About Us

Welcome to the West Lakes Canoe Club

Kayaking and canoeing is an extremely rewarding sport and pastime that offers many exciting pathways.

The physical benefits of participating in this challenging outdoor activity are many, and the pure enjoyment of a paddling session, whether it is part of an elite training program or just simply to get out on the water for fun, makes paddling the perfect release from the demands of our daily lives.

West Lakes Canoe Club has won the award for the top club in Australia for the last three National Championships (2016-2018) with a very high level of representation on National Teams every year.  These teams include Para-Canoe, under-23 and Junior World Championships, World Marathon competitions and the Olympic Hopes Regatta for emerging junior athletes aged 15 to 17 years.  In 2018, eight athletes were chosen to represent Australia in the first Asia Pacific Regatta at West Lakes.

The West Lakes Canoe Club provides an excellent environment for developing paddlers who wish to compete. Our coaching structure, facilities and equipment will provide you with every opportunity to go as far as you wish in the sport.

However, the club is not just about competing; it’s also a fantastic recreational pastime with enormous health benefits and great adventure. Our club holds and participates in many events through the year to help you get the most out of paddling. These events enables members to meet other paddlers, share experiences and learn more about the opportunities that canoe-kayaking provides, in a safe and inclusive environment.  There are also training groups that regularly paddle together and provide guidance, support and encouragement to each other as they strive to reach goals or simply paddle for the enjoyment of it.

Membership of the club provides you with full access to facilities and equipment, including a key to the club rooms and access to club equipment, including boats, paddles and life-jackets.  Club membership fees include an affiliation fee, which covers membership with the state body, Paddle SA, and the national body, Paddle Australia, and provides insurance coverage for members in all club related activities.

On behalf of the club I welcome new members, and encourage you to give us a call, and book a come and try.

Rick Bayliss – Club President