March 6, 2016

News and Media


As if we needed any more motivation to get as many our great WA paddling community together for one epic raft up, it just so happens that SA are also vying for the same world record with Floatfest on the Murray River – on the same day, Sunday April 9!

There’s nothing like some friendly interstate rivalry. It’s WA vs SA, Sandgropers vs Crow-eaters, ‘Swannies’ vs ‘Floaties’ … and it’s ON! C’mon West Aussie paddlers, let’s show ’em who’s No. 1!!

SIGN UP for Unite on the Swan 2017:


Video: SkyWorks WA

In support of Breast Cancer Care WA. Proudly brought to you by Canoeing WA and Water Wanderers kayaking.


Be part of Unite on the Swan 2017! And please spread the word! Join a throng of enthusiastic WA paddlers on the Swan River, Perth this April in a new attempt to break a Guinness World Record of over 3,150 water craft rafted up together!

A huge thankyou to everyone who participated in our inaugural event last year. All of you made it such a fun and memorable event – superbly captured in this video by the terrific Skyworks WA team:


This year help create an even more incredible sight, and experience a wonderful community spirit like no other – in support of Breast Cancer Care WA. Proudly brought to you by Canoeing WA and Water Wanderers kayaking.

Happy Paddling!

Date & Time: Sunday 9 April 2017 | 7am – 9am
Location: Perth – Swan River
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children





No kayak or canoe? No worries! Please contact us on (08) 9285 8501 or email and we’ll see how we can help you out!

15/2/17: UNITE ON THE SWAN 2017 on SUNDAY APRIL 9!

UNITE ON THE SWAN is back for 2017! … It’s all happening on the Swan River on SUNDAY APRIL 9!

SAVE THE DATE!  And please SPREAD THE WORD!  This year’s event is going to be huge!  We’re proud to announce that this year we will also be supporting Breast Cancer Care WA.

Check back to our website and Facebook page for more updates VERY soon…


We have 8 spot prizes for 8 people rafted near Leo and Rosie at 8.00 am

Take a look at the photo and if your face/head has a white circle around it you are a winner. Send us some proof it is you (Photo of you preferably in your kayak) and we will send you the prize. Send your proof to

Thanks to Ray’s Outdoors support and generosity we have 7x $100 gift vouchers and Spirt Paddle Sports have provided a another paddler pack valued at $250.00

Happy paddling.

12/4/16: Unite on the Swan on TV!

Unite on the Swan made the news!  Perth’s Channel Ten covered our inaugural event, featuring the magnificent footage by Skyworks WA .

12/4/16:The winners of pledging a donation by 8pm on Thursday 7th April 2016 are:

Phil Cooney

Michael Hegedus

Katherine Mary Simpson

Marian Mahendra

Andy Heartcliffe

Cynthia Coward

Marjan Shircore

7 wonderful PADDLER PRIZE PACKS. Heaps of goodies courtesy of Rays Outdoors, and top up items from Paddlesports Mega Store, Canoeing WA and Water Wanderers

We will be in touch with you to work out how to get your paddlers Pack to you by the end of the week.


Early Rafters’ Spot Prizes will be done soon.

Unite on the Swan paddler pack promo image

11/4/16 Official Event Video by Skyworks WA

Wonderful buzz in the raft. A real Unite on the Swan feel and such a diverse community of paddlers and craft!

John and Colette from SkyWorks WA, thanks so much for perfectly capturing such a special morning on the water!…

Link to official event video (high definition) here.

A huge thankyou also to everyone who participated, and to all our partners for their support and helping to make this event a reality (in alphabetical order): About Bike Hire – Kayaks, C4 Waterman Australia, Cowan & Partners, Captain Cook Cruises, Dear Rabbit Photography, Department of Transport WA, Experience Perth, Funcats Watersports, Jesse Phillips (Double Down Under // Jesse Phillips and Steve Bird), Paddlesports Megastore, Peter Ashby, Ray’s Outdoors, Red Bird Creative, Ron Farris Real Estate, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, Spirit Paddle Sports, The Cleaver Street Coffee Shop, The Pink Tank: Promotions, Design & Print and Perth City.

Presenters Canoeing WA and Water Wanderers now look forward to organizing the next Unite on the Swan record attempt! Stay tuned!…



This is a terrific result!!… thanks to you all who have generously donated and registered to participate in our inaugural paddling raft up event Unite on the Swan – we have now exceeded our min. goal of $5,000 to go to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund … by over $2,000 at the time of this post!!
If you haven’t signed up yet, you can still do so by 5pm today.
Register at:
You can’t pay and register online after this deadline. But you can try Funcats Watersports to see if they have any craft left to hire and join that way after 5pm today or tomorrow morning. They will donate the hire fee back to the event. Contact: 0408 926 003 /
See you out on the Swan very soon :)!


Be a SUPPORTER of UNITE ON THE SWAN and MAKE YOUR PLEDGE (with your donation and/or Event ticket registration) by this THURDAY 7/4 by 8pm to go in the draw to WIN 1 of 7 PADDLER PACKS :)!

Each PADDLER PACK includes:
*1x $50 gift voucher to use at any Ray’s Outdoors WA store
*drink bottle
*stubby holder
*waterproof pack
*hydration pack
*baseball cap
^kayak safety tie
^dry bag
…and more!


Pledge here:

(Your pledge for a $10+ Reward is your ticket to the event this Sunday 10/4.)

*courtesy of Ray’s Outdoors
^courtesy of Water Wanderers and Canoeing WA

UOTS paddle prize3

5/4/16: Closing in on our fund-raising target: now at 80%!

Wow.  The response from yourselves in the WA paddling community to our inaugural UNITE ON THE SWAN record attempt event has been fantastic … we’re so close to reaching our minimum target of $5,000 for the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund, with $4,037 already raised (at the time of this post)!  Thankyou for spreading the word, thankyou for your generosity, and thankyou for participating this Sunday 10/4/16!

We now only have 4 days to go before registrations and donations close, so if you haven’t signed up already, please head to:

As well as raising much needed funds for fellow West Australians affected by the devastating Waroona & Districts fires, we’ll be making a statement with our inaugural paddling event: the biggest ever paddle craft gathering in Perth with hundreds of participants on a magical, colourful day on the Swan this Sunday 10/4… in our attempt for a world record!


23/3/16: 35% of minimum fund-raising target reached!

Recreational and competitive WA paddlers alike – your enthusiasm for UNITE ON THE SWAN and your generosity has shone through … we’re now over 35% of our minimum fundraising goal of $5,000 for the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund!  Thankyou, we knew we could count on you! With 17 days to go, we’re on track to reach this target, as well as make our epic event a reality! If you haven’t already registered, head to:



14/3/16: New ‘Unite on the Swan’ promo video (extended version) released!

We have released a new promo video to visually present what we have in mind with our attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest raft of kayaks / canoes / skis on Sunday April 10, Swan River, Perth!

To officially register for UNITE ON THE SWAN, go

100% of proceeds from ticket registrations will be donated to Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund.