point East
to Carnac and Garden Islands return (ISSA). 9:30-ish start after flare display.

Saturday 1 November
Woodman Point East
to Coogee Marina return (AP). 9:30-ish start after flare display.

Friday 7 to Sunday 9 November
Rottnest Island weekend (fully booked).

Saturday 15 November
Palm Beach Rockingham near Bell Street
Intro to Sea Skills course (over 4 weeks).

Sunday 16 November
Hillarys Boat Harbour
to Trigg Island return (AP).

There is a group of paddlers, many of whom are club members, that paddle from Hillarys Marina on a Saturday morning. They meet at 0830 to be ready for a 0900 start, although that will change to summer hours in October, meeting at 0800 for an 0830 start. All Sea Kayakers are welcome. This is a peer paddle, meaning it is an unsupervised non-club paddle.

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

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 - India and Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

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 currently back in Perth planning the next stage from eastern India to Australia.
See her website and blog here, or go to Victorian Sea Kayak Club's expedition dashboard here.

Trip Reports
Sue Harrington and Pel Turner have now documented the fabulous Ionian Odyssey trip in Greece, where quite a few club members joined in to escape the Perth winter.
Alan Hale has posted a great report of his trip paddling around Elba Island in Italy in June (one of his many photos below).
Bianco
Adrian Gawned has written an inspiring report of a trip he did at the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua in October-November.
Jacki Hollick's excellent report of the July-August Ningaloo trip is there too.
See the Trip Reports page for this and other reports.

Old Newsletters
Les Allen came across some year 2000 issues of the club newsletter, which was called the WA Seakayaker, 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 some issues are available here.

For Sale
Mirage 580, after market thigh braces, after market seat (no more dead legs), bilge pump with air switch, compass, also included hand bilge pump, spare break-down paddle, 10 litre water bladder with attachments to cockpit and drinking hose. $1500 Call Tim 0438742853 or email timhale6104@gmail.com. See picture below and Noticeboard for another picture. There is also a plastic Dagger Exodus sea kayak listed for sale on the Noticeboard page for $1200.

Do-It-Yourself Logbook
The Club has put together a do-it-yourself logbook kit, so that those paddlers who would like a logbook can easily make one. The instructions and files for printing are 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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