Intro to Whitewater Canoe Tripping


The excitement of the rapids is well complemented by the peaceful, pristine, natural gorges that engulf us as we venture further downstream. Wilderness campsites far from civilisation provide the backdrop for impressive stargazing opportunities as we commune around the campfire by night.

Being in canoes creates a platform for a much more intimate understanding of self and of the water. It is not like the gun-ho, guided experience of a rafting adventure. Instead boats are paddled in pairs, facilitating an opportunity for participants to develop trust, communication and understanding between good mates, as well as experiencing first hand the outcome of their paddling decisions. The Clarence river has a safe, drop-pool style, so capsizes and mistakes are harmless fun, with ample room to collect our wits and process our experiences in the calm pools below.

We use the river as a powerful metaphor. As we negotiate the rapids in our canoes, we will also be exploring and negotiating our inner lives. Through group work, games, exercises and personal reflection we will build resilience and connection giving you both a treasured experience that you will draw from for years to come!


Ever wanted to hire a few canoes, fill your barrels with food and camping gear and just push off downstream with some mates on an adventure? Well this may be the course for you.

An introduction to the world of whitewater canoe tripping- exposing you to the skills, safety techniques and considerations needed to consider exploring the longest whitewater canoe trail in Australia (just in our backyard) or another river of your choice, at your own pace.

With this weekend paddling adventure along the Clarence river, we will give you an overview of what to pack, how to approach, read and run rapids safely and how to avoid, or respond, if things go awry. Well immerse you in real life situations and practical scenarios to enhance your skill development. It’s good to come into this course with some paddling experience, having done a guided trip before or having had a few flat water experiences under your belt. It’s helpful to already be able to manoeuvre your canoe as although we will touch on some skills, we’ll mainly be focusing on what you need to take on your canoe trip – including the equipment, skills, attitude and awareness.

A great way to meet some other adventurous people and learn a thing or two along the way

Join us on:

30th Aug – 1st Sept 2024

3 days, 2 nights of canoeing

Clarence. Clarence Gorge or Nymboida River, Northern NSW – wherever the water is flowing

What’s Included:

Qualified & experienced Whitewater Guides to keep you safe on the water

Wilderness Camping under more than 5 stars, with nights spent sharing stories by the fire.


Canoes, Paddles, Barrels, Lifejackets, Helmets and all other rescue gear

Wilderness First Aid kit and Satellite Phone

Campsites, National Park Permits


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