Last month the students in the white-water stream of the 2017 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation had their first introduction to white-water rafting and kayaking on the Picton and Derwent Rivers. The scenery was beautiful and the group were keen and ready for a big week of learning new skills, visiting new places and having great experiences! Water levels were perfect for learning on both rivers and students had a great time negotiating the rapids and honing their paddling skills, as well as learning how to run an overnight rafting trip.
The rafting trip was a great success with students learning valuable lessons about navigation on the water, features on the river and team work. We spent a night camped at Arve Plains where we shared many stories whilst enjoying a four course (yes four courses) meal prepared by the group! It was delicious!
The melting snow and low temperatures on Tuesday provided some challenging conditions, as well as a great learning opportunity for managing people’s comfort and safety on the water – many extra layers were put on and copious snacks were consumed to fend off the cold!
On Wednesday our group we decided to spend an extra day doing two rafting runs of the Picton River to gain more skills guiding a raft and to build up our confidence. On Thursday students were introduced to some new paddling strokes in the kayaks and given some valuable one-on-one instruction on their paddling technique. We had a park and play session in the morning, followed by a river journey where we were able to further practice our newly learnt strokes!
Friday was a fantastic day of park and play at Plenty Railway Bridge where the group gained massive progress in skill and technique, flying from eddy to eddy and smashing personal goals.
It was a massive week of learning and hard work, but being able to see how far we had all come by the end of the week made it worthwhile! Thanks to our great instructors for showing us the way and telling us tales of their summers’ guiding together on the Franklin River – it really gave us all something to dream about!