Kayaking

The Sutherland Bushwalking Club provides kayaking trips ranging from day trips to overnight and extended paddles with camping from kayaks. The Club also offers week long kayaking trips from a fixed base camp at caravan parks. All trips are slow paced and are for enjoying the outdoors. All equipment and craft are the responsibility of the member involved. The Club does not have any kayaking equipment for loan.

Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) must be used and participants should be good swimmers.

Grades of Kayaking Trips

Kayaking trips are graded from 1 – 4, with 4 being hardest. A grade 3 kayaking trip is medium grade and can be undertaken by any fit person. The distance covered on a grade 3 trip is approximately 12 – 15 kms daily, depending on conditions.

Suggested Equipment

Equipment for kayaking will depend on river conditions and weather. Air and water temperatures are important factors that should be considered. A kayaking gear checklist is provided as a basic guide on items to take on easy – medium one day paddles.

Kayaking Equipment Checklist

Equipment for canoeing/kayaking will depend on river conditions and weather. Air and water temperatures are important factors that should be considered.The checklist below is provided as a basic guide on items to take on easy medium one day paddles.

Gear Description
Kayak Suitable for conditions (+ paddle)
Stowage Drums or dual plastic bags, must be waterproof
Clothing  Synthetic clothing ( including thermal wear) that will readily disperse water
Shorts (or swimmers), shirt, hat.(Cotton material not recommended)
Safe Gear         

Life jacket PFD/PLB/Mobile phone

Wet Gear

Short light weight waterproof jacket

Footwear  Volleys, joggers,sandals or diving booties
Warm Gear       

Wetsuit, thermals, beanie

First aid kit        

Compact and functional

Drying towel      

Small and effective

Personal bits      Medication, sun cream, insect lotion, sunglasses
Auxiliary bits Whistle, rubbish bag, small torch
Food 

Biscuits, sandwiches, fruit + spare amount of extras for emergencies

Repair kit         

To suit craft and structure