Paddle OZ

The Paddle Oz Program is designed to provide young people with an enjoyable introduction to paddling that encourages lifelong participation. Experiential learning through participation in games and activities is the focus of the programs.

These games and activities allow the participants to develop the essential skills and safety knowledge that underpin all future paddling pathways. Gaining knowledge of the different forms of paddling, making links to local clubs and understanding further development pathways is an important feature of the program.


  • Enable more young people to try paddling and stay paddling
  • Provide an enjoyable, sociable and safe introduction to paddling
  • Use games and activities to support experiential learning
  • Establish basic paddling skills and knowledge that support future paddling pathways
  • Provide a progression through to specialised areas of paddling
  • Develop an awareness of all aspects of paddling
  • Provide links to clubs, Paddle Education and other paddling opportunities
  • Assist clubs in developing young paddlers
  • Allow flexibility in delivery according to venues and situations
  • Increase the level of safe paddling practices in the community through educating young people

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Sporting Schools

Sporting Schools is a $200 million Australian Government initiative designed to help schools to increase children’s participation in sport, and to connect them with community sporting opportunities.

Sporting Schools programs are provided free to children and their families to help students build the confidence and capability to be active for life.

To help achieve this, Sport Australia has partnered with more than 32 national sporting organisations (NSOs). There is a program for primary schools, and a targeted program for Year 7 and 8 students in secondary schools.

Paddle Oz will introduce participants to the sport of paddling, providing education on basic water safety and paddling techniques, while also offering opportunities for participants to continue paddling at the conclusion of the program.

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Programs for Schools

Paddle SA offers a variety of programs for schools and C. Choose from the programs below.

To discuss the options for a learning experience for students, please contact Paddle SA ( or phone: 08 8240 3294).


Sporting Schools as per current page

Paddle Oz as Per current page




SACE – Year 12 and 11 Kayaking Courses- Maximum group size – 24 students



A weekend of orienteering and paddling on the River Murray and in the backwaters. This weekend activity will be a special learning opportunity for your students. They will learn to work as a team, they will learn that each member of a group has something to contribute to the team, be it the person who can make a quick decision under pressure, or the best navigator in the group, or the person who is best at motivating others. They will be paddling in one of the most beautiful parts of the lower Murray and will see a lot of wildlife including birds and maybe a turtle.


The fast and exciting sport of canoe polo can be the starting point for your students to extend their ability.

Canoe Polo can be played on any flatwater, indoor pool or outdoor lake. (such as West Lakes, Patawalonga or Mawson Lakes) contact Paddle SA for further details ( or phone: 08 8240 3294).

Students will learn paddling and ball skills, balance, edging and boat control, teamwork, game strategy and have a lot of fun getting wet.

The maximum size of the group applies. Cost of the program may vary.


Paddle SA offers programs for school students in term breaks

Full-day and half-day paddling activities for your school groups (maximum size may apply)  at West Lakes or a suitable venue close to your school.

Expedition programs of 2 or more days also available.


Basic Skills Courses for students – please contact the Paddle SA Office ( or phone 08 8240 3294).



Canoe SA is a registered Acitive8 provider. We can tailor a program for the needs of your students. Contact Paddle SA ( or phone: 08 8240 3294) to discuss your students learning requirements.


Paddleability for students

Students with a disability may be eligible to join Paddle SA programs. On the water, there are no boundaries. Contact Paddle SA ( or phone: 08 8240 3294) to discuss opportunities for students to join a local canoe club and get involved.