Activities and river use

Geelong Canoe Club events and activities

We run a number of activities during the week from group paddles along the river most Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings to paddle pursuits on Thursday evenings during day light savings.

Be sure to always check out our Facebook page for any last minute changes.

  • Saturday morning social paddle - on the water at 9.30 am. All abilities, all craft types.
  • Tuesday evenings social paddle - on the water at 4.30 pm. All abilities, all craft types.
  • Friday evenings canoe polo - meet at 4.30pm. On the water at 5.30pm. All abilities, all craft types. 

A list of regular and upcoming activities is on our events page

Upcoming special paddle events

Barwon River Rambles

Join Geelong Canoe Club for a relaxing paddle and explore the Barwon River in Geelong. The Club’s new River Ramble events are relaxed, social paddles open to adults (minimum age 18 years) of all paddling abilities.

River Rambles are paddles designed for social and community connection, where participants can get out on the water in a friendly, social and safe manner.

Led by Paddle Australia qualified guides, participants will learn about the native wildlife, ecology, Indigenous perspectives and history, and the impact of introduced species along the river as they paddle.

All paddling equipment (boat, paddle, life vest) and insurance is provided. While participants do not require previous experience paddling, they need to be able to swim short distances in the unlikely event they end up in the water.

Kayaking for Kids program 

The program is designed to introduce the young participants of all ages to the sport of paddling through fun and games. If the participants want to progress or move into competition the opportunity will be available. 

We run a number of Kayaking for Kids sessions a year. The format varies from consecutive days to weekly sessions.

Upcoming sessions (bookings open soon):

  • Kayaking 4 Kids July Holiday Program – Skills plus expedition – 5 consecutive days
    Dates: Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July
    Time: 9:30 to 12:30 each day
    Cost: $180
    More information and to book: Kayaking 4 Kids
  • Term 3 Paddle Power Skills program
    Dates: Saturday 20 July to Saturday 7 September 2024 
    Time: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
    Cost: $120
  • Kayaking 4 Kids July Holiday Program – Skills plus expedition – 5 consecutive days
    Dates: Monday 30 Sept to Friday 4 October
    Time: 9:30 to 12:30 each day
    Cost: $180    
  • Term 4 Paddle Power Skills program
    Dates: Monday 7 October to Monday 18 November
    Time: 4:30pm to 6:30 pm
    Cost: $120

Barwon River closures, events and zoning

Barwon River is sometimes closed in sections for special events like rowing regattas, paddle marathons and water skiing. There are also events such as running marathons which impact access to the waterway.

These activities are managed by Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) as they are responsible for the 20km stretch of river that goes through Geelong including where Geelong Canoe Club is located.

Information changes regularly so it's best to check out the following sites to stay up to date:

Barwon River height

To stay up to date with river heights around the Geelong Canoe Club visit the Bureau of Meteorology's website.

 

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