Earlier this month the TasTAFE Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation students engaged in teaching and instruction of their flat-water skills to Kingston High School Year 9 students. The teachings took place on the Huon River at Huonville Esplanade. The student’s instruction was supervised by TasTAFE instructors, Nate Welsh and Matt Smith.
The Kingston High Students where able to learn to be comfortable in the kayaks as well as learn a number of strokes. The students were also entertained by engaging in a number of games, including ‘bulrush’ and ‘kayak polo’.
The weather behaved itself for most of the day with a slight shower in the afternoon. TasTAFE students were able to counteract the current in the river by starting kayak polo upstream near the bridge and drifted down to the jetty as they played.
Fun was had by all as some of the keen students attempted to Eskimo roll at the end of the day whilst others students battled to simply keep the boats going straight in the water. This provided TasTAFE students ample opportunity to specifically target technique and practice in aiding struggling students.