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16 January 2015

Coaching clinics with Sean Rice

NLK is very pleased to support Sean Rice’s upcoming tour of Tasmania! Sean needs no introduction as the current ICF Ocean Racing World Champion and winner of a swag of other international titles in recent years.

Sean will be in Hobart on Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February offering a range of coaching sessions to suit all experience levels. Sean is offering 3 types of sessions:

Private One-on-One $165

Group 3 people $300

Group session (+/-12 people) $70 per person

Locations are TBA based on weather but will most likely be around the Kingston area. We will post final schedule/venues here and on our Facebook page.

We are stoked to be able to offer two special Moving Targets group sessions with Sean focusing on open water/downwind skills. Any paddler who has registered for the first 12-weeks of our 2015 Moving Targets program will be able to participate in these sessions.

The special Moving Targets sessions will take place on Sunday 1st Feb from 2-4pm and 4:30-6:30pm. Cost per paddler will be $70/session. Numbers per session will be limited to allow Sean to have maximum time with each paddler.

Check out Sean’s website for more information and contact him directly on info(at) to register for any of the coaching clinics above. You will need to identify yourselves as a Moving Targets paddler if registering for those sessions.

Exciting times for Tassie paddling with visits from Dawid Mocke, Oscar Chalupsky and Sean during the past year in amongst a very healthy, active paddling scene!

Cheers, Ben

15 January 2015

Moving Targets 2015 – new group training sessions

MT_5_12_2_IMG_1173This year we are expanding our Moving Targets group training program and making it central to a lot of other NLK activities. Details are now up on our Moving Targets page.

3 Moving Targets sessions will be run every week around Hobart. Sessions will suit intermediate to advanced paddlers, men and women, girls and boys, wide range of ages, competitive and non-competitive paddlers. Sessions will include technique, video, open water and downwind skills work alongside more physical training.

To register for the program or for more information please get in touch with me on 0439 844 649 or email ben(at)

Look forward to hearing from you – Cheers, Ben

8 January 2015


2015 NATIONAL PIES Kayak Challenge – Australia Day Jan 26th

The next race in the Southern Paddlers Summer Series is the 2015 NATIONAL PIES Kayak Challenge on Australia Day. The event is proudly organised by Next Level Kayaking in conjunction with the Sandy Bay Regatta.

We are very grateful to National Pies for sponsoring this year’s event. Thanks to their generosity we are able to offer $500 prizemoney, with $350 of this going to the random draw pool. National Pies are a Tasmanian tradition and have been locally baked for over 70 years, check them out at

This is an open access event (privately insured), which means you don’t have to be a club member of any kind to enter. Just rock up, sign in and race.

There will be 3 divisions – the normal div 1 (14km) and div 2 (10km), as well as a div 3 (6km) designed for paddlers who are looking to compete for the first time.

All competitors will receive a drink and BBQ voucher to help the post-race recovery!

For spectators and families there will be lots to see on the water with outriggers, dragon boats and regular views of the multi-lap kayak challenge. There will also be all the off-water Regatta action to enjoy throughout the day.

You can can download the event flyer here:


Pictures and a report from last year’s event are further down the page.

For more information just give me a buzz on 0439 844 649 or email ben(at)

Lock in Australia Day (Monday Jan 26th) for some paddling and Regatta fun in Sandy Bay!

See you there – Cheers, Ben

7 October 2014 



NLK Spring paddling clinic – Launceston, Sunday 26th October

Spring has sprung! Come along and enjoy a half or full day of coaching on Sunday 26th – both flatwater and open water techniques covered. Details are below and on the “Launceston Spring clinic 26 Oct” page. The flatwater session is suitable for competitors taking on the Launceston Cataract Challenge, and will cover specific aspects of this event.

9.00 – 11.30am Group flatwater technique session (max 12 people), Trevallyn Dam – includes video review – $90 pp

1.30 – 3.30pm Small group open water skills session (max 6 people), Greens Beach – $90 pp

I can also work 1-on-1 from mid afternoon on Saturday 25th if anyone is keen.

If you don’t have your own gear hire is available at $30 per session for a suitable ski, paddle, leg leash and buoyancy vest.

Contact me on 0439 844 649 or ben(at) to reserve a spot for any of the sessions.

As always, if you would like to check out or demo anything from our range of gear (Jantex, Vajda, Mocke, Vaikobi, Rhino Rack and Flow) then just get in touch and we’ll fit it in!

Looking forward to it – see you there!

Cheers, Ben

Launceston Cataract Challenge links:


Launceston Cataract Challenge 2013 – paddle leg start


NLK Trevallyn Dam session – Spring 2013


NLK Greens beach session – Summer 2012

30 September 2014

Back in Motion / Next Level Kayaking – Muscles in Motion for Kayakers



We are excited to introduce our partnership with Back In Motion Hobart on Murray!

The Back In Motion Health Group is Australia’s largest and most trusted provider of physiotherapy and related services. Back in Motion Hobart on Murray is run by former Olympic canoeist Peter Eckhardt, who has been helping local paddlers overcome their aches and pains for decades.

From now until Christmas, paddlers who purchase any NLK product or service will receive a 10% discount on all physiotherapy services at Back in Motion Hobart on Murray.

Next Level Kayaking and Back in Motion are also combining to bring you “Muscles In Motion for Kayakers” – a series of six classes designed to help kayakers improve paddling technique and prevent injury. Before the classes kick off we will be running two free sessions introducing some key concepts of paddling technique, strength, flexibility and posture:

Free session 1

4.30pm this Thursday 2nd October, pre-NLK training session, Derwent Sailing Squadron, Sandy Bay (No need to book)

Free session 2

6pm Wednesday 29th October, Back In Motion Hobart on Murray, 221 Murray St, Hobart (Bookings close October 22nd – call BIM on 03 6231 3939)

Muscles in Motion classes

Class 1 – 6pm Wednesday 5th November, Back In Motion Hobart on Murray, 221 Murray St, Hobart

Classes 2 to 6 will run at the same time and place every week, up to and including the 10th of December

Classes are $34 each or $188 for all six. Bookings for all Muscles in Motion classes close October 22nd – call BIM on (03) 6231 3939.

For more information check out the flyers above (download them in pdf format here: Muscles in Motion for Kayakers 2014)

Check out Back In Motion Hobart on Murray here:

And the Back In Motion Health Group here:

Look forward to seeing you at the upcoming sessions!

Cheers, Ben

27 August 2014

NLK_ocean_ski_safety_sml2014 NLK OCEAN SKI SAFETY COURSE

NLK’s Ocean Ski Safety course is locked in for 2014! This will be our 5th edition, with around 100 Tasmanian paddlers taking this course since 2011.

Our safety course aims to:

1) Increase paddler skill, safety and confidence in open-water craft.

2) Enable paddlers to reduce the risk of potentially tricky open water situations.

3) Provide paddlers with an opportunity to access formal instruction in these areas during Spring (the windiest time for paddling in Tasmania).

This year we are expanding the course content, separating theory and practice. With the number of Tasmanian paddlers now taking on rougher conditions we want to make sure the safety message is covered from every angle.

The course is ideal for new or recent ocean ski paddlers, multisport (especially Freycinet Challenge) competitors, ocean racers, or any paddler wanting to be safer and more competent in open water. The course caters for paddlers of all levels wanting to gain the fundamental skills required to expand their paddling horizons, as well as experienced paddlers wanting to work on or refresh these skills.


Thursday 18th Sep – Theory and presentation session

Derwent Sailing Squadron, Sandy Bay, 7.00 – 8.30pm.

Thursday 25th Sep – Instruction and practice session

YMCA Pool, Clarence, 7.30 – 9.30pm.

Course participants will be eligible for a 20% discount on our range of MOCKE safety gear and Vaikobi layering, which we will have displayed on the 18th and 25th.

More information, including registration details, can be found on our 2014 Ocean Ski Safety course page.

Looking forward to seeing you at this year’s course!

Cheers, Ben

1273681_10153189949425332_1300175337_o26 June 2014

Paddler rescue on the Derwent – lessons learnt

A few of us were involved in an incident on Monday 23/06 near the mouth of the Derwent River. In the interests of promoting paddler safety we have put some thoughts together about what happened, what went wrong, but more importantly what went right and eventually resulted in a good outcome. Hope you can take something from it. Tasmanian Winter conditions can become serious very quickly.

Paddler rescue on the Derwent 23_06_14

09 June 2014

Tasmanian Winter Series information (northern and southern races)

Northern_Winter_Series_2014The TasCC Northern Winter Series kicks off in Ulverstone this weekend – check out the flyer for all the info (download a pdf version here)

DCC Southern Winter series dates and information:
WHO: There is a division for every paddler. 3 divisions: Elite, Intermediate and novice. Sea kayaks will start with the novice group. The elite division will be competing for the coveted “King of the Huon” trophy.
WHEN: Last Sunday in the month starting May 25th, June 29th, July 27th and further dates to be advised. Note Winter Challenge date has not been announced yet, Freycinet Challenge is on October 11/ 12th.
TIME: Pre-Race briefing at 9.30AM Race start at 10.00AM with divisions leaving at 5 minute intervals. Presentations and spot prize draw after each race.
WHERE: The first race is at New Norfolk next Sunday May 25th. Start line on the opposite side of the river from the town 400m south of the bridge. Other venues will be determined according to conditions. We will be using various locations to give you the best paddling conditions on the day. Watch the Derwent Canoe Club Facebook page for any changes and updates, results and all of the gossip from the races.
ESSENTIALS: PFDs are compulsory. DCC (or other Canoe Australia) membership compulsory (available on the day), Warm paddling clothes and change of clothes. Volunteers to drive the safety boat are most welcome!
COSTS: $5 per race (this goes to the DCC to purchase safety equipment)
MORE INFORMATION: Derwent Canoe Club Facebook page
Phil Watkins
0487 509 019
Andy Maver
0407 870 393

24 April 2014

logoThule Icebreaker Challenge 2014 pre-event paddling clinic

May 3rd and 4th – Trevallyn Dam, Launceston

NLK is proudly sponsoring Launceston’s Thule Icebreaker Multisport Challenge for the 3rd year running! We are holding a pre-event paddling clinic in conjunction with a course familiarisation weekend on May 3rd and 4th. We have already had 8 people pre-register for clinic sessions, so will be offering coaching throughout Saturday as planned with spill-over timeslots on Sunday afternoon. Craft and gear hire will be available for clinic participants. On Sunday between 11.30am-1.30pm we will have craft and gear freely available for demo and course familiarisation.

The final schedule and more information is available here.

Bookings are essential – please contact me on 0439 844 649 or ben(at) to reserve your spot (if you pre-registered we are holding spots for you but you will need to confirm attendance).

Look forward to seeing you there!

Cheers, Ben

Thule Icebreaker Challenge links:

Website –

Facebook page –

24 April 2014

thurs22014/15 Thursday training schedule locked in

01/05 to 14/08 – Derwent Sailing Squadron, Sandy Bay (4.30pm for a 4.45 start)

21/08 to 02/10 – Derwent Sailing Squadron, Sandy Bay (4.45pm for a 5.00 start)

Daylight savings starts 5th October

09/10 to 26/03 – Southern end of Long Beach, Sandy Bay (5.30pm for a 5.45 start)

Daylight savings ends 5th April

For more information check out the Thursday training page here.

09 March 2014

Moving Targets – new group training sessions for 2014/15

We are extending our group training options this year with the aim of making the concepts and sessions behind advanced paddling programs available to everyone. These sessions will be a step up from the Thursday training many paddlers are used to and participants will see the increased benefit of a long-term approach and regular training with a focused group. These paddlers will become “Moving Targets”, accelerating their rate of improvement above and beyond what has been possible in the past. For more information, follow this link to the Moving Targets page.

Clinic_109 March 2014

Vajda’s new ski models are only days away! The Hawx 46 (intermediate+ model) and Hawx 52 (low-volume beginner model) land in Australia early next week. We will have demos of both shapes arriving in Tasmania soon afterwards. To book your own demo please contact us.


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Pre-Strategic Multisport Challenge paddling clinic

NLK is proud to sponsor Triathlon South’s 2014 multisport challenge! We’re currently taking registrations for our Pre-Strategic Multisport Challenge paddling clinic on Sunday 16th March – you can find all the information here. All welcome! Check out some of the pictures from our previous group clinics below.




Launnie_clinic_May201312 February 2014


Untitled3NLK now stocks Rhino Racks!

In partnership with Australian Paddle Sports and Vajda Canoes and Kayaks we are very pleased to be able to bring you Rhino Rack products. Since 1992 Rhino Rack has proven to be Australia’s most diverse commercial roof rack company, with a range of rack systems to suit everyone from the ladder-carrying tradesman to the desert assaulting 4 wheel driver, as well as recreational riders, kayak and ski paddlers.

Check out their range at: and on our Rhino Rack page here.

NLK customers are eligible for a 25% reduction on Rhino Rack products with any Vajda ski, canoe or kayak purchase. There will be a heap of regular special offers as well including the February promotion currently up on our page – check it out!


Untitled426 January 2014

2014 TASSAL Kayak Challenge


IMG_4471Pete Genders and Jordy Davis throw the dice on the breakwater wave – battle for 3rd and 4th in Div 1 


Fastest man on the water – Michael Hanemaayer



Division 1 (7 laps)

1st Micheal Hanemaayer – 1.28.15

2nd Ian Cooksey – 1.28.24

3rd Jordy Davis – 1.29.21

4th Peter Genders 1.30.20

5th Graeme van Galen 1.34.18

6th Andrew Palmer 1.34.20

7th Alex Hunt 1.35.35

8th Craig Sly 1.36.06

9th John Darcey 1.38.05

10th Andrew Fuglsang 1.38.38

11th Peter Kent 1.38.52

12th Robin O’Brien 1.40.05

13th Greg Pollard 1.42.20

Division 2 (5 laps)

1st Jono Hitchens – 1.07.40

2nd Ian Parker – 1.11.52

3rd Simon Fielding – 1.12.46

4th Nick Smith 1.13.30

5th Cameron Gibson 1.15.38

6th Peter Kay 1.15.42

7th Reid Hooker 1.16.51

8th Mike Edwards 1.18.33

9th Patrick Bird 1.25.57

Division 2 female (5 laps)

1st Jodi Templar – 1.14.54

2nd Kate Trdin – 1.27.16

Division 3 (3 laps)

1st Chris Sullivan – 49.32

2nd Jamie Whitford – 51.48

3rd Richard McMinn – 52.18

4th Mark Johnson 1.00.50

5th Michael Sullivan 1.02.10

Outriggers (3 laps)

1st OC6 #130 – 53.58

2nd OC6 #132 – 54.30

3rd OC6 #131 (junior crew) – 1.02.30

Pictures taken by Mick Darcey, Chris Blackaby and Jordy Davis.

It was a great day – beaut weather – thanks to everyone who supported the event!

Especially well done to those who stepped up a division or had a go for the first time. Respect to you – love your work!

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

Cheers, Ben


Presentations at the end of the race


Andrew Fuglsang and John Darcey – all smiles on the beach at the end – stepped up to Div 1 well done lads!

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NLK’s January newsletter is up and about:

1 January 2014

2014 TASSAL Kayak Challenge and Demo Day


The 2014 TASSAL Kayak Challenge and Demo Day – all set to go off this Australia Day! That’s Sunday January 26th if you needed reminding ;-) With $600 prizemoney across 3 divisions (including random draw $$ for div 2 and 3) you might even pick up some sweet cash as well. Now THAT would be a totally Australian effort.

This race is Summer Series Race 4, organised by NLK on behalf of Southern Paddlers and the Sandy Bay Regatta. It’s an OPEN ACCESS event which means you don’t have to be a club member to enter. We’re keeping the distances real – with 14km div 1, 10km div 2 and a 6km blast for div 3. We’re feeding all competitors – with a drink and BBQ voucher for every entrant. We’re making it interesting for spectators – with lots of laps rather than a quick glimpse at the start and finish. We’re showering paddlers with booty – medallions on finishing and spot prizes after the race to go with the $$ above! We’ve got the family covered with all the Regatta action to enjoy throughout the day.

This year we’re also offering a chance to try the latest paddling equipment from Tasmania’s major brands – Epic, Fenn, Stellar, Think, Vajda, Flow, Jantex, Vaikobi, Mocke and more. This demo opportunity will be available after the presentations (from about midday).

You can download the event flyer below, and for more information just give me a buzz on 0439 844 649 or email ben(at)


You can find a wrap-up of last year’s event here:

A big thanks to our major sponsor TASSAL for their ongoing support of this event – TASSAL are Australia’s largest salmon producer as well as one of the largest employers in Tasmania. Check them out at

See you this Australia Day!

Cheers, Ben

1 January 2014

Dawid_Mocke_2014Dawid Mocke paddling clinics – 9th to 11th January

Exciting news – 2012 World Ocean Series Champion Dawid Mocke will be coming to Tassie for a series of paddling clinics early this Year!

Dawid will be offering clinics between 9th and 11th of January, suitable for beginners through to advanced paddlers. This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the best paddlers in the World. Numbers will be limited – don’t miss out! And spread the word so your mates get the chance as well. Contact clinic organiser Noel Peters on 0409 124 388 for more information or to register.

You can download the registration form here: Dawid_Mocke_clinics_registration_form

Proudly supported by Next Level Kayaking.

1 January 2014

1510749_716293435048975_1750285869_nNLK is very pleased to be able to bring you the best paddling apparel from Vaikobi this year. A perfect fit with the typical Tassie “four seasons in one day” scenario, Vaikobi offer a selection of specific paddling clothing designed to maintain your core body temperature and ensure optimum performance. If you are looking for performance paddling clothing for kayaking, surf or ocean ski, SUP, outrigger or multisport, Vaikobi gear is for you! Check out our Vaikobi page or the Vaikobi main site here.

1 January 2014

NEW SHAFTSThere will be plenty happening over at our Jantex paddles page this year, with some new shaft and adjuster options already hitting Australia and more products to come. Was the Jantex Gamma the most sought after blade shape in Australia during 2013? We don’t know but we couldn’t (and still can’t!) get them into the country fast enough. Jantex are constantly innovating and refining their products to produce the best made and most durable paddles on the planet. Their range gives paddlers a lot of choice and ensures the best fit for purpose. Check out the Jantex main site here.

1 January 2014

classifiedsAfter much neglect pre-Xmas our Classifieds page is back up to date with a heap of new listings – check it out if you’re in the market for some 2nd hand gear.

1 January 2014

photo (8)Check out our Coastal Classics page where we’re writing up some of the great downwind runs around Hobart and other parts of Tassie – send us your favourite run!

1 January 2014

New year, new skis! Here’s what’s about to hit our shores.


The Hawx 46 – intermediate ski from Vajda – coming soon in 2014…


The Hawx 52 – Vajda’s latest beginner ski – coming soon in 2014…

1510630_628053570585604_225554531_nFlow’s newest creation – the Addict – sneak peak only at this stage, more soon!

Check out our Vajda and Flow pages for all the latest.

10 October 2013

NLK training and TAS events calendar 2013/14 – update

Here’s our calendar planned out for the rest of 2013/14 including the events we’ll be at and the major events we’ll be training for. This year we’re structuring our Thursday training around some of these major events. Download the full schedule here: NLK_calendar_2013_14_update5

Meeting times/places for Thursday training sessions are below. Note we are moving to Long Beach TONIGHT (1 week earlier than originally planned). For more information see the “Thursday training” page.

02/05 to 15/08 – Derwent Sailing Squadron, Sandy Bay (4.30pm for a 4.45 start)

22/08 to 10/10 – Derwent Sailing Squadron, Sandy Bay (4.45pm for a 5.00 start)

10/10 to 27/03 – Southern end of Long Beach, Sandy Bay (5.30pm for a 5.45 start)

19 September 2013

Launceston paddling clinic – Sunday 29th September

Tamar_Rowing_Club_imageAs proud sponsors of the 2013 Freycinet Challenge and the inaugral 2013 Launceston Cataract Challenge, NLK are running our 4th Launceston paddling clinic to prepare participants for both events! This is your chance to get the edge and accelerate your paddling, saving many months on your own with a few hours at this comprehensive course.

The clinic is suitable for entry level up to advanced paddlers. For those not able to attend the full course, 1-on-1 sessions will be available immediately afterwards. Limited craft and gear hire is available on the day by prior arrangement.

The clinic will be held at the Tamar Rowing Club on Sunday 29th September, from 8.30am to 1.30pm. During the on water component of the course we will cover much of the Launceston Cataract Challenge paddle leg, introducing participants to the course and the best strategies to take on race day. The full clinic schedule, details and booking information can be found here.

26 August 2013

NLK most improved: Winter Challenge 2012-2013

Sometimes improving your paddling is like watching grass grow, you don’t notice it happening day by day or week by week. But if you have a look at it over a longer timeframe the changes are obvious.

At NLK we love to see improvement, we also love our numbers and the science behind paddling! So we analysed the times of 70 paddlers participating in the Winter Challenges of 2012 and 2013 who have accessed some form of NLK coaching since we started up in September 2010. Many of these paddlers continue to improve through regular coaching or training sessions.

The Winter Challenge paddle course is unique because it is always fairly flat/sheltered and marked by islands, so times are more comparable year-to-year than for any other multisport event in Tasmania. Nonetheless, we made conservative adjustments for a slightly slower course in 2013 compared with 2012 (across all paddlers), and also for paddlers who competed in different combinations – individually, 2P or 4P teams – during the 2012 and 2013 events (this affected 6 paddlers).

The results have generated our first ever “most improved” honour roll of NLK paddlers over a yearly cycle, as well as a glimpse at the improvements possible through regular coaching and training. The highlights are:

# An average improvement of 6.11% from 2012 to 2013 across all of 70 NLK paddlers analysed (equivalent to just over 3 mins faster for every 50 mins of paddling)

# SIMON BENTLEY as NLK’s most improved paddler 2012-2013 (at 23.3%). Well done mate!

# Most improved places 2 to 5 – JUSTIN MARNEY 2nd (18.22%), ALEX SPINKS 3rd (15.49%), DREW BYERS 4th (14.89%), PETER KENT 5th (12.13%)

# Most improved places 6 to 10 – JODI TEMPLAR 6TH (11.99%), GRAEME VAN GALEN 7TH (11.47%), KATE ANDREWS 8TH (11.27%), ADAM MASON 9TH (10.35%), JAMES PORTER 10TH (9.27%)

# Most improved places 11 to 15 – NATHANIEL JACKSON 11TH (9.05%), BRENT RANSON 12TH (7.37%), ALEX HUNT 13TH (6.44%), CATHY MCCOMB 14TH (6.09%), GREG POLLARD 15TH (5.94%)

# Special mention to the following paddlers who hadn’t even taken up the sport seriously by the time of the 2012 Winter Challenge but who progressed quickly from there and competed in 2013 – Jordy Davis, Giles Barrington, Stuart Page, Tony McIntyre, Mark Johnson, Rod Mason, Matthew Yarrow, Andrew Howell, Rod Viney, Daniel Brown, Nick Smith, Dave Hoppitt, Steve Watchorn and Andrew Fuglsang. May you feature in many “most improved” lists to come.

Terrific efforts from all these paddlers – congratulations!

The full analysis is available here – Winter_Challenge_analysis_2012_13

Until next time, keep paddling and keep improving – All the best, Ben

125 July 2013

Our July 2013 newsletter is now up online – it’s been a while since our last one (January), so this one is jam packed:

21 July 2013

NLK Spring safety/skills course

NLK_ocean_ski_safety_smlOur 4th safety/skills course is locked in for Thursday 12th September, 7.30-9.30pm. This course is run in the comfort of an indoor pool and has been specifically designed for ocean/multisport craft. Over 70 paddlers have taken the course since it’s introduction in 2011. Information and booking details can be found here.

29 January 2013

Here’s the wrap up of the TASSAL Kayak Challenge held on Australia Day – thanks to all those who came along!

25 January 2013

NLK’s January newsletter – enjoy!

28 November 2012

NLK’s November newsletter is up and about:

16 August 2012

Our August newsletter is now up online:

4 July 2012

Links to our last two newsletters:

NLK newsletter – June 2012

NLK newsletter – April 2012

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