Two weeks ago our paddling students studying the Certificate IV in Guiding spent four days practicing the skills they had learnt in the previous week and increased their knowledge base further with some surf sessions.
The week started with some revision on rescue, paddling stroke and capsize techniques at the Clarence Aquatic Centre, but alas the warm pool waters were left behind as the group journeyed out to the Carlton River mouth to get a feel for paddling in the crashing waves. Many upturned kayaks and cold bodies ended up in the water but with big smiles on all faces.
Day two saw the team head out to beautiful Fortescue Bay where they paddled out to see the amazing Candlestick at Cape Hauy, seals basking in the sun and the calm waters of Bivouac Bay, while being instructed by the professional teaching staff of Mark Savage and Roaring 40’s Kayaking owner/operator Reg Grundy.
The final two days consisted of paddling the amazing coastline from Kingston Beach to Tinderbox and finally a paddle down the Huon River from Ranelagh to Huonville. Once all the paddlers reached the bridge in Huonville it was time for a mass capsize and rescue mission with all kayaks being capsized at the same time and students having to work together to get back to a paddling position. Being August in Tasmania there were many squeals echoing down the valley as people hit the cold water.
Once everyone was back on shore and dried off you couldn’t take the smiles off their faces. Many skills were learnt throughout the week and even more fun was had by all.