Fingal / Tweed River weekend

This trip will focus on introductory sea kayaking. The aim of the weekend is to improve your paddling, so we will focus on paddling skills on the weekend. The weekend is meant for beginners and basic skills level people, but everyone is welcome.

The aim of the trip is a skills weekend. The format will be roughly this:

  • Saturday morning
    Basic skills in the lagoon on the river. Cover paddling strokes, rescues, safety, water conditions etc.
  • Saturday afternoon
    Paddling up the river to find a nice spot for afternoon tea. Practicing our newly found skills on our little trip.
  • Late Saturday afternoon
    More advanced skills for those whose arms are still attached after a full days paddling. This will depend on the group.
  • Saturday night
    Tall stories.
  • Sunday Morning
    More skills or a paddle somewhere, this will depend on the group and how we are progressing and the general consensus.
  • After Lunch
    Head home to Bris Vegas.

Time: Sat and Sun 5 and 6 April 2008
Duration: 2 days, 1 night
Paddle type: sea kayaking
Grade: 1
Tides: Sat – 8:45 (high), 15:18 (low); Sun – 9:26 (high), 15:55 (low) at Brisbane Bar.
         Subtract 1:17 min for the Tweed bar.
Meet: At the club shed – time to be announced
Location: Fingal Head in Northern NSW.
Padding Location: In the Tweed River on Saturday. Possibly surf / ocean on Sunday morning if conditions permit alternately Tweed River on Sunday.


  1. Basic fitness – you must be able to swim 50m with a PFD on.
  2. Prior bookings are essential

Camping: Your own camping arrangements must be made. The best place to camp is the caravan park at Fingal, This is about 2 minutes from where we will be paddling on Saturday. Please see the website for the facilities at the camp. I can put people in touch with each other so you can share sites, this will help ease the cost.

Gear needed: Camping gear, food and clothes for a weekend away. Lunches and morning / afternoon teas will be taken with us on the boat. Breaky and Dinner will be at the camp site. There is a suggested list of gear on the website. If you need camp gear the club has some, please see me for details if you need this.

Basic Costs: You will need to pay your own camping fees, buy your own food. If car pooling negotiate with your driver to help with fuel costs. A small donation to the club to help with wear and tear on the gear.

Contact: Email Dave (vice president) to sign up for the trip or to find out more details. There are limited places and its first in best dressed. For the people that have signed up there will be a meeting a week or two beforehand to sort the transport, packing boats, and any final details.

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