Lockdown Lifted

The lockdown has been lifted and the club is returning to normal operations. Please wear masks while the state government directives are in place and adhere to the club’s Covid safe procedures. This includes booking shed space for solo paddling and club activities and shed access.

Paddling Suspended during the Lockdown

In accordance with UQ and UQ Sport directions, all club activities are suspended due to the lockdown of Greater Brisbane. This will continue until lifted by UQ Sport (at least until the end of Friday 2nd July).

Solo paddling is also shut down for this period.

Time out to watch some kayaking videos online instead.
Starting here…

Solo Paddling – Paddle Anytime (almost)

Solo paddling allows club members to paddle (almost) anytime on the river. Members must agree and adhere to covid safe protocols, and potentially act as “covid safe” delegates of the club. A list of what you did to do to become a solo paddler is listed here. Once you complete the solo paddling requirements you will be given access to a key at UQ sport and codes to access the shed and the shed bookings.

Access is subject to government and UQ Sport Covid restrictions which could change at any time.

Booking Shed Access
To go for a solo paddle you must first book shed access time. This ensures you do not overlap with other paddling activities and shed access. Check the list of booked time for the dates and times already booked so you do not overlap (there is a filter box at the bottom of the list). Solo paddlers cannot book more than a week in advance (this ensures access for other activities are not interfered with).

Groups of Solo Paddlers
Up to four solo paddlers can paddle together. They must all be club approved solo paddlers. The solo paddler that books shed time will indicate in their booking if the paddle is open to other solo paddlers (up to 4 paddlers total). They will act as the club’s covid-safe delegate. If you would like to paddle with them you need to contact them directly beforehand.

Contacting Solo Paddlers
Solo paddlers can use their access code to register their contact details via the website. Other solo paddlers can use their access code to look up these details and contact the solo paddler directly if the solo paddler chooses to make them available.

Swim Test Renewals

New and renewing members need to complete their UQ Sport Swim tests.

Many renewing members are due to renew their swim test this year. Please renew close to the start of the year as this will make the club admin a lot easier and reduce the chances of interruptions to your paddling.

Please check the Covid-safe Calendar for Canoe Polo session times when we have the pool booked. Alternatively check with UQ sport for other times (eg weekends)..

Previous Committee 2019-2020


President: Henry Friend
Vice President: Paul Bowtell
Treasurer: Darren Bennett
Secretary: Siti Abdul Khalid


Sea Kayaking: John Simmons
Flatwater: Clayton Young
Whitewater: Henry Friend
Canoe Polo: Paul Bowtell


Equipment: Benjamin Liang
Membership: Steff Linde-Balko
Publicity: (Vacant)
Fundraising and grants: Callum Finglas
Social: Hwee Ng
Internet: Martin Wynne

If you would like to become more involved in the operation of your club then please consider volunteering to fill any vacant roles, and contact the club secretary

Return to Paddling

The club is re-commencing paddling on the river. These sessions are run in accordance with the club’s  UQ Sport approved return to paddle policy. These paddle sessions are run by club approved leaders with a COVID Safe Sport Coaches & Officials Certification and who are familiar with the club’s associated policy and procedures.

The flatwater or canoe polo sessions are each run fortnightly (for now – are in consultation with UQ sport for a little more often), and are two hours or less long and limited to no more than ten people (including the leader).

Session types
There are two disciplines that run independently as equipment is not shared. Flatwater sessions on the river or Canoe polo river sessions.

Sessions are subject to a number of conditions that participants are required to adhere to (detailed in the registration process), including social distancing, sanitisation, online covid sign on logs and participant risk.

The first session is scheduled for Saturday 22 Aug from 8 to 10 AM, and additional sessions will be posted on the calendar.

The calendar and associated registration information is located on this page.

Membership Renewal in 2020 (Covid)

Membership renewal for 2020 is complicated by the advent of Covid-19 and the temporary cessation of club activities. The constitution limits what the club can do, but the main concern is fairness to members.

We don’t know how long we will be in hibernation in 2020 (and this may vary). Currently we are working with UQ sport to restart basic activities soon – prior to semester 2.

The club has undertaken to reduce the membership fee next year (2021) proportional to the 2020 hibernation period for members who rejoin for 2020. This way the the time you cannot paddle in 2020 due to covid will be offset in 2021.
This means members who rejoin for the full year in 2020 will not lose out. Indeed it is the most cost effective way to rejoin over the 2020/2021 period.

Renewal fee options approved by the committee include

  • Renew for the full 2020 year with the fee offset in 2021.
    Your membership fee in 2021 will be reduced proportionally based on the final 2020 club downtime due to Covid-19.
  • Rejoin once second semester commences
    If you are planning to rejoin in 2021 it will be more cost effective to join for the full year, and have a reduced fee in 2021.
  • Potentially refund first semester 2020 (eg for a semester 1 only memberships).

We hope to restart BEFORE second semester
In 2020 membership will be initially limited to existing and former members (not new members), while we manage the introduction of Covid adapted paddling activities.

Rejoin now
so you will be ready to get back on the water as soon as we restart.