Club membership is open to anyone aged over 50 years who is interested in recreational paddling. We have both Paddling & Social members.
Please note that individuals are responsible for their own accident and health insurance.
How Do I Become A Paddling Member?
- Supply your own equipment
- Successfully participate in a Skills Assessment program
- Complete an application form
- Pay your membership fees
We paddle on sheltered waterways – lakes, rivers, flat water passages and dams. We carry lunches, kit and safety gear.
At times, we will be out overnight or perhaps a whole day.
It is important that your craft is suited to these activities.
Most club members use ‘Sit In’ type sea or estuary kayaks.
It is useful to attend on a club paddling day at the end of the paddle. You will be able to talk to members, view the craft in use and inspect the personal safety gear carried.
You will be provided with information necessary to assist with preparation and the purchase of suitable craft, carry bars and safety gear.
The club is able to provide a list of local and Brisbane based manufacturers and suppliers.
Kayaks often appear on the club website under ‘CLASSIFIEDS’ and on the second hand market.
Kayaks must be carried. Be mindful that vessels over 20kg become increasingly difficult to manage.
Your vessel should:
- Be able to float if capsized – It should be well maintained with bulkheads or additional flotation to generate buoyancy.
- Be able to keep up with the group – Cruise at a speed above 4 klm/hr.
- Be able to assist fellow paddlers – Stop, turn, tow and rescue.
- Be able to carry your kit – Water, food, clothing etc.
- Be seaworthy – Although we paddle in sheltered waters, winds may reach 20 knots with waves to 0.5 m.
- Be equipped with a Painter – A short length of rope tied to the bow. This allows your kayak to be secured and is handy for an emergency tow line.
- Carry a sponge / bailer / or pump – To remove water from your cockpit.
- Be able to swim in their paddling clothes.
- Wear a PFD Type 2 with an attached whistle – Not a manually inflated jacket.
- Wear aquatic footwear suitable for paddling, swimming or walking on rocks.
2. Skills Assesment Program – 2011
The club invites you to paddle for a maximum of 3 Monday paddles before making an application.
These paddles run on Monday Morning at various locations on the Sunshine Coast.
You will find a list of the locations and start times in ‘THE EVENTS CALENDAR’.
You will be assessed and/or coached during this period, to Minimum Skills Criteria.
You may view this criteria here - SSRKC – Minimum Skills – 2011
Paddling rights will be granted by the President after successful assessment
To maintain paddling rights, and the strong safety focus of the Club, existing members must:
- Paddle sufficiently to maintain skill levels suitable for club activities
- Attend one safety training day each year
- Abide by the club policy and rules – especially with regard to safety
3. Application Form
You can download the Club Application Form here – SSRKC Application Form
You can Contact us here – Contact Us
4. Membership Fees
- Paddling Member - $52 per year ($26 after June)
- Social Member – $5 per year