Getting Started


Have you seen people paddling before and thought ‘I’d like to try that’ but didn’t know how to organise a paddling session? ‘Come and Try’ sessions are aimed at individuals and groups who have little or no paddling knowledge to give them a basic paddling experience and river safety. You can come along and have a go at paddling with no obligations to join a club or commit to an ongoing program. Come and Try sessions can cater for a whole range of abilities and ages, however participants under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult.

What is involved?

The Come and Try is normally a 1-2 hour session which includes gearing up, a safety briefing and time paddling on the water. All sessions are conducted by Australian Canoeing Qualified Guides, Instructors or Coaches and all equipment is provided. The session will be conducted from the host club or at a location of their specification. There is a cost associated with Come and Trys which will vary so check with your local club for price details.

Who can do it?

Come and Try sessions are flexible for a wide range of ages and paddling abilities. Participants under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. If you are unsure as to whether you or somebody you know will be able to participate, contact the club Come and Try organiser or call Canoeing Victoria on (03) 9020 2750

Any pre-requisites?

Participants must be happy to be submerged under water in the case of a capsize and should be able to swim wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD).

When is the next course?

Canoeing Victoria and associated clubs will advertise upcoming Come and Try days on their calendar, so have a look and see if there are any dates which suit you. You can also call the Canoeing Victoria Office on (03) 9020 2750 for more information or get in contact with your local club. If you aren’t sure which clubs you are interested in, check out the club offerings document.

Bookings are essential.

If you have had a go at a Come and Try, or would prefer to participate in a more structured course where you receive a Certificate of Attainment, check out our Learn How page for the courses that Canoeing Victoria offer.


Is there anything else I can do?

Join one of our skills courses and find your sense of adventure every time you go for a paddle. For more information on more courses you can do, check out the links below.

Foundation Skills

Basic Skills River Trip

Introduction to Whitewater