Kayaking Home

Kayaking is a great way to experience the Australian outdoors, whether by sedate exploration of lakes and estuaries, longer expeditions between coastal beaches, islands and inlets, or the adrenalin charge of white-water and surf kayaking. The ANUMC has a range of kayaks to suit all paddler types and skill levels, and it’s easy to get involved.

Many members enjoy a relaxing paddle on Lake Burley Griffin at one of the weekly sessions. If you enjoy longer trips, the club's sea kayaks regularly cruise the beautiful NSW coastline and estuaries. For white-water paddlers, the Murrumbidgee River has some exciting rapids and a bit further afield, the Shoalhaven, Snowy, Deua, Goobarragandra and Kangaroo Rivers provide ample variety for all levels of paddling.

When the rivers are low, surfing some waves down the coast is great fun in a kayak, and the Penrith Olympic whitewater facility is a great venue for improving your white-water skills. The club also organizes informal training sessions for beginners, including eskimo rolling, sailing, and safety skills.

If that isn’t enough paddling for you, why not try canoepolo? Canoepolo is a great way to improve your all round kayaking skills and practice your techniques in a safe, fun environment. All are welcome! It’s very informal and teams are arranged on the night.

All paddling activities are posted on the club’s kayaking email list – so don’t just rely on the Trip Calendar because trips are often organised at short notice after rain.

Club members sometimes enter endurance events such as the Hawkesbury Classic or Murray Marathon, or multisport events such as the Upper Murray Challenge, which includes paddling, running and mountain biking legs. For club teams in these events, subsidies are available.