Club Trips - Registered Members Only

These are the current club events. To attend club on water event you need to a financial member. To become a financial member click here.

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‘Welcome to the Club’ paddle – Port Hacking

When: 18 Jun 2017
Where: Bonnie Vale, Royal National Park
Grades: 0 to 2 

Are you a new, or newish, member of NSW SKC?  If so, then here is an opportunity for you to find out more about our club while exploring the waters of Port Hacking.  Depending on conditions, we may even head out to sea.  You’ll get the chance to ask questions, and to chat with two long-term club members. 

If you are at Grade 0, we could arrange time for your wet exit and 50m swim.
If you are a Grade 1 paddler, we may be able to work on a few of the skills needed to get to Grade 2.

 Read the club paddler grading system and equipment information.

Spaces are limited. 

 Meet at Bonnie Vale, Royal National Park, picnic area carpark at 9.00am, ready by9.30am

If you don’t have a NSW National Parks permit, you will need to get a day permit ($12 per vehicle).  These can be bought at the servo in Bundeena.
Bring some morning tea and lunch.  We’ll be aiming to stop at a beach or two.

 NOTE: this session could be cancelled if the weather/wind proves to be unsuitable.

Trip to be run by Dee Ratcliffe
Email any questions to me, or if the calendar indicates FULL and you wish to be placed on the waiting list deeratcliffe[at]



NSW Island Challenge - Solitary Island(s) Coffs Harbour - 10-12 June

When: 10-12 Jun 2017 Long Weekend
Where: Solitary Islands of Coff's Harbour
Grades: 2 and 3
Escape the first part of winter, by heading way up north to Coffs Harbour for a long weekend.
Contrary to what the name suggests, there is not just a single solitary island at Coffs Harbour  - there are about seven...
The plan is to paddle out and around 3 or 4 islands over the long weekend. Exact details of which island we will paddle to on each day is subject to a a few variables and will be finalised closer to the time.
Kayaks to Grade 3 standard (see club website for details) Some of the crossings to the islands are up to 6kms, so you will need food and water accessible to you from your cockpit. There will most likely be surf landings and possible rock gardens to explore - so helmets are necessary.
We will be doing day trips and camping at cars.
If trip is showing full - please send me an email cardren [at] to be put on waitlist

New members paddle - Pittwater Paradise - 27 August (9am)

This paddle on Pittwater is a great introduction paddle for all members new to the club. Come along to meet a few other like-minded paddlers and find out about how the club operates.
We will launch from the protected Station Beach at Barrenjoey (on the PIttwater side of the spit) and head over to the bottom of West Head, along to the Basin for a morning break and after further exploring head back to the launch site on the eastern side of Pittwater.
If conditions allow - we may stick our noses out and have a paddle around Barrenjoey Headland. Bring lunch and water.
Meet at 9am, ready to get on the water by 9.30am
If trip is showing as "Full" - send an email to cardren [at] to be put on the waitlist.

NSW Islands Challenge - Murramarang Islands – 20-21 May 2017

Grade: Grade 2 or 3 only.

Trip Type: This is an overnight trip that will require you to camp out of your kayak.

When: Be ready to hit the water at 08:30 Sat Morning.

Where: Just north of Batemans Bay. The Murramarang Islands include Brush, Belowla, Dawsons, Grasshopper & Wasp islands. All islands are less than 1 km from shore between Bawley Point and South Durras.



The Plan: The Club has instigated a challenge to circumnavigate 10 NSW Islands in one year. If this trip is successful we will circumnavigate 5 Islands over the two days.


The actual trip plan will depend on the forecast but be prepared for surf lands and launches and camping away from facilities. Options include:


  • Launching from South Durras, paddling north, overnight camp near Kiolea, returning to South Durras on the Sunday.


  • Launching from Bawley Point, paddling south, overnight camp near Wasp Head, returning to Bawley Point on the Sunday.


  • Car shuttle, through paddle, stopping somewhere half way to camp.


If the forecast does not allow us to precede with this trip we can re locate to Tomakin or Batemans Bay and run day trips.


Distance:  We should not need to paddle more than 35 KM on the Saturday with plenty of options to land for a break.


Finish Time: Before 16:00 each day. Hope to land before 13:00 on Sunday to drive home in plenty of time.


Gear: Bring Camping Gear, Helmet and all your normal safety gear. Be prepared for surf.



I will only be taking 4 members but I have opened the registration to 10. Please be aware that by registering you are only registering your interest and are not guaranteed a position on the trip. I will finalise closer to the date. Feel free to email me (josh.andrews(at) if you have any questions.


Jervis Bay with Les 22-28 May 2017

Location: Jarvis Bay
Date: 22nd May to 28 May
Grades 1 to 3
Contact Les @0419900715
After Harry's paddle at Jervis Bay (20-21 May) I will be staying for the week and paddling from one of the Caravan parks each day. If anyone wants to join me they can camp at the park for as long as you like or just do day trips. Paddles will be planned  to suite the group and weather. If the weather is not suited to paddling then I will be mountain biking in the area so if you have a bike bring it. Paddles could vary from cliff line to Bay watching whales and instruction will be offered as requested. If you are a level 1 paddler please ring and discuss how we will cater for your needs or how we will bring you up a level.
Most paddles will start at 10.00 to help make it easier for day paddlers and the mornings are colder with the sun getting up later. Days will finish around 3.00 so we have time to shower and get organized for dinner Red Wine and stories in the evenings. If you don't have stories just make one up.
The aim is to have fun ( all paddles should be higher than 6 on the fun meter) develop group dynamics and share knowledge. The paddles will be crusey with frequent stops and playing in spots when the opportunity arises. Lunch will long enough to get out the stove and cook up a coffee etc as paddling is a lifestyle not an exercise routine.
Ring me any time to discuss.

Jervis Bay weekend - 13 and 14 May

  • Camping at Honeymoon Bay Friday and Saturday night.
  • Jervis bay offers some of the best paddling in NSW. If the weather is suitable we'll paddle around Beecroft peninsula and the stunning point perpendicular headland. May is often very settled so we hope to get up close to the cliff line, it's also the start of the whale migration.   Be prepared to paddle 25 km.  We'll paddle both days with full details sent out a few days before the trip. 
  • Bring kayaks to at least grade 2.  Self sufficient car camping including food, water and gas cooker.  
  • group size - 6.  Grade 2 or 3.  
  • Leader Rae Duffy.  Raelduffy(a)

Shellharbour to Kiama (or vice versa) on Anzac Day

Date: Anzac Day 25 Apr 2017
@Shellharbour - Kiama
Grades: 2 and 3

An Illawarra classic. This stretch of coast has cliffs, surf, gauntlets, and lovely Bushrangers Bay. Direction will be determined  by the forecast. 
More information will be provided closer to date.
Your Leader will be Nick Gill This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Palm Beach to Somewhere

All Grades

Sunday 16 April @Palm Beach

Start 10am - 3:30pm


Launching from Palm Beach, hopefully the swell is not too big and we start from the ocean side, so bring helmets and be ready to get wet. We will go somewhere, I would like to attempt to Maitland Bay but we will see what the weather brings.

Register and I will send you more details.

The leader will be Fernando.


Wonderful Wollongong Weekend

A weekend camping at Corrimal Tourist Park and two paddles -
Saturday - Five Islands from Port Kembla
Sunday - Coledale to Wollongong Harbour
Sunday's trip is a one-way.  The direction will be determined according to the weather.  There's usually surf on Coledale Beach, so helmets required.
The days may be swapped around if that works better for the weather.
I plan to spend two nights at the caravan park (Friday and Saturday).
I have a tentative booking for a few sites.  Once you register for the trip please email and let me know what you're thinking re camping (especially if you'll be camping one night or two) and I'll try to put you together with someone to share a site.  Campsites are $28 per night for two people.
If the trip shows full you can drop me an email and I'll see what I can do.
* Grade - This is a trip for Grade 3s and Grade 2s with some ocean and surf experience.
* Date of Trip/Training - 6 and 7 May.  (arrive Friday 5th if you like)
* Approx Times of Trip/Training - 8am departure from camp
* Contact E-mail address - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Swansea, Moon ISLAND and environs

Moon Island from Swansea - Sunday April 9

Grades 2 and 3

Another one for the Islands Challenge!

Arrive by 0930.  Bring snacks, lunch, kayaks to grade 3. We will launch from Swansea

We will have a sheltered launch, paddle around Moon Island and explore the coastline with details depending on conditions on the day.  There may be optional surfing on the bar if conditions are suitable - bring a helmet if interested.  We will aim to stop for lunch, but may need to eat on the water, and will return by 1430.

 Your leaders will be Campbell and Caoihmin   You can contact Campbell on camtil99[at]

Club paddling Weekend - 20-21st May, Jervis Bay

When: 20-21 May 2017
Where:  Jervis Bay
Grades 2 and 3

Based in Honeymoon Bay - the pearl of Jervis Bay - the paddlers will explore the magnificent features of the area over two days of paddling. Seals and dolphins often make appearances here; whales may well add to the excitement this time of the year!  

Should if fit the group and conditions, we may choose to mix in some engaging training exercises to mix things up; or, we may simply choose to cruise and enjoy the sea.  The emphasis will be on paddling and working together, perhaps brushing up on some skills but definitely gaining some 'sea' time. It's not about racing to the end. 


Paddling is on the menu for both Saturday and Sunday.  If you can only make one of the days it will probably be OK but please email organiser prior to booking.  

Grade 2-3 welcome.  Note: all need to present kayak to Grade 2 minimum (check club website); note that paddling along long exposed stretches of cliffy coastline for may be expected.  If this sounds intimidating, contact organiser to discuss. If you're Grade 1, but think you're up to it, contact the organiser (before booking).

Come along to make this a classic Club weekend. Car based camping and socialising on both Friday and Saturday nights - should be fun.   Bring cooking gear, food, nibbles and drink to share; good humour - and willingness to risk getting wet.

Note: camping in Honeymoon Bay cannot be booked beforehand; it is on first-come basis on the day.


Gear: all the paddling gear you have, including a helmet, first aid, rescue aids, etc.  Camping gear to be self-sufficient.

Your leader will be Harry Havu, You can contact Harry by e-mail harryhavu (at)



Yarra Bay to Little Bay / Long Bay - Sun 2 April

Where: Yara Bay - Long Bay
When: Sun 2 of April
Grade 2 and above
Start: 8:30am on water by 9:00am
Finish: 2:00pm
We will head out from Yarra Bay (Sailing Club) out to sea and possibly have lunch break at Little Bay or Long Bay depending on weather conditions and group composition. Distances between 15 to 20kms depending on where we want to go. As a plan B, if the conditions are not favorable we will have a paddle inside the bay and possibly do some self and assisted rescues.
Kayaks minimum to Grade 2. Bring some lunch and dry apparel.
Your trip leader will be Les Allen supported Harry Havu.  More information will be provided before the trip. You can contact Les by e-mail: les (at)