G1: Sea Kayak Introductory Trip Sem 1 2020

An introductory day to Coochiemudlo Island in Moreton Bay to learn basic sea kayak skills at the beach.

Event ID: 200328S
Last Modified: 2020-03-13
Version: 1

Coochiemudlo is a small island with sandy beaches off Victoria Point in Moreton Bay. We will put in at Victoria Point (about 50 mins drive from Brisbane). In the morning we will paddle through the mangroves to a beach on the north side of the island. At this beach will will practice sea kayak rescue skills and then have lunch. In the afternoon will we paddle back to Victoria Point.

During this trip we will be swimming so please bring a bathing suit, towel and warm clothing with you.


  • Completed a UQ sport 400m swim test.
  • In addition, before attending this trip it is helpful, but not required to have practiced T-rescues in a sea kayak on the UQ pool.

Spaces are limited, so please register early and preference will be given to those members who have not done it before. However, please still register your interest.

Preparation: We will pack the trailer at 6 PM on Friday evening 27th March 2020. We need most people to assist and learn how to pack the trailer.

Meet: Club shed at Saturday, 28th March at 6:30am. Arrive at Victoria Point by 8:00 AM. Unload and prepare kayaks ready to commence at 9:30 am

Please bring along enough water (2-3 ltrs) and food for the trip, together with sunscreen and sun protection.

Limitations: Up to 10-12 people, but depends on kayaks and transport.

Paddle TypeSea kayaking
Start Date28-03-2020
End Date28-03-2020
Trip days1
Trip LeaderMartin Wynne
2ICSiti Abdul-Khalid
Distance(s)~10-12 km
Paddle OutlinePhase 1 (prior to on water activity)
Standard Trip and activity briefing
Seat adjustment/ posture
Paddle strokes – forward/ reverse/ stop
Bracing – low brace, high brace.
Turning/ keeping straight/ ‘edging’ 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)
approx. 4-5 km paddling in morning
Demonstration and assistance with execution of paddle strokes, turning/ keeping straight/ ferry gliding/ edging.
Reinforcement of knowledge conveyed at briefing prior to getting on water.

Phase 3 (arrival at IN WATER skill training session)
At this stage this activity will occur on the northern or eastern side of Coochiemudlo Island, off a sandy beach. Upon arrival at this location there will be the opportunity to change into other clothes for in water activities. There are public toilets.
Demonstrate and execute wet exit and understand hazards associated with this exercise.
Assisted rescue – ‘T’ rescue
Self rescue – paddle float rescue, cowboy rescue
Lunch (at same beach as ‘in water’ training session). You will need to bring lunch as there is no shop nearby.

Phase 4 (trip home)
approx. 5-6 km to paddle back to Victoria Point
Towing and continued execution of learned skills

Phase 5
Pack tailer for return trip and clean boats at shed.
Day should be finished by 5:30 pm but be prepared for potential delays.
Paddle Duration(s)5 hours for paddling and rescue practice; 1 hour for lunch
Tide(s)At Brisbane Bar
Low tide at 5:48 AM (0.66m)
High tide at 11:37 AM (2.02 m)
Low tide at 5:56 PM (0.57m)
Add 30 min for Victoria Point.
MoonNew Moon on the 24th (Tuesday)
Sunrise – Sunset timesSunset 5:38 PM
Put in PointVictoria Point boat ramp (on the northern point of the reserve). Access via the end of Colburn Street, Victoria Point.
Take out PointSame as put in
Departure time (at put in)9:30 AM
Alternate Route VariationsWe may stop on the Eastern beach, if the tide gets too low.
FacilitiesToilets near the lunch stop point.
Coochiemudlo island Route Map
Victoria Point Put In

Risks and Management

Sea Kayak Risk AssessmentUQCC Risk Assessment 
(available 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 AssessmentUQCC Risk Assessment;
(available 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;
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 InformationEmergencies only – 000 
VMR Victoria Point 07 3207 8717 
Coast Guard Redland Bay 07 3206 7777VMR 441
VHF 16, 67, 73, 82, 81
Nearest Medical Help and ContactsVMR Victoria Point 07 3207 8717
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;
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. 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 LoadingNoon on Saturday
Boat Loading DetailsThe trailer will be loaded on Friday evening after the social paddle on the river.
Meet LocationClub Shed
Meeting Time (meet location)6:30 AM
Depart Time (meet location)7 AM
Meet time (put in)8AM
Go Home Time3 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.



Register with: Martin Leader Email Address Location: Committee Contacts Page
Register by: 25th March 2020 Event ID: 200328S 

Register here.