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:
    • Paddle Power: Great for junior development with adults accepted as well.
    • Canoe Tasmania: Great education and accreditation courses with generous discounts for members.
    • All other disciplines below generally welcome new members with basic skills on appropriate events.
  • 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.

Contact Us:

The address for correspondence is:
Derwent Canoe Club
GPO Box 25
Hobart, TAS, 7001
We keep in touch via:
For general enquiries email:

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:


Current Member Protection Officers:
Vicky Bonwick 0429 264940
Carol Hurst 0474 221356
Richard McMinn 0439 667952


Probably the most popular whitewater site used by the club in summer is the Broken Bridge rapid on the Derwent River. This is a rapid formed between the pylons of a bridge destroyed in a flood in the 1960’s. The rapid is a fast grade 2 shoot with small waves and big eddies either side of the shoot. During Summer the water is quite warm (very swimmable!) making it an excellent place to start the progression from flat water paddling into moving water. Many of the club’s novice paddlers also take off in Summer to camp at the Forth Slalom course for the superb learning opportunities the site offers.

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.

Boat Hire

(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.

Joining the Club

Please visit the Fees and Charges  page for financial details or straight to the Membership page for all membership information.


For more info how the club is governed and the roles of its Directors and Coordinators click here...