The Queensland Government provided $2000 to Outrigger Caloundra Canoe Club to purchase equipment that enabled Queenslanders to participate in sport and recreation activities in 2020. Thanks to support like this, we can continue to keep our memberships affordable and equipment up to date!
Outrigger Caloundra’s clubhouse has been a community facility since the 1960s. Over the years the club has been home to the Caloundra All Boats Sailing Club, the Malibu Club and Caloundra State High School for marine studies.
Outrigger Caloundra have called the clubhouse at Leach Park, Golden Beach home since 2000. We are a not-for-profit club managed by volunteers. Our members maintain the surrounding grounds where our canoes are stored and we have made custom-built racks inside the club for both club owned and privately owned small water crafts for members.
We feel very privileged to be based on Pumicestone Passage with access to a boat ramp and car parking. The ocean is at our doorstep and the passage is our playground when we can’t cross the bar.
At Ourigger Caloundra we understand that with privilege comes responsibility. We understand that as individuals we do not “own” the facility; rather we are managing it and maintaining it the best we can for the collective use of our members and the community. For example, Outrigger Caloundra opened its doors free of charge for a local band called the “Flying Pigs” to perform in December 2019. All money raised went to the Sunshine Coast Integrated Family and Youth Service. We have also offered to run a free 6 week program for kids in care within the Moreton region and we now offer a weekly session for kids aged from 8 to 12 every Saturday morning.
Outrigger Caloundra also acknowledges that the traditional custodians of the area have cared for the land and waters we use today for thousands of years. It is our hope that we can build relationships with the traditional custodians and discuss ways we can learn more about Gubbi Gubbi culture and heritage.
Thank you Sunshine Coast Council for supporting our grant that enabled us to buy these amazing paddles in 2019. All new members who join Outrigger Caloundra and compete in regattas as novices will have access to these light, slick and gorgeous paddles! Thank you for supporting the community to be more active!
Calling all ocean lovers with a competitive spirit!! Come and Try outrigger canoeing with us every Saturday in September from 8:30am to 9:30am. We’ll take you for quick 10 min paddle sessions around the passage and go through technique and safety issues on the beach. Suitable for the whole family! Free event, no bookings required. Give it a crack and try something different.
Outrigger Caloundra received $7k under the Stronger Communities Programme (Round 3) to contribute towards the cost of a new OC6. We thank Andrew Wallace MP for supporting the project that will help deliver social benefits in our local community. Outrigger Caloundra will be paying for the remaining costs. To help with our fundraising efforts, we have organised a mega raffle!
In simple terms, outrigger canoeing is a water sport for individuals and/or teams. Outrigger canoes come in many shapes and sizes for 1, 2, 4, 6 or 12 people. The most common type of paddling is done in 6 man canoes. Paddling is a sport for life and is enjoyed by children as young as 8 and adults over 70. Paddling has been a traditional part of many cultures around the world for thousands of years but it was only recently introduced as a sport in Australia in the 1980s. Outrigger canoeing demands not only physical strength and technical expertise but mental toughness and intuitive skills.
What’s so great about outrigger canoeing?
Outrigging means different things to different people. For some it’s a hobby, for others it’s a way of life. Outrigging can be described as a semi-adventure sport for fanatics who get a kick out of big waves, endurance racing and travelling for paddling purposes as opposed to business or pleasure. While for others, it’s a a way of keeping active with your mates and enjoying the serenity of the great outdoors.
Outrigger canoeing is great for people who have done team sports like rugby or netball in the past but need something softer and kinder for their joints!
Why are we running the program?
Outrigger Caloundra is seeking competitive members to join our growing club!
We currently have over 70 members aged from 13 to 76. The club has undergone significant growth over the past 3 years and we are hoping to keep this momentum going.
We introduced juniors to our club in September 2016 and we are hoping to see this program grow and thrive!
This year we are targeting juniors aged 13 years and over. We are seeking juniors who have a competitive spirit, a love of the ocean and enjoy team sports. Parents are also welcome to join in the fun and paddle alongside the kids.
We also have a group of competitive senior members aged over 19 who travel throughout south east Queensland, interstate and overseas for races. We are always looking for paddlers who share our hunger for racing and challenging themselves.
We will be running a 4 week Beginner Program in September 2017. The program will kick off with a “Come and Try Day” on Sunday 3 September at 9am including a Fathers’ Day BBQ; if you like it, join us for the next three Sunday’s in September from 9-10:30am to learn about the traditional, safety and technical elements of outrigger canoeing.
What to bring
Paddles and safety gear will be provided. You will need to bring:
clothes that can get wet
footwear to protect your feet from cuts on the boat ramp.
Where to go
Meet us at our Golden Beach club house on Short Street, Leech Park at 9am for all Sunday sessions.
The program is free for the 4 Sunday sessions in September. However, if paddlers choose to join us throughout the week for extra club sessions, you will be asked to join our governing body AOCRA for insurance purposes and join up as a member of the club.
Membership fees are $100 for your first year and $200 per year thereafter.
Please contact our Head Coach and Junior Coach Adam Joyce for more information 0417 471 426 or Heeni our assistant coach on 0438 744 971.
Ashton Joyce and Callum Morris are representing Outrigger Caloundra today in the V1 races at Mooloolaba. We wish you the very best of luck! Remember, when the going gets tough, paddle the only way we know how; “straight up the guts bro”!
Outrigger Caloundra and Poly Va’a had a fabulous morning on 25 March 2017! We shared food, surfed waves, danced along to the sounds of the ukulele and blessed our OC1s. Big thank you to Pili Muaulu for sharing your knowledge, laughter and spirit with us! We hope to see more days like this in the future!
Outrigger Caloundra is a not for profit sports club that is managed by volunteers. We are affiliated with the Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (AOCRA) and are members of the South Queensland Zone.