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Whitewater Events 2008

Please check the basic trip requirements and information at the bottom of this page

Basic whitewater kayaking techniques at Wivenhoe dam. Your chance to try a bit of whitewater kayaking. Calm water, moving water, and one very optional grade 2 rapid. Don't miss out. Good for other kayaking disciplines.

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Try to take advantage of the basic paddle skills and training you learned in the pool or on the river beforehand.

This is your chance to learn how to paddle the exciting sport of whitewater kayaking. The Wivenhoe trip is a beginner trip, and is only 80 km from Brisbane city. It has one class two rapid, plus a small amount of reliable moving water, flowing into a big flat section.
We aim to teach people things like breaking in and out, general safety, a little about river features as well as general boat control skills - especially in moving water (useful in flatwater and sea kayaking too).

It's a great trip to find out if whitewater is for you.

Date: Sun 10 Aug 2008
Duration: All day
Destination: Wivenhoe Spillway
Paddle type: Whitewater kayaking
Numbers: Max 13 people - book soon
Pictures: Pictures from a previous introductory day are available
Additional Requirements (see bottom of the page):

  1. No experience necessary- the club has all the gear you need
  2. Bring your logbook (school exercise book)
  3. Prior bookings are essential
What to bring: The water will be cold, and you will get wet (i.e. swimming). Bring swimming clothing that will keep you warm (eg thermals or wetsuit). Avoid wearing cotton as it will not be effective in keeping you warm when you are wet. Also bring a towel and a dry change of warm clothing for afterwards. Footwear that can get wet (not thongs), lunch, more than enough water, and sunscreen.
Cost: $10 donation toward boat maintenance is the norm, plus petrol money for your driver.
Transport: If you can drive, and take passengers, or take boats (ie have roof racks), please contact the trip organiser with how many passengers (excluding you), you have room for. If you require transport from the boat shed, please contact the trip organiser. If you have a medical condition or something else that you think should be known about, please let the organiser know.
Meet: 8:00 AM at UQ Canoe club boat shed (building 30) (departing 8:30-9:00AM)
Return: Approx 4:00 PM
Contact/Questions to: Steff (whitewater rep)

A great weekend (23-34 Aug) at Goolang (near Grafton in NSW). The perfect next step after Wivenhoe intro day.

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Goolang creek is a great place to develop your skills in a kayak (particularly for moving water). This weekend is for people of all skill levels to get out and play or learn. Some of the senior club members will be teaching you the important skills required to paddle whitewater safely. We will camp right next to the river.

It has about two kilometres of rapids (grades 1-3). There are many grade 2 rapids (the little rapid at Wivenhoe is grade 2), with access along the creek at all points (so any rapid can be avoided). There is one optional grade 3 rapid in the middle (only for those with sufficient skill).

Goolang Creek is 35 kms west of Grafton. It is about a 4-5 hour trip each way from Brisbane.

Prior bookings are essential

Date: Sat 23th to Sun 24th April 2007
Duration: 2 days
Destination: Goolang creek
Paddle type: Whitewater kayaking
Cost: $10/day donation for boat maintenance is encouraged, ?$8 for camping and about ?$40/50 for petrol (~1000 km round trip)
Meet: at the boat shed at (TBA).
Return: TBA
Contact: Stephanie Looi - whitewater representative or 0421 135 477 (mob)

Things you'll need -

  • The water will be cold, and you will get wet (i.e. swimming). Bring swimming clothing that will keep you warm (eg thermals or wetsuit). Avoid wearing cotton as it will not be effective in keeping you warm when you are wet. Also bring a towel and a dry change of warm clothing for afterwards.
  • Footwear that can get wet (not thongs).
  • Normal camping clothing (don't forget the jumper).
  • Camping gear - the club has some gear (tents, stoves, sleeping mats, bags), so let me know what you need, and we can arrange it. Torch
  • Food - you will be doing plenty of exercise, so bring plenty of food. If you can get into small groups for cooking, it may be easier
  • Sunscreen, Insect repellent (the bugs can be vicious), Water bottle (but you don't need water)
Requirements
  • Basic requirements (bottom of page)
If you can drive, and take passengers, or take boats (ie have roof racks), please contact me with how many passengers (excluding you), you have room for.

If you have a medical condition, allergy or something else that you think I should know about, please let me know.

Pictures: available off-site