The Nunatak Adventure Tour Guiding students who chose sea kayaking as their specialisation skill cluster, spent their first week learning basic paddling skills, deep water rescue techniques and how to interpret weather.
Our group of nine students and two teachers – Tom Keith, from Roaring 40ᴼS Kayaking and Gemma Gooley spent the first day in the classroom, then headed down to Short Beach in Sandy Bay for their first paddle. After a quick briefing, the group paddled from Short Beach to the Hobart Waterfront and back. With the wind picking up, there was also time for a quick skills session before heading back to TasTAFE.
The next day was spent at the Clarence Aquatic Centre, where the group had the chance to learn and practice a variety of vital rescue techniques, including the wet-exit; self-rescue with the aid of a paddle float and how to assist others back into their kayak from the water.
Unfortunately, the final day of class for the week was cancelled due to the extreme weather and flooding in Hobart, but the short introduction to Sea Kayaking Guiding left the class eagerly awaiting their next session on the water.
Thank you to our wonderful teachers and guides for the day!
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.