G1: Intro to Sea Kayaking – Broadwater

A day trip to Wavebreak island on the Gold Coast to learn the basic skills needed for sea kayaking.

Event ID: 160403S
Last Modified: 2016-03-31
Version: 2
A training trip around Wavebreak island. We will stop on the beach of the island, facing the Gold Coast Seaway, for lunch and training activities. If conditions are unsuited (eg wind/wind direction or swell/waves) we may use the alternate route to South Currigee.

Note this trip is limited to 10 people (the club as 9 boats). Don’t leave it too late to register. There may be 1 or 2 other more experienced club members coming along too to help.

Training Outline

Phase 1 (prior to on water activity)
* Standard Trip/ activity briefing
* Seat adjustment/ posture
* Paddle strokes – forward/ back (reverse)/ stop
* Bracing – low brace, high brace.
* Turning/ keeping straight/ ‘leaning’ to turn
* Basic tide/ current knowledge – how this impacts on our trip planning/
* ferry gliding
* Rules of the pod/ paddle signals
* What to take (for a day trip) and where to stow it (basic intro)
* How to identify hazards/ dangers (basic intro)

Phase 2 (on water on route)
* Demonstration and assistance with execution of paddle strokes, turning/ keeping straight/ ferry gliding/ edging / Brace strokes

Phase 3 (arrival at IN WATER skill training session)
* At this stage this activity will occur on the eastern side of Wavebreak Island off a sandy beach. On arrival at this location there will be the opportunity to adapt clothes for in water activities (note there are NO change facilities)
* Demonstrate and execute wet exit and hazards associated with this.
* Assisted rescue – including ‘T’ rescue, ‘all in rescue’, rescue with a stirrup, Eskimo rescue,
Self rescue – paddle float rescue

Phase 4 (trip home)
* Towing and continued execution of learned skills

Paddle Type Sea kayaking; Training
Start Date 3-4-2016
End Date 3-4-2016
Trip days 1
Trip Leader Martin Wynne
2IC Maija Raudsepp
Grade 1
Distance(s) 5km (8 km if alt route taken)
Paddle Outline
  • 6:30 Meet at shed and load boats/gear
  • 7:30 Depart Shed
  • 8:30 Arrive Put in Point
  • 9:00 Phase 1 Off water training and briefing
  • 10:00 Phase 2 – On water paddle training
  • 11:30 Phase 3 Arrival and IN water activities
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Phase 4 – Return
  • 15:00 Arrival and pack gear
  • 16:00 Depart for Brisbane
  • 17:00 Arrive shed and wash gear
  • 17:30 – 18:00 Finish
Paddle Duration(s) 3-4 hr
Tide(s) High 4:44 AM (1.47m)
Low 11:14 AM (0.32m)
High 5:17 PM (1.2m)
Moon Half Moon 1st April (neap tides)
New moon 7th April (spring tides)
Put in Point Cnr Burrows St and Marine Parade
Take out Point Same as put in point
Departure time (put in) 9-10 AM
Alternate Route Variations
  • North side of Wavebreak island and then across to South Currigee area on South Stradbroke island
  • Detour to small inlet at the south end of South Stradbroke island
  • Nothing on Wavebreak island
  • Toilets at South Currigee
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Route Wavebreak Island
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Alternative Route to South Currigee on South Stradbroke island
Put in Point(s)
Put in / Take out
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Cnr Burrows St and Marine Parade


Risks and Management

Sea Kayak Risk Assessment UQ Risk Assessment {#45934 https://www.risk.admin.uq.edu.au/Task/Default.aspx?TaskID=45934}
✓ Animals and Plants (major injury)
✓ Animals and Plants (minor injury)
✓ Bad Weather / Weather Change
✓ Boat Traffic / Shipping
✓ Capsize
✓ Carrying Boats
✓ Cuts, Sprains, and Strains
✓ Dehydration
✓ Drowning
✓ Enter / Exit Boat
✓ Entire Group Capsizing
✓ Equipment Failure
✓ Fitness / Fatigue
✓ Getting Separated from Group
✓ Heat Exhaustion / Hyperthermia
✓ Hypothermia
✓ Ineffective Rudder
✓ Medical Condition(s)
✓ Missing / Broken Paddle
✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters
✓ Panic / Fear
✓ Sea Sickness
✓ Separation from Boat
✓ Sinking Boat
✓ Strainers (Overhanging Trees / Mangroves / Fishing Lines / Structures)
✓ Sunburn
✓ Tripping while walking
Travel Risk Assessment UQ Assessment {#57960 https://www.risk.admin.uq.edu.au/Task/Default.aspx?TaskID=57960}
✓ Becoming Lost
✓ Breakdown or Breakdown in Remote Area
✓ Chemical: Unleaded Petrol
✓ Drowsiness while Driving
✓ Incident or Accident while Driving
✓ Injury from Loading / Unloading Equipment from vehicle
✓ Listed Risks Not Applicable
✓ Loads Falling from Vehicle or Trailer, or hitting occupants in accident
✓ Towing Trailer
Risk Management
Paddler Requirements ✓ Conditions can be calm, but can change dramatically with winds and tides contributing significantly to this.
✓ Paddlers must advise leaders if they have health issues or injuries that may affect participation. Ensure medication is carried and is accessible. If unsure, they should check with their doctor beforehand.
✓ Participants need the skills for the {grade http://www.uqcanoeclub.net/pages/seakayak/seakayak-grading-scale.html?id=id01} for the trip, unless modified below (Additional Comments).
Emergency Contact Information VMR Southport 5591 1300
VHF 16, 22, 67, 73, 82
Seaway tower: 5591 2948
(located on the Gold coast spit, broadwater side, south of the seaway)
Emergency: 000
Nearest Medical Help and Contacts Gold Coast University Hospital
1300 744 284
1 Hospital Blvd, Southport
(near Olsen Ave and Smith St. Motorway)
Safety and Personal Equipment
Personal Equipment (check link) ✓ Clothing you can get wet (on the water)
✓ Dry clothing (to keep warm)
✓ Equipment {Requirements for Grade http://www.uqcanoeclub.net/pages/seakayak/seakayak-grading-scale.html?id=id01}
✓ Food adequate for trip duration
✓ Footwear suitable for paddling, swimming and extra for on land
✓ Paddle clothes to protect from cold/wind (e.g. thermal/spray jacked or cag)
✓ Review {potential equipment http://www.uqcanoeclub.net/pages/seakayak/sea-kayak-equipment-checklist.html}
✓ Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeved paddle clothes, sunscreen, etc)
✓ Water – 3L per day (4L if camping)
✓ Water and snacks accessible while paddling
Kayak Equipment ✓ Dry bag
✓ PFD and paddle
✓ Paddle tie
✓ Pump, sponge, bailer, and paddle float
✓ Sea Kayaking {Required Equipment List http://www.uqcanoeclub.net/pages/seakayak/sea-kayak-equipment-checklist.html}
✓ Spray Deck (if you have never used one tell the leader before you register!)
✓ Suitable paddle craft (sea kayak if seakayaking)
✓ Whistle
Safety Equipment ✓ First Aid Kit
✓ Hand Pump (at least 1 per 2 boats)
✓ Paddle Floats (at least 1 per 2 boats)
✓ Repair Kit
✓ Rescue Stirrup
✓ Spare Paddle
✓ Torch / Glow stick
Communications ✓ Flares;
✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ V-Sheet;
✓ VHF Radio;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised Equipment Sea kayaks, skirts, paddle leashes, bailers and PFDs. Dry bags if you have them else from the club. You will get wet. Bring dry paddling gear to change into after the training session and for lunch. Bring a picnic lunch, snacks, at least 3L WATER, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, money, hat, towel, warm gear, wind and rain proof top and change of clothing as you can get wet.
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment ✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;



Boat Loading 2-4-2016 4:00 PM We will now load at 6:30 AM on the Sunday
Boat Loading Location Club Shed
Boat Loading Details Load trailer and prepare gear between 4 PM and 6 PM
Meet Location Club Shed
Meeting Time (meet location) Now 6:30 AM
Depart Time (meet location) 7:30 AM
Meet time (put in) 8:30 AM
Go Home Time 6 PM
  • Petrol Costs (talk to driver)
  • Club boat wear and tear charge ($8-10)
  • Some money if we stop for a coffee etc.
Additional Comments/Instructions
  • This is a training trip. You will be getting wet when we practice rescues.
  • The broadwater has a lot of boat traffic. Please make sure you stay with the group and only cross boat channels with the group when directed.



Register by 1-4-2016 Participants must register their interest prior to the event.
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Event ID 160403S
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