Paddle Gippsland


Develop your sea kayaking skills in enclosed sea environments on the beautiful Gippsland region.

Spend 5 days with us on journey-based paddles and experience some of the best paddling locations in southern and eastern Victoria. For only $395 for 5 days' tuition this is a great bargain (minimum and maximum numbers apply).

Once you have made payment we will send you a coupon code for a discount on camping equipment: tents, stoves, pot sets, sleeping mats and bags, water bags etc

Locations

Possible locations are weather dependant and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Gippsland Lakes or
  • Nooramunga National Park (Port Welshpool/Port Albert - Snake Island) or
  • Lake Tyers

THE PROGRAM

Activities focus on developing your skills, knowledge and experiences of:

  • Navigation and route planning to compensate weather conditions and tidal influence (where applicable)
  • Weather interpretation
  • Safety equipment for day and overnight paddling
  • Planning a kayaking adventure: expedition gear, kayak outfitting, waterproofing and packing a kayak
  • Understanding the clothing, equipment and provisions used in sea kayak expeditions
  • Camp cooking - recipes, menu planning, fresh / preserved foods, portable stoves, dehydrating
  • Developing kayak camping skills - utilizing principles of minimum impact camping and using tarpaulins to provide shelters in sun or rain - tarpology and knots
  • Developing leadership skills for group management.
  • Paddling skills - including kayak control
  • Rolling and self-rescues
  • Towing and managing rescue situations

Please be aware that we ask participants to make their vehicle available to assist with car shuttles if necessary. 


Meet: 8.30am, location to be confirmed, somewhere in southern Gippsland. Location will firm up in week prior to the programme.

Cost: $395 for 5 days tuition
If you require kayak hire - available at discounted rate $150 for the 5 days.
Once you have made payment we will send you a coupon code for a discount on camping equipment: tents, stoves, pot sets, sleeping mats and bags, water bags etc

Minimum numbers: 4 participants

Prerequisites: Completion of our Sea Starter Course or equivalent experience. 

Accommodation: Stay tuned! Weather dependant - will be a mixture of commercial camp grounds and National Parks (cost not included).

Equipment: Participants will need to bring their own kayak and personal kayaking equipment, dry bags, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, rain jacket, rain pants, change of clothes, cooking and eating equipment and 2 person tent. Hire of kayaks and camping equipment can be arranged at extra cost.

Food: BYO food. We can offer some menu suggestions. Bring food with you - we will have a session on stoves and cooking as part of the program. There are opportunities to shop for anything you need while on the program and we will have a meal out at least one night so bring some extra cash.


DATES 2017-2018 SEASON

Course

Paddle Gippsland

Location

Enclosed waters of southern or eastern Gippsland

Dates

9-13 April 2018

Further Information

A gear list will be provided as part of your Registration package, but here are some ideas for preparation for overnight kayaking trips and the type of gear that we use and recommend:

Sleep Systems - tents, sleeping bags, mats and accessories
Dry bags and cases "The Truth about Dry Bags"

Youtube Videos on preparing your gear for a kayak trip and packing your kayak:

How to Make a Dry bag - Sea to Summit Stuff Sack
How to Load a Sea Kayak
How to Waterproof Your Sleeping Bag