WA Sea Kayak Fest 2019 Program

The Program

We have created a program for the event to showcase the array of local, and interstate paddlers who will offer exciting keynote presentations and choices for on/off-water sessions that we hope will leave you feeling inspired. As the event date approaches, this program will have updates made to it as required. You can download a PDF version of the current program by clicking HERE.

Please note that ALL on-water sessions are weather and sea-state dependent and conditions may arise that result in paddles described having to be modified or replaced with an alternative.

At the event, a detailed paddling program will be finalised day-by-day, according to weather conditions and what the sea leader/event organisers feel is appropriate for overall safety. Sign-up sheets will be put up for the paddling program each evening and the paddles on offer will be described so you can make a choice.

We have tried to offer a range of paddles, so that there is something for everyone, as such, some paddles may require you to be at a sea skills level in order to sign on to them (see FAQ for skill level descriptions).

Highlights of this year’s event

• Local and Interstate key-note speakers

Dave Winkworth:
Sage Advice and some Rosemary


Beau Miles:
The Mirror of the Sea: findings of a PhD on sea kayak expeditioning.
Based on my Bass by Kayak film series, which will be shown in parts, I elude to experiences and moments that became the core findings of my doctorate – which essentially questions my storytelling, decision-making, and pursuit of authentic experiences during a sea kayak expedition. It will be lively presentation that dives into vagaries and intensities of an adventurers psyche.
TEA, TOAST, wind and wine: An Acronym for sea kayaking departure.
This session will unpack my own, and other, acronyms of departure. The key question is how, and if acronyms are successful modes of knowledge transfer, instigators of safe practice, help with decision making, and ultimately, get passed on to others through ease of use and understanding. I propose that intent, context and delivery are fundamental to an acronyms effectiveness. The session is an open discussion about experiences, looking out to sea, near misses, teachable moments and the ‘so-what’ to paddling.

Andrew Maffett:
Paddling to the end of the world – the first Australian sea kayak circumnavigation of South Georgia Island.

• Exciting range of choices for Sea Kayaking trips, practical sessions, seminars and workshops

• Programmed activities to help develop sea kayaker skill and confidence


• Day trips in beautiful areas on Cape Naturaliste, Geographe Bay & surrounding areas

• Leisure time to network and socialize with fun like-minded paddlers

• Participation in an environmentally and family friendly event

• Daily yoga sessions

Daily early morning yoga sessions to help you kick start your day and get you ready for your paddles. The yoga sessions will be lead by Yoga teacher Melanie Browne.