CURRENT EVENTS

These are paddles offered mostly on Weekends and Public Holidays by Club Trip Leaders. You will need to register to take part.  Registration of interest does not guarantee a place on the paddle.  The leader has the discretion to select paddlers to suit conditions and the trip plan. Non-members can join here.

Upcoming events

    • 25 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Illawarra
    • 0
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    Illawarra Sea Paddle – Grade 2-3

    Between Port Kembla and Kiama

    Final plans will depend on the weather forecast.  Options include the Five Islands, Minnamurra to Windang (car shuffle), Bass Point.   Expect an opportunity to practice in small surf or exploring gauntlets if conditions allow.  

    Distance up to 15 to 25 km depending on the final activity plan.  I will aim for at least one off the water break.

    Meet at 8:00am for 8:30am put in.  Finish around 2:30pm.

    Kayaks and kit to Grade 2 minimum preferably grade 3. Suitable helmets required.  Bring along paddling kit suitable for the conditions and any safety communication equipment you have (VHF, PLB et cetera).  Drinking water and snacks.  Lunch should be off the water, no shops!

    Message Megan through the on-line messaging system if you have any queries.

    Photo:  Paddling just north of Bass Point.



    • 25 May 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Central Coast
    • 0
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    I am looking to get together a small group of paddlers who have never had a successful roll and to work on this over several sessions.  Each session will be focused on rolling and will be a couple of hours max.  Apologies if you miss out this time but this is not a large group activity and it will work better if those involved are at a similar level.

    The listed date is indicative, with some flexibility to suit the group.

    If you are interested, please email me (Campbell Tiley) a very brief summary of any rolling efforts to date and of your last three paddles and add yourself to the wait-list.  I have disabled direct registration.  I will disable the wait list when the event is full.

    Launch and location details will be emailed closer to the day but the sessions will be on the Central Coast.

    • 26 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Clontarf

    If you missed out on registration, please send me an email to be on wait list.

    This training day is for those wanting to get instruction and possible sign-off on Grade 2 skills, with special emphasis on rescues and towing. Getting this session in now before the water cools down any further. 

    Prerequisite: You must already be signed off for Grade 1

    An email to all registrants will be sent out a few days beforehand to confirm actual meeting point and what you need to bring.

    Kayaks to club Grade 2 standard. Helmets recommended

    If you have any questions, please email me on cardren [at] gmail.com 

    • 1 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 2 Jun 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Port Stephens
    • 0
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    NAVIGATION FOR SEA KAYAKERS

    Port Stephens, 1-2 June 2019

    Navigation: The art of knowing where you are and how to get to your destination in a safe and timely manner.

    This is a weekend session that focuses on the above definition in a Sea Kayaking context.  By the end of the session participants will be equipped with the knowledge to more than satisfy the navigational requirements of the Paddle Australia Sea Skills award.

    We will be based at the Jimmys Beach Holiday Park, Hawks Nest (on the northern side of Port Stephens).  Participants will need to make their own accommodation arrangements (concessional rates and conditions have been negotiated with the park’s management – details will be advised once you have registered for the event).

    There will be a high level of participant involvement throughout (with the bonus of some nice paddling).  Day One is land-based, both theory and lots of hands-on practical exercises (working with compasses, charts and maps, plotting tools, etc) inside and outside the “classroom”.  Day Two will be exclusively on-water (with a shore break for lunch) putting into practise the lessons of the previous day.

    So  that we can hit the road running on Day 1 of the session registrants will be provided with some pre-learning materials related to working with compasses and charts and maps.

    A cost of $75 (the commercial value of this course would exceed $300) will be required from each participant to cover materials supplied by the Club (such as laminated charts, maps, handouts, Chinagraph pencils, etc) and “classroom” hire.  Participants will be required to bring their own writing materials and a compass (if they have one).  A pocket calculator would be handy.

    Kayaks to Grade 2 as a minimum please.

    Course presenters include: Russ Swinnerton, Campbell Tiley, Caoimhin Ardren and Adrian Clayton.

    Please email Adrian Clayton at gclayton[at]bigpond.com if you have any queries regarding the session.  Otherwise, use the registration facility on the Club’s website to secure your spot (class size limited).


    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Patonga
    • 5
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    Hopefully you are attending the Club AGM at Patonga are camping at the campground and are interested in getting a paddle or two in to make a weekend of it.

    If so, this paddle is for you.

    Launch details will be emailed closer to the day but it will be a slightly later than usual launch to accommodate travel time. Paddle destination will be weather dependent but there are plenty of options. Bring lunch or a good snack.

    If this paddle is full, use the waiting list as there will be other Leaders attending the meeting who can be pressed into coming along so that the numbers can be increased.

    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Patonga, Central Coast
    Register

    The AGM will be held at Patonga in the Community Hall on Saturday evening.  Shaan Gresser will be presenting on her super-impressive Bass Strait Direct paddle - essential watching for anyone frustrated by the booking process for the ferry.

    Please come along and support the Committee. If you have suggestions to improve the Club or would like to contribute a little more then consider nominating for a position on the Committee. All Committee positions are spilled at the AGM.  Please note that nominations need to be received at least 7 days prior to the meeting. An email to me would suffice.  If you are interested in further information about the Committee roles then contact me or one of the other Committee members for a chat.  An agenda will be circulated closer to the date.

    Please REGISTER if you plan to attend.

    There are plenty of paddling opportunities from Patonga and a camp ground next to the water so why not make a weekend of it!  There is even a handy Pub and cafe. Paddles  will be listed on both days, dependent as always on the number of leaders that we have attending.

    To book a campsite phone Patonga camping ground on 4379 1287, seven days a week during office hours, contact the Customer Service team on 1300 463 954 from Monday to Friday, or email PatongaCampingArea@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

    • 17 Aug 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 18 Aug 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Fingal Bay

    Guide Training – Fingal Bay, August 2019

     August 17-18 2019

    Note:  Direct registration is disabled for this event.  You will need to submit an application to the training coordinator.  Places are limited and registration will be limited to successful applicants.  Successful applicants will be advised by the end of May.

     Ideally your application should include a recommendation from a current club trip leader, other qualifications you hold (for example Sea Skills), percentage of validated log book experience that would count towards the experience log required and any other information you think relevant to support your application.  Your application should be no more than half a page.

    The qualifications that the training is appropriate for is Sea Guide or Enclosed Sea Guide qualifications.  The overnight camping endorsement is also encouraged which will increase the log book requirement.

    There will be approximately and $80 charge to successful applicants to cover accommodation costs and instructor fuel costs for this weekend.  

    The weekend will involve on water skills review, advanced rescue skills, group management scenarios, multiple rescue management, designing events for different skill levels, incident case studies , leadership training and tips for leading novices.   There will be an assessor attending this training event. 

    Costs associated with candidate subsequent assessment include registration costs payable to Paddle Australia which is currently $170 for 3 years.  Reimbursement is subject to club finance policy.

    More information on club leadership is here.


    • 6 Sep 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • 8 Sep 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Bendalong
    Register

    Leaders Weekend - Bendalong

    Sep 7-8 2019

    A chance of sea kayaking trip leaders to get together  and get out paddling with peers. 

    This event is open for registration for existing trip leaders.  Other members who have been recommended for leadership development may also attend.

    Group camping (tent sites) will be organised for Friday (6th of Sep) and Saturday night.   Closer to the date  you will need to confirm your intended arrival time.

    Saturday night the plan is for a communal meal such as a BBQ.

    Contact the training coordinator for further information.    Please RSVP early for planning purposes.


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