Paddle 2 Fitness (P2F) is a leading coaching service for anyone looking to experience a new sport (i.e. paddling) or would like to achieve new goals in Surf Life Saving. P2F have assisted a range of athletes to podium finished at the Coolangatta Gold, become National Champions / Team members or simply to paddle more efficiently.

P2F run daily squad sessions on the Gold Coast and weekly squad sessions in Brisbane. We also write weekly personalized training programs for athletes nationally and internationally.

Started in 2009 by Julian Norton-Smith (a former national and world champion), P2F is now heading into its fifth year of fulltime coaching. Julian is available to coach you morning, throughout the day and afternoons. Our physiology is to help athletes better understand all the skills needed to become more efficient paddlers / athletes.

Julian is also the Head Coach of Mermaid Beach Surf Club which is fast becoming one of the fastest up and coming clubs on the Gold Coast. In 2013 Julian was awarded ‘Coach of the Year’ and Mermaid Beach Surf Club received ‘Club of the Year’ for South Coast Branch.

P2F currently coach:

Emma Dick

  • Athlete of the Year 2013 – South Coast Branch
  • Duel National Champion 2013 (U19 Surf Swim and U19 Ironwoman)
  • Competing in the 2013-2014 Nutri Grain Ironwoman Series
  • U20 National Team Member

Hayley Bateup

  • 7th in the 2012-2013 Nutri Grain Ironwoman Series
  • Competing in the 2013-2014 Nutri Grain Ironwoman Series

Alex Mackenize-Templar

  • State Champion – Surf Life Saving / Kayaking
  • Queensland State Kayak Team
  • National Championship – Podium Finishes (Kayaking)

Clubs and International Athletes

As well as coaching and writing programs for individual athletes, P2F assists clubs. Since starting this offer, we have assisted:

  • Mermaid SLSC (Qld, Australia)
  • Kurrawa SLSC (Qld, Australia)
  • Devonport SLSC (Devonport, Australia) – First National Water Medal
  • Coolum SLSC (Sunshine Coast, Australia)
  • Forster SLSC (New South Wales, Australia)
  • Coffs Harbor (New South Wales, Australia)
  • Port Macquarie (New South Wales, Australia)
  • Canada athletes (Rescue 2012)
  • Europe athletes (ocean paddlers)
  • New Zealand athletes (ocean paddlers)


How we can assist you

Our Introduction Session has helps hundreds of novice and elite paddlers. We believe this session has the best overview and will improve any level of paddler by helping them understand a better, more efficient paddling technique. Paddlers walk away feeling confident have have a greater understanding.

Our daily squad sessions have 6-10 paddlers on average. Skill levels range from first timers to semi elite. All sessions are designed around the whole squads ability. No one is ever left behind.

Looking for a new ski / kayak / / paddle

We sell and have access to a number of craft with paddlers welcoming our none bias  views on craft because we believe one brand does not suit all paddlers.

Why choose P2F

  • P2F offers all its athletes a friendly environment to train in. All our athletes have started from a novice level so the whole squad understands and are patient when you fall in or fall behind.
  • Our coaching techniques are proven and will improve your paddling technique within weeks. We do regular video sessions which are set to each athlete.
  • The squad session locations vary from canal to open water and we rarely do the same session twice.
  • Athletes have access to P2F double skis (surf and ocean skis)
  • You will also be the first to receive any new paddling gear that coming into the P2F Shop or discount offers from our supporting local businesses.

Your first squad session is always free, so come and see what we can do for you.

See you on the water soon.


Julian Norton-Smith

Head Coach