Intro and Refresher to Sea Kayaking – Redcliffe

An introductory day from Clontarf Beach (Redcliffe) in Moreton Bay to learn basic sea kayak skills at the beach. This is a great chance for sea kayakers to refresh skills as well.

Event ID: 200314S

We will put in at along Clontarf Beach at Redcliffe. In the morning we will paddle along the shore next to the beaches, potentially as far as Margate Beach. We will practice sea kayak rescue skills and then have lunch. In the afternoon will we paddle back.

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


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 5 PM on Sat evening Fri 13th March 2021. We need most people to assist and learn how to pack the trailer (Depending on Numbers).

Meet: Club shed at Sun 14 March at 6:00am. Arrive at Redcliffe by 7:30 AM. Unload and prepare kayaks ready to commence at 8:00 am

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

Limitations: Up to 10 people.

Redcliffe Put in / Take out points and paddle areas. Red: Intended paddle plan. Yellow: Wind dependent alternative areas.
Paddle TypeSea kayaking
Start DateSun 14th March 2021
End DateSun 14th March 2021
Trip days1
Trip LeaderMartin Wynne
2ICJohn Simmons
Distance(s)~12 km
Tide(s)10:16AM at 2.38m
Paddle Outline8:AM Start
Phase 1 (prior to on water activities)
Standard Trip and activity briefing Seat adjustment/ posture
Paddle strokes – forward/ reverse/ stop Bracing – low brace, high brace. Turning/ keeping straight/ ‘leaning’ 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/ leaning. 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 alongside Redcliffe, off a sandy beach. Upon arrival at this location there will be the opportunity to change into other clothes for in water activities.
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.
Phase 4
approx. 5-6 km to paddle back
Towing and continued execution of learned skills
Phase 5
Pack tailer for return trip and clean boats at shed. Day should be finished by 5:00 pm but be prepared for potential delays.
Paddle Duration(s)5 hours for paddling and rescue practice; 1 hour for lunch
Route Map
See picture (above) 
Alternative Route Map (depending on conditions (Plan B)Alternative Route (See Margate beach park option). Activity will take place along Margate beach on the western side of Redcliffe, depending on wind
Put in Point (Contarf Beach Redcliffe Clontarf Beach Park: Hornibrook Esplanade opposite Angus St., Redcliffe
Alternative: Margate Beach Park (Margate Parade and King St, Redcliffe)

Risks and Management

Sea Kayak Risk AssessmentUQ Risk Assessment
✓ 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;
✓ Heat Exhaustion / Hyperthermia;
✓ Hit by Paddle;
✓ 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 AssessmentUQ Assessment
✓ 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 need the skills for the grade for the trip, unless modified below (Additional Comments).
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;
✓ Paddle Float;
✓ 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;
Emergency Contact InformationEmergencies only – 000
VMR 403 Redcliffe – 3203 5522
VHF Channels 16, 21, 67, 73, 81 (closes at 21:00)
Nearest Medical CentreRedcliffe Hospital, Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe – Phone: 3883 7777
Scarborough Majellan Medical Centre (107 Landsborough Avenue, Scarborough QLD 4020 (07) 3880 1444)


Boat LoadingSat 13th March 2021 at 5:00 PM (if needed)
Boat Loading LocationClub shed.
Boat Loading DetailsThe boats will be loaded from the previous day’s trip. If needed, or early in the morning
Meet LocationClub Shed for those loading boats and equipment. Otherwise at the put in site at Redcliffe (notified close to the date).
Meeting Time (meet location)6:00 AM (club shed – if needed) or 7:30 AM at Put in point (Redcliffe). As part of the club Covid plan, participants will need to organise their own transport to/from Redcliffe.
Depart Time (meet location)8 AM
Meet time (put in)7:30 AM
Go Home Time3-4 PM at Redcliffe.
Costs$10 wear and tear contribution for use of 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 or wet exit. However we prefer that the majority of participants have done so at one of our Induction Pool sessions on a Tuesday evening. Please inform the leaders if you have not done a T-rescue and/or a wet exit, or if you aren’t sure or confident.


Register with: Martin Leader Email Address Location: Committee Contacts Page
Register by: 12-03-2021 Event ID: 210314S Event organisers and leaders: Check registrations here (copy the event ID first). Login required.  

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