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

    • 21 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Long Beach, North Batemans Bay
    • 4
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    Where: Long Beach foreshore (Bay Road, Longbeach.  Approximately 10km north of Batemans Bay)

    When: From 21 February 2019. OTW (on the water) 0830 hrs, OTW (off the water) 1130 hrs. Every Thursday morning.

    Who: Guided by  Neil Gow, equipment to grade 2.  Aimed at aspiring grade 2 paddlers. 

    What: the paddles will stay in the Bay and Clyde River area where there is a variety of rock gardens, islands, and coffee shops, with routes adjusted to suit participants and weather.

    Why: there will be a weekly door prize!

    • 22 Feb 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Depot Beach Campground
    • 0
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    A camping and sea kayaking weekend at Depot Beach for Saturday 23 to Sunday 24th. 

    Campsites have been booked for Friday and Saturday nights at Depot Beach.   

    Expect possible launches and landings in small surf (to 1m) and open sea conditions.    You should bring a suitable helmet and your usual safety kit with sea kayaks equipped to ideally grade 3 standards or at a minimum grade 2.  If you do not have a helmet, there maybe a spare one to lend out.   See links to  Club equipment.

    Distances of open sea paddling could be up to 30km, but most likely around 15 to 20kms.  Off the water breaks will depend on conditions on the day.  Saturday's trip will possibly be longer than Sundays. 

    Leader is Megan a qualified Sea Instructor.  Email me if you have any questions or if I have not paddled with you before.

     In the event that you pull out this event or decide not to come if you are uncomfortable with the forecast, it may not be refunded.  However, if there is inclement weather, there are possible other options such as bushwalking or paddling on lakes. 


    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • McCarrs Creek reserve
    • 4
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    Approx 18 km flat water along the western shores of Pittwater  for a swim.. Bring lunch morning, tea, water and sun protection.

    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Long Beach, North Batemans Bay
    • 7
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    Where: Long Beach foreshore (Bay Road, Longbeach.  Approximately 10km north of Batemans Bay)

    When: From 21 February 2019. OTW (on the water) 0830 hrs, OTW (off the water) 1130 hrs. Every Thursday morning.  This paddle is for Feb 28.

    Who: Guided by  Neil Gow, equipment to grade 2.  Aimed at aspiring grade 2 paddlers. 

    What: the paddles will stay in the Bay and Clyde River area where there is a variety of rock gardens, islands, and coffee shops, with routes adjusted to suit participants and weather.

    Why: there will be a weekly door prize!

    • 2 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Middle Harbour
    • 3
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    This paddle commences at Tunks Park Cammeray and is planned to explore Middle Harbour as far as Roseville. It is open to all members. Ungraded and Grade One paddlers are particularly welcome on this trip. It will be a great opportunity to improve your skills and experience, especially prior to Rock'n'Roll.
    All enquiries to Mark Fuller, markfuller1956@gmail.com
    0414 878306
    • 3 Mar 2019
    • 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sutherland Shire Location
    • 9
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    Sunday 3rd of March is Clean Up Australia Day

    Megan is organising a council collection and social day for Clean Up Australia Day.  

    Ideal for any grade.  You will be paired up with a grade 2 member if you have not had grade 2 signed off.  

    Paddler briefing will be at 9:15 am.  Parking is available opposite 1 Matson Crescent, Miranda.    You may also be able to paddle to the event by paddling within Port Hacking to the northeast end of Yowie Bay.  

    As the tide drops, intertidal areas will become more accessible.   Paddlers may collect shoreline debris within Port Hacking and / or work on land including the intertidal mangroves area around Kareena Park. 

    Robust paddling shoes are recommended or possibly a set of more enclosed walking shoes in addition to your paddling footwear.

    This area was once the site of social pleasure grounds and continues to be.  Bring a picnic lunch and a camp chair for a social gathering afterwards.  The nearby EG Waterhouse National Camellia Gardens is definitely a worthwhile visit if you have the time afterwards.  

    If you cannot make it, you may donate to the cause via this link.

    • 10 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mosman
    • 2
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    Boat Control in Confined Spaces – Grade 1 - 2

    Sydney Harbour

    8:00 – 12:00 Sunday 10 March 2019

    A fun, half-day session where the challenges will be matched with participants’ progress.  Learn to manoeuvre your kayak in tight spaces with the added spice of gentle+  moving water.  Your sweeps and draws will get a really good workout. Your edging will be tested.

    Meet at Little Sirius Cove, Mosman at 8:00am for 8:30am put-in. 

    Kayaks to Grade 2 minimum.  Helmets  must be worn (loan helmets available if required). Gloves highly recommended.   If you are worried about your kayak getting a scratch or two then this is probably not the session for you.

    Your instructor will be Adrian Clayton.

    Maximum group size is 4.

    Register on the Club’s on-line system.

    Email Adrian through the on-line messaging system if you have any queries.


    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • 29 Mar 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • North of Port Stephens to Rock N Roll
    • 6
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    Sunday March 24 to Friday March 29, 2019

    Plan to arrive at Rock N Rolls in style.  The aim will be to paddle parts of the coastline between Port Macquarie to Jimmy’s Beach.  There will be overnight camping without cars nearby thus you need to be able to carry gear.  The wiles of the weather will no doubt require a flexible approach.  

    Leading up to the trip there will be decisions on logistics, paddling options, and a planning meeting and / or additional paddle. 

    Overnight camping locations include caravan parks and paid camping with basic amenities.  Equipment you will need pack into your sea kayak will include a lightweight tent, sleeping bag and mat, cooking equipment, food, around 8 to 16 litres of drinking water and on land clothing.

    Your sea kayak and equipment  should be specked up to grade 3 standard and set up for expedition paddling.  On the water you will need accessible drinking water (possible hydration system set up), snacks, a cag and a suitable helmet.   

    Expect:

    ▪   Landing and launching through surf
    ▪   Remote camping without amenities
    ▪   Some early morning starts

    ▪   Daily paddling distances could be up to 35km with loaded sea kayaks.

    ▪  Portage of sea kayaks and camping equipment

    ▪   Participation in expedition logistics and planning.

    *  Weathered in day/s

    * Long sections of sea paddling without an on land break if conditions do not allow landing

    *  Kudos when you get to Rock N Roll


    You should ideally have attained a grade 3 or be a a strong grade 2 sea kayaker or have overnight sea kayak camping experience.  There maybe a preliminary session to determine candidates skills currency, fitness and expedition preparedness.

    If you register please note that it is an expressions of interest only.   The names of registrants will not be viewable by other members. The registration limit has been set to 10.  The intended group size will be 4 to 6.     I will need your registration of interest by Sunday 27th of January 2019.

    Contact Megan for more information. 



    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Port Hacking
    • 0
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    Training for aspiring Enclosed Sea Guides – Strong Grade 2 and upwards

    Sunday – 24 Mar - Port Hacking

    This is a full day session aimed at providing training to those who aspire to become Enclosed Sea Guides or Sea Guides. We will review some of the key skills required for this qualification and provide instruction and practice opportunities in these areas. There will be a mix of activities on land and water during the day.

    We will cover the following topics: equipment review, key paddle skills, rescue and towing techniques, trip planning and safety knowledge in practice.

    Group size will be limited to 4 participants which will allow; a better instructor to participant ratio, a review of your skills and knowledge, individual feedback on areas that need developing. Please provide me with details if there are specific skills areas that you want to cover in this session.

    You will need to prepare yourself and your kayak to grade 3 requirements, bring snacks lunch and water. Be prepared for immersion and take appropriate gear and windproof clothing for out of water activities such as lunch and briefings.

    Nick Blacklock will be the session co-ordinator.

    Please register via club website if interested and if you have any queries regarding the trip, please message Nick at via the club messaging system.  If trip is full contact Nick to be put on a waiting list. Nick will update registrants nearer the time with further information.


    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Mar 2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • Jimmys Beach to Broughton Island Return
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    Nicci and I would love you to join us for an overnight trip to the magnificent Broughton Island. This is a very weather dependent trip that we cancelled a few days before our last attempt.

    We plan to leave Jimmy’s Beach at 9:00 am on Thursday, catch some fresh fish for dinner, have a leisurely breakfast and swim, and then paddle back on Friday with the wind at our backs feeling very self satisfied with our adventure before the Rock and Roll welcome on Friday evening.

    Please contact me directly and let me know of your recent open water paddling experience if we haven’t kayaked together before.

    Grades 1 and up are most welcome (although you need to be comfortable with the 21 kms each way).

    Bill Raffle

    billraffle1@gmail.com/0438941611



    • 29 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • 1 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Jimmy’s Beach (Hawks Nest)
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    Rock ’n’ Roll 2019

    The club’s next Rock ’n’ Roll will be held at Jimmy’s Beach (Hawks Nest)  over Friday 29 March – Monday 1 April, 2019 based at Reflections Jimmy’s Beach Holiday Park, (Ph (02) 4997 0466  email: jimmysbeach@reflectionsholiday.com.au)  which offers a variety of powered and unpowered camping sites, cabins and studios.  The holiday park will give NSWSKC members a 10% discount when you book.  (Must mention this at the time of booking).

    This location is adjacent to Jimmy’s Beach giving easy access to paddling on Port Stephens and the open sea.  Club members need to book their own accommodation or camp site and we suggest booking earlier rather than later to ensure you don’t miss out.

    Depending on conditions there may be trips out to Broughton Island or to the islands just outside Port Stephens, trips to Fingal Bay or more relaxing trips within Port Stephens that may even involve a coffee stop.  A range of on the water and off water training sessions will also be on offer.

    Rock’n’Roll is a great opportunity to improve your paddling skills, discover new paddling destinations, meet like-minded people and catch up with old friends

    The schedule of events will be similar to previous years:

     
    Friday: arrival and registration from 5:00pm.  informal trips - (no organised paddles)

    Friday evening around 6pm: welcome and light dinner supplied by Expedition Kayaks

    Saturday morning: registration, briefing, trips or training sessions

    Saturday afternoon:  BBQ lunch and off water training sessions

    Saturday night:  Dinner and speakers at Hawks Nest Golf Club

    Sunday morning: Briefing, trips or training sessions

    Sunday afternoon:  Off water training sessions and Rolling Competition

    Sunday evening:  Pogies (paddlers showing videos of their trips – with a prize for the best video)

    Monday – informal trips  (no organised trips or training)

    Registration will be discounted to $50 until 2 weeks before the event when it will increase to $70.  The optional Saturday night dinner at the Hawks Nest Golf Club is an additional $45 per head. The speakers for the Saturday night function are yet to be finalised.   Registration will close 1 week before the event. Vegetarian or Gluten Free dinner options can be purchased on the Online Store section of this website.

    The Saturday night dinner will be a Chinese meal.

    The registration section on our web site also has a facility to purchase raffle tickets for a number of kayaking related prizes kindly donated by our sponsors.  The raffle tickets are:

    2 tickets for $5.00

    5 tickets for $10.00

    10 tickets for $18.00

    You can purchase additional meals and raffle tickets from the online shop on our website if you need more than one meal or change your mind after registering.

    Please note that you need to be a financial member of the club when you register for Rock ’n’ Roll.

    This event is run by volunteers who give their time to organise, manage the registration, run the beach marshaling, cook the BBQ, etc.  A few volunteer positions have already been filled but we still need a lot more.  If you are interested in helping with these tasks, please call Simon on 0412 022 792.





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