Flat Water Kayaking Skills

Introduction – Flat Water Kayaking

Several weeks ago, the students from the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation program conducted their three-day introduction into flat water kayaking on the beautiful Huon River.

Students spent three days learning the basic fundamentals of kayaking, rescue techniques, different types of strokes, operating a kayak safely, loading and unloading and setting up for safe kayak adventures.  The Autumn weather turned it on for the first two days with no rain or clouds in sight, however the third day was a little less favourable!

The highlight was the third day where students paddled for approximately four hours.  The day allowed students to consolidate what they had learnt over the first two days and culminated with some white water induction.

The students had a blast and are hungry for more white water action and will get plenty more opportunities as the course rolls forward over the next six months.


The Adventure Begins


Two weeks ago the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation White Water Kayaking/Rafting students departed on their first white water paddling induction on the Huon River.

We departed from the TasTafe Drysdale campus bright and early on the bus packed with all the essentials – boats, paddles, emergency gear, and a bright pink ball for lunchtime playtime.  We reached our destination – the Huon River, for three consecutive days of flat water paddling instruction with our captains, Nate Welch and Leon Bedford.

After going through the basic strokes (on dry-land) required to function adequately on the water, it is time to get down to business and we enter the river and practice and critique our form with guidance from Nate and Leon.  We also learn the importance of  safety aspects involved with teaching and taking out groups of clients, and how to breakdown and deliver what look like very simple strokes (in the hands of the right individual) into simple step-by-step actions.

Once we reach day three, the class has developed their skills quicker than originally anticipated and as a result we embark on a 12km kayak down the Huon River.  Like sprouting grass blades at the end of winter the smiles begin to stretch from ear to ear.  The trip goes down a treat, and you would be none the wiser to the fact that for some of the class, this was their first time in a white-water boat.

The day taught us so much about rapids, eddies, and the ease of paddling when combined with good technique.  We arrive at our end point with a soft sun on the horizon and everyone tired, cold, shoulders aching but smiles remaining.

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RTO Code:  60142

Flat Water Kayaking Skills

Nate and Renee demonstrating an X rescue on the Huon

Earlier in the year Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation students travelled to the Huon Valley for their introduction to flat water kayaking.

A range of locations and environments were explored over the three days while new kayaking skills were learnt. The students on this course aim to become competent flat-water instructors during the coming months amongst the many other activities and qualifications they are pursuing.

Kayak chain headed for the dam

arriving at the lunch spot onday 3


tighly packed boats on the trailer in Franklin