What We Do

The LiveLighter Paddle Academy is a paddle education program that can cater for schools, senior groups, corporate team building, social groups and individuals. Our experienced instructors teach participants the basic paddling skills in a fun & safe environment, and run all-year-round on flatwater, in the ocean, or even in whitewater!

Paddle WA provides all the equipment including kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and where relevant, spray decks and helmets. We travel all over the state to teach on most types of water sources (rivers, lakes, pools, ocean etc.) so get in touch if you think there’s a place nearby that we can run sessions for you at.

Skills taught in the LiveLighter Paddle Academy include:

  • Inspection of craft & equipment
  • Understanding of basic paddling safety
  • Launch and disembark from your craft
  • Forwards & backwards paddle strokes
  • Turning strokes
  • Using your paddle for support
  • Rafting up
  • Capsize & recovery drills

Every booking is tailored to the specific group and their abilities, so let us know if you have any requests or queries. There is no limit to the number of sessions (one-off, or even 12+), the frequency (weekly, monthly etc.), the duration of each session (flatwater 1-4hrs, whitewater 2-6hrs), or number of participants in your booking.

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Paddle WA is lucky to have some of the state's most talented and friendly kayakers instructing our Paddle Academy sessions.

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From beaches to lakes, rivers to rapids, there is always something nearby for Paddle Academy to teach you how to paddle on!

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‘Being new to this sport, I’m loving the social and competitive aspects. The Masters paddlers are great to be around and for learning new paddling skills and tips’

- Anonymous, Sprint WA Survey 2020

‘We have been using Paddle WA for our Year 9 Outdoor Education Program for the last five years and have found them very accommodating to cater for the individual needs within our program. All instructors have been professional in their duty of care and delivery of specific skills in the course’ 

- Matthew Richmond, St Stephens School

‘Our students spent a week with two of WA’s most experienced instructors. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to develop new skills, and experience personal growth through challenging activities. Thank you to Paddle WA for visiting Kununurra and providing this wonderful opportunity to our students’ 

- Claire Piesse, East Kimberley College

‘It was great having the Paddle WA team join us at the ‘Have A Go Day’ event. It was a terrific day and very successful for the GOLD Paddling program.’ 

- Don Mullaley, GOLD Paddlers

‘Irene McCormack have used Paddle Academy now for ten years. We find paddling helps students learn resilience, cooperation, teamwork and technical paddling skills, in a safe but challenging environment. Paddle Academy successfully facilitates this process for us, and I would recommend them to any school looking to develop a paddle program.’ 

- Neil Bright, Irene McCormack Catholic College

Contact Us

For more information or to receive a quote please contact our Development Officer at develop@paddlewa.asn.au or contact us on (08) 9285 8501

The Royal Life Saving Society
Western Australia
12 McGillivray Rd
Mount Claremont WA 6010
(08) 9285 8501

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