The Global Paddler knowledge bank was created with input from Australian Canoeing certified instructors and other paddling professionals. Expert advice has been contributed by Scott Rawstorne from Global Paddler, Travis Frenay from Paddle & Portage Canoes, Nick King from Sunny King Paddleboards, Simon Fitzpatrick from Northern Rivers Sportfishing, Matt Tuffy from Imitate Baits, and Wayne and Mel Hanley from Greenland Downunder. Additional guidance from industry professionals that is beneficial to the paddling community is always welcome. If you have something to add, please feel free to get in touch with us via the Contact Us page of this website. Getting the right gear the first time is a lot easier with expert assistance from knowledgeable paddlers.
A paddler is a person who propels a watercraft using a paddle, but a happy paddler is a person who propels a purpose-built watercraft using a paddle designed for optimal performance and has the necessary gear to help them stay safe on and off the water.
Before you launch, it is essential to be able to assess the likely impacts of the weather, tides, water levels, and currents, and then make an informed decision as to whether to go out on the water. If you decide to go, car shuttles, company, and fishing regulations are other important considerations.