The weather is starting to get colder but there are still a stack of paddling activities going on around the country.  Read on for the inspiring story of a father and son taking on Bass Strait in their kayak, safety tips for Stand Up Paddleboarders, and some tips on how each of us can help contribute to minimising plastics in our waterways.  We also celebrate success in South Australia with the opening up the Myponga Reservoir to paddlers - advocacy aimed at making more waterways available for recreational paddlers is one of the ways that Paddle Australia and the State Paddle Australia are at work to try and improve the Australian paddling experience!
Meanwhile, we are also gearing up for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  This month in Paddle Pulse we check in with Paralympian Susan Seipel, who will be one of our top medal hopes again in Tokyo.  So something for everyone in this month’s edition, we hope that you enjoy it.


Yours in Paddling,
Paddle Australia
Keep Calm and Kayak On

South Australian father and son team, Phil and Patrick Doddridge, will attempt to break a world record while kayaking across Bass Strait. The courageous duo will spend more than two weeks at sea, raising awareness for a cause close to their hearts. To hear more about their amazing story click on the video below.
Adventure and Recreation Vision is Linked to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games Proposal

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announced Brisbane as preferred host for the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Redland Whitewater Centre has been included in the full IOC feasibility assessment for Brisbane 2032 as a potential event venue. Read More >>>

Adelaide confirmed as new location for Australian Canoe Sprint Championships

Paddle Australia is pleased to announce West Lakes in Adelaide, South Australia (SA) as the new venue for the 2021 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships from 19-23 May.

This decision follows the announcement (click HERE) of the algae outbreak and poor water quality that are affecting the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) in Penrith NSW. With these issues not having resolved themselves satisfactorily, it has been necessary to source an alternative venue. Read more >>>


Enter the Australian Masters Games Now!

With less than 200 days to go till the Australian Masters Games, hosted in Perth, there is no better time than now to register yourself in the canoe/kayak events. This will be the very first time canoe and kayak events will be held at the Games, so be a part of history and show the sporting community what paddling is all about. For more information >>>

Top 10 Small Ways to Reduce Plastic in Our Waterways

As paddlers, we all understand the problems caused by plastics and other litter in our waterways. Although it seems like an enormous problem to solve, there are lots of things you can do at home and in your local area that will help.

Click here for some super easy ways to start reducing the plastic waste you generate and the amount that enters our waterways.
ICF and Starboard launch SUP safety campaign

The International Canoe Federation has underlined its commitment to safety on the water by teaming up with leading global paddleboard manufacturer Starboard to develop guidelines for stand up paddlers.

The ICF safety guidelines will be included in all beginner board Starboard packaging, and will emphasise the importance of knowing your limitations and being familiar with your surroundings when you take to the water. Read more >>>
South Australia's Myponga Reservoir has opened up to Paddlers!

Paddle SA was engaged by SA Water as the Event Manager for the recent opening of the Myponga Reservoir to on water activities. This event endorsed waterways becoming more available for recreational paddlers. 

A dedicated team of instructors supported multiple convoys of individuals, pairs and family groups as they participated in the free Come and Try paddling sessions provided by Paddle SA throughout the day. Read more >>>
Rio 2016 Bronze Medallist Seipel 'Stronger and Fitter' ahead of Paralympics

Rio Paralympian Susan Seipel says she has benefitted from the postponement of Tokyo 2020 and now feels stronger and fitter leading into the Games. Read More >>> 
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A moment of peace before the hard work begins. By Mark Daniels

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