INCC has the largest and best club boat fleet of any club in Victoria. Our club boats get plenty of use and are well maintained. Members can help keep the fleet in good condition by selecting the right boat, keeping the boats clean and dry, and by reporting any damage immediately.
The club provides two main types of boats for the use of members; touring kayaks (TK1 and TK2) and racing kayaks (K1 and K2). Touring kayaks are more stable and better suited to beginners and intermediate paddlers. TKs have a trailing rudder, while K boats usually have an underslung rudder.
Club boats within each category (TK and K) are graded in terms of skill required:
Please note that there is a significant step up in skill required from the black (advanced) TK boats to the green (beginner) K boats. There are also some TK1s which are more suitable for tall (185 cm +) paddlers, these are listed on the wall near the boats.
Boats which are out of service for repair should be shown on the selection chart and should also have a “do not use” tag affixed to the rudder in the rack.
Usage of club boats must be recorded in the club boat sign-out book. In addition to being a safety record, the data is used to help with fleet purchase decisions.
Club paddles are located in racks on east and west walls and identified with the club name and number. Select a paddle appropriate to your height. Paddles should be returned to the same location when you have finished.
The procedure for using club boats is as follows.
Club paddles are identified with the club name and number. Select a paddle appropriate to your height. Paddles should be returned to the same location when you have finished.
Under Victorian law, all paddlers should wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) or life jacket whenever they are on the water. Exemption is made for group training sessions and some races. Some club PFDs are available for members to use. Please return the PFD when you have finished and hang it on the racks in the cupboard to dry.
Members are encouraged to purchase their own PFD to ensure they have the correct size and good comfort.