Paddle & Portage Canoes is proud to be Australia's only importer of Wenonah Canoes, Current Designs Kayaks, and Key Logs from Key Log Rolling from the USA and now Silverbirch Canoes and Tootega Kayaks from the UK! Our growing company is the realisation of a dream by its founder - Travis Frenay. He started paddling at a very young age and began his professional career in Outdoor Education in 2001 in his native USA. Since migrating to Australia in 2004 he has worked continuously in the Outdoor Education and training industry and is a professional paddling instructor. After 7 years of living in Australia and missing beautiful canoes he finally decided to try bringing some into Australia to see how they'd go. That was 2011 and, over the last 8 years, we've had the pleasure of introducing thousands of Australians to these fine brands. If you've been paddling recently, chances are that you've seen one of our canoes or kayaks getting around. We can now say, with confidence that comes from nearly a decade of serious on-water testing, that our canoes and kayaks are perfectly-suited to Australian waters and are some of the finest boats available in the world. Now, they are also available for HIRE!
Paddle & Portage Canoes' owner, Travis Frenay, has been a professional paddling instructor for 18 years and has been the lead teacher of canoeing at Lithgow TAFE for the last 11 years on their award-winning Outdoor Recreation courses. He has the pleasure of working with a wide network of amazingly talented instructors and has been fortunate enough to select a few to work with him on this latest adventure: Canoe School. Many times over the last few years we've been asked the same question: "If you're professional paddling instructors, why don't you offer instruction to the public instead of just TAFE students?" We're finally able to respond to that question with the launch of our new TRAINING arm of the business called 'Canoe School'! Our aim is to teach the art of canoe paddling with a wide variety of course offerings which cater for absolute beginners to very advanced paddlers. Accredited courses are also available for those wishing to get into the Outdoor Recreation/Education industry. Guided domestic and overseas trips are also on-offer! If you'd prefer some individual instruction then that is also available and can be arranged by contacting us directly. Whether you want to learn to paddle, or learn to paddle better, we have a course suitable for every skill level.