Sea Kayak Trip to St Helena Island (With Tour of Island)

A day trip to St. Helena Island in Moreton Bay. We hope to include a tour of the convict settlement on the island (Brisbane’s version of Alcatraz island).

Event ID: 180519S
Last Modified: 2018-05-02 16:15:46
Version: 1

Leaving Manly Boat Harbour we will cross Waterloo Bay to the Jetty on the south west corner of St Helena Island, where we will have a bit of time for morning tea and a tour of the old gaol, before paddling back to Manly.

Paddle Type Sea kayaking
Start Date 26-5-2018 (moved from previous weekend)
End Date 26-5-2018
Trip days 1
Trip Leader Caitlin Johns
Grade 1
Distance(s) 8km each way
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Paddle Outline
  • 5:45 AM – Meet at Shed
  • 6:00 AM – Depart Shed (sharp!)
  • 7:00 AM – Arrive put in Point
  • 8:00 AM – Depart for St. Helena
  • 9:30 AM – Arrive St. Helena (near Jetty)

Morning tea/Tour of ruins/Explore

  • 12:00 – Depart St Helena
  • 1:30 PM – Arrive back to mainland
  • 2:30 PM – Depart for St. Lucia
  • 3:30 PM – Arrive St. Lucia
  • 4:30 PM – Finish
Paddle Duration(s) About 1.5 hours each way
Tide(s) Low Tide: To be updated

High Tide: To be updated (T

Put in Point Wynnum kayak ramp at north end of Greene Park, Wynnum North Esplanade, Wynnum QLD.
Take out Point Same as put in point
Departure time (put in) 8:00
Alternate Route Variations
  • Stop at Green island on way or way back
  • Shorter option – Manly to Green Island ~ 5km each way
  • Strong wind option – Lota creek upstream from Lota canoe ramp
Facilities Toilets at Manly and St Helena

Put in Point(s)
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Put in / take out point
Take Out Point(s)
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Stop Point St. Helena


Risks and Management

Sea Kayak Risk Assessment UQ Risk Assessment #45934; ✓ Algae;
✓ 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;
✓ Getting Separated from Group;
✓ Group Getting Lost;
✓ Heat Exhaustion / Hyperthermia;
✓ Hit by Paddle;
✓ Hypothermia;
✓ Ineffective Rudder;
✓ Medical Condition(s);
✓ Missing / Broken Paddle;
✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters;
✓ Paddling in the dark / Night Paddling;
✓ Panic / Fear;
✓ Rocks and Submerged Objects;
✓ Rough Seas;
✓ Sea Sickness;
✓ Separation from Boat;
✓ Sinking Boat;
✓ Strainers (Overhanging Trees / Mangroves / Fishing Lines / Structures);
✓ 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 be familiar with, and have demonstrated, a wet exit and T-rescue (in a sea kayak) while a member of the club.
✓ 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. This is a trip that requires a moderate fitness level and a minimum sustained cruising speed as required by the {paddle grade
Emergency Contact Information Coast Guard Manly Ph 33965911 and 000
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;
✓ 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;
✓ Torch / Glow stick;
Communications ✓ Flares;
✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ Signal Mirror;
✓ V-Sheet;
✓ VHF Radio;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised Equipment Bring food, snacks and water that you can access while on the water. Bring some warm gear and wind proof clothes for if it gets windy (wind chill).
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment ✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;



Boat Loading 25-5-2018 5:00 PM
Boat Loading Location Club shed
Boat Loading Details Load trailer and/or cars
Meet Location Club shed
Meeting Time (meet location) 5:45 AM
Depart Time (meet location) 6:00 AM
Meet time (put in) 7:00 AM
Go Home Time 5:00 PM
Costs Wear and tear cost (~$10), tour (TBA), petrol money for driver, and a few dollars for coffee if we stop somewhere.



Register with: Caitlin Leader Email Address Location: Inductors Contacts Page
Register by: 25-5-2018 (early) Event ID: 180519S

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