Affiliating with Paddle Victoria

Affiliating with Paddle Victoria provides your club with Public Liability insurance and directors indemnity for committee members plus a free web site with a domain such as “” and an associated email address that is redirected to a personal email.  The web site and database enables member management, emails/ newsletters, calendar’s, news items and other features.  In addition, the office can provide assistance in grant applications, other administration, document proformas, assistance with risk management and general advice.

Paddle Victoria encourages clubs to complete and send administration details completed and on time to avoid membership issues. Affiliation information details are due by June 30 of each year.
For the most recent Paddle Victoria Club Affiliation Form, Club Declaration Form and club contacts form please visit the Club Information Page

In addition to the club affiliation fees, members of an affiliated club must become members of Paddle Victoria as well. This provides membership benefits including membership with Paddle Australia, State and National newsletters, competition infrastructure, personal accident insurance, High performance pathways, representation to government bodies for facility and water way access etc.

For the most recent Membership Form and Membership Fees please visit the Club Information page.

River Rambles

River Rambles are social paddles for women only, hosted by clubs and lead by qualified Ramble Leaders.  Clubs involved in the network can offer their members access to other club rambles therefore providing additional paddling opportunities for their female members.

Become a Ramble Club

Be prepared to host a women only social paddles, nominate a date to add to the network calendar and support female members to become qualified ramble leaders.

Nominate a Ramble date

Request to run a River Ramble from Paddle Victoria with nominated Ramble Leader accompanied with promotional Flyer (using template or own artwork).

Nominate to host a river ramble

Proforma Flyer

Fairfield Example

Note:    For the first 2 paddles, a “borrowed” Ramble Leader can be nominated with their consent.

Support your Ramble Leader

Click here to find out how female club members can become a Ramble Leader


Paddle Victoria will:

a)            check the Ramble Leader registration and qualification

b)            Add to the Ramble Calendar along with the flyer

c)            Add to the Ramble Webpage

d)            Notify Ramble Leaders of new leader / ramble


Sport and Recreation Victoria has identified two great tools to assist clubs to review and benchmark their current status as well as provide insights into what makes clubs strong and sustainable.  These tools were developed in Australia and are available to sporting clubs at no charge:

  • The Australian Sports Commission’s Club Health Check.
  • Leisure Networks’ Club HELP.



This is an online self-assessment tool aimed at helping clubs examine how they are operating.  The checklist looks at a number of different factors that are crucial to success at club level and together these factors are used to build an overall picture of the way your club carries out its operations.

The intention of the Club Health Check is to allow committees to respond to questions on behalf of the overall club. One person may respond to the checklist if they have a thorough knowledge of the club  or there is a Step-By-Step guide below which can be printed, allowing the committee to discuss responses to questions prior to submitting them.

The assessment should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Once you have answered all questions, a detailed report will be emailed to you which will identify improvements and growth areas for your organisation.

For more information visit the Club Health Check website by clicking here.

You can walk through our Step-by-Step Guide to completing the ‘Healthy Clubs’ Check by viewing this document.


Club Help provides an on-line assessment tool to assess how your club is doing in any of the 9 areas of club management:

  • Volunteer Club Assessment
  • Governance Club Assessment
  • Fundraising Club Assessment
  • Inclusion Club Assessment
  • Membership Club Assessment
  • Healthy Clubs Club Assessment
  • Marketing Club Assessment
  • Events Club Assessment
  • Smartplay Safe Club Assessment

On completion of an assessment you will be emailed a plan document with ideas to assist your club to improve where needed.  It will also direct you to or provide you with the resources needed.

For more information visit the Club Help website.

Be prepared! is a new resource for volunteers and staff involved in Sport and Active Recreation Programs for People with a Disability.

Sport and active recreation programs provide unique opportunities for people with disabilities to explore their potential and focus on their ability. The following website and resource guide has been prepared for volunteers and staff who play an important role in the provision of quality sport and recreation experiences for people with disabilities.

The website and resource has been developed by the Centre of Sport and Social Impact at La Trobe University.

If your club or members are interested in or involved in programs for people with disabilities you can find more information and can access the resource guide here.

Play by the Rules is an online source which provides education, information and resources for individuals and organisations to ensure that sport is safe and free from discrimination and harassment.

Amongst the many helpful and informative documents contained on the site, there is a Club Toolkit which can help your club get up and running with some basic policies and guidelines, or can help to improve those which are already in place.

For further information, visit the Play by the Rules website here where you can access all the resources provided as part of the Club Toolkit.

Maritime Safety Victoria Interactive Online Waterways Map

Maritime Safety Victoria has developed an interactive online map so waterways users can check the operating rules of a particular waterway before heading out. It includes information on waterways all across Victoria.

Water sports are enjoyed in an increasing number of ways, including boating, kayaking, rowing, PWC (personal water craft) riding and other water sports.

It is important for the safety of you and those around you that you are aware of the general State rules which apply to all waterways in Victoria as well as local scheduled operating and zoning rules for specific waterways.

For more information and to check out the interactive map, visit the Transport Safety Victoria website by clicking here.

For more information on Australian Canoeing’s safety guidelines visit the website link by clicking here.

Paddle Australia Code of Behaviour

Behaviour Policy
Paddle Australia (PA) and its State Paddle Associations (SPAs) (each referred to
singularly as “the Organisation”) are committed to providing a safe, fair and inclusive
environment for everyone involved in our Organisation and in paddling.

This policy outlines the Code of Conduct and standards of behaviour expected by the
Organisation to be followed and respected at all times by Workers, both during normal
working hours and in any work-related context including conferences, work functions,
business trips and via mobile phones, email and other electronic communication
(including social media).

Safeguarding Children and Young People
Looking After Our Kids – Code of Behaviour – Clubs
Looking After Our Kids – Code of Behaviour – Paddle Australia Personnel

Fair Play Code:
Sport and Recreation Victoria
The Victorian Government’s Fair Play Code – a code of conduct for sport and recreation in Victoria, outlines the standards of behaviour expected for everyone involved in sport and recreation.

Fair Play Code

Fair Play Code – Is your club ready – Self Assessment Tool

Fair Play Code Responsibilities