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State Championships 2014

State Championships

The DBWA State Championships are quickly approaching.  Please mark your calendars with the following information!   As usual, the event will be held at Champion Lakes, Armadale.  Note the different start times for the race days – the later start on the Saturday is to provide the regional teams a bit more time to travel to Perth.

Sweep/coach meetings will be held approximately 30 minutes before the first race.  Further details to be provided when entry form is sent to clubs.

Date Start time Race format Distances
Saturday, 29 March 2014 9:30 am – first race 10s boats 200 m & 500 m
Sunday, 30 March 2014 9:00 am – first race 20s boats 200 m & 500 m & 2,000 m


State Championships – exemptions required

DBWA-approved exemptions are required for paddlers who have joined clubs after 1 Jan 2014 and want to paddle in the State Championships.  The specific criteria for exemptions are listed in the DBWA General Regulations, which may be downloaded from the document section of this website.

Exemptions are to be submitted to DBWA and must include the paddler’s name, date of registration with club, and past history of paddling (i.e. ‘new to sport’, ‘paddled overseas but moved to Perth in February 2014’, etc.)

Regatta #3 – Sunday, 19 January 2014

  • Regatta #3 – 19 Jan 14 – rankings & times (note: the race numbers listed may not be correct – refer to the handwritten text on right-hand side of pages for accurate race information)
  • For examples of why the photo finish capabilities of the finishing tower are important, see the pictures below (click on photos to enlarge).

Women’s 10s – heat 1- Freo (lane 2) beat Pirates (lane 7) by a nose

Women’s 10s – heat 1 – close up of Forza (lane 5) ahead of Lakers Blue (lane 6) by a whisker

Mixed 20s – heat 3 – Forza (lane 5) nudges ahead to take the lead over Pirates (lane 4) and Lakers (lane 3)

Deadlines – 2014 Nationals

Deadline dates are as follows:

  • Friday 28 Feb 2014 – Club submissions to Souvenir Race Program
  • Sunday 9 March 2014 – Team entries due
  • Sunday 30 March 2014 – Payment of entry fees due (no late payments will be accepted — no payment, no racing!)
  • Sunday 30 March 2014 – Deadline for comments on draft Race Draw
  • Sunday 6 April 2014 – Expected release date of final Race Draw

Forza Aqua Spectacular – Bunbury, 1 March

Forza invites all DBWA clubs to their Aqua Spectacular event on Saturday, 1 March 2014, held in Bunbury.

Racing will start at 4pm and will finish at 8pm on Saturday 1st March. This year the format will be different. We will be asking the crews to nominate their own race times at the briefing session. The times nominated and margins will be announced after the first heat so that the crews will have some idea on how they went. However the other two heats will be announced on completion of racing.  A perpetual trophy and prize money is on offer.

The minimum number of paddlers is 8 and the maximum is 20.  No drummers

  • Crew lists can be as many  as you like.
  • Only two teams allowed from each club. (No swapping)
  • Naturally no timing devices allowed on the water.
  • BBQ packs will be available and no alcohol is allowed until after racing.
  • Serious paddling (training) is available for those who wish on Sunday 2nd March.

Please contact Forza members at the next two DBWA regattas for more information.  It promises to be a fun weekend with lots of activities happening  along the promenade.  Contact details for event entry will be distributed at a later date, in the meantime, please send DBWA an email to express your club’s interest in attending the Aqua Spectacular.

Lion’s Eye Institute needs volunteers!

The Lions Eye Institute in Nedlands has contacted DBWA asking for volunteers to assist in a research study.  The Western Australia Eye Protection Study (WAEPS) is valuable to paddlers and other people who spent a lot of time doing sports and activities outdoors.  The Institute is seeking participants aged 12 years and over who are regularly involved in outdoor sporting or other outdoor activities. For more information, see the Invitation Letter and WAEPS Brochure2014.


To be covered for public liability and personal accident insurance one must be a member of a DBWA affiliated club.  The policy does, however, cover the following non-members:

  • Paddlers who are attending on a trial basis (maximum 3 times in a boat)
  • Officials
  • Volunteers
  • First aid /medical persons attending an event on behalf of a DBWA club
  • Non-club coaches
  • Trainers
  • Masseurs

If you are paddling in a boat with a club (after the first 3 times), and are not a member of a DBWA club, you are not covered by insurance.

The marine hull policy does not include public liability and personal accident, as it is covered under the public liability and personal accident which is part of the DBWA membership fee.

Insurance documents for the 2016-17 season are provided below:


Insurance documents for the 2015-2016 season are provided below: