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Beginners trip to Nymboida (RSVP Feb 1)

Saturday, 18 February 2017
We will have three individual days of guided paddles on the Nymboida river in NSW and return each day to the Nymboida Canoe Centre camping ground.

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Event ID: 170217W
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The trip is open to all experience levels. We will pack the trailer or the cars on Thursday evening. On Friday afternoon we will drive about 4 hours to the Nymboida Canoe Centre camping ground. We will have three days of guided paddle trips with Gray Stride on the river and will return to the camping ground each afternoon. Gray will teach us some basic WW river safety, reading lines through rapids, ferry gliding and eddying. We will start on easy conditions and will progress to more exciting spots, depending on the water level and skills of the group. On Monday we will pack our tents, go for a paddle and drive back to Brisbane directly after the paddle.

Paddle TypeWhitewater
Start Date17-2-2017
End Date20-2-2017
Trip days4
Depart Date18-2-2017
Return Date20-2-2017
Paddle days3
Trip LeaderSteff
2ICnot known yet
Grade1-2
Distance(s)Will depend on the water level and the skill level of the participants.
Paddle Outline SATURDAY
  • 8.30am: Meet at office
  • 8.45am - 10.00am: River Safety at Towns
  • 10.00am - 10.15am: morning tea break
  • 10.30am: Kayak instruction on moving water, Ferry Gliding
  • 1.00pm - 1.30pm Eddy's in/out
  • Lunch
  • Getting out when flipped
  • 5.30pm Strokes and bow steering
  • Trip from bridge to TSR (will be up to instructor)
SUNDAY
  • 8.15am Meet at office
  • Full day river paddle. Bring lunch. Hull's farm to Buccarumbi
  • 5:30 PM Finish
MONDAY
  • 8.00am Monday Meet at office
  • 8.45am - 1.30pm River trip, TSR to Hull's farm
  • 2.30pm: Travel Home
All activities will be at the discretion of the instructor and subjected to change on the day, keeping in mind river conditions and local weather. TSR (Travelling stock reserves - crown land where public access allowed (e.g. to access a river))
Paddle Duration(s)tba
Tide(s)n/a
MoonHalf moon
Sunrise - Sunset timesabout 6.30am sunrise
about 7:30pm sunset
Put in PointDifferent put in points on Nymboida river - will be finalized prior to the paddle with the guide
Take out PointDifferent put in points on Nymboida river - will be finalized prior to the paddle with the guide
Alternate Route VariationsLook at the map linked below for route variations
FacilitiesToilets, fridge, and hot shower at the camping ground

Maps
Nymboida River

Nymboida Canoe Centre, 3518 Armidale Road, Nymboida, NSW, 2460, where we will be camping

Extra Files and Links

 

Risks and Management

Risks
Sea Kayak Risk AssessmentUQ Risk Assessment #45934; ✓ Algae; ✓ Animals and Plants (major injury); ✓ Animals and Plants (minor injury); ✓ Bad Weather / Weather Change; ✓ Boat Traffic / Shipping; ✓ Capsize; ✓ Carrying Boats; ✓ Cuts, Sprains, and Strains; ✓ Darkness falls / Stranded Overnight; ✓ Dehydration; ✓ Drowning; ✓ Enter / Exit Boat; ✓ Entire Group Capsizing; ✓ Equipment Failure; ✓ Fitness / Fatigue; ✓ Getting Separated from Group; ✓ Group Getting Lost; ✓ Heat Exhaustion / Hyperthermia; ✓ Hit by Paddle; ✓ Hypothermia; ✓ Medical Condition(s); ✓ Missing / Broken Paddle; ✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters; ✓ Paddling in the dark / Night Paddling; ✓ Panic / Fear; ✓ Rocks and Submerged Objects; ✓ Sea Sickness; ✓ Separation from Boat; ✓ Sinking Boat; ✓ Strainers (Overhanging Trees / Mangroves / Fishing Lines / Structures); ✓ Sunburn; ✓ Surf; ✓ Tripping while walking;
Travel Risk AssessmentUQ Assessment #57960; ✓ Becoming Lost; ✓ Breakdown or Breakdown in Remote Area; ✓ Chemical: Unleaded Petrol; ✓ Drowsiness while Driving; ✓ Incident or Accident while Driving; ✓ Injury from Loading / Unloading Equipment from vehicle; ✓ Loads Falling from Vehicle or Trailer, or hitting occupants in accident; ✓ Towing Trailer;
Additional Risk 1Hidden obstacles under water
Risk 1 ContextGet pinched or stuck under water
Risk 1 Management / ControlsHave a local guide who knows the river at different water levels. Paddle with a group so help is available to get out of the water (e.g. throw rope, knife to cut loose). Remind paddlers to be look out for submerged objects. Wear life jacket, helmet, and whistle.
Risk 1 Before ManagementMod
Risk 1 AFTER ManagementLow
Additional Risk 2Injuries while carrying boats around obstacles.
Risk 2 ContextThe river might be blocked by an obstacle (fallen tree) or rapids might be to dangerous to paddle requiring paddlers to leave the river and carry the boats around the block. When exiting and entering the boats it is always possible to tip and fall into the water. Also rocks might be slippery and one might slip and get hit by the boat.
Risk 2 Management / ControlsHave a local guide that has assessed the ability of the group members and chooses a safe part of the river and knows safe spots to carry boats around obstacles. Wear suitable shoes with a grip sole. Wear the helmet at all times. Remind paddlers to take care when walking and carrying boats. Carry boats with two or more people, if possible.
Risk 2 Before ManagementMod
Risk 2 AFTER ManagementLow
Risk Management
Emergency Contact InformationEmergency Contact: 000
Grafton Police: 02 6642 0222
Nymboida Canoe Centre: 02 6649 4155
Nearest Medical Help and ContactsGrafton Base Hospital
174 Arthur St, Grafton NSW 2460
(02) 6640 2222
MacLean District Hospital
21 Union St, MacLean NSW 2463
(02) 6640 0111
Safety and Personal Equipment
Personal Equipment (check link)✓ Camping Gear (e.g. tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag); ✓ Clothing you can get wet (on the water); ✓ Cooking gear; ✓ Dry clothing (to keep warm); ✓ Food adequate for trip duration; ✓ Footwear suitable for paddling, swimming and extra for on land; ✓ Paddle clothes to protect from cold/wind (e.g. thermal/spray jacked or cag); ✓ Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeved paddle clothes, sunscreen, etc); ✓ Water - 3L per day (4L if camping); ✓ Water and snacks accessible while paddling;
Kayak Equipment✓ Dry bag; ✓ Helmet; ✓ PFD and paddle; ✓ Spray Deck (if you have never used one tell the leader before you register!); ✓ Suitable paddle craft (sea kayak if seakayaking); ✓ Whistle;
Safety Equipment✓ First Aid Kit; ✓ Repair Kit; ✓ Spare Paddle; ✓ Torch / Glow stick;
Communications✓ Flares; ✓ Mobile Phone; ✓ PLB/EPIRB; ✓ V-Sheet; ✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised Equipment
  • Suitable covered footwear with grip sole, that can get wet.
  • Take a head torch and a change of warm dry clothes with you at all times during the paddle.]
  • Water and snacks accessible.
  • Lunch (depending on the day's trip plan)
  • The water will be cold, and you will get wet (i.e. swimming). Bring swimming clothing that will keep you warm (eg thermals, wetsuit, spray jacket, and/or cag).
Check of Paddlers' Equipment✓ Footwear (covered); ✓ Medication; ✓ PFD; ✓ Spray Deck; ✓ Suitable Craft; ✓ Sunsmart Gear; ✓ Water;

 

Logistics

Pre-trip Meeting16-2-2017 5:00 PM
Pre-trip Meeting LocationUQ Canoe Club Boat Shed
Pre-trip Meeting DetailsPrepare the boats and pack the trailer.
Boat Loading16-2-2017 5:0 PM
Boat Loading LocationUQ Canoe Club Boat Shed
Boat Loading DetailsPack the trailer.
Meet LocationUQ Canoe Club Boat Shed
Meeting Time (meet location)08:00 pm
Go Home Time09:00 pm
CostsThe guided paddle trips costs
  • $50 per person per day ($150)
  • camping $12 per person per day ($36)
  • costs for fuel (for the car and for the trailer).
  • any food costs (eg dinner while traveling)

Due to the cost of the guide, the club committee has waived the usual wear and tear contribution.
Additional Comments/InstructionsBring enough food, snacks, and water for the 3.5 days - there are no supermarkets in the area.

  • Participants should have an appropriate level of fitness. This is a trip that requires a moderate fitness level.
  • Participants need the skills for the grade for the trip.
  • Conditions can be calm, but can change dramatically with rain, wind and weather conditions contributing significantly to this.
  • Participants must self-assess their, and their equipment's ability to cope with this grade of club event. The club grading scale is located on the club website and should be consulted prior to registration. Any concerns or anything needing clarification should be raised with the trip leader beforehand.
  • Participants must be familiar with, and have demonstrated, a wet exit while a member of the club.
  • Paddlers must advise leaders if they have health issues or injuries that may affect participation. Ensure medication is carried and is accessible. If unsure, they should check with their doctor beforehand.

 

Registration

Register with: Steff
Leader Email Address Location: Inductors Contacts Page
Register by: 15-2-2017
Event ID: 170217W