The River Canoe Club of NSW was founded in 1935 and is one of the oldest canoe clubs in Australia and is the premier recreational club in New South Wales catering for beginners, families and skilled kayakers. The club organise events in the disciplines of open, flat, moving and white water kayaking and Canoeing.

Aims and Objectives

  • Promote, organise and conduct safe open, flat, moving and white water kayaking trips for all skill levels
  • Promote, organise and conduct training and safety programs for all Club disciplines and skill levels
  • Act through the club’s website and magazine, as a contact point for members’ paddling related activities
  • Encourage respect for our environment and wild places and the practise of minimum impact camping
  • Represent members in consultations with PaddleNSW and Australian Canoeing.

Our Focus

Club events and trips are advertised on our website’s calendar and in Splash! (Our club magazine). These trips include training and safety days, day and weekend trips. Regular social events include monthly Club meetings, Christmas in July and the Christmas and Club Birthday parties.

Historical Background

On 22nd June, 1935, Mr, Paddy Pallin held a “Shoalhaven Reunion” at his home at Lindfield. To this reunion were invited all those who were known to have canoed down the Shoalhaven River. The response was enthusiastic and eighteen people (including three ladies) partook of an enjoyable evening.

Shoalhaven experiences were related and photographs compared while a feeling of good fellowship prevailed throughout.

The formation of the canoe club was proposed and carried unanimously and it was decided to hold an inaugural meeting on 3rd July at Mr. Pallin’s. At this meeting a committee was appointed to prepared a constitution.