White Water Skills Weekend

Mar 17 2018 (All day) to Mar 18 2018 (All day)
Trip Leader/Contact: 
Steve Molino

White Water Skills Weekend for beginners and above to work on white water skills




The registration hyperlink (URL) for this event is 



This will help us ensure that we have sufficient equipment and instructors for everyone and we have all of your details for safety and emergency purposes.  You will need to register each person from your household who is coming but you can make a single payment at the end of the registration process.  You will need to register before 10th March (preferably earlier) as we have a lot of logistics to organise.


River Canoe Club and PaddleNSW are holding a whitewater skills weekend on 17-18th March on the Murrumbidgee River about 4.5hrs drive south of Sydney.

This is a great section of river to learn on as it is grade 2 rapids and is far less intimidating than PWS and there are big pools between the rapids so if you do go for a swim it is a short and pleasant one!!  People always feel more comfortable to try new moves in that sort of water.

The weekend is a skills building weekend and people will be put into groups of paddlers with similar abilities ranging from people who are trying whitewater for the first time to those who have done some whitewater and want to take their skills to the next level.  Each group will have an experienced instructor (those instructing children all have working with children checks).

It will be a family friendly weekend with several kids from Canberra and Sydney coming along as well as adults new to whitewater building their skills.

Under 18s attending will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult at the campsite.  We will be rough camping (tents-BYO) but will be hiring a portaloo.

Attendees will need to be a member of PNSW or a PNSW affiliated club such as River Canoe Club.  River Canoe Club has single event memberships but also family memberships which make the cost quite reasonable.  Bring your own boat and equipment or hire from the club (kids don’t have to pay for hire).  There will also be a small fee of between $10-$15 per adult to cover the cost of the portaloo.

So that we can organise the groups and make sure we have sufficient trainers and boats we need to know numbers by 10th March.  We will be sending out more details shortly and there will be event registration soon on the RCC and PNSW websites but in the meantime let me know if you are interested. 

Some of you have been asking specific questions about the weekend so here are the answers:

Q. Who can come?

A. It is open to participants in the PaddleNSW Junior Development Program and their parents and members (junior and adult) of PaddleNSW affiliated clubs such as River Canoe Club, Burley Griffin Canoe Club and Penrith Valley Canoe Club etc.  We will be running instruction sessions for those who are new to white water or who want to improve their white water skills.  However, paddlers who are confident on white water are welcome come along and enjoy a paddle on some very pleasant Grade 2 white water.  More info on the website about the river conditions.

Q. Is there a Minumum Skill Level

A. you must be able to paddle in a straight line and do a wet exit from your kayak with a spray deck.

Q. What if I am not a member of a club or program?

A. You can join a club or, if you want to try  before you buy, there is a single event membership available on the registration page which you can upgrade to full membership afterwards if you wish.

Q. What is the cost? 

A. There are three cost components but how many of them you will incur will depend on your needs.

  •          Participation – this is free to members of PaddleNSW affiliated clubs and to participants in the PaddleNSW Junior Development Program.  There is a $20 single event registration available to adults who wish to just participate in the weekend (if you are a parent of a PNSW Junior and not a club member you will need to pay this fee or join a club).  If you are coming for the camping and not paddling then there is no participation cost just the camping cost (below).
  •          Equipment hire – if you have your own boat, paddle, pfd, helmet and spray deck then please bring them if they are suitable for rocky rapids on whitewater (if you are not sure please ask).  Otherwise they can be hired from RCC for the weekend.  It is $70 for adults and $35 for kids. We need to know as early as possible if you need a boat as we need to arrange the logistics so please register early and indicate that you are hiring equipment on the registration form.  Please email me your height and weight separately so we can ensure we bring a boat which is suitable for your size.
  •          Camping – we are rough camping (tents) at a public reserve next to the river and there are no camping fees.  However, there are no amenities so we are hiring a portaloo for the weekend and the cost will be shared between all of the adult campers (whether paddling or not).  That will cost somewhere between $10 and $15 per adult for the weekend, depending on how many people come along.  We will collect cash for that on the weekend.

Q. What do I need to bring?

A. Tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag to sleep in.  Fuel stove or similar for cooking (we may not be able to have a camp fire).  Food and plenty of drinking water (the water in the river is fine for swimming but I wouldn’t risk drinking it).  Clothing to protect you from the sun, the rain and the cold.  If you are paddling, warm clothing to paddle in – e.g. thermal, woollen jumper or wetsuit (the water is coming out of a dam and is cold and it can get windy too which means even on hot days you can feel cold) and shoes that can get wet but will stay on your feet when swimming (lace up or buckle up shoes or sandals or wetsuit boots – not slip on swim shoes as they will get lost if you come out).

I will send out more details, including how to get there closer to the date (and just to those who have registered).

Steven Molino


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Meeting Point: 

Childowla Road

Childowla Road
BookhamYass Valley Council, New South Wales
Latitude: -34.862181
Longitude: 148.606079