Our coaches are all qualified Level 1 Outrigger Coaches with the peak body Paddle Australia. They have current First Aid and CPR Certificates, and Working with Children’s Checks.

Training usually involves rigging and de-rigging canoes, warm-ups and stretches, paddle techniques and skills, and paddling on the bay and around the jetty. As required by Australian Outriggers the coaches conduct an annual 400m swim and tread water (seniors) and 150m swim and tread water (juniors) as well as capsize drills for all existing and new paddlers.

Our Coaches 1

Jill Johansen
Head Coach

Jill has been a professional fitness instructor for 25 years. She is certified in Body Pump, RPM, Grit Strength/Cardio, TRX Suspension Training, and Metafit Hiit Training (High Intensity Interval Training). Jill has been an outrigger paddler with our club for18 years and was a gold and bronze medallist in the 2016 National Sprint Titles in Queensland. 2019 Jill & 4 fellow members from Geographe Outriggers competed in Norfolk Island open ocean “NOC The Rock” 26km race. 2022 Jill competed in a mixed World crew in the “Motu 2 Motu” Open Ocean Change Over Race, 32km, on Aitutaki Island, Cook Islands achieving a 2nd place finish. Jill’s coaching style promotes fitness, strength, and endurance, as well as correct technique for injury prevention and safety on the water.

Our Coaches 2

Darren Allsopp
Coach & Registrar

Darren is a proficient river and ocean paddler having successfully completed a number of Avon Descents and local adventure races. Darren competed in his first Outrigger National Titles in February 2020 and was ranked 3rd in Australia in the Va’a (V1) category. As a result Darren was selected to represent Australia as an elite paddler at the World Titles in Hawaii, but unfortunately due to Covid-19 the event was cancelled. Darren paddles regularly and understands safety issues on and off the water. He brings with him lots of energy and resourcefulness and contributes greatly to the management of the club. His coaching style is practical, experiential, and fun!