Negotiating Surf – Currumbin (G2 / strong G1)

This session will concentrate on negotiating the surf zone safely. Likely route is out of the Currumbin Bar then practicing negotiating the surf on the northern beach. More experienced sea kayakers.

Event ID: 170401S
Last Modified: 2017-04-15 13:01:37
Version: 2

This trip is for intermediate to advanced paddlers and is designed as an introduction to the surf zone. We will cover, reading the surf and launching and landing through the surf zone, together with practicing some rescue skills. A helmet is required to participate in the surf skills. The training session is being led by two AC Sea Instructors from the Queensland Sea Kayak Club, Mark Hessling and Tony Hirst. For safety reasons it is limited to twelve participants.

Paddle Type Sea kayaking
Start Date 22-04-2017
End Date 22-04-2017
Trip days 1
Trip Leader Mark Hessling
2IC Peter Voght
Grade 2 (or strong Grade 1)
Distance(s) ~ 4 kms
Paddle Outline As set by instructors
Paddle Duration(s) Approx 4-5 hours
Tide(s) Gold Coast – Currumbin Beach
Low tide at 11:18 AM (0.31m) (Gold coast Seaway)
Moon New Moon on 26 Apr 2017
Sunrise – Sunset times Sunrise 06:08am
Sunset 17:25 pm
Put in Point Winders Park, Duringan Street, Currrumbin (UBD GC Map 70 R6)
Take out Point Same as put in
Departure time (put in) 8:30 AM
Alternate Route Variations We may land on the southern beach for our beach landings.
Alternate Take Out Points Always close to shore, so multiple take out points.
Facilities Toilets near the launch point.
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Route map
Put in Point(s)
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Winders Park, Duringan Street, Currrumbin


Risks and Management

Sea Kayak Risk Assessment UQ Risk Assessment #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;
✓ Equipment Failure;
✓ Fitness / Fatigue;
✓ Heat Exhaustion / Hyperthermia;
✓ Hit by Paddle;
✓ Medical Condition(s);
✓ Missing / Broken Paddle;
✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters;
✓ Panic / Fear;
✓ Rocks and Submerged Objects;
✓ Rough Seas;
✓ Sea Sickness;
✓ Separation from Boat;
✓ Sinking Boat;
✓ Sunburn;
✓ Surf;
✓ Tripping while walking;
Travel Risk Assessment UQ Assessment #57960; ✓ Breakdown or Breakdown in Remote Area;
✓ Chemical: Unleaded Petrol;
✓ Drowsiness while Driving;
✓ Incident or Accident while Driving;
✓ Injury from Loading / Unloading Equipment from vehicle;
✓ 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 must be familiar with, and have demonstrated, a wet exit and T-rescue (in a sea kayak) while a member of the club.
✓ Participants need the skills for the grade for the trip, unless modified below (Additional Comments).
Emergency Contact Information Emergencies only – 000

VMR Southport 07 5591 1300
VMR 400
VHF 16, 67, 73, 82, 81

Nearest Medical Help and Contacts Palm Beach Currumbin Private Hospital
7 Bilinga Street, Currumbin, QLD 4223
(07) 5534 4944
Gold Coast Hospital
1 Hospital Boulevard, Southport Qld 4215
61 7 5687 0000
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;
✓ 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;
✓ 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;
✓ Helmet;
✓ PFD and paddle;
✓ Paddle tie;
✓ Pump, sponge, bailer, and paddle float;
✓ Sea Kayaking Required Equipment List;
✓ 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;
Communications ✓ Flares;
✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ Signal Mirror;
✓ V-Sheet;
✓ VHF Radio;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised Equipment MUST BRING A HELMET. Please make sure you bring water (2-3 ltrs), lunch, snacks, sun protection and footwear. You will be getting wet so be prepared with swimming gear, towel and also change of dry clothes. Water and snacks need to be accessible whilst you paddle.
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment ✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;



Boat Loading 21-4-2017 5:30 PM
Boat Loading Location Club shed.
Boat Loading Details All attends are required to assist with loading the trailer. Please come and learn how.
Meet Location Club Shed
Meeting Time (meet location) 6:30 AM
Depart Time (meet location) 7 AM
Meet time (put in) 8AM
Go Home Time 2 PM at Currumbin Creek
Costs $50 towards instructor costs. Petrol for your driver. A few extra dollars for a coffee afterwards (if time).



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Register by: 27-03-2017 Event ID: 170401S

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