The Derwent Canoe Club (DCC) was established in the 1970’s and was incorporated in mid 90’s. Membership is typically around 120. The club is affliated to Canoe Tasmania, which is in turn affiliated with Australian Canoeing. The DCC serves all the southern areas of the state and is based in Hobart.
Club Activities and Programs:
- Entry Level Skills development:
- Whitewater paddling:
- Under 3 trips: Easy, Social trips for all, scheduled monthly.
- River running and creeking: ad hoc trips often organised after a good dump of rain.
- Wildwater Racing
- Canoe Polo,
- Flatwater Paddling
- Freestyle (Rodeo) and
- Multi-Sport Racing.
If you have a complaint or concern you may approach any director personally. The club has several Member Protection Information Officers (MPIOs) who are trained to advise you on your rights, responsibilities and options. Whilst they will not resolve the matter they can assist you to make decisions on appropriate courses of action.
We refer members to Australian Canoeing policy documents which can be found here:
Also during summer many members head for the hills on a few weekends to enjoy camping and paddling at the Brady’s Lake Slalom course. This course is an advanced course used for top level Slalom competitions and general recreational paddling. (A Rodeo involves surfing and doing tricks in a recirculating water feature called a stopper. Brady’s lake has a superb stopper for Rodeo’s). The lake at the bottom of the course is great for novices and intermediates to play in the current entering the lake. Camping is generally good but due to the fact that the elevation is 800 metres it is either very hot (sunscreen essential) or very cold with snow not being out of the question.
During the Winter and Spring River touring is at its peak with many rivers having good flows. The water is of course colder in winter but many paddlers still manage to get some great paddling in. After good rain Tasmania is nothing short of a paddlers paradise. Popular river trips in the south vary from easier rainforest trips such as the Picton through to extreme river gorges such as Butlers Gorge and the Nive. Many members also often travel to the North and North-West of the State for other fantastic rivers. A forward calendar does have some river trips listed but due to the fickle nature of Tasmanian weather many trips are organised on the spur of the moment by telephone or various facebook pages.
The club no longer holds regular member meetings. Club members will be emailed to vote on significant decisions/matters and social events are now organised to bring members together across disciplines. See the Governance page for detailed information on how the club is managed.
(No boats currently available for hire until we arrange an asset officer to administer the service – volunteers?)
The Club has numerous boats for hire at a good price for members. Boats include river running kayaks, play boats, creek boats, a double (Topo Duo) and plastic Wildwater Racing kayaks (Wavehoppers). Boat hire is for members only AND an annual membership carries an entitlement to 3 free hires per year.