Canoeing & Kayaking

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Canoeing Victoria is the Peak Recreational body for all things Canoeing in Victoria. They are a great place to start to find out everything you want to know about Canoeing and kayaking in Victoria.

To get you started quickly though follow these links:


Dartmoor to Nelson Parks Victoria canoeing Map

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking Australia is the Peak body for Sea Kayaking. They offer Introductory courses Location: 300m west of Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Pier Rd, St Kilda, Melway Ref 57 J9.

They also take people out on tours which start from $69, with all equipment provided. It look like great fun!

Here’s also a quick link to their helpful FAQ Page

Kayaking / Canoeing Guides and Trips in Victoria




The sun is sparkling on the water and my friends and I are full of life and laughter as we paddle down the river together.
Canoeing and kayaking are low impact activities that can improve health and fitness. They can be done as a hobby, a competitive sport or as a fun activity on holidays. You can paddle on rivers, lakes and the sea.


Did you know?
Some paddling clubs offer ‘Come and Try’ paddling sessions for eager beginners to get a taste of what it’s like.

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.

Canoe Victoria also runs a Foundation Skills course


What’s the difference between a Canoe and a Kayak?

While ‘canoe’ and ‘kayak’ are often used interchangeably, a few basic differences include:

  • Canoe – this is an open vessel and the person either sits or kneels inside the canoe and uses a single-bladed paddle to push the craft through the water.
  • Kayak – this is an enclosed vessel and the person sits inside the kayak with legs extended and uses a double-bladed paddle.

There are exceptions – some canoes may be enclosed and some kayaks may be open depending on their intended use.