Please Note: This FAQ is a work in progress and will be updated over time with more information to assist veterans and newcomers alike.


Competitors: Paddlers

Can I change my Race ID?

We cannot guarantee additional numbers will be available but we will do our best to assist. Please note there is  a fee for any such changes made after registrations close.

What if I feel I cannot complete both days of the race?

There is a One Day entry available which means you compete only Day 1 from Northam to Cobbler Pool. Please note that there are no prizes awarded for One Day competitors.

What if I can’t make it to Registration in Northam?

At least one competitor per entry must attend Registration in order for you to be able to begin the race. Helmet stickers and timing chips will also be handed out at Registration.


How do I find out my Starting Grid position?    

Start Grids for Day 1 will be on display at Registrations in Northam. They will also be available at the Start Marshalling area, as well as on the Avon Descent website.

Start Grids for Day 2 will be posted at the end of Day 1 on the Avon Descent website and will also be available from the Start Marshalls on the morning of Day 2.


Some of my stickers have fallen off or need replacing. What do I do?

Spare sponsor stickers will be available at Registrations.

We cannot guarantee any replacements for Race ID stickers. If yours need to be replaced, you will need to be assigned a new Race ID number.


How do I get my Helmet Race ID Number and Timing Chip?

You  will be supplied with a helmet Race ID Number Sticker and Timing Chip at Registration in Northam.

NOTE: You MUST bring your helmet to Registration as the Timing Chip is affixed to the helmet it will be tested to ensure that it works correctly.

If you have a carbon fibre helmet please notify Officials so you can be supplied with a foam spacer to place between the helmet and the Timing Chip.


What Sponsor Stickers do I need to place on my craft?

Remember: Apply stickers on a clean dry surface 12 hours prior to getting wet to ensure they stick properly

Sponsor stickers will be provided in your race packs available at Scrutineering along with instructions on how to attach them to your craft.


Where is Registration?


Open from 2.00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

(Northam is approximately one hour from Midland in light traffic. )

Follow the signs into Northam and to Registration.

Where does my entry fee go?

Your entry fee goes toward the smooth running of the event:

  • Fencing
  • Signage
  • Toilets
  • Traffic Management
  • Medical and emergency services
  • Waste management
  • Registration
  • Race packs
  • Timing and Results
  • General Infrastructure

What are the details for paddler Competency Testing?

If you haven’t competed in the Avon Descent or a similar event in the past 3 years you will need to complete the competency test. This can be done through our authorised paddle suppliers and MUST be completed by Registration. Please click here to find a list of competency testers. If you’re not sure whether you need to re-sit your competency test, email info@avondescent.com.au

Where do I find information on prizes and prize money?

Please click here to view the prize and money pool.

How do I make changes to my entry details ?

Changes can be made by logging in to your Entry using the details emailed to you when you entered. Any additional changes can be made by emailing info@avondescent.com.au

Late changes will be permitted at Registration. A fee is payable

Can someone else register for me in Northam ?

Yes. They must be able to display confirmation of your Entry (email print out will suffice). They must have your PFD and race helmet scrutineered. Please note if this is not done, you will be ineligible to start the race.

What do I need to know about Paddle Craft Scrutineering?

You can read all the scrutineering info here.

What are the important dates for the event?

You can see all the important dates here.

Competitors: Powercraft

How do I enter as a power boat competitor?

All power boat memberships are handled by the Power Dinghy Racing Club. Only those with a current membership with the PDRC are able to race in the Avon Descent.

Firstly you must join a club – they are a friendly bunch and are especially keen to welcome new Avon Descenters. They will help you source and select a boat and motor, and guide you through the qualifying process required to enter the Avon Descent. You can read all the info here.


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If you are interested in volunteering please visit our Get Involved page today to find out more.