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Introduction to Paddling

SGWAAC PADDLE PROGRAM

Regular paddles are held on the second Sunday and the last Saturday or weekend of the month from December through to June. Paddles are also conducted occasional during winter subject to demand and suitable weather.

Paddles on the second Sunday will be more local to South Gippsland, shorter distances, 1-2 hours duration plus lunch, whilst paddles on the last Saturday or weekend will be further afield, involving longer paddling distances and may involve overnight camping.

‘Come and Try’ sessions or Paddle Programs for those wishing to improve their paddling abilities will be arranged as required to suit members. Please contact the Paddle co-ordinator to arrange a mutually agreeable time/venue. These sessions will provide mentoring, to help improve skills and confidence, which combined with the short paddle sessions will enable members to comfortably participate in longer paddles.

Self rescue skill sessions (Lake Narracan or Blue Rock all welcome) and exploratory paddles (for experienced paddlers only) are held from time to time subject to appropriate weather conditions.

Exploratory venues include Toms Bridge (Latrobe River), Corner Inlet and Manns Beach/McLoughlans Beach.

PADDLE REQUIREMENTS:

All paddles depart at 9:30am unless otherwise advised.

Please arrive at the paddle venue at least 30 mins prior to departure time.

Please ensure all your equipment is in working order before the paddle.

For members without equipment there are 3 sea kayaks and equipment available, cost per activity TBA. Boats are allocated on a first come basis.

All participants must wear shoes whilst paddling, comfortable clothing with due regard for the forecast weather. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent recommended. BYO snacks/lunch on the day and at least 600ml of drinking water. A small basic first aid kit is a recommended piece of paddle equipment.

If you are intending to participate in a paddle, please let the paddle coordinator know no later than the Wednesday evening prior to a paddle. The Paddle Coordinator will confirm with participants that the paddle is proceeding the day prior to the scheduled paddle, once a final weather check has been made.