Temporary Halt to River Paddling

There are currently major Wivenhoe dam releases underway. This effects the river downstream and the conditions are not currently safe for normal club river paddling such as flatwater.

The club has temporary stopped river paddling from the shed until further notice (ie until we are satisfied the river releases and their downstream effects have subsided).

UQ sport will not provide keys to you. If you have any issues, please contact the club committee.

Downstream effects during these dam releases and strong flows include –

  • Strong, continuous, outgoing current – there is the potential that flatwater paddlers will not be able to paddle against this current, or may be swept into overhanging branches and pontoons where there is no longer any clearance (strainers). They could become pinned (the water pushes them and the boat against something and pins them there. Especially if they capsize (which is much more likely).
  • Higher than normal water levels – tree branches and pontoon ramps mayno longer have clearance and become strainers for paddlers
  • Debris – there is a large amount of fast moving debris in the water. Not just a large amount of of branches, but also there are entire trees and some pontoons as well as other rubbish. Sewers have been known to overflow into parks and creeks and ultimately the river during these kinds of events.
  • Eddies – The fast flow results in large eddies (water flowing the other way) in places along the side of the river. This generates eddy lines (and small whirlpools) which can be difficult to navigate – especially for the inexperienced or those in very tippy boats.

Club grade 1 and 2 white water activities are an invaluable means of learning about moving water and for building the experience to recognise, avoid, handle, and even enjoy it. You’ll become familiar with rapids, eddies, strainers, pinning, etc. This is all something you can encounter at a lower level if you come across moving water while paddling flatwater boats and sea kayaking.

Trips planned for the semester

The club is organising a number of trips over second semester. These will be posted online as the dates are finalised.

  • Brunswick River – Mullumbimby to Brunswick Heads (for a pub lunch) and back
  • Coomera Island – Circumnavigate Coomera island in the Southern Moreton Bay / Gold Coast
  • Noosa River – Explore the Noosa river and sea kayak training (Weekend trip)
  • North Stradbroke Island – Dunwich/Blakesleys/Peel island (weekend trip)
  • Tweed River – Day trip exploring parts of the Tweed river
  • South Stradbroke Island – a day trip to Tipplers, Swan Bay, or the Bedrooms
  • Bribie island – Grade 2 training/assessment
  • St. Helena island – Day trip in Moreton Bay
  • Barefoot Bowls Paddle – a social Paddle to Newfarm followed by barefoot lawn bowls

Others events to be scheduled during the semester.

River Paddling

Going for a paddle on the river? Are you happy if someone else comes along, or you are looking for a paddle partner? Maybe someone else is planning to paddle around the time your want to? Let others know by submitting to this virtual paddle board.

Want to join someone? Add your name with the same date and time.

Only for paddles from the club shed. Check the calendar for upcoming paddles.

Access code – The access code is the current shed code.
If you do not have this, please contact membership as it usually means there is a problem with your current membership. Never give this to others if they don’t have it.

If you would like to be alerted when someone places a paddle, an RSS newsfeed is here (code required).

Please support the regular weekday and weekend paddle sessions.

Paddle Board

Click on the dot under the date for more info. Click on that for full info.
To change by year: click on the outer < > | To navigate by month click on the inner < >


Note that the paddle board will only work if members use it – especially regular paddlers.

Advertise Your Plans or Join Someone

Full moon paddle (2015 schedule)

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.

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)
Date Time Leader Tide Sunset
Fri 6 March 7:30PM Martin High: PM
Fri 3 April 7:30PM Martin High: PM
Sun 3 May 6:30PM Martin High: PM
Sun 30 Aug 7:00PM Martin High: 10:08 PM (Bris Bar) 5:30 PM
Sun 27 Sept 7:00PM Martin High: 8:58 PM (Bris bar) 5:46 PM
(moonrise 4:50 PM)

Paddle Type

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).

1 – 2 hrs

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

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)


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

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

UQ club shed at 7:30pm in Summer and 6:30pm in winter

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.

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


General contact: Ross Darnell