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All Events 2015

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A day of interclub polo competition at Lake Moogerah (about an hour west of Brisbane) . Team entries close 6th Feb 2015 - so register ASAP

Market Day Sem 1 2015Wed 25 Feb 15 ()
The club has a display in the Great Court on Wednesday 25 Feb 2014 as part of the UQ orientation week's Market Day.

Want to try kayaking? Do your friends want to try? This is your chance. The start of semester come and try day is scheduled for Saturday 28 Feb, from 8:00 AM to 12 noon . Prospective members are encouraged to come.

Club induction sessions will be run starting at different times through the morning. Register online now.

The first of three general pool training evenings on the UQ pool. Learn basic and more advanced paddling and rescue techniques in a clean warm environment. New members don't miss out (open to old members who want to learn or brush up too!).

Club induction sessions will be run starting at different times through the morning. Register online.

The second of three general pool training evenings on the UQ pool. Learn basic and more advanced paddling and rescue techniques in a clean warm environment. New members don't miss out (open to old members who want to learn or refresh their skills!).

A day trip to Coochiemudlo island in Moreton Bay to learn the basic skills needed for sea kayaking. NOW ON SAT Mar 21st.

A social trip down the river to the West End Markets. We'll stop for some coffee and back to semester get-together. Open to all Saturday morning paddlers, and a chance for members to meet each other. If you aren't able to paddle, please meet us at the markets anyway.

The last of three general pool training evenings on the UQ pool. Learn basic and more advanced paddling and rescue techniques in a clean warm environment. New members don't miss out (open to old members who want to learn or refresh their skills!).

A day at Wivenhoe dam aimed at improving your paddle technique and trying out tippier TK1 and K1 kayaks.

A sea kayak trip over to Macleay island and then to North Stradbroke island if conditions are suitable. Note new date.

Redcliffe paddleSun 26 Apr 15 ()
An alternate trip to the planned Macleay island/Blakesley's day trip due to forecast windy weather.

A 3 day trip kayaking and camping up the Noosa river (Friday evening - Sunday).

Amity WeekendSat 30 May 15 ()
A weekend trip along the northern bay side of North Stradbroke island, with a paddle over the Amity banks and Rous channel if conditions permit.

The club is having its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday evening 17th of June. This is an important meeting for the club so please put it in your diaries and come along.

A day trip to Karragarra island, circumnavigating Macleay island, amongst the southern bay islands of Moreton Bay.

Ten days expeditionary sea kayaking around the amazing Whitsunday islands.

Market Day Sem 2 2015Wed 29 Jul 15 ()
The club has a display in the Great Court on Wednesday 29 Feb 2015 as part of the UQ orientation week's Market Day.

Want to try kayaking? Do your friends want to try? This is your chance. The start of semester come and try day is scheduled for Saturday 1st Aug, from 8:00 AM to 12 noon . Prospective members are encouraged to come.

This is a great day trip for those interested in sea kayaking in the bay.

The first of two general pool training evenings on the UQ pool. Learn basic and more advanced paddling and rescue techniques in a clean warm environment. New members don't miss out (open to old members who want to learn or brush up too!).

Club induction sessions will be run starting at different times through the morning. Register online now.

The second of two general pool training evenings on the UQ pool. Learn basic and more advanced paddling and rescue techniques in a clean warm environment. New members don't miss out (open to old members who want to learn or refresh their skills!).

Club induction sessions will be run starting at different times through the morning. Register online.

A social trip down the river to the West End Markets. We'll stop for some coffee and back to semester get-together. Open to all Saturday morning paddlers, and a chance for members to meet each other. If you aren't able to paddle, please meet us at the markets anyway.

G1: Intro to Sea KayakingSun 30 Aug 15 ()
A day trip to Coochiemudlo island in Moreton Bay to learn the basic skills needed for sea kayaking. This may be to North Currigee on South Stradbroke island, but the tides will probably mean we will do this at Coochiemudlo.

Day trip to a Wivenhoe dam to practice and develop the skills to paddle tippier boats such as TK1s and K1s.

A weekend trip over the Blakesley's Anchorage on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), to Dunwich, and then returning to Victoria Point via Peel and Coochiemudlo islands.

A day trip in windy weather along the side of Bribie island. Alternative weather trip for the Stradbroke Weekend.

A day trip in windy weather along the side of Bribie island. Alternative weather trip for the St. Helena day trip.

A trip around Brisbane's "Alcatraz" a.k.a. St. Helena Island in Moreton Bay.

Full moon paddles take place each month on the full moon. We will be taking advantage of the light of the full moon and paddling upsteam to a point which the group agrees is a good point to return from. Some paddles which coincide with Friday, Saturday or Sunday may be included with a BBQ/ picnic in Guyatt Park before or after the paddle.

Requirements Bring head torch and rear white light. You must be seen from 360 degrees. Lightsticks, water bottle, spare clothing for after the paddle, Warm clothing in Winter, clothing to suit weather conditions, any personal medication

Dates, Leader(s) and contact (linked)
DateTimeLeaderTideSunset
Fri 6 March7:30PMMartinHigh: PM
Fri 3 April7:30PMMartinHigh: PM
Sun 3 May6:30PMMartinHigh: PM
Sun 30 Aug7:00PMMartinHigh: 10:08 PM (Bris Bar)5:30 PM
Sun 27 Sept7:00PMMartinHigh: 8:58 PM (Bris bar)5:46 PM
(moonrise 4:50 PM)
Paddle Type Flatwater
Grade 1 (note that you will often be paddling against the peak flooding tide of the month. If you have trouble with river currents, then this may not be for you).
Duration 1 - 2 hrs
Distance 5-10km dependant on fitness of the least fit in the group
Paddle Outline Departure will generally occur at 7:30pm in Summer and possibly a bit earlier in Winter - check the date and time (above).
Paddle Duration Between 1-1.5 hours
Tides Strong tides occur during full moons. These paddles will typically include paddling during the peak incoming tide. If unsure of your ability to paddle in these conditions, please gain experience on the river during the daytime first.

See the tide information listed for the paddle date (above)

Moon Full
Sunset See the sunset times listed for the paddle date (above)
Put in Point UQCC shed
Take-out Point UQCC shed
Alternate routes Turning back earlier than planned
Facilities UQCC shed facilities
Personal Gear Bring head torch and a rear WHITE light - white light must be seen from your boat from 360 degrees. Red bike lights are NOT acceptable. Lightsticks (attach to PFD), water bottle, spare clothing for after the paddle, Warm clothing in Winter, clothing to suit weather conditions, any personal medication.

Lightsticks are available from the party section of Coles, Woolworths, and Kmart and should be very cheap. These serve as a backup if your torch fails or gets wet (eg you fall in). Cheap head torches are often found near the battery section of Coles/Woolworths/Kmart ($5-$25). Small LED lights may also be in the cycling section of Kmart.

Required Equipment As above. Remember - No Glow = No Go!
Double check Equipment Lights, Suitable craft, PFD, paddle, medication, water, footwear
Meet UQ club shed at 7:30pm in Summer and 6:30pm in winter
Return UQ club shed approx 9-10 PM in summer and approx 8-9 PM in winter
 
General risks and management
Risks and Hazards fatigue, hypothermia, cuts and bruises, Boat capsize, Boat traffic, Tendonitis, Paddle induced injuries, wind and current (weather), group separation, Darkness, Submerged hazards
Risk minimisation Dress for the outdoors, Bring wind/ rain proof cag and warm dry top. Advise trip leader of any medical conditions beforehand. Make participants aware of boat traffic. Safety, communication, refresh participants about paddling on the river (from inductions). Group to stay in close configuration. Be prepared to return to the shed early. Don't paddle too far with the tide.

Trip to be run in accordance with UQCC trip guidelines. Safety and communication gear to include the equipment (below). Risk assessment to be completed. Weather to be reviewed beforehand.

Paddler Requirements Paddlers should have a basic level of fitness, and participants to be paddling in a boat which they are familiar and stable in. Participants must bring thier own lights or glowsticks to paddle or risk missing out. Individuals must self-assess their, and their equipment's, ability to participate in this level club event (grade 1) and should consult the trip leader if any aspect of their suitability requires clarification.

Safety Gear tow ropes, PFD, torch, light stick.
Communication whistles, mobile phone(s)
Emergency contact(s) UQ Security (07) 3365 1234 (3365 3333 if emergency). Also 000.
Medical conditions Please advise leaders if you have health issues or injuries that may affect participation (eg asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies, epilepsy, etc)
Medical centre Mater Hospital
Registration info Register to be sure of a spot, but otherwise just turn up and see if there is space.
Bad weather alternative Paddle will be called off in the event of rough weather or if the weather looks like it could deteroate into unsafe paddling conditions
Costs None

General contact: Ross Darnell

A social paddle along the river with a picnic at Long Pocket.

A return paddle across Deception Bay from Redcliffe to Bribie Island and back.

A weekend trip along the inside of Bribie island from Bongaree in the south to Caloundra in the North, camping on Bribie and Mission Point.

G1: South Pine RiverSun 1 Nov 15 ()
Explore the South Pine river.

G1: Tweed and Rous RiversSat 14 Nov 15 ()
Paddle the Tweed river to Murwillumbah, returning to Tumbulgum via the Rous river.

Working BeeSat 28 Nov 15 ()
A chance to help fix up the gear after a busy year and have a bit of a social day.

Enoggera Dam (The Gap)Sat 12 Dec 15 ()
A fun (come and try and training) paddle. We will set up on the shore and have a selection of flat water kayak available to up skill or just paddle. After the initial training (try out) session we will paddle to the end of the Dam and back followed by coffee/ lunch at the "Walkabout Creek Café" at this venue.

Market PaddleSat 19 Dec 15 ()
A Christmas social paddle to the West End markets for the morning.