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Sea Kayak trips 2008

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An introductory 21 km distance paddle up the river, just past Indooroopilly Bridge. This is a chance to show you can paddle these distances. We will take sea kayaks.

Full Details
Date: Fri, 21 March 08 (sorry - changed from Mon 24th)
Grade: 1+ (~ 4-5km/hr) - note that this is a longer distance than a normal grade 1, but it is with the tide in both directions.
Distance: ~21 km (10.5 km each way)
Time: 7:30 AM (8:00AM depart)
Tide: High 10:38 AM (Indooroopilly)
Time: ~5-6 hrs (including stops)
Bring: water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, morning tea / nibblies for on the trip, insect repellent. We should be back around lunch, but it might take longer, so you may regret not taking some food - bring some)
Meet: UQCC shed (7:30 AM)
Requirements: Basic fitness

Put-in point(s): UQ Canoe Club pontoon
Stop point(s): Long pocket pontoon, Indooroopilly ramp, Long pocket pontoon
Take out point(s): UQ Canoe club pontoon
Plan

  • 8:00 AM Leave UQ shed
  • 15 min break at Long Pocket Pontoon
  • 30 min break/food Indooroopilly Pontoon (morning tea)
  • 15 break at Long Pocket
  • Return UQ shed
Constraints: We may opt to load up the sea kayaks with some water to simulate a kayak load...

Long pocket pontoon has water and toilets

Contact/information: Martin

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.

Full Details

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.
Requirements:

  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, http://www.travelaustralia.com.au/details/FingalHead-10209 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.

A night paddle up river to the entrance of Oxley creek. About an hour for dinner at the Park next to Qld canoeing HQ before returning.

Full Details

NO LIGHTS = NO GO (strictly!)

Date: Friday, 2 May 08
Grade: 1
Distance: ~16 km (8 km each direction)
Time: 5:30 PM (depart 6PM sharp)
Tide: High ~ 8:30 PM (Oxley Creek)
Moon: waxing crescent, rise: 02:20 AM, set 2:45 PM
Sunset: 5:15 PM
Time: 4 hrs (including stops)
Bring: Food, water, insect repellent
Meet: UQCC shed

Requirements: Basic fitness, good lights at the front and back (glo-sticks aren't enough on their own). E.g. a head-lamp and (?flashing) LED bike light.

Put-in point(s): University of Queensland Canoe club boat ramp
Stop point: Qld Canoeing boat ramp (and adjacent park)
Alternate stop/exit point(s): Long pocket boat ramp (5.5 km)

Plan:

  • 5:30 PM meet at UQ
  • 6:00 PM Depart UQ Canoe club shed.
  • 7:30 PM Arrive Oxley Creek
  • 8:30 PM Leave Oxley Creek
  • 10:00 PM Arrive UQ shed
Alternate Route: stop at the Long Pocket park instead (5.5km each way). Eat there, and return.

Contact/information: Martin

Sea kayak to Norman Creek and back. An opportunity for beginners to test themselves and build up some stamina, and also for those planning on coming on the paddle to Stradbroke Island the next weekend.

Full Details

Description: We will leave the boat shed at 12 midday and paddle down river with the tide and through the city, under the Story Bridge to Norman Creek arriving about 2pm.

We will have a late picnic lunch in Heath Park on Norman Creek while the tide changes and then return the same way.

The trip is with the tide and we should be able to maintain a steady 5km per hour with perhaps one rest each way.

This is an opportunity for beginners to build up some stamina and for those planning on coming on the weekend paddle to Stradbroke Island on the 10th May to check they are up to it. As this is all with the tide I am calling it a level 1 trip.

Destination: Norman Creek
Date: Sat 3rd May 2008
Meet: 11:30 AM (at UQ canoe club shed). Depart 12:00 midday
Duration: 1 day (four hours plus 30-45 minutes for lunch. We should be off the water by 5PM
Paddle type: Sea kayaking / flatwater
Grade: 1
Distance: ~20 km (Sat)
Required equipment:
Fitness and Skills Required: Although this trip will cater for relative beginners, basic paddling skills and some fitness from kayaking on the river are required. If you have been on the river regularly you should have no difficulty.
Required equipment: Sea kayaks, bailers and PFDs are required. Bring snacks, picnic lunch, at least 2L water, sunscreen and something warm if the weather is cold. There are no shops at Heath Park.
Tides: Low tide is at 2.30 pm so we will be kayaking with the tide both ways.
Limitations: Minimum of 3 people to make it worth while.
Contact: Michael

Please register your interest with Michael by email

Bay islands weekendSat 10 May ()
A longer paddle to several islands in Moreton Bay. An overnight trip that will visit Macleay, North Stradbroke, Peel and Coochiemudlo islands. We will stay at Dunwich (NSI) overnight.

Full Details
Be aware, this is a longer paddle, so it is not for novices. If you can't paddle the distances you are unlikely to enjoy this trip (click map to enlarge).

If winds are a likely to be a problem on day 2, then we will catch a ferry across to Cleveland, and paddle south to Victoria point from there.

Bad weather alternative paddle (Day trip only)
If the weekend is too windy, an alternative day trip is to start at Victoria point, paddle past Coochiemudlo island to Macleay, then paddle south between Macleay and Lamb island to Karragarra island, then back along the other side of Macleay island, through the "secret passage" of Garden island and then north to return to Victoria Point.

Time: Sat and Sun 10 and 11 May 2008
Duration: 2 days, 1 night
Paddle type: Sea kayaking
Grade: 1.5 (for extra distance and longer stretches of open water
Distance:~20 km (Sat), ~15 km (Sun)
Tides: see map
Requirements:

  • Paddle a loaded sea kayak at ~5 km / hr for up to about 2 hours at a time
  • Wet exit from a sea kayak (must have practiced)
  • T-rescue recovery from a sea kayak (must have practiced)
  • Be able to handle rougher water and small swell
  • Be able to handle rougher water and small swell
  • Costs
    • Ferry money (~$15)
    • Pub / meal / excursion money (~$10-20)
    • Petrol money
    • Campsite money
    • Consider a donation toward equipment costs
Contact: Martin

Note: that this trip did not take place as there were not enough people able to go

The Adventure: we will circumnavigate Bribie Island over three days. The direction and starting point will be announced closer to the date because they are highly dependent on wind, swell and tides.

Duration: Three days

Time: packing boats Friday evening, leaving early Saturday morning.

Date: Queens Birthday long weekend, the 7th to the 9th of June 2008.

The Paddle: you need to be comfortable paddling two 30km days and one 20km day, potentially into some current and wind. We will also be crossing the bar at Caloundra so you need to be either comfortable in surf OR happy to get wet. We will get you through if you are keen enough!

Cost: camping, EPA rates, about $4 a night.

Issues: there are other trips on that weekend (see the website) so we will be a little tight on boats. The quicker you reply, the more likely you will be able to come along.

If you have any questions or comments please email Marj . If you are interested in coming, email Marj with the following details:

  • Name, email, phone number
  • Paddling experience if I don't know you (keep it brief)
  • What club gear you will need
  • An emergency contact (not someone on the trip please)
  • Any medical conditions you have (and medications you carry)

Boondall WetlandsSat 7 Jun ()
An interesting paddle in the Boondall wetlands and the edge of Moreton Bay. There is lots of birdlife and very interesting paddling.

Full Details
This trip will be take about 4-5 hours including breaks. We will depart from Shorncliffe on Cabbage Tree Creek. Drive along Allpass Pde to a good spot.

We will cross Cabbage Tree Creek and paddle up Nundah Creek for about 2 km then, depending on weather conditions, we will port the kayaks to Nudgee Creek. If conditions are good we will exit Nudgee Creek mouth and paddle along the coast towards Brisbane river mouth. We will return to our starting point for lunch entering Cabbage Tree Creek close to high tide. Bring sandwiches or there is a fish takeaway co-operative in Shornecliffe.

We will finish the day by exploring Cabbage Tree Creek and doing some rescue and stroke practice, with an early return home.

Safety: Sea kayaking on Moreton Bay can be hazardous, particularly in river mouths with an outgoing tide. Because this is an introduction for sea kayak beginners we will exit the creek before the tide goes out and will paddle across shallow water over the sand banks along the edge of the bay. We will return before the tide runs out. If conditions are unfavourable we will explore Nundah and Cabbage Tree Creek and not go onto the bay.

Emergency Contact: VMR Sandgate Ph 32698888
Paddle type: Sea kayaking
Grade: 1
Time: Saturday 7 June 2008 Meet at clubhouse at 7.15 am
Duration: All Day. We will plan to be on the water before 9 am, have plenty of rests and be off the water before 3pm and back at the shed by 5pm.
Distance: 15km. We will be looking at a total distance of around 15 km or more if everyone is coping well. This is a pleasure outing.

Requirements

  • Basic fitness . Although this trip will cater for beginners, some basic skills and some fitness by kayaking on the river are required. If you can kayak comfortably up river from the club to the green boy on the rocks and back at a reasonable rate then you should manage.
  • Basic skills. You must have already attended a basic skills training session at the St Lucia Shed. Only those who have demonstrated that they can use a skirt, do a wet exit, and an assisted rescue will be taken onto Moreton Bay.
  • Equipment: Sea kayaks, skirts, paddle leashes, bailers and PFDs are required. Bring snacks, at least 2L WATER, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, money, hat, towel, warm gear, wind and rain proof top and change of clothing as you will get wet.
Basic Costs: Money for Lunch (or bring your own) about $10. Money to donate for kayak upkeep if you can.
Meet: 7:15AM at the UQ Canoe Club to load kayaks. Depart before 8am and drive to Shorncliffe (near Jetty at junction Allpass Pde and Sunday Rd - Brisbane UBD Map page 9). Aim to be on the water before 9am.
Tides: High tide is at 12.16 pm so we will be kayaking with the tide much of the time.

Registration: Please register your interest with the leader by email (first come first served). Please indicate whether you have transport and if you have roof bars for kayaks. If you have not kayaked with the leader before please give some indication of your skills level to assist planning.

Leader: Michael Wynne
Register for trip: "seakayaking" followed by "@uqcanoeclub.net"

Green Island is surrounded by banks and at high tide turtles and other sea life is common. It’s a pleasant trip and will probably take about 4-5 hours including breaks.

Full Details
We will depart from Manly Harbour on the bay.

We will aim to leave about 2.5 hours before high tide (2pm) and go anticlockwise stopping for a late lunch on Green Island.

Safety: Sea kayaking on Moreton Bay can be hazardous. If conditions are unfavourable we will kayak up Tingalpa Creek instead.

Emergency Contact: Coast Guard Manly Ph 33965911
Grade: 1
Time: Monday 9 June 2008 Meet at clubhouse at 10am
Duration: All Day. We will plan to leave the club by 10.30 am, be on the water before 11.30 am and be off the water by 4.30pm and back at the shed by 5pm.
Distance: about 15km.
Paddle type: Sea kayaking

Requirements:

  • Basic fitness - Although this trip will cater for relative beginners, basic skills and fitness are required. If you can kayak comfortably up river from the club to the radio mask and back at a reasonable rate then you should manage. There is more open water than the Boondall trip and you should be able to handle light chop.
  • Basic skills. You must have already attended a basic skills session at the St Lucia Shed. Only those able to demonstrate that they can use a skirt, do a wet exit and an assisted rescue will be taken on to Moreton Bay.
  • Equipment: Sea kayaks, skirts, paddle leashes, bailers and PFDs. Bring a picnic lunch, snacks, at least 2L WATER, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellant, money, hat, towel, warm gear, wind and rain proof top and change of clothing as you can get wet.
Basic Costs: If you can afford it, a donation towards kayak upkeep.
Meet: 10 am at the UQ Canoe Club to load kayaks. Depart before 10.30am and drive to Manly. Aim to be on the water at 1130.am.
Tides: High tide is at 2.14 pm
Registration: Please register your interest with the leader by email (first come first served). Please indicate whether you have transport and if you have roof racks for kayaks. If you have not kayaked with the leader before please give some indication of your skills level to assist planning.

Leader: Michael Wynne
Contact: "seakayaking" followed by "@uqcanoeclub.net"

An overnight trip from Bribie Bridge to Mission Point (camping) and then up to Caloundra.

Full Details
Date: Sat & Sun 12th/13th July
The Passage Runs for 35 km between Bribie Island and the Mainland. At its narrowest it is only a few metres wide and at its widest up to 3 km. There are good views of the Glasshouse mountains

We will depart from Bribie Bridge at the southern end, camp for the night at Mission Point and then proceed to Golden Beach at Caloundra early on the Sunday morning. Because tides are strong it is essential that we kayak with them. The tide at the centre is about 3 hours later than at the ends so that we have that much less time on the outgoing tide on the second day. We will therefore adhere strictly to times and maintain a reasonable speed.

Emergency Contact: VMR Bribie Island 07 34087596 and VMR Caloundra 07 54913533 (enter them in your phones too!)
Grade: 1 (note the longer than normal distance on Sunday)
Departure Time: Saturday 12th July 2008. Meet at clubhouse at 6:45 AM. A car shuttle will be necessary to Caloundra. We will aim to leave Bribie Bridge at 10:30 to 11 am and arrive at Mission Point during the afternoon to set up camp and have an early night
Departure Time from Mission Point on Sunday 13th is at 6 am in order to reach Golden Beach soon after low tide at 10.06 am. There should then be time to visit the beaches on the other side of Bribie Island for a swim.

Duration: All weekend.
Distance: Day 1 about 15km. Day 2 about 20 km
Paddle type: Sea kayaking

Requirements:

  • Basic fitness - Because times are critical basic fitness and skill are required. If you can kayak comfortably up river from the club to the radio mask and back at roughly 5 km/hr then you should manage.
  • Basic skills. You must have already attended a basic skills session at the St Lucia Shed. you should be able to use a skirt, do a wet exit and perform an assisted rescue.
  • Equipment: Sea kayaks, skirts, paddle leashes, bailers and PFDs. Tents, sleeping bags, stoves., mug, plates etc. Bring one evening meal, one breakfast, two picnic lunch, snacks, at least 6L WATER, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellant, money, hat, towel, warm gear, wind and rain proof top and change of clothing. Pack conservatively as it must all go in the kayak
Basic Costs: If you can afford it, a donation towards kayak upkeep.
Meet: 6 am on Saturday 12th at the UQ Canoe Club to load kayaks. Depart before 7am and do car shuttle. Aim to be on the water before 11am.
Tides: Low tide at Bribie Bridge on Saturday 12th is at 10.35 am
. High tide at Mission Point on Sunday 13th is approximately 6.30 am. Low tide at Caloundra is 10.30 am.

Registration: Please register your interest with the leader by email (first come first served). Please indicate whether you have transport and if you have roof racks for kayaks. If you have not kayaked with the leader before please give some indication of your skills level to assist planning.

Leader: Michael Wynne
Contact: "seakayaking" followed by "@uqcanoeclub.net"

A more advanced surf trip around the outside of Bribie island, and north to Mooloolaba. For grade 2 paddlers only.

Full Details
This is an overnight trip from Caloundra to Mooloolaba. The trip crosses the Caloundra bar, and camps on the surf side of Bribie island before heading north to Mooloolaba. There are several surf landings and departures.

The trip is not a beginners trip and requires a bit of skill and fitness to come along, so it will not be open to any club members. We will be paddling through surf on both days.

Grade: 2
Duration: 2 days (Sat 16 Aug and Sun 17 Aug)

  • Day 1 - Golden Beach (Caloundra) to Ocean Beach (Bribie Island)
    Distance: 12 km (approx)
     
    We will start at Golden Beach and have a cruisey paddle to the Caloundra Bar. We will then paddle through the Caloundra Bar (surf) and out into the ocean. Then turning south we will head down Bribie Island to the Ocean Beach Camp Site. There will be a surf landing and we should be there for a late lunch. The afternoon people can do skills in the surf, more paddling down the Island or walks on the island. The afternoon will be pretty free.
     
  • Day 2 - Ocean Beach (Bribie Island) to Mooloolaba
    Distance: 28 km (approx)
     
    We will have an early start and paddle out through the surf, and then turn North and head around Caloundra point and past Shelley beach and have early lunch at Moffat beach at Caloundra. This is a protected beach but there may be some small surf to negotiate. After this break we will then paddle out again and go North and up the ocean beaches to Point Cartwright. We will paddle around the point and into the Mooloola river and get out (no surf Landing).
The majority of this paddling will be in the ocean with a loaded sea kayak and some will be into the tides (unavoidable). Apart from the points we are getting out there are no real easy exit points. We will also need to be paddling at 4 k/h minimum (faster is better). I don't want to have to push people so please make sure you are fit enough.

If the surf is too big, the trip will be cancelled.

Camping
Camping is at Ocean beach at the QLD Parks and Wildlife sites. There are toilets there but we will have to bring our own water. There are no fires allowed and stoves must be brought for cooking meals. I have booked 2 camp site and this should be enough for the group.

Costs
Donation to the drivers for fuel, Donation to the club, Whatever food you are bringing, $4.50 for camping fees.

If you have any questions please let me know or you want to come please let me know.

Contact: Dave Loveridge

A training day and paddle at Paradise point on the Gold Coast. Skills and rescues then a paddle to South Stradbroke Island.

Full Details
Paradise Point is a sheltered area abutting the Broadwater.

We will meet at the club shed at 6 AM with a view to departing at 7 AM, and being on the water by 9.30 am.

The training session will start with a quick revision of paddling strokes and techniques. It will concentrate on rescues and edging.

After the training session we will kayak on the Broadwater and visit South Stradbroke Island.

Safety: Sea kayaking on Moreton Bay can be hazardous. The trip may be modified if conditions are unsuitable.

Emergency Contact: VMR Southport Ph 0755323417
Grade: 1
Time: Saturday 30th August 2008. Meet at club shed at 6 AM
Duration: All Day. We will plan to leave the club by 7 AM, be on the water before 8.30 AM and be off the water by 4 PM and back at the shed by 5.30 PM.
Distance: about 15 km.
Paddle type: Sea kayaking

Requirements:

  • Basic fitness - Although this trip will cater for relative beginners, basic skills and fitness are required. It is intended for those who have been training on the river
  • Basic skills. It is intended for those who have been attending basic skill sessions at the St Lucia Shed. We will learn to use a skirt, do a wet exit and an assisted rescue. We may attempt self rescues
  • Equipment: Sea kayaks, skirts, paddle leashes, bailers and PFDs. 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 repellant, money, hat, towel, warm gear, wind and rain proof top and change of clothing as you can get wet.
Basic Costs: If you can afford it, a donation towards kayak upkeep. Contribution for petrol.
Meet: 6 AM at the UQ Canoe Club to load kayaks. Depart 7 AM and drive to Paradise Point. Aim to be on the water before 9.30 AM.
Tides: High tide is at 8.30 AM Low tide 2.40 PM
Registration: Please register your interest with Michael at "seakayaking" followed by"@uqcanoeclub.net" by email (first come first served). Please indicate whether you have transport and if you have roof racks for kayaks.

Leader: David Loveridge (organiser Michael Wynne)
Contact: "seakayaking" followed by "@uqcanoeclub.net"

A weekend trip exploring the Brunswick river and creeks near Brunswick Heads NSW (North of Byron bay).

Full Details
Brunswick Heads is situated north of Byron Bay in NSW. There is a main river, navigable for 10 km to Mullimbimby. There are two creeks entering close to the river mouth. They are navigable for 9 to 10 km, but not at low tide. Marshall's Creek may benavigable to Billinudgel, and Simpsons Creek to Tyagarah.

Saturday AM
We will meet at the club shed at 6 AM with a view to departing at 7 AM, and being on the water at Billinudgel by 10 AM. We will take one car to Brunswick Heads and leave it there. Kayak from Bullinudgel to Brunswick Heads (10 km) with the outgoing tide. Retrieve cars and set up camp.

Lunch.

Saturday PM.
Deposit cars/trailer at Mullimbimby. Kayak from Brunswick Heads to Mullimbimby (10 km) with the tide. Keen kayakers can kayak back against the tide. Return to camp site.

Sunday AM.
Kayak up Simpsons Creek and back (up to 20 km). Lunch and explore Brunswick heads before departing for Brisbane. We will see if we can arrange for a late check out.

Note: The schedule is tentative and will depend on the skills of the kayakers. We should have enough leaders to break into smaller groups and cater for all levels and different types of kayak If weather permits, and suitable leaders are available, then more advanced sea kayakers may exit the mouth and do a sea paddle. Camping
The camp site is situated on the river with a beach to launch from. It is close to the fish co-op and there are shops in the town.

Safety:
The river trip is a low risk paddle. The Brunswick bar has a bad reputation.

Emergency Contact: To be supplied later
Grade: 1-2
Time: Saturday 13th September 2008 - Meet at club shed at 6am
Duration: 2 days.
Distance: Day 1 will do 10 to 20 km. Day 2 up to 20 km.
Paddle type: Flatwater and Sea kayaking

Requirements:

  • Basic fitness - Although this trip will cater for relative beginners, some basic skills and fitness are required. It is intended as a social weekend, catering for all levels.
  • Basic skills. Basic paddling skills are required.
  • Equipment: Sea kayaks, Roscos and TKs, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellant, money, hat, towel, warm gear, wind and rain proof. Camping and cooking gear. Take 2 litre of water on each paddle.
Basic Costs: If you can afford it, a donation towards kayak upkeep. Camping fees. Contribution for petrol.
Meet: 6 AM at the UQ Canoe Club to load kayaks. Depart before 7 AM
Tides: Saturday: High at 8.46 AM. Low at 12.48 PM. Sunday: High at 9.25 AM. Low at 1.32 PM.
Registration: Please register your interest with Michael at "seakayaking" followed by"@uqcanoeclub.net" by email (first come first served). Please indicate whether you have transport and if you have roof racks for kayaks.

Leaders: Peter Kilby and Michael Wynne
Contact: "seakayaking" followed by "@uqcanoeclub.net"

Registrations are open for a three day sea kayak symposium hosted by Qld Canoeing in November 21-23 on the Gold Coast. Register now as places are limited.

Full Details
More information and registration forms are available here