Night Paddle Information

From time to time, the club has experienced members who run a night paddle on the river. This is the way for members to paddle at night. Please avoid paddling at night otherwise.

Note:
The exact times and format of this event may change so please check the associated paddle information and register for updates.

The direction will typically be decided on the day by the group (upstream or downstream). Check the paddle post for distance, direction, and/or destination information.

Paddling safe
Paddling at night has extra dangers. You must have adequate lights (it is critical that other boats see you easily from a distance). Basic lights consist of a front white light (e.g. head torch) and a rear WHITE light. Glo-sticks alone or one unidirectional light are not sufficient (but a good addition to your PFD). Red bike lights are not acceptable. Bring warm gear in case it is cold. Remember – NO GLOW = NO GO!

Requirements

  • Lights! – front and back and bright and white (spare batteries too)
  • PFD – you will be required to wear a PFD at all times
  • Group – we need to keep together as a group
  • Sides – we need to stay to the sides of the river as much as practical to reduce exposure to other (bigger) boats.
  • Warm gear – it may be cold… bring sufficient warm gear. Keep additional dry gear in your backpack/car in case you get wet!

Remember there are warm showers and a changing area in the shed complex (NOT AVAILABLE WHILE COVID RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE).

Outline

Paddle type: Flatwater
Duration: typically ~2-3 hours (see post for more information)
Grade: 1
Distance: 7-14 km (depending on speed, time, and ability). See post.
Location: University of Queensland
Registration: online registration required