Flatwater Weekend Trip (Wivenhoe Dam) 1 or 2 days

A weekend overnight trip camping at Wivenhoe. Saturday we plan a mix of sea kayaks and tippier flatwater boats with a big social aspect and stargazing. Sunday will be more flatwater emphasis. A great social event in nice cool fresh water! Some meals catered!

Event ID: 180417F
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We will take many kinds of TK1 and K1 flat water boats to Wivenhoe dam. This is a great chance to try tippier boats and improve your paddle skills. The quickest way to improve is to push your limits. It is a good environment for doing so. These are usually popular social events as well.

Friday and/ or Saturday Night – or just day trip(s) on Sat or Sunday
It is possible to camp for Friday and Saturday nights and be there for both Saturday and Sunday. However (depending on transport) it is possible to come on day trips on Saturday or Sunday (please let us know in advance so we can work out travel and catering).

How to get there
It is about 1 hour and 10 minutes’ drive from Brisbane to the event venue.
Follow the Ipswich Motorway (signposted to Warwick/ Ipswich/ Toowoomba).
turn off this motorway to the Warrego Highway (this is the road to Toowoomba NOT
Ipswich or Warwick). After 15 km turn right to Esk (the Brisbane Valley Highway). Proceed to Fernvale (15 Km) then on cross Wivenhoe damn wall and spillway (9km).
after 6 km turn right into Hay Rd (sign to Logan Inlet) then after 1 km left into Logan Inlet Rd (then follow the signs). After 2.5 km the road forks. Take the right hand turn to the Captain Logan camping area (0.5 km) on the western shores of the dam

Go to the Captain Logan Camping area. This is well sign posted and there is mobile phone coverage although can be patchy depending on your carrier. There are BBQ facilities, sheltered picnic tables, toilets and (?coin operated) showers (hot and cold).
Other information is available on the SEQWATER’s website.

We will be astarting each around 9:30 AM each day and we will be setting up a position on the bank near the campsite, hopefully near a shady tree.

What we’re doing
This part of the Dam is protected from wind and is a beautiful setting to practice and try a range of TK1’s and a K1. It is a fresh water dam and there are limited hazards in the water. It is a ‘friendly environment’ to fall out of kayaks!! We all advance more quickly when we push your limits.

We intend to bring a range of TK’s and K1’s so that everybody can have a go and hopefully we will be able to go for a short paddle once we have acquired some skills. We will bring kayaks, PFDs, paddles and required safety gear as appropriate for the activity. You will need to bring water and suitable food (although drinking water is readily available at the camp site), lunch and snacks, sunscreen, hat and sunsmart clothes. It is likely to be hot and a spare change of clothes is essential as you will be getting wet.

Two clubs!
The trip is combined with a trip by the Queensland Sea Kayak Club. On Saturday there will be opportunities to try out a different range of (usually fancier) sea kayaks owned by their members. There will also be opportunities to learn from their members, many of whom are experienced sea kayakers.

Catered Meals
Catered meals : On Saturday evening the Queensland sea kayak club will cater a barbecue dinner for both clubs. On Sunday the UQ club will do lunch for both the clubs.

Transport and Registration

We can coordinate a lift for people who do not have a car as the time approaches. Please advise your transport arrangements (i.e. whether you have a car or need a lift) when you register for the trip. Please indicate how many people you can take and if you have roof racks/cradles if you have a car. Please record in the notes which days/nights you plan to attend and what time(s) you would like to arrive/leave. We will try to help you with transport if you don’t have any (if we can – but please be flexible). Please register ASAP below 🙂

The usual ‘wear & tear’ fee applies and money should be deposit in the box in the shed.

Paddle Type Flatwater
Start Date 17-04-2018
End Date 18-04-2018
Trip days 1 to 3
Depart Date 16-04-2018
Return Date 18-04-2018
Paddle days 2
Trip Leader Peter Voght
2IC Martin Wynne
Grade 1
Distance(s) 0-15 km depending on activities
Paddle Outline SATURDAY
Morning: Introduction to TK boats. Progression to new boats. Paddle strokes.

LUNCH: BBQ Dinner by Qld sea kayak Club

Afternoon: Free time to play with boats, and try out other club boats

Evening: Social time for both clubs. Night sky astronomy discussion/ way finding at night (survival skill).

Morning: Skills training including deep water rescues etc
Intro to TKs (for day trippers).
Paddle strokes

LUNCH: Barbecue lunch by UQCC

Afternoon: free time to play and paddle

We may organise a paddle on the dam at some point, depending on interest

Other land-based activities are also available including bush walking/ bike riding/ photography.

Paddle Duration(s) 4 – 6 hrs on water per day
Tide(s) not applicable
Put in Point On the lake shore on the north eastern side of the Captain Logan camp ground at Wivenhoe Dam.
Take out Point As per the put in site
Departure time (put in) 9:30 AM
Alternate Take Out Points Logan inlet day area
Facilities Toilets and water available
?Coin operated showers (for hot water)
Toilets (flushing) and showers (coin operated for hot water as l can recall) are available and there are shelter sheds within the camp ground. Water for drinking is available throughout the camp ground.

There is a camp ground ranger and shop at the grounds.

We will be camped at the Captain Logan camp ground and a certain number of sites (specifically sites 45 to 53) are reserved and paid for at the moment. The camping cost is $20 per site (covers 2 Adults). Additional persons cost $10.

Put in Point(s)
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Map to Campsite
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Campsite map


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;
✓ Entire Group Capsizing;
✓ Equipment Failure;
✓ Fitness / Fatigue;
✓ Heat Exhaustion / Hyperthermia;
✓ Hypothermia;
✓ Medical Condition(s);
✓ Missing / Broken Paddle;
✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters;
✓ Panic / Fear;
✓ Separation from Boat;
✓ Sinking Boat;
✓ Sunburn;
✓ Tripping while walking;
Travel Risk Assessment UQ Assessment #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;
✓ 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 self-assess their, and their equipment’s ability to cope with this grade of club event. The club grading scale is located on the club website. This should be consulted prior to registration, and any concerns or anything needing clarification should be raised with the trip leader beforehand.
✓ Participants need the skills for the grade for the trip, unless modified below (Additional Comments).
✓ Participants should have an appropriate level of fitness.
Emergency Contact Information No formal on water rescue body operates on the Dam. All activity will be carried out in visual sight of other participants. In an emergency the leader and other senior Club members will call Police. Emergencies Only – Ambulance, Police, Fire: 000; Lowood Police: 5426 1108; Seqwater Duty Officer – Catchment Services : 3035 5776
Safety and Personal Equipment
Personal Equipment (check link) ✓ Camping Gear (e.g. tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag);
✓ Clothing you can get wet (on the water);
✓ Cooking gear;
✓ Dry clothing (to keep warm);
✓ 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;
✓ PFD and paddle;
✓ Pump, sponge, bailer, and paddle float;
✓ Suitable paddle craft (sea kayak if seakayaking);
✓ Whistle;
Safety Equipment ✓ First Aid Kit;
✓ Hand Pump (at least 1 per 2 boats);
✓ Repair Kit;
✓ Spare Paddle;
✓ Torch / Glow stick;
Communications ✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ Signal Mirror;
✓ V-Sheet;
✓ VHF Radio;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised Equipment Camping gear and food.

Let us know any special food requirements (for the catering)

Let us know what days / nights you plan to stay (in the notes section of the registration)

Check of Paddlers’ Equipment ✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;



Boat Loading Location UQCC Shed
Boat Loading Details Many boats will be taken up Friday evening. Some boats may be transported on Sat and/or Sunday, depending on when participants are joining/leaving the group
Meet Location Club Shed
Meeting Time (meet location) 5:30 PM friday or 7 AM Sat or Sun
Depart Time (meet location) 6:30 PM Friday or 7:30 AM other day(s)
Meet time (put in) 9:00 AM
Costs $20 per night camping
Money for petrol ~$5
wear and tear cost $5 per day
Money for tea/coffee/food etc
Additional Comments/Instructions Dress for the outdoors. Bring dry warm clothes and sunsmart clothing (hat, sunglasses, long sleeved shirt, water, sunscreen). You may get wet so bring your swimming gear. Advise trip leader of any medical conditions.



Register with: Peter Voght Leader Email Address Location: Committee Contacts Page
Register by: 15-03-2018 Event ID: 180417F