Functions of Paddle WA

Paddle WA Board of Directors

  • Strategic direction for paddling in W.A.
  • Governance


Program Development

  • Paddle Academy
  • Pathways
  • Junior Development
  • High Performance
  • Coaching and Instructing


  • Member Protection Information Officer
  • Mediation

Professional office

  • Regular office hours
  • Services to volunteers, clubs, disciplines, coaches and instructors.
  • Queries from members and public
  • Manage memberships
  • IT and Social Media support for clubs and disciplines

Funding support

  • Maintain stakeholder relationships with funding organisations
  • Communicate funders messages

Community Building

  • Paddle WA Races
  • Unite on the Swan

Discipline Technical Committees

  • Executive officer maintains relationships through attendance at meetings.
  • Provide support to volunteers who lead their disciplines, ensuring growth and development of communities.
  • Organise events

Paddler Development

  • Deliver coaching and instructor courses
  • Encourages upskilling in clubs through subsidising attendance on courses
  • Paddle Academy provides foundation level training through schools.

Club Development

  • There are 11 clubs in Western Australia, eight (8) metro and three (3) regional;
  • Link clubs to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Paddle Australia;
  • Promoting the Clubs at every opportunity, including on the PWA website, social media platforms and E-Newsletter
  • PWA direct any relevant enquiries to the appropriate Clubs (according to distance or needs of the enquirer);
  • PWA support and encourage Clubs to support each other, be that by attending events, fundraising or sharing relevant information at our Clubs and disciplines meetings;


  • Manages memberships – clubs and direct membership
  • Insurance