Cairns Kayaking
Cairns Kayaking
Cairns Kayaking


How to Join Cairns Kayak Club
1/ Choose a membership level.
2/ Click on the Queensland Canoeing logo to the left, fill out the form and send to: Cairns Kayak and Canoe Club 12 Ramsey drive, Kanimbla, QLD 4870
3/ Pay membership by going to the Online Store and purchase a membership. (It's like you're buying a product, stick it in the cart and proceed to checkout)
You will be sent an invoice with Bank Transfer details. Make an internet transfer/walk-in transfer. Job done!
(Bank transfer is our only payment method at this stage).
Club membership includes Queensland Canoeing membership fees:
· Full competition membership - $135
· Recreational membership - $120
· Short term membership - $95 (3 months) This can only be taken out once each financial year. As a club we encourage paddlers of all skill levels to come and enjoy our rivers etc, etc.
As a club we encourage paddlers of all skill levels to come and enjoy our rivers, however due to some recent events upon the river we have been required to bring in a few rules for new or passing through paddlers who wish to come along for a paddle. We don't mean to exclude any person from paddling, we are simply attempting to provide a safer environment for everyone upon the river.

First, you must be able to competently demonstrate to the senior club member guiding the trip down the river that you have an effective, solid kayak roll suitable for white water kayaking before embarking on the trip.

Secondly if you are passing through, you must have some recent experience kayaking in white water, and be competent at running a minimum grade 2 rapid (the grading system we work off is below).

Thirdly the club at this point in time unfortunately has no boats, if you do not have your own gear, boats and equipment can be hired from Adventure equipment for a reasonable price. Unfortunately due to some recent event, local paddlers are unwilling to lend out spare boats any more.

If you are not up to the level of a grade 3 paddler, haven't paddling in quite some time, or do not have a solid roll that will get you back up when it counts, don't fret. As a club one of our main goals is to teach new people and get them into our sport. We will be running regular rolling and basic river running workshops throughout the year. Over the period of the wet season the workshops will be less frequent as it is not an appropriate time to learn, however over the dry season they will be numerous. If you cannot make one of these weekend workshops, contact the club and we can work on doing some lessons at a time the suits all of us. Please don't be discouraged by these above rules. They are only in place to make it safer for everyone and to make learning how to kayak a much more enjoyable experience.

We look forward to seeing you on the river.

White Water Grading system

Class I:
Easy Waves small; passages clear; no serious obstacles.

Class II:
Medium Rapids of moderate difficulty with passages clear. Requires experience plus suitable outfit and boat.

Class III:
Difficult Waves numerous, high, irregular; rocks; eddies; rapids with passages clear though narrow, requiring expertise in maneuvering; scouting usually needed. Requires good operator and boat.

Class IV:
Very difficult Long rapids; waves high, irregular; dangerous rocks; boiling eddies; best passages difficult to scout; scouting mandatory first time; powerful and precise maneuvering required. Demands expert boatman and excellent boat and good quality equipment.

Class V:
Extremely difficult Exceedingly difficult, long and violent rapids, following each other almost without interruption; riverbed extremely obstructed; big drops; violent current; very steep gradient; close study essential but often difficult. Requires best person, boat, and outfit suited to the situation. All possible precautions must be taken.

Class VI :
Class VI Formerly classified as unrunnable by any craft. This classification has now been redefined as "unraftable" due to people having recently kayaked multiple Class VI around the world.

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