New Paddlers

The safety of all paddlers is one of our top priorities. For this reason, we require new paddlers to wear a life jacket (supplied) when paddling until they have completed a swim ability test and a capsize test (theory only).

Swim test

In the presence of a NWD Board member or Safety Officer, while you are wearing paddling clothes:

  • Swim on your front 50m, then
  • Float for 60 seconds, then
  • Using any stroke, swim for 25m.

Capsize test

You need to complete the theory capsize quiz: