THE EVENT

WHEN

Saturday 29 February 2020
6:00am

 

WHERE

Brighton Beach to Port Melbourne

EVENT DETAILS

Paddle Across the Bay is Australia’s largest stand-up paddle event – a 10 kilometre journey across beautiful Port Phillip Bay.

 

This event has sold out.

Pre-register for 2021

The experience

Set on Melbourne's iconic bay at sunrise, Paddle Across the Bay is a stand-up paddle (SUP) event proudly supporting Cancer Council Victoria. The 1.5-2 hour, 10km journey runs from Brighton Beach to Port Melbourne.

It's a chance to challenge yourself and improve your fitness, reduce your cancer risk by being physically active, and make a difference by raising money for Cancer Council’s vital work in cancer research, prevention and support.

Two happy paddlers

On the day

You'll receive a Paddle Across the Bay t-shirt to wear proudly alongside fellow SUP-ers.

Check-in will open at 6am - we recommend arriving early to secure a parking space and give yourself plenty of time to get ready.

A beach warm-up session will be held at 6:30am with Paddle Across the Bay’s resident personal trainer – Pati. This is a great opportunity to meet other paddlers and prepare for the journey ahead.

Paddlers will depart at 7am and are expected to arrive at the finish line between 8.30-10am.

Invite your friends and family to the finish line; it's always great to have loved ones on the other end, cheering you on as you complete your challenge. At the finish line from 9am to 1pm there will be entertainment, a healthy beach breakfast, free yoga and stretch sessions and prizes awarded for our top fundraisers and best dressed participants.

 

The course

The course will leave from Brighton Beach and finish at Port Melbourne, however this is subject to changes in weather conditions. We will closely monitor conditions closer to the event and keep you updated.

Transport

Participants are responsible for planning their transportation from the finish line to their vehicle at the start line.

There is limited public parking available at the beach, so we encourage participants to arrange for friends or family to drop them off at the start line and meet them at the finish line.

 

What to bring

  • A paddle board - no kayaks or other vessels
  • A paddle
  • A leg rope
  • Water - we recommend a hydration backpack
  • Sunscreen - SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum and water-resistant
  • A broad-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses
  • A mobile phone
  • Waterproof pouch or zip-lock bags for valuables

 

Paddle board hire

Paddle board hire is now sold out.

If you pre-purchased board hire, your board will be waiting for you at the start location. You will drop off your board at the finish location.

For teams that purchased multiple boards, the reservation will be under the name of the purchaser.

If you're looking to purchase a SUP Board, SUP Warehouse is offering a discount of $100 off any SUP for Paddle Across the Bay participants. Offer valid until 28 March 2020.

 

Check-in and out

You will need to check-in on arrival, and check-out at the finish location. Check-in will open at 6am and close strictly at 6.45am.

You will be sent an email with your ticket prior to event day which will be scanned to check you in and out. You may wish to print your ticket or have it available on your phone.

We suggest a waterproof pouch or zip lock bags to keep your printed ticket or phone safe and dry while you’re out on the water.

 

Prizes

Check out the fundraising page for a list of fundraising prizes and incentives.

There will also be spot prizes awarded on the day for best dressed individuals and teams.

 

Training

Paddling 10km is quite a challenge! However, the course is designed to be completed by all levels from beginners through to experienced paddle boarders.

Training plan

This year Paddle Across the Bay has teamed up with trainer Pati Medina to help you prepare.

You will receive FREE 12-week and 6-week training plans designed specifically to help you get ready for the 10km Paddle Across the Bay Challenge. Pati will provide tips and guidance in the lead up to the event on how to improve your fitness, balance and paddling technique.

Training sessions

To help you fully prepare for the challenge, Stand-up Paddle HQ (SUPHQ) are running training sessions designed just for Paddle Across the Bay participants.

First-time paddlers 

Learn to start paddling effectively from day one and ensure you leave with adequate knowledge to paddle on your own. 90-minute session – 30 minutes of instruction and 60 minutes of free paddling. Fee includes all SUP equipment (board, leg rope, paddle, wetsuit or rash vest, lifejacket).

  • Price: Use the code PATB20 to get 33% off – pay $40.20 instead of $60.
  • Date and Time: Sessions are available in the mornings, 5-6 days a week. 
  • Where: St Kilda Beach, directly across from Fitzroy Street. 

If you’ve paddled before

Get familiarised with all potential conditions for the challenge. One-hour session – 45 minutes on the water and 15 minutes of theory. 

  • Price: $15 for attendance, or $25 including board hire (if required).
  • Date and Time: Saturdays and Sundays at 7am, every weekend leading up to the event.
  • Where: St Kilda Beach, directly across from Fitzroy Street. 

 

Safety

Safety is the number one priority for Paddle Across the Bay. All participants MUST have a board leash/leg rope attached to themselves and their board.

As the course will not exceed 400m from the shoreline participants are not required to use a personal floatation device (PFD). A safety brief will occur on the day of the event to reiterate safety points, confirm conditions, and introduce the experienced Paddle Marshals and the course outline.

The event will depart as a single large group. Once the final safety brief has been completed, experienced Paddle Marshals will be positioned at the front, rear and throughout the group to assist and encourage participants.

At no point will participants be in front of the lead Marshals or behind the tail Marshals. You will always be supported by our experienced Paddle Marshals and professional boat support.

This event is for stand-up paddle (SUP) boards only. No kayaks or other vessels can be used. If you have any further questions, contact us at paddle@cancervic.org.au or on 1300 65 65 85.