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.
It’s easy to get involved. Whether you're a seasoned paddler or completely new to the water, you must attend a "Come and Try" session on the lake. In these introductory sessions we will show the basics of how to use the boats, gear and how to paddle safely. Upon completion of a Come and Try session your membership card will be stamped, and then you can participate in the weekly kayaking sessions and trips further afar, depending on the experience requirements for the particular trip. Come and Try sessions are put up on the Weekly Events page, particularly at the start of the semester. They will be run throughout the year according to demand, so if there aren't any trips on the calendar then contact the Kayaking Officer.
Many members enjoy a relaxing paddle on Lake Burley Griffin at one of the weekly sessions. These, along with the regular social paddles on the lake, are the ideal time to develop skills and confidence before participating in weekend trips further afield. We generally paddle as a group, so come along to the weekly morning or evening session (or both!) to improve your technique and build up paddling fitness.
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 white water 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.
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.
Depending on the members of the club at any given time, canoepolo may be played on the lake within the club, or in connection with one of the local canoepolo clubs. Canoepolo is a great way to improve your all round kayaking skills and practice your techniques in a safe, fun environment, and all are welcome! It’s very informal and teams are arranged on the night.
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, see competition funding on the funding page for more information on the subsidies that are available.