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Week 2 /December
Slalom kayaking is offering three great holiday courses before Christmas!

All three courses will be with AIS and National Slalom Coach, Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic, under the auspices of the WA Slalom Technical Committee and Canoeing WA. The courses cater for all levels of paddlers, from total beginners to elite. Full details and registration forms are available from Lynne at <mailto:L.Jones@curtin.edu.au>L.Jones@curtin.edu.au. Bookings and payment in advance essential.
Course 1A: Collie Whitewater Adventure for Intermediate Paddlers
Course 1B: Collie Whitewater Adventure for Elite Paddlers

Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th December.
Course 2A: Collie Whitewater Adventure for Intermediate Paddlers
Course 2B: Collie Whitewater Adventure for Elite Paddlers

Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st December,
Both of the above have four paddling sessions per paddler ie., morning and afternoon on Monday and Tuesday.
Collie courses cost $80 per paddler. Meet at 8am, Honeymoon Pool, Collie River. Camp at Honeymoon Pool
Courses 1B and 2B are highly recommended for all WA paddlers competing at the Australian National Slalom Championships in Tasmania in January.
Course 3: Slalom Skills Course for Novice and Intermediate Paddlers at Swan Canoe Club
Wednesday 14th - Saturday 17th December, 9.00 - 10.30am, Swan Canoe Club, Johnson Parade, Mosman Park. Kayak club members $80, non-members $100

New Paddle Racing Series
Here's a set of four races for plastics, skis and kayaks held at a variety of locations: "TriEvents WA Grand Slam Multi Sports Series".
The Series:
Race 1: Sunday, 18th December, Rockingham - 12km long course & 4km short course
Race 2: Sunday, 15th January, Waikiki (paddle around Penguin Island) - 14km long course & 4km short course
Race 3: Sunday, 5th February, Perth Water (& up to Windan Bridge) - 12km long course & 5km short course
Race 4: Saturday, 25th February, Meelup (Eagle Bay, near Dunsborough) - 12km long course and 4km short course. 
The long courses include a portage.
For all info including entry fees, craft and age categories, start times and course details go to:

Something Physical for Ocean Paddlers
A large part of my misspent youth took place on North Wollongong Beach (one of the best and safest surfing beaches in Australia!). But it was not all play back then - I did do tertiary study of, amongst other things, Physical Geography, and have just revised my background knowledge on wave action, etc . . . from modern sources! I had noticed in canoeing circles that little mention is ever made of this basic level of understanding of the forces of nature. Mainpeak also has a practical session on a similar topic coming up (see below). And, lo and behold, Australian Canoeing's latest news email also briefly covers some aspects of this topic.  So it's definitely the flavour of the month!  <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/geogsea.html>Go here - there's lots of pics of our scenic southern coastline and all - Robyn

Proposed Dates for 2006 Down River Series
Ascot Obstacle Course Race - 25th March
Drain Race, Hester Park - 13th May
Upper Swan Ti-trees - 18th June
Walyunga to Bells - 2nd July
Final race and date to be determined. Remember that there is DR training Tuesday mornings, 6am. Meet at Claughton Reserve which is at the end of Katanning Street, Bayswater. All are welcome, even those with ruddered boats (you can tie up the rudder, Terry says!).

MainpeakPaddle Events
Booking is essential for all events - 9284-3759 - venues to be advised.
Broaden your Kayaking Knowledge
How to conduct beach landings, surf landings, effects of currents/wind, the mechanics of a wave. Members Price: $55.00. Sunday, 11th December, 12:30 pm.
Sea Kayaking Expedition Preparation
Free. Tuesday, 13th December 2005, 6:30pm.
Paddling Guide to Western Australia
Long-time paddler, Marty Chambers, author of "The Canoe and Kayak Guide to Western Australia" shares his knowledge of paddling destinations. Free. Wednesday, 14th December, 6:30 pm

More on the Swan River Floods
A few people commented on the photo of the 1926 big flood from the last paddling news email and came up with suggestions as to which section of river is in <http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/1926flood.jpeg>the pic.
From Robin Smith . . .
"I think it is taken from Guildford looking at Bassendean (formally West Guildford). My reason for this is the large mansion with the turret/tower/steeple seen on the right of the photo. This photo shows this large house as elevated on a flat area about the same height above the river as Success Hill. The road is also consistent with the location of the original "Old Perth Road" before the construction of the new bridges and Guildford Road, which is now located directly next to the previously mentioned house. The road used to go to the south of Bassendean oval. This would mean that flow is from right to left and I think the trees are bending that way too. Just a thought."
And from Patrick Irwin . . .
"The photo might be from the Guildford side , looking toward West Guildford / Bassendean.
The house on the right looks like Horseferry House (note the pointy tower cap), but where is the railway line?
It must be totally under the water."

Second hand roof rack
to take a canadian canoe for my car which has gutters. Ring Gordo 9419 4571.
Secondhand Finn/Endorphin, with rudder and back rest (preferable, but not essential). Julie Broad 9327 0217 work, or 0438 591 959

Week 3 /December
Canoe Polo National Champs - Mark Schutze

will be held HERE in Perth next year at Easter (April 15-17). We are running training sessions and are particularly keen to find some good female and junior (under 18) paddlers for the Women's and Junior teams respectively. Anyone interested should contact me (0407 426 183) or Laura Cunningham (0400 719 447).
The UWA Outdoor Club are running a modified rules polo game on Fridays in Matilda Bay. They use playboats with some protective gear. Contact <mailto:paddling.odc@gmail.com>paddling.odc@gmail.com
The canoe polo calendar is up on our website at <http://www.pcpc.canoe.org.au?8831>www.pcpc.canoe.org.au?8831 The Summer A and B-grade comps will start in Feb next year (see the calendar). People should start getting a team together for the most popular of the local comps!

Friends of White Water Park
We now have 7800 Friends of the White Water Park. We are hoping to reach 8000 by the new year. If you want a white water park for WA and are not yet a "Friend" please join at <http://www.whitewaterperth.org.au>www.whitewaterperth.org.au. Registration is free. Please get your family and friends to register as well. In January the Armadale Redevelopment Authority will be calling for registrations of interest from the private sector to build the Park. Inquiries to Colliers International.
Have a pleasant Christmas, Colin Thorpe

Harvey Reservoir
Here's a new destination for an easy day's social paddle. There's a <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>pic on the front page - that's the 'boat ramp' in foreground- the easiest place to put in, on the Harvey-Quindanning Road. It's signposted. I'll have a map and more info on the website next news email.

TriEvents Paddle Series
Inaugural event at Rockingham last weekend: results are here: http://www.trieventswa.com.au/tms.htm
Next race is at Waikiki, Sunday, 15th January.

Anaconda Adventure Race
The tentative date for the Anaconda Adventure Race at Lorne in 2006 will be December 3, we hope to confirm this early in the New Year. . . . currently being planned for 2006 - September (?) in WA.- completely different from Lorne and spectacular setting. To be sure to receive announcements of race dates and course details etc, send us your e-mail address
Results and pics of 2005 race are here: http://www.RapidAscent.com.au/Results/Results.asp?e=
and some pics here: http://www.RapidAscent.com.au/Photos/Photos.asp?mode=5
Story is here: http://www.Rapidascent.com.au/asp/ArticlesLorne05Report.asp

The Social Column (errh, Paragraph)
If you'd like to catch up with news of former Swan Canoe Club superstars Giles and Judy Thomas who relocated to Tassie go to: http://academic.amc.edu.au/~gthomas/other/xmas05/xmas05.html

Canoeing Down Under - 9378 1333
Commencing late January - six week Avon Descent Skills Training group course - register your interest now or consider giving the course as a gift for Christmas.

February River Clean Up at Upper Swan/Bells
Terry Bolland tells us that the Down River Committee is having a river cleanup on Sunday, 19th February 2006, coordinated by Penny Bates. More info later.

Mainpeak Paddlesports: Maritime Rules Awareness Workshop
Topics covered include: channel marks, port and starboard marks, shipping channels, exit and entry from marinas and ports, marine radio protocol and marine channels and more. Free. Call 9284 3759 to book a seat. It's on tonight, Tuesday, 20th December, 6:30 pm.

Do you want to go back in the water?
If you have not already seen this <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/regis_fait_du_kayak1.mpeg>short video clip it's one of the best! 

Sea Kayak Skills Classes
The free sea kayak classes with Les Allen will not run during January. They will resume 11th February, next year - 9am, Woodman Point, east of boat ramp. A sea leader's course will be starting on that date, also. Anyone interested should ring Les after 28th January, 0419 900 715.

Boys' Own Adventure
Now what will Les be up to during January? New Year's Day he will start a crossing of Bass Strait with three others, Tel Williams, Ian Pexton and Darren Gleal, all from WA. They will leave from Port Welshpool, Vic., and finish 900km later at Hobart, all going well. As well as having an adventure they wish to raise awareness of the plight of the Tasmanian Devil and will be calling at the Maria Island disease free colony of devils, from which it is hoped to restock the mainland if necessary.

Andrew Linton's Bass Strait Crossing
To my knowledge the first West Ozzie to cross Bass Strait by sea kayak was Andrew Linton, in 1998. Read his account here: http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/lintbass.html. Andrew also crossed Torres Strait by sea kayak some time earlier and that story is here: http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/torres.html

For Sale
Klepper single
, go anywhere adventure kayak. Good condition, extras. $3,000. 0411 55 6927.  For more information see ...<http://www.klepper.com/>http://www.klepper.com/ 

- second hand white water gear: wildwater helmet, a cag in a small-med size and a pfd in a small size <>gailpearce57@hotmail.com
- second hand roof rack to take a canadian canoe for my car which has gutters. Ring Gordo9419 4571
- any old canoe polo kayaks that are sitting in people's sheds gathering dust. Several members are looking to buy a secondhand boat, so let me know if you want to sell one. 0407 426 183  <mailto:mschutze@hotmail.com>mschutze@hotmail.com

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