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

    • 30 Jan 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Sydney Harbour

    Inspired by Scott Bevan’s relatively recently published weighty tome Sydney Harbour (which was researched mostly by kayak), we are  organising a series of Club day trips over the next 12 months which will cover all of the paddleable waters of Sydney Harbour and its tributaries (e.g. Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, Middle Harbour, the Sound, etc). Themes will vary, depending on location -- sometimes we'll be celebrating the historical aspects and, on other occasions, the natural beauty and remoteness. Distances will mainly be in the range of 20 to 25km. Some will be slightly shorter, others longer.  Each trip will have at least two breaks ashore. Some will involve a small walk. Conditions on the day of the related trip will determine grading, however, it’s the intention is that none exceed Grade 2.

    Trip 1

    Kissing Point (Putney) - Silverwater Bridge – Kissing Point circuit

    Saturday 30 January 2021

    Grade 2

    Meet at 8:30am adjacent the flag poles in the parking area at Kissing Point, Putney. Accessed from Victoria Road via Charles Street (turn left at the traffic lights if approaching from Hunters Hill), Expect to finish around 3pm.

    Our route will have us paddling in varied environments ranging from heavily urbanised to intimate mangrove-fringed creeks. Highlights include a visit to the wrecks in Homebush Bay and a stopover in the historic grounds of Yaralla. Lots of other reminders of yesteryear along the way.

    Distance approximately 25km. The theory behind the timing has us paddling mostly with a favourable tide.

    Bring your own lunch, water and on-water nibbles to sustain your energy.

    Your trip leader will be Adrian Clayton. Please email him at gclayton[at]bigpond.com if you have any queries.

    The Club’s COVID-safe guidelines will be provided post registration.


    • 30 Jan 2021
    • 9:00 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 31 Jan 2021
    • 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Port Stephens
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    Weekend 30-31 January 2021

    Grade 1-2

    Please note that this trip has been advertised now to provide advanced notice, but is subject to no further COVID restrictions within NSW.

    Another opportunity for a weekend to enjoy two days kayaking around Port Stephens.  Trips will be around 15-20km each day and aimed at grade 1-2 paddlers who are looking to have fun on the water and develop a few skills at the same time.  

    Accommodation for the weekend will be at Mark Fuller's place in North Arm Cove.  Space is available for up to eight people and we will plan to have a communal dinner on Saturday night.  You are welcome to arrive on Friday night.  Please bring a sleeping bag and food for breakfast lunches and on-water snacks.  

    There are plenty of options for trips each day depending on the forecast, including heading south to Soldiers Point east to Corrie Island or west towards Karuah.  We may also do a car shuttle paddle from Tea Gardens on one of the days.

    Please use the Club’s online registration system if you wish to join in. Also, please note the Club's COVID guidelines below.

    Any queries to Richard Hackett (trip leader) via richardhackett[at]tpg.com.au

    STANDARD COVID GUIDELINES – NSW SEA KAYAK CLUB, as at 31 August 2020

    Before the Club Trip

    • Are you feeling fit and well?  Just don’t come if you have ANY of the symptoms, or have had close contact with someone else that does
    • Don’t share cars with others unless you are in the same household
    • Be prepared and self-contained – no sharing of sunscreen, hand-pump, etc.  Do you have something like a neck buff to use as a mask on the water if required?  Do you have your own hand sanitiser?
    • Greet fellow paddlers from a distance
    • Good time to use that sanitiser after helping others unload and move kayaks to the beach

    During the Club Trip

    • Observe social distancing – especially whilst waiting to launch and during briefings and breaks
    • How good is your self-rescue?  If ever there was a time to practice your rolling or other forms of self-rescue now is it
    • If you are required to be part of an assisted rescue think it through and try to maintain the 1.5m distancing as best you can.  Also consider PPE that can be used at the time – neck buff as a mask, and sunglasses.  Sanitiser available for when the rescue is complete
    • No spitting or nose clearing on or off the water
    • Don’t share food or drink

    After the Club Trip

    • Be prepared and self-contained – washing stools, buckets, towels etc
    • Remember the social distancing – including when washing kayaks
    • Good time to use that hand sanitiser after assisting others with kayak carries and car loading



    • 31 Jan 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Port Hacking
    • 2
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    Sunday January 31, 2021

    Time:  0830 to 1230 - Optional social picnic lunch afterwards

    Location:  Port Hacking,  details are below.

    The intention is to practice Covid19 Safe Assisted Rescue techniques.  See https://www.nswseakayaker.asn.au/Covid-19 for some examples.

    A few club trip leaders will be reviewing issues with such assisted rescues at this session.  There are a few spaces available for other members (excluding temporary members). 

    If you are confident with a self-rescue in moderate conditions and willing to be wet I am happy for you to express interest in this session.  If you do not have grade 2 assisted rescues signed off or would like revision, I hope to  conduct a session prior to Rock N Roll session with this aim.

    The location start point is the south car park for the Camellia Gardens, Caringbah.  It is near the junction of Kareena Road and Matson Crescent, Miranda.  Note that the carpark gate may not be open until 0930 on weekends.  BYO kayak rinsing water.  See satellite image below.

    The co-ordinating leader is Megan.  Contact me if you have any any questions.  COVID19 club guidelines will be emailed to registrants.




    • 16 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 18 Feb 2021
    • 2:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Myall Lakes

    A mid-week 3-day/2-night kayak and camping trip from Bulahdelah to Bungwahl

    February 16-18, 2021

    Strong Grade 1 and above

    A cruisy trip living out of our kayaks on the magnificent Myall Lakes system. Our journey will take us from Bulahdelah down the Upper Myall River to our first night campsite inside the mouth of the river, just before it spills into the Broadwater – a distance of approximately 18 kilometres. The second day will have us breaking camp early and heading up into Boolambayte Lake for approximately 23kms (including a side track up pretty Boolambayte Creek) to a campsite we are likely to have ourselves. The final day we’ll paddle into the top lake (Myall Lake) and end our journey at the quaint hamlet of Bungwahl – approximately 23kms paddling for the day.

    Probably only one opportunity for a shore break along our Day 1 route. Plenty of opportunities to stretch the legs on our Day 2 and Day 3 routes.

    The conditions we are presented with at the time may cause us to do the reverse route.

    This trip involves a short car shuffle between Bulahdelah and Bungwahl – approximately a 40-minute round trip.

    Participants will need to be self-sufficient in terms of food and water, cooking and camping equipment, etc.  One of the preferred campsites does not have established toilets so our mate Dug will be accompanying us. Moderate National Park camp fees may be incurred.

    Register online.

    If more information required please email Adrian Clayton (trip leader) at gclayton[at]bigpond.com


    • 20 Feb 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Apple Tree Bay, Cowan Creek
    Register

    This is a round trip of approximately 20-22kms. Our paddle launches from the kayak steps at Apple Tree Bay Boat Ramp. This is a beautiful and serene area, surrounded by bush and with places to swim at our stops. We will head north from Apple Tree Bay and stop at the charming Cottage Point Cafe for coffee for those who need a caffeine hit.

    From here we will aim for lunch at Fishermans Beach, or LIttle Shark Beach depending on the group and conditions on the day. Expect to be able to swim from a sandy beach. No toilets here, just bush and beach. Then do it all again on our return trip, with a chance for a quick stop at a sandy beach on the way home.

    Note: A National Parks fee applies for parking.

    COVID-Safe procedures to be followed at all times. Please cancel if you are not well.




    • 28 Feb 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Sydney Harbour
    Register

    THE INNER ISLANDS OF SYDNEY HARBOUR

    Sunday 28 February

    Strong Grade 1 and above

    Starting out from Greenwich Point soon after an 8:30am briefing, we’ll wend our way around the islands on the western side of the Harbour Bridge and duck into a couple of the side bays along our route. Lots of interesting history (some of it salacious) and sights.  Many interesting watercraft as well – from old steam tugs to maxi yachts with Sydney-Hobart form. Lengthy lunch stopover on Cockatoo Island (café food and drink available) for a wander around to soak up the atmosphere of this iconic site. 

    Approximately 20 kilometres for the day. Could be a late afternoon finish.

    Register online.

    Any queries to Adrian Clayton (trip leader). Email gclayton[at]bigpond.com


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