Club coaches

Australian Canoeing qualified coaches are available for kayak and canoe instruction.
All of our coaches have at least Level one AC coaching qualifications. Many of our coaches run our various classes and are also available for private group or individual instruction. If you would like to contact an individual coach by email, use the contact form at the bottom of this page and an email will be sent to the selected coach. FCC club coach


Dasha Kopecek


Dasha is a level two flatwater coach for Sprint and Marathon paddling at intermediate to advanced level.  Interests: Masters, Women and trasntion to kayak (from other paddle/water sports).  Coaching availability Tues/Wed and Sat afternoon’s – by appointment.

Personalised and small group (2 – 4 people) sessions. Mentor coaching via telephone support – for paddling, health and fitness. Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP – ESSA).  

Contact coach: 0434 244 532

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Alex James

Alex James

Alex is a level 1 flatwater coach, specialising in canoe coaching.  He has competed in marathon racing for many years particularly in canoes.  He also coaches and competes in dragon boat racing.

Ben Watts

Ben is a level one canoe polo coach.  He runs the canoe polo squad which trains on most Sunday mornings at FCC.

Hamish Young

Hamish is a level 1 flatwater kayak coach.  He is a top marathon paddler and specialises in coaching juniors.


Jennifer Stevens

Jen Stevens

Jen is a level one flatwater and canoe polo coach.  She has competed internationally in flatwater marathon, sprint and canoe polo.

Contact coach: 0423 174 980

Joe Alia

Joe Alia

Joe is a level one flatwater kayaking coach.  He has coached the Trinity squad for many years and organises marathon racing in Victoria.

Contact coach: 0418 920 401

Julie Perriam

Julie Perriam

Julie is a level one flatwater kayaking coach specialising in beginners and intermediate paddlers.

Contact coach: 0422 629 379

Kieran Dews

Kieran is a level 1 flatwater kayaking coach.  He specialises in sprint training and technique advice, strength and conditioning. In November 2017 he started as the British Canoeing performance development coach for Northern Ireland and is overseas for the next few years.

Marg Buck

Marg Buck

Marg is a level 1 flatwater kayaking coach working with beginner and intermediate paddlers.  She is also an Olympian having paddled at the Tokyo Olympics.

Contact coach: 03 9489 0556

Monika Tencic

Monika is a level one kayaking coach, with experience in marathon paddling. She has coached the Strathcona team for the past few years and also coaches the FCC juniors.  While not paddling she loves playing hockey.

Rowan Doyle

Rowan Doyle

Rowan is a level one flatwater canoe and kayak coach.  He coaches and organises the FCC junior paddling squads.

Contact coach: 0418 397 033

Tony Payne

Tony Payne

Tony is a level one coach who specialises in coaching beginner and intermediate kayaking.  He races both canoes and kayaks. 

Contact coach: 0409 987 167