Paddle Power Term 4

The Derwent Canoe Club is a canoe sport and recreational canoeing club based in Hobart. The Club has been active across all areas of canoeing for the last 40 years.

The Paddle Power program is a program of the Club with the aim of encouraging and introducing junior paddlers (10-14yo) to canoeing. The program will involve 11 sessions of paddling and will introduce basic skills, safety and exploring waterways.

Whilst it is not intended that children will be swimming, it is possible that they may fall in and need to be prepared to get wet and be able to swim 25m.


Sessions will take place at Browns and Broken Bridge. The first  session will be on Tuesday, October 18  and will start with a briefing at 4.30 pm.


Date Location Activity
Tues 18th Oct 4.30pm Browns Basic Skills Refresher and Fitness
Tues 25th Oct 4.30pm Browns Skills, Fitness and Gates
Tues 8th Nov 4.30pm Browns Skills, Fitness and Gates
Tues 15th Nov 4.30pm Browns Gates and Fitness
Sunday 20th Nov 9.30am Browns Flatwater Slalom Event
Tues 22nd Nov 4.30pm for 5pm start Broken Bridge Gates
Tues 29th Nov 4.30pm for 5pm start Broken Bridge Gates
Tues 6th Dec 4.30pm for 5pm start Broken Bridge Gates
Tue 13th Dec 4.30pm for 5pm start Broken Bridge Gates
Sunday 18th Dec 10am Broken Bridge Broken Bridge Slalom Event
Tues 20th Dec 4.30pm for 5pm start Broken Bridge Fun wind down ?



Participants can provide their own gear or hire gear from the club. They will need a boat, paddle and buoyancy vest. Most single kayaks are suitable for use in the program.

Equipment can be hired from the club for the duration of the program. Families will transport equipment to each session so roof racks (or alternative) will be needed. If you need to hire gear please indicate this on the registration form.


Paddlers should wear suitable clothing that is warm and doesn’t inhibit swimming. Thermal clothing and waterproof top or wetsuit with waterproof top are examples of suitable clothing. They will need warm clothes to put on afterwards.


The Coaches on the program are experienced canoeists who will use the Paddle Passporte coaching program to facilitate the coaching sessions. There will be about 5 paddlers in each coaching group.

Coaches are enrolled in the DCC coach development program and are either Level One accredited or trainee level one slalom coaches.


Please ensure you exchange mobile phone numbers with your childs coach and the coach coordinator to enable any program timetable changes to be sent to you.

If your child is unable to attend a session you are required to inform your child’s coach.


There are three components to the program costs,

  1. DCC club membership (essential) $25 for 6 months for children

  2. Equipment hire $60 for a full set of gear. (Boat, paddle and buoyancy vest)

  3. Coaching $100. (We are not able to provide refunds for missed sessions)

For second child or siblings in one family; coaching = $50; boat hire = $35