Paddling is a great way to experience nature and the outdoors – a totally different perspective from the water.
A variety of options exist in the Scout program to try out some new skills – canoeing, kayaking, sea kayaking and stand up paddle boarding to name a few.
How to make it happen
Come and Try Paddling Session
Youth Members can experience some paddling at the Centre for Adventurous Activities, Glenelg North on weeknights
Where possible groups need to provide their own endorsed kayak and/or canoe leaders (for ratios refer to SS&P).
What to bring:
- a drink and snack
- dry clothes
- long sleeved shirt
- shorts (no jeans or track pants in the canoe)
- a hat
- enclosed shoes that can get wet (no “crocs”)
Suitable for: All youth members
Location: Center for Adventurous Activities, Anderson Ave, Glenelg North
Costs: $8 per person
Scouts SA Watercraft Hire
The following are some options for youth members, noting that Safety Standards and Procedures apply to all paddling activities
Centre for Adventurous Activities
Located at Glenelg North. Refer to Come and Try Paddling.
Costs: $8 per person.
Roonka Water Activities Centre
Located at the Roonka Scout Property (10Kms North of Blanchetown on the Murray River), Weanie Waves (sit-on kayaks suitable for Joeys), Canoes and Kayaks are available for hire
Costs: $7 for sit-on craft used on the billabong, $14 for Canoes and Kayaks.
Scout Groups in Your Area
Plenty of Scout Groups in South Australia have watercraft to support our Youth Program, so ask around. If you are unsure, please use the contact details below.
Costs: vary depending upon local Group procedures.
Please Note: Safety Standards and Procedures apply to all paddling activities. Endorsement to undertake paddling at a specific location is subject to endorsement for the relevant Scouts SA Paddling Zone
Patawalonga, Glenelg North
Accessed from the Centre for Adventurous Activities, the Patawalonga is a great location for beginners.
Please Note: Rainfall and stormwater can affect water quality of the Patawalonga – Please refer to Page 4 of the EPA Patawalonga Water Quality Guidelines
Garden Island, Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary.
With a resident pod of dolphins, a 10,000-year-old mangrove forest, and the Ships Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail, the Port River around Garden Island and North Arm is one of the most interesting places to go kayaking close to Adelaide.
Roonka Water Activities Center
Located 10Kms North of Blanchetown on the Murray River, Roonka has both a safe enclosed Billabong suitable for all ages, together with easy access to the Murray River for short or longer trips.
SA Water Reservoirs
Some South Australian reservoirs are open for free kayaking and canoeing, with more opening for access across the year. The Warren and South Para Reservoirs are worth a look – see Reservoirs SA for further information.
For further ideas, check out the following resources:
An adventurous and fun multi-day paddling journey, with bush camping.
Suitable for: Venturers and Linking Scouts, participants will need a referral from an Endorsed Paddling Leader and/or preferably completed Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS) Paddling Stage 3. A logbook of your paddling experiences will be of benefit here.
- Autumn, 1-2 May (A 2 day / 1 night paddling trip exploring River Murray and backwater/creek systems near Roonka Water Activities Centre.)
- Spring, 25-27 Sept (TBA)
- Youth Participant: $30
- Youth Participant (with own Scouts SA registered boat): $10
Further Information and Registration: Paddle Venture (Autumn)
An easy-going SA Branch activity held at the Roonka Water Activity Centre with plenty of water and land activities on offer.
Suitable for: Scouts and linking cubs of all OAS Stages
Further Information: will be made available closer to the date
An end of year event ran by the Scouts SA Venturer section featuring a vast arrange of activities, including paddling trips along the Murray River
Suitable for: Venturers and linking Scouts, or other youth members working on OAS Stage 5+ core areas
Further Information: http://www.venturers.sa.scouts.com.au/supersplash
Scouts SA Paddling Team
The Scouts SA Paddling Team exists to provide adventurous and diverse opportunities to Scouts and Leaders of all backgrounds. We achieve this through a commitment to providing extensive training to recognised standards. The team comprises of adult leaders with a passion for paddling. The paddling team supports paddling at larger branch events, together with providing support to groups through the provision of training and advice, watercraft advice and surveys.
Completing a Canoe / Kayak Training course and becoming an endorsed paddling leader is a great way to support youth members to experience SAs great paddling destinations, network with other paddling enthusiasts, and develop more advanced skills.
Contact Branch Commissioner (Paddling)
Amanda Lee email@example.com
Training and Skill Development
Information about the Adult Leader Canoe and Kayak endorsement pathway can be found in the Scouts SA Training Flowchart for Canoe and Kayak
Canoe / Kayak Training Course - 3 part course
These courses provide skills across canoe or kayaking together with required core skills in camping, bushcraft and outdoor leadership to prepare for paddling adventures. For further information please refer to the Training FAQ
2021 Term 1 Training Dates
The next training course run by the paddling team will be held over the following weekends:
|Part 1||20th – 21st Feb||Adventurous Activities Centre, Glenelg|
|Part 2||13th – 14th Mar||location TBA|
|Part 3||27th – 28th Mar||overnight trip in the Riverland, details TBA|
Participants will be required to attend all three parts of the training course.
Some components of the core units required to be an endorsed leader will be completed as part of the course.
Numbers are limited to 10 participants with the closing date being 8th February 2021
Full payment of $100 will be required by the closing date to secure your place.
Bookings can be made via MyEvents in MyScout.
Suitable for: Adult Leaders, Rovers and Venturers
Skills / Endorsement Day
If your endorsement is expiring in the next 6 – 10 months this is an opportunity to renew it
The new Basic Water Rescue unit will be covered as part of this session (pre-requisite details will be emailed on registration)
If your endorsement is still current and you are interested in attending to practice some skills, increase your hours and/or complete the Basic Water Rescue unit, please feel free to register
Dates: Sunday 21st of February starting at 9am
Suitable for: Leaders who have obtained Flatwater Canoe or Kayak Level 2
Bookings are essential and close on the 12th of February.
Bookings can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Watercraft Registration and Survey Information
Scouts SA require the registration and annual survey of all watercraft used on scouting activities. Craft are to be surveyed by district surveyors as listed below
- Individual Canoe Registration form
(to be used for craft not already on the scout register, e.g. new purchases)
Contact details for Scouts SA Canoe Surveyor
|District||Canoe Surveyor||Email Address|
|Adelaide Foothills||Jim Bondemail@example.com|
|Beadell||Ref BC Canoeingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hills to Coast||Trevor Rogersemail@example.com|
|Karkana||Ref BC Canoeingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Limestone Coast||Lyndsay Dreckowemail@example.com|
|Lones District||Ref BC Canoeingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Three Rivers||Roy Stevensemail@example.com|