- Open Water
Canoe polo is a fast and exciting team sport. Often described as water polo in kayaks. Usually played in a swimming pool where the ball can be thrown by hand or flicked with the paddle. In higher grades you can also push an opponent holding the ball. Canoe Polo is a fun way to learn basic kayak skills (rolling, turning, bracing) and is suitable for all standards.
Freestyle kayaking is one of the newest and most exciting sports. Similar to Freestyle Skiing, athletes perform tricks utilising the water to help manoeuvre them about. Exciting aerial moves, twists and turns can be used to impress the judges in a 45 second ride in competition or used to advantage on white water, especially good for getting out of sticky holes! Check out Penrith Whitewater Stadium.
Marathon paddling will appeal to people who like to keep fit. It is low impact and great for a total body workout. Marathon racing can be over any distance that has turns from about 5km upwards. It is also a great way to see NSW in peaceful water surrounds. Marathon series events are held all over the state, so participation can take paddlers to new towns or unexplored corners of well-known cities.
Open Water Racing is possibly the fastest growing paddlesport in NSW. The Ocean Racing Ski is most popular with races such as "The Doctor" event from Rottnest Island back to Perth and "The Molokai" World Championships. There is a big range of skis available with more stable ones for beginners.
Outrigger racing is a fast, exciting sport in the open ocean, or more protected waterways. Narrow, lightweight craft with a single blade paddle. Plenty of thrills riding the downwind swells, or holding your own against the flatwater boats.
Rafting is for everyone! Groups can be found paddling some of the prettiest wild rivers in NSW. You can get single craft or one that can carry 10 people. Like all water sports you will need to wear the right safety gear and be able to swim. Penrith Whitewater centre is a great place to try it out. Go to penrithwhitewater.com.au for more information.
Paddling is for every family member, especially at its best when added to a camping holiday. A recreational canoe or kayak is usually more for comfortable than a high performance craft, and can be loaded with gear for overnight or wilderness river trips. Join a club in your area and learn to paddle with safety.
What better way to get around the vast waterways of NSW but under your own steam and with only the noise from gulls and the splash of your paddle? With this sleek & fast kayak you can experience the thrill of the waves and currents across miles of coast. Gain some very important survival skills before venturing into a new world of pleasure.
Slalom, the exciting Olympic whitewater sport, requires the paddler to negotiate a series of 'gates' on fast-flowing white water. Paddling technique, strength, water-reading skills and speed are combined, with the competitor aiming for a fast run -timed in seconds, with penalties added for gate touches. Visit the Sydney Olympic course at Penrith Whitewater Stadium and see slalom in action. Check the website for competition dates.
Sprint or flat water racing events are contested in two types of craft – a Canadian canoe (single C1, double C2) and a Kayak (single K1, double K2, four K4). Sprint racing takes place over 200 metres, 500 metres and 1000 metres. Sprint racing is an Olympic sport that requires superb balance, strength and deep aerobic conditioning. The canoes and kayaks are sleek, fast but unstable for the novice. Want to try sprint racing? Go to the Sprint page