Western Australia (WA) has an extensive coastline and paddling is an integral part of how we use it. Encompassing recreational kayaking, ocean paddling events, surf life saving events and adventure racing, an individual’s safety is influenced by their ability to make informed decisions regarding their capability and preparedness to paddle in certain environments and conditions.

SLSWA has partnered with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Paddle WA to develop the Ocean Paddling – Be Safe program designed to guide safe participation, management and organisation of ocean paddling in WA.

The Ocean Paddling – Be Safe Recreational Paddling Framework and supporting Recreational Paddling Guide have been developed to guide the safety of individuals participating in recreational ocean paddling along our WA coastline.

Brochure: Download

Participation and Safety Guide: Download

The Event Management Guidelines have been developed to provide event managers with direction on how to safely conduct an ocean paddling event in WA.

Event Management Guidelines: Download

For further information about this, and any other Be Safe program, please contact the Health Promotion team.