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.
Start of Semester is a good time to join. Cub inductions are scheduled for this Saturday.
Please join beforehand and register for your induction, otherwise it might be a while before we can organise more (there are a lot of other things on…).
Weekly Canoe Polo has now moved to Friday nights at 6 PM to 8:30PM.
We’re try out a new day and a new time. Hopefully this works for you! With the option of something a bit social after!
Details updated here
New to Paddling? Build your confidence by paddling with more experienced members. Confidence on the River runs on the 4th, 5th week of August and 1st week of September. Mornings or afternoons Mon-Tues. Book your place.
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There will be a roll training session in the shallow end of the UQ pool this Tuesday evening.
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For a month experienced club members will make themselves available to paddle with new paddlers to help them build their skills, experience, and confidence on the river.
Continue reading “Confidence on the River Mondays (May – 4 weeks)”
Interested in improving your paddling, or learning new strokes? Improve your paddling at the UQ pool on most Tuesday evenings.
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Flatwater paddling is at the core of all paddling disciplines. Consequently the club is using some of your membership fees to subsidise coaching sessions for members to help them develop their paddling skills and get more out of the efforts they put in
Weekly coaching sessions for beginner and/or intermediate/advanced paddlers continue every Saturday morning. There are multiple sessions, but please book first so they can be properly organised.
If this is not used, then the club loses an opportunity to build skills. If you are interested but can’t make these sessions (eg can’t make Saturday mornings), please email coaching and let us know your preferred times so we can gauge interest.
For details please consult the coaching page.