There are several Coaching and Training Sessions available for BGCC members to take part in.

As these are all organised by the coaches and instructors on a voluntary basis, you are advised to contact those in charge of each session to make sure there have been no changes to the session times and/or that this week's session will be going ahead. Most of these sessions are held from Molonglo Reach, either on the Molonglo River or out onto Lake Burley Griffin.

Participation in training sessions is only permitted for club members with the exception of the "Taste of Paddling" Sessions.

Taste of Paddling Sessions

Taste of Paddling sessions for non-club members are conducted on a number weekends, for instruction in boat selection and use, basic paddling stroke. Also refining paddling strokes, trying less stable boats. These sessions must be booked through Patricia Ashton.  For detail, see under Coaching

Session Dates

  • 2020 dates: TBA in October, November, December

Beginner Paddlers - New Club Members

Join the Burley Griffin Canoe Club -  New Members' Inductions will generally be held on the first Sunday of each month, over the warmer months. We then offer beginner sessions at various times during the week, or, if you’re more advanced, there are training sessions with coaches which are more race-orientated.

All new members should attend an Induction, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you intend coming along, so we can confirm dates and times.

Beginner paddlers are welcome and catered for between October and April, from then on water and air temperatures steadily drop and many of us train and travel for the winter race season, or hibernate totally.

However, if, during the colder months you are super keen, transferring from another club, or you are an experienced paddler, please let us know and we’ll try to set you up in a training group.   Patricia.

All new club members using club boats (except canoe polo), are expected to attend an Induction Session.  These will cover club rules regarding the shed, boats and safety.  You will learn which boats are available for use (depending on your paddling capabilities), how to use these boats - carrying them, adjusting them and how to get in and out of them.  You will learn some basic paddling skills on the water.  Sessions take about 2 hours.

Once you have attended your Induction, there are various options open to you.  If you have had some experience paddling you may wish to join one of the paddling groups listed below.  If you are new to paddling and wish to gain skills, confidence and paddling fitness in a non-threatening, somewhat more gentle session, the following times are ideal.

[Please remember to get to the shed at least 5 minutes before time, to be ready to paddle.  The longer it takes to get on the water, the shorter your paddle will be.  Coaches lock the shed doors before getting on the water, so if you are late you will miss out]

Session Times:

Thursday 5:30 p.m.  with Patricia - technique, basic skills, building up fitness and strength - 1 hour   contact Patricia (During Daylight Savings Times)

Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. (on non-race weekends only!) – with Helen. Please contact Helen before 11 a.m. at:  Helen or she will not be there. Be at the Club Shed before 1:30 p.m. to take out boats. Beginners will be accompanied with general beginner coaching as appropriate. More competent (faster) paddlers are welcome to attend at this time and paddle at their own pace - appropriate to their abilities.

Sunday: 9.00 a.m. These sessions will be lead by coaches, trainee coaches or experienced paddlers on a roster basis.  Depending on participants this could be a gentle paddle to the wetlands, carillon or Kingston, or short races up and down the river.

Tuesdays - 7:00 a.m. David & Russell’s Session. 1 hour; some interval training and technique instruction.  Contact David Gordon or Russell Murphy

Wednesday's: from 5:45 p.m.  We run our club time trials - you can use these to increase your paddling fitness or you can take out a boat and go for a paddle yourself.  Shed Is open from about 4:30 till 7:30 p.m.  (During Daylight Savings Times)


Gary – Intermediate /Advanced Paddlers

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This intermediate/advanced group includes regular interval sessions and drills/technique sessions.

Interval sessions sound scary, but they are not. Anyone wishing to get fitter and faster is welcome.

Intervals are structured as 'out-and-back' so the group gets back together regularly regardless of various speeds through the group. Excellent for time trial and Marathon series racing. A stopwatch or GPS on the deck of the boat for each paddler is helpful but not mandatory.

If the coach is unavailable for any session (this is pretty rare!), programs will be set in advance and there are almost always other paddlers in attendance.

6:00 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday (all year) - Interval session. Off water by 7:15-7:30.

6:30 a.m. Saturday Interval session of about 90min on Saturday.

7:00 a.m. Sunday - Long paddle of about 2hrs on Sunday. 

Margi – Intermediate/Advanced Paddlers Training for Competition. Be the best you can be.

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Anyone who seeks to improve their racing performance are welcome to attend these sessions.

TrainSmart integrates information on paddle and boat physics, physical and fitness attributes and biomechanics towards personalised training to prepare paddlers to be the best they can be. Sessions are structured to keep group cohesivity through the session so it does not matter if you are a fast Open MK1 paddler or an older masters paddler. The common ingredient for participants in this group is a desire to improve their racing performances. Participants in the program are encouraged to attend the Wednesday Night BGCC Paddle and Time Trial.

Sessions are usually 60-75 minutes during the week and longer on Saturdays. Sessions follow a 2-week microcycle pattern within a block periodisation format designed around key races. The program includes on-water and off-water sessions (gym, run, portage, cycle). If Margi is not around to run a session, details are sent to you in advance and the group trains at the usual times.

 Training Times are:

·         4:00 p.m. Monday, Friday.

·         9:30 a.m. Saturday

Members of this squad are mostly training for State and National Championships, PNSW Winter Series races and Masters Games. Some paddlers get selected onto National Teams and compete at the World Marathon and World Masters Marathon Championships. The program follows similar training philosophies to those of successful paddlers and nations in marathon kayak.

Paddlers are regularly tested so that the training program can be adjusted to facilitate sustained improvement. There is a small cost to cover consumables when we do testing. Testing follows similar protocols to that used nationally and by successful marathon coaches around the world. If available, Mick Leverett gets involved in these testing weekends to help prepare you for the myriad of strategies and skills needed to be successful.

Overseas Tours: Members of the squad try to travel to South Africa or to the World Marathon Cup in May-June of each year to get some international experience, socialise and race with some of the top names in our sport, work with some really good coaches and have a bit of a change of scenery. Preliminary plans (all cancelled because of the Corvid-19 pandemic) for 2020 were to go to Pitesti in Romania (location for the 2021 World Championships) for the Marathon World Cup over 22-24 May with a 10-day camp in either Portugal or Denmark preceding competition. The World and Masters World Marathon Championships are in Baerum, Norway over 25-30 August, 2020 so we may make a side trip to Norway to check out the course.


Canoe Polo holds training on Monday, Wednesdays and Sundays, at the river over the summer months, and Wednesday and Sundays at Tuggeranong pool through winter.  Contact our Canoe Polo convener, Laura Kleinrahm: Laura