• 11 Nov 2019 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I hope that you are enjoying the warmer weather and (slightly) warmer water temperatures to get out in your kayak.  Here is a brief update on what is happening with the club.

    Call for a Facebook Moderator

    At our recent Committee meeting we discussed the need to improve our Facebook presence and make it easier for members to quickly post accounts of their club activities.  We have decided to change our Facebook setup so that any member can post without the delay of waiting for moderator approval.  Having said that, we still need a moderator to respond when inappropriate postings are made – which I expect to be quite seldom.  Could this be you?  This would be a great way to start to understand the detailed workings of the club – maybe a first step for a place on the Committee down the track?  If you are interested please let me know by return email.

    Come and Try Day a Success

    On Sunday 3 November the club held a Come and Try Day for potential new members.  The day was a great success thanks to fantastic planning by three committee members (especially Caoimhin Ardren, and also Mark Fuller and Beth Symonds) and further support on the day by Adrian Clayton, Campbell Tiley, Rhys Ward and John Friedman.  A number of other members also loaned kayaks for use on the day.  Sixteen people attended to give kayaking a try and one of them was so impressed she joined the Club the same day! Welcome Jean Watson.  Thank you to all who contributed to make this day a success.

    Don’t Forget to Renew Your Membership

    Membership renewals are now open.  We have not changed membership cost since last year so for just a few dollars you can join any number of club trips and training led by our experienced leaders and instructors, receive the outstanding Salt magazine to your door three or four times a year, register for Rock’n’Roll, boring stuff like insurance……the list just goes on.  Please do this before the end of the year.  It makes it easier for the committee and clears the decks before we get into final R’n’R preparation.

    Happy paddling,

    Paul (President)

  • 6 Nov 2019 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Massive Murray Paddle is a five day adventure of over 400 kms which is about to start its 51st year.  It provides an opportunity to overcome challenges, culturally connect with the land, people and river while raising funds for charities and community programs. This year one of our members Vicki McAuley and her son Finn are paddling in this event and raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. They will be replicating the efforts of their late husband and father Andrew who won his category 16 years ago.

    If you would like to make a donation in support please do so directly via the following link:

    https://give.everydayhero.com/au/mcauley-s-massive-murray-paddle

    Good luck Vicki and Finn from all of us


  • 5 Nov 2019 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rock and Roll 13-16 March 2020 Batemans Bay

    The Club will return to beautiful Batemans Bay in March 2020 to

    hold its premier 3-day annual event. Our base will again be the

    Batemans Bay Beach Resort adjacent to Corrigans Beach. The

    resort offers a broad range of accommodation options – from self-

    contained villas to unpowered tent sites. This location provides an

    easy launching to a wide variety of paddling destinations including

    the iconic Tollgate Islands, the natural coastline of Murramarang

    National Park and the Clyde River and its wide, protected estuary.

    The program will follow the usual structure with a welcome event

    on the Friday evening, hosted by the team from Expedition Kayaks.

    Trips will be offered on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings,

    commencing after the usual muster at the marquee. Participation in

    the training activities on offer will be based on registration through

    the Club website prior to the event.


    There will be some off-water training activities and novelty events

    offered on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

    The traditional R’nR dinner on Saturday night will be held at the

    Catalina Club, an easy stroll from our accommodation. Apart from

    enjoying good company and a decent feed, we will be entertained by

    an eminent guest speaker.


    A BBQ will be run at Saturday lunchtime and a food van will be

    on site for Sunday evening before the screening of entries for the

    Pogies award (please start thinking about your entry now).

    An innovation for R’nR 2020 will be a New Members’ and R’nR

    First Timers’ breakfast on the Saturday morning, hosted by our Vice

    President, Mark Fuller. This will help guide these folk through the

    various R’nR activities, and introduce them to some of other members

    of the Club’s leadership group.


    So, put the dates of 13-16 March 2020 in your diary now, and book

    your accommodation early. The resort is offering a 10% discount

    to Club members, but to achieve this bookings must be done by

    phone, not on the Internet. Our HQ marquee and exhibition area

    will be in front of Cabin 5. Check the resort’s website https://beachresort.

    com.au for its site plan and then call 1800 217 533 to make

    a booking for your chosen option.

    Our website will announce further details regarding R’nR2020 as

    they come to hand, including when registration for the event is

    open.

    Neil Gow     

    R’nR2020 Co-ordinator


  • 8 Oct 2019 6:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Come and Try Kayaking Day

    Sunday November 3 - Clontarf - Registration essential

    2 hr sessions at 8:30am, 11am, 2pm

    If you are a member of our Club we need your help to tell others about our upcoming Come-and-Try Kayaking Day.  Perhaps you are also a member of another club.  If appropriate feel free to distribute this information to those members also.

    This event is open for registration for any adult (18 or older) with reasonable mobility and able to swim.  Kayaks and necessary equipment will be provided.  Participants should be prepared to get wet and bring a change of clothes.

    Registration is essential and can be completed as a guest of the Club through this website on the Current Events Page (under Events in the menu at the top of this page).  We will need participant contact details to organise the session.  Applicants will be contacted with further information in the week prior to the event date. 

    Contact Caoimhin, the training coordinator for further information.  Please register early for planning purposes.


  • 23 Feb 2019 6:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Perhaps not major news, but evidence of your Committee working for you! I have just posted a current version of the SOPs incorporating a number of minor changes. The edits clarify the use of guest and temporary members as well as co-conducted paddles.

    Potentially of more interest is our initiation of a project to reformat this document to improve its readability.

  • 1 Dec 2018 5:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Adrian has leapt at the challenge of getting his first Salt out as editor and the bumper issue should be in the mail next week.  He is hoping to get four issues out over the coming year, so keep your contributions coming.

    The new Club web-site is functioning well.  I hope that by now you have logged in using the link that was emailed and set a password.  You also need to check the information in your profile and correct any errors or let us know if there are details that you cannot edit.  Please add the year that you joined the Club.  If you have a more precise date, let me know and I can update that record.

    The phone apps are a really convenient way to interact with the site and are the fastest way to check the trips calendar or to register for a trip.  The admin app also allows leaders to confirm which paddlers have turned up on the beach for a trip.  This record can replace the paper waiver, paddlers having already acknowledged the generic risk warning during trip registration.

    Rock n Roll 2019 is on track courtesy of Simon’s fantastic planning.  The venue and dates are listed on the website.  Registration should open early in the New Year so please register early and remember to book your campsite or cabin.

    Membership subscriptions are due at the end of December.  You will get a reminder in the second week of December with a link that should allow you to renew directly from that email.  Although there is a brief grace period, you will need to renew to register for trips or for RnR.  The cost of a standard membership remains unchanged.  The Committee has made minor adjustments to the costs of the longstanding discounted memberships.  If you have any issues with the renewal process, please contact either the internet coordinator (internet[at]nswseakayaker.asn.au), me or the vice president (vicepres[at]nswseakayaker.asn.au) for some help. 

    Thanks, as always, to the leaders listing and running trips and training for the Club and especially to Rob, Sharon and Owen for their weekly offerings on the calendar.

  • 13 Oct 2018 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Perhaps inspired by federal politics the Club has had a mid-term change of President, but in a very different context. Tony Murphy did an excellent job as President over a year and some months and as Vice President prior to that.  He will be missed by the Committee but will, no doubt, now have more time for kayaking and to pursue his many outdoor interests.

    I see my return to fill the vacancy as President as short term with the hope that one of the current Committee will step up and nominate for the role at the next AGM.  There are many new faces on the Committee since I stepped down as President a few years ago and this is a sign of a healthy club and something to be encouraged.  If you would like to influence aspects of the Club or simply to contribute, please consider nominating for a Committee role.  If you are unsure but would like to discuss nominating, please contact me and we can meet for a paddle to have a chat about it.

    One of Tony’s legacies was a recent series of conversations with Paddle NSW about the possibility of re-affiliating with them.  PNSW are the lead body in kayaking in NSW for liaison with policy makers and although their focus is competitive kayaking this places them as an important potential partner for us.  A significant minority of our members also hold membership of Paddle NSW because of their interest in competition.  These discussions did not lead to a decision to re-affiliate as the additional cost to our members appeared to outweigh the benefits, but this is an issue that may well be revisited by this or future Committees as circumstances and opportunities evolve.

    The Club website has been a source of much discussion over the roughly 7 years that it has been live.  Stephan Meyn built a complex customised website, but one that requires significant maintenance and management as a consequence of this complexity.  Providing that technical support has been a challenge.  As a consequence, we are in the final stages of testing a new website and expect to go live over the next several weeks.  The site is built on a commercial template and has limited flexibility but will be much easier to maintain than our current site.  Selim Tezcan and I have built the site with Selim having done the heavy lifting on most of the page design and layout.  We hope that it will offer some advantages, with access to a smartphone app to manage trips for example.  Keep an eye out for an email in the not too distant future.  When you receive the ‘go-live’ email, please use the link to create a password on the new site and please complete any missing or incorrect details in your user profile.  Once we go live, the usual web address will be redirected to the new site.

    There has been a focus on training leaders and instructors over the last few years in response to a reasonable perception that they were becoming thin on the ground and limiting Club activities.  This has tended to dominate the trips calendar to some extent and I would like to encourage an increase in paddles that reflect the reason that most of us paddle with the Club – which is to have fun and to meet other paddlers.  I am open to members suggestions as to how we should address this, what social activities might be of interest, so let me know.

    Another agenda that I would like to float and will raise with the Committee at my first meeting with them shortly, is the ability to include ski paddlers on Club trips.  If supported, this would always be at the discretion of the trip leader and would clearly be more appropriate on some trips and not appropriate on others.  There is clearly common ground between the ski paddling folk and sea kayakers and I think it is in the interest of the Club to foster this and potentially to tempt a few folk over the line to also embrace the joys of our brand of ocean going vessel.

    Finally, I would love to see our SOP document reformatted as a handbook, easily readable and making the most of the content.  It is rather dry, to say the least, in its current incarnation, but contains a lot of useful information contributed by various authors over many years.  It deserves to be better presented.  I ran out of steam to attack it last time I was on the Committee, maybe this time.  Any takers?

    In conclusion, thanks as always to the current Committee members for the energy they are putting into their areas of responsibility and to the leaders who are posting trips and increasing opportunities to paddle and to meet other Club members.

    Happy paddling

    Campbell Tiley (NSWSKC President)

  • 12 Oct 2018 6:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello and Welcome to Club's new website!

    We have successfully migrated from the old to the new site with all current membership records as well as key information transferred.

    We have made every effort to have a user friendly, functional and informative website within the limitations of the software our website is now running on.  It is less flexible than the previous site but the new website presents an improved user experience for both Club Members and Trip Leaders.  Please see the note on this page about the available apps and give this option a try.

    Some member information still needs to be completed in your member profile. Please complete and correct your profile Information by editing the missing fields in your Profile Page here.

    Thanks and hope you enjoy our new home.  If you find anything broken or would like to provide feedback for improvement , please e-mail internet[at]nswseakayaker.org.au  

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