G1: Circumnavigation of Green Island

This is a great day trip for those interested in sea kayaking in the bay.

Note: Winds are forecast for Sunday. We are likely to do an alternative paddle. These options wIll be decided on the day and will depend on conditions and ability …

  • Paddle ~5km south along shore to Lota and Tingalpa creeks. Explore these creeks for 3-5 km. Return and do skills practice off the park if conditions are a bit more challenging and suitable.
  • Put your in at the mouth of Lota creek (north). Paddle Lota and Tingalpa creeks.. Return and do skills practice and/or explore into the bay if conditions are a bit more challenging but suitable.
  • Put your in at the mouth of Lota creek (north). Paddle Lota and Tingalpa creeks. Some or all participants continue to Breakwater park along the shore of the bay – if conditions are a bit more challenging but suitable.

We will depart from Breakwater Park in Wynnum.

This is tide dependent, and the high tide is about 11:00 AM. We will aim to leave Manly about 9 AM and go anticlockwise crossing to the south end of the island, then go around the eastern side through the mangroves, look for new coral, and stop on the sandy spit on the north west corner of the island. There is an option to paddle to the south east part of St. Helena island depending on time and the group (extra 6 km). We will spend about an hour on on the either Green or St. Helena having lunch. We may practice some skills. Beginners will have an opportunity to learn some skills. We will then return directly to Manly.

Discipline: Sea kayaking
Grade: 1
Leader: Jane Baker
Time: Sunday 1st September 2019
Meet: at clubhouse at 6:30 AM to pack the last of the boats and gear (see below). Depart at 7 AM.
Meet at Put in Point: 9 AM
Pre trip meet: If needed we’ll pack the trailer (if needed) on Sat afternoon at midday (after the come and try day)
Duration: All day.

  • 6:30 AM Meet at the club shed
  • 7.00 AM depart club shed
  • 8:00 AM arrive Manly
  • 9:00 AM on the water and departing Manly
  • 11:00 AM Stop on Green island (followed by optional paddle to St. Helena island depending on time and group)
  • Lunch
  • 12:00 PM Depart island
  • 2:00 PM Arrive Manly
  • 3:00 PM depart Manly
  • 4:00 PM Arrive UQ shed
  • 4:30 – 5:00 PM Depart UQ

Distance: about 15km (20km if the group is stronger and we go via St. Helena island).
Tides: HIGH 10:55 am (2.16 m); LOW 5:05 pm (0.19 m)
Moon: One day after the full moon (so high high tides, and low low tides, and a big tidal difference = stronger currents)
Sunrise/set: 6:02 AM / 5:34 PM
Paddle type: Sea kayaking
Put in Point: Breakwater Park on the south side of Wynnum Creek on Waterloo Esplanade. If conditions are windy with South easterly or southerly winds we will Put in / take out at Wynnum creek boat ramp on the north side of the creek (Glenora Road & Wynnum north Esplanade)
Take-out Point: Same as put in point
Alternate Route Variations: Option to stop at St. Helena after Green island. Optional take out point at Manly Harbour.
Facilities: Toilet available at St. Helena island. No water available during paddle.

Sea kayaking on Moreton Bay can be hazardous. If conditions are unfavourable we will not go. We will register with the coast guard prior to departure and be in telephone contact. If you have medical conditions, consult your doctor, let the leader know if they are relevant (eg asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies, epilepsy, etc), and bring any required medication.

Risks and Management

Sea Kayak Risk Assessment
Detailed Risk Assessments on request

✓ Bad Weather / Weather Change;
✓ Boat Traffic / Shipping;
✓ Capsize;
✓ Carrying Boats;
✓ Cuts, Sprains, and Strains;
✓ Drowning;
✓ Enter / Exit Boat;
✓ Equipment Failure;
✓ Fitness / Fatigue;
✓ Getting Separated from Group;
✓ Hit by Paddle;
✓ Hypothermia;
✓ Ineffective Rudder;
✓ Medical Condition(s);
✓ Missing / Broken Paddle;
✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters;
✓ Panic / Fear;
✓ Rocks and Submerged Objects;
✓ Sea Sickness;
✓ Separation from Boat;
✓ Sinking Boat;
✓ Strainers (Overhanging Trees / Mangroves / Fishing Lines / Structures);
✓ Sunburn;
✓ Tripping while walking;
Travel Risk Assessment
Detailed Risk Assessments on request
✓ 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;
General 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. This is a trip that requires a moderate fitness level and a minimum sustained cruising speed as required by the paddle grade.
Emergency Contact InformationMarine Radio Moreton Bay (VMR402) Coast Guard Brisbane
VHF 16, 73, 81
Ph:  (07) 3396 5911
Mobile: 0404 466 000 

Emergencies only – 000 
Nearest Medical Help and ContactsCoast Guard Brisbane, Manly Harbour
07 3207 8717
* Princess Alexandria Hospital: 3176 2111
199 Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba
* Redland Hospital: 3488 3111
Weippin St, Cleveland QLD 4163
Medical Centre
* Wynnum Medical Centre: 3348 9000 (Sat: 1-5PM ; Sun: 10AM – 2 PM ) 7/1795 Wynnum Rd, Tingalpa
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; No thongs/flip flops or bare feet – oysters and spiky/venomous animals can get you! )
✓ 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;
Communications✓ Flares;
✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ Signal Mirror;
✓ V-Sheet;
✓ VHF Radio;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised EquipmentPlease make sure you bring water (2-3 ltrs), lunch, snacks, sun protection and footwear. 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 LoadingSaturday afternoon (after the river paddle)
Boat Loading DetailsMeet at the shed – check your emails for updates.
Meet LocationClub Shed
Meeting Time (meet location)6:00 AM
Depart Time (meet location)7 AM
Meet time (put in)8AM
Go Home Time3-4 PM at Victoria Point
Costs$10 wear and tear contribution for club gear. Petrol for your driver. A few extra dollars for a coffee afterwards (if time).
Additional Comments/InstructionsIt is not essential to have demonstrated a sea kayak T-rescue. However we prefer (if possible) that the majority of participants have done at least a wet exit at one of our pool sessions on a Tuesday night. Please inform the leaders if you have not done a wet exit, or if you aren’t sure or confident.

Emergency Contact: Coast Guard Manly Ph 33965911

Limit on numbers: Numbers will be limited by transport, the number of people with sufficient skills, and the weather. Within these constraints it will be first come first served and number will be limited.

Basic Costs: $10 towards gear maintenance, petrol money for your driver, and $ for coffee etc if time on the way there or back..

Route Map

Green island route
Breakwater Park to Green island Route with optional St. Helena variation.
Put in Point / Take out point. Secondary point if there is significant wind/waves from the South to south easterly direction.


Register with: Martin
Register by: 30th August 2019 Event ID: 190901S 

Event organisers and leaders: Check registrations here (copy the event ID first). Login required.