Adventure Paddle - Betsey Island Tasmania


Want to see more of beautiful Tasmania by surfski? Our weekend Adventure Paddles will get you off the beaten “track”, broaden your horizons and develop your skills. Adventure Paddles are a fantastic way to see new sights and break out of the normal routine, with an emphasis on fun, safe and challenging downwind expeditions and open water trips. You’ll be surprised at some of these stunning paddling venues only a stones throw away from Hobart.

Adventure Paddles are run on a semi-regular basis according to weather forecast. We normally plan and communicate trip details 3-5 days out. Please contact us or check our Facebook page for up-to-date information prior to purchasing.

We recommend booking Adventure Paddles online to guarantee a place. We need all participants to confirm their participation the day before each trip.

Betsey Island Tasmania

When - TBC

Wind - this trip (or a reverse course) can run in any wind direction other than N, NE or NW

Safety resources - land based spotter and support bus, water based coach(es) in single skis, double skis and/or IRB to suit final group

Format - Half day trip

Where - Blessington Beach to Betsey Island and return, South Arm Peninsula

Distance - 15 to 17km 

Suitable for - solid early stage paddlers (you must be comfortable remounting & paddling offshore), intermediate to advanced paddlers

Meeting - Domain car park (opposite tennis courts - map attached), where we will load skis on the trailer, get aboard the NLK bus, and head to our destination

Registration & gear hire cutoff - 5pm on the Friday prior to the trip

More information - 0439 844 649

A map of the meeting point and intended course is attached.

Course description:

For our regular paddlers, we often catch a glimpse of Betsey Island in the distance on our Hobart based sessions, and you can see where it gets its nickname "The Mountain in the Water". From its rich cultural and natural history to its shipwreck graveyard, this area also is an excellent paddling destination.

For this trip we plan to get on the water at Blessington Beach, paddle past the Iron Pot, where we can admire the lighthouse and imagine the people who once lived there, then head straight for Betsey with her amazing rock features and small caves, before turning for home with a tailwind! 

This trip will introduce you to the reefs, coves and current influences around Fort Direction, we will also be learning to read the water and negotiate the channel (and the shortcuts!) between the Iron Pot and the mainland. On the way to and from Betsey we'll be experiencing conditions where the wind and swell are across each other, and coming home we'll learn how to link these two sources of energy together to save your own. Once you've been out to Betsey you'll want to go back!


  • Group paddling expeditions
  • Greater Hobart and beyond
  • Combination of adventure, training & coaching
  • Weather dependent
  • Trip formats to suit early stage, intermediate & advanced paddlers
  • Not suitable for absolute beginners
  • Gear hire available
Adventure Paddle - Betsey Island Tasmania
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Adventure Paddles Group Training Tasmania
Adventure Paddles Group Training Tasmania
Adventure Paddle - Betsey Island Tasmania
Adventure Paddle - Betsey Island Tasmania

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