Learn to Paddle

A Taste of Paddling will recommence in October 2016.  

The Burley Griffin Canoe Club holds 'A Taste of Paddling' session for those people who would like to try out kayaking.  The sessions are held on the Molonglo River in calm conditions close to shore. 

Session dates are:

Sunday 23rd October

Sunday 20th November

Sunday 11th December

Session times:  1pm till 4pm.  Cost $95- per person (for non members)  

Participants will be able to try out a variety of boats and SUP’s (Stand Up Paddle boards), learn about equipment, boat handling, entry and exit techniques, basic paddling techniques and basic capsize procedures. Participants are expected to be able to swim 50m.

Sessions will be run over 3 hours and all boats, life jackets and paddles are provided.

The aim of the course is to introduce you to the sport of kayaking and to deliver the skills necessary to use a recreational kayak safely, in calm, flatwater conditions, close to shore.

The course will cover a short introduction to a variety of boats and paddles, safety issues, entry and exit techniques, basic paddling techniques, what to do in a capsize.

Sessions not suitable for children.

If you’d like more information, please contact Patricia on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. This year the AGM will be held at Molonglo Reach, at 11:30 a.m., after the Sunday morning time trials. The meeting will be preceded by a Club Shed walk-around, (starting at 11 a.m.) where members of the Club Shed Extension Committee will explain the proposed building extensions: where and why of the different building directions, requirements of different governments’ agencies rules on building materials, etc. They are also available to answer any questions you may have about the benefits of the proposed extension – giving club members more space for both a greater number of club boats for members to use, as well as storage by the river of more members’ own boats.

The walk-around will be followed by the more formal AGM at 11:30 a.m. – with annual reports from club committee and conveners plus a vote on proposed changes to the club Constitution. Then the actual election of club positions - where all official club positions are declared vacant and all financial club members are eligible to stand for and vote on all Official, Committee and Other positions.

The proposed Constitution changes have been published in the August issue of “Blazing Paddles” and are available in the link below.

Constitution Changes

Click the following to download the BGCC 2015 Constitution (171kB PDF).

The Nomination Form is also in a link below. Please download the form and nominate your favourite person for a position on the club committee or for other positions which help in the running of the club. Some nominations have already been received, so get yours in soon! Please send as an attachment to: the Public Officer:  http://www.bgcc.org.au/index.php/contacts/31-convenors/5-bob-collins

AGM Nomination Form

The meeting will be followed by a club barbecue lunch.


For those watching the Olympics paddling, here is a site to find out the event times and results: http://rio2016.olympics.com.au/sports/canoe/kayak-sprint/schedule-results

The BGCC winter time trial series kicked off on Sunday, 24 April 2016 at the new time of 9:30 a.m. (two laps) and 9:35 a.m. (1 lap).

We really need people to do their share of the time keeping, so please contact Russell Lutton and put your name on the roster to assist.

The rules and point scoring format, together with the winter time trial calendar, are available at here.

The wearing of lifejackets is compulsory for the winter time trial series. Each month one of the Sunday time trials is nominated as part of the National Time Trial Series (NTTS) of races

Due to the PNSW marathon series races conducted during the winter, time trials will not be held every Sunday. On weekends when these events clash, other activities will be organised and advised closer to the relevant dates.

See the latest results here.

Each month one of the Sunday time trials is nominated as part of the National Time Trial Series (NTTS) of races, which are comparisons of time taken per km for paddlers from several clubs around Australia. Free entry to see how your speed compares with others in similar boats and at similar ages.



If you are paddling in NSW please note:

From 1st July 2016, in NSW, all kayakers need to be wearing a lifejacket at all times.
The 100 metre rule is gone.

The only one exception is if you are “accompanied”, which means either…

  1. …in a vessel which has more than one occupant over 12
  2. …another paddler is close enough to render immediate assistance

This probably means:

  1. If you were in a double kayak and are now in the water, nobody is in a position to render assistance
  2. Immediate assistance means less than 20 metres away at all times and is very subjective

So wear a lifejacket on and avoid the fine!

(Fines have increased to $250 as well.)

The advisory note is here… http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/maritime/reg-change.pdf

The full legislation is here… http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/regulation/2016/308/part6/div3/sec123

14/08/2016: An update on Lifejackets and the "accompanied" rule...

Sutherland Club had a visit from maritime today and they have consulted their legal team following up on queries from paddlers. Lots of queries apparently.

Accompanied means "in the same boat" they will give us a written version of that and they have been asked to amend it on their website.