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Sea kayak training day (moved to 20th April)

Saturday, 20 April 2013
A training day paddle around Coochiemudlo Island to practise skills learnt previously at the UQ pool or on introductory paddles. This trip is in a Bay environment. The program of activities include both some off water and on water training sessions (below).

Full Details
This trip will help you build the skills for sea kayaking

[This trip was originally scheduled for Sunday 14th April, but was cancelled due to a bad weather forecast. It has been rescheduled for Saturday the 20th April 2013]

CoochieMudlo is a small island with sandy beaches off Victoria Point in Moreton Bay.

Grade: 1
Destination: Coochiemudlo island, Moreton Bay
Date: Saturday 20th April (moved from Sunday, 14th April 2013 due to weather forecast)
Purpose: Introductory paddle and training
Distance: About 10-12km.
Duration: All Day. We will plan to leave the club by 7.15 am, be at Victoria point 8.45 am and commence training at 9:30 am. We should be off the water by 4 pm and back at the shed by 5.30 - 6 PM.

Tides @ Victoria Pt: High 4:59 AM; Low 11:46 PM; High 5:51 PM | Neap tides on 18th April. (14th April was Low 6:17 AM; High 11:56 PM; Low 5:59 PM)

Paddle type: Sea kayaking
Requirements:Basic skills and fitness are required. You should be able to paddle at a reasonable speed (about 4 km/hr for 45-60 min)

Prerequisites: To attend this trip, you need to have learned and demonstrated wet exits and assisted rescues (T-rescues) in a sea kayak on the UQ pool. Check the Polo calendar for scheduled T-rescue dates.

Preparation: We will pack the trailer at 5 PM on Saturday night 13th September. We need 3 - 4 volunteers to assistPacking: We will pack the trailer at 5 PM (or otherwise as agreed) on Saturday afternoon/evening and we need 3-4 people to volunteer to help.

Meet: Club shed, Saturday 20th April at 6.45am with a view to departing at 7.15 AM. Arrive at Victoria Point by 8.45 AM. Unload and prepare kayaks ready to commence at 9:30 AM

======= PROGRAM =======

Phase 1 (prior to on water activity)

  • Standard Trip/ activity briefing
  • Seat adjustment/ posture
  • Paddle strokes - forward/ back (reverse)/ stop
  • Bracing - low brace, high brace.
  • Turning/ keeping straight/ 'leaning' to turn
  • Basic tide/ current knowledge - how this impacts on our trip planning/
  • ferry gliding
  • Rules of the pod/ paddle signals
  • What to take (for a day trip) and where to stow it (basic intro)
  • How to identify hazards/ dangers (basic intro)

Phase 2 (on water on route)

  • Demonstration and assistance with execution of paddle strokes, turning/ keeping straight/ ferry gliding/ leaning.
  • Reinforcement of knowledge conveyed at briefing prior to getting on water.
Phase 3 (arrival at IN WATER skill training session)
At this stage this activity will occur on the northern side of Coochiemudlo Island off a sandy clear beach. Upon arrival at this location there will be the opportunity to change into other clothes for in water activities. There are public toilets there.
  • Demonstrate and execute wet exit and hazards associated with this.
  • Assisted rescue - including 'T' rescue, 'all in rescue', rescue with a sling, Eskimo rescue,
  • Self rescue - paddle float rescue

Lunch (at same beach as 'in water' training session). You will need to bring lunch with you as there are no shops near the lunch spot.

Phase 4 (trip home)

  • Towing and continued execution of learnt skills
Safety: Sea kayaking on Moreton Bay can be hazardous. The trip may be modified or cancelled if conditions are unsuitable. You will be getting in and out of kayaks for limited periods during the say, so it is not going to be a strenuous paddle.

Risks: sunburn, capsize, rocks, hypothermia, dehydration, boat traffic, paddle related injuries.

Emergency Contact: VMR Victoria Point 07 3207 8717 Coast Guard Redland Bay 07 3206 7777 (put this in your phone too!). Ambulance, police, fire : 000

Risk reduction: Dress for the outdoors, Warm clothing to et changed into for lunch stop. Advise trip leader of medical conditions

Equipment: Sea kayaks, skirts, paddle leashes, bailers and PFDs. Dry bags if you have them else from the club. You will get wet. Bring dry paddling gear to change into after the training session. Bring a picnic lunch, snacks, at least 2L WATER, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, footwear, suitable money, hat, towel, warm dry gear, wind and rain proof top and change of clothing as you will be getting wet.

Basic Costs: A wear and tear contribution towards kayak upkeep (in this case: $12) and a contribution for petrol.

Meet: Firday 19th April 5 -6 pm load kayaks. Saturday 20th April. Depart at 7.15 am. Aim to commence training 9:30 am.


Leader: John Simmons

Register by: 7th April 2013
Registration: John Simmons. Please indicate whether you have transport, if you have roof racks for kayaks, or if you can . We can coordinate a lift for people who do not have a car closer to the departure time.

Participants must register their interest prior to the event. There is a participant limit on this trip du to the number of kayaks available so please reserve your place early. Once the trip is full no more bookings can be taken. Depends on availability kayaks and transport.