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Some rain coming tomorrow morning up at cradle, Will be running a lap of the lea and the pencil pine if anyone is keen 0419850988 ... See MoreSee Less

Longford cancelled for today
Waters gone
Gate now shut for winter
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Longford weir is up just enough.
(Holy shit!!!, surprise )
Just enough at the moment.
Anyone one wanna join me at 3pm??????
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Whitewater rescue level 1 course - Show your interest!

Richard Guy super experienced kayaker and rafting guide is offering a beginners level whitewater rescue course. Safety for you and your paddling buddies is what it's all about.
Read below and post your interest.
Hi guys, I'm writing to you guys to gauge interest in members of the club willing or wishing to participate in a level 1 whitewater rescue course.

It's a single day course, held on grade 1-2 water. Covering the following topics:
Managing basic whitewater rescues Throwbagging: dry land
Defensive whitewater swimming in a current

Aggressive whitewater swimming in a current

Throwbagging: on water in a current

Self rescue
X rescues in moving water

Towing rescues
Deck carry across a current

Gear retrieval from a current

Wrap-up and evaluation.

This course is aimed at the "under 3" paddling group, as this represents a large proportion of paddlers in TAS that are very active, particularly in the peak paddling season.

Canoe Tas is also keen on providing a pathway for further skill development in this area. IE level two or even level 3 courses in the future.

Feel free to contact me via email or phone on 0407099801.
Can't wait to hear your thoughts

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MPIO Post - March/April - Safety Moments

Over the last year or so, at the start of each Club Exec/General Meeting, we have had a Safety/Member Protection Moment. It is an opportunity for someone at the meeting to share an event/incident/encounter that has a message relevant to safety or member protection.

Having now collected about 10 moments, I thought it appropriates to share some of the safety moments here. Names are withheld to protect the innocent and the guilty. You know who you are 🙂 . My thanks to those willing to contribute to the good, the not so good and the almost ugly.

Nesk Walk-out
The paddler recounted a Nesk trip that ended in a swim and a walk-out.
He had been paddling at Perth and was feeling below par.
He joined a trip on the Nesk, but was not on his game. A swim and walk-out resulted.
A quotable quote: “When I said (before the Nesk trip) that I wasn’t really up to it, I should have listened.”

At a recent Derby River Derby, there was a children’s event down an ‘easy’ section of river starting at the picnic area. The prevailing assumptions of the organisers seemed to be:
• There were no significant hazards in the water. However, with the higher than usual water flows, there was a tree that caused some difficulty.
• Parents could monitor the kids from the bank. But It turned out that access along the bank was not continuous and kids soon got out of sight.
• The water temperature was benign. This may have been true for adolescents and adults, but for under 10 year olds there was a risk of hypothermia.
The message is: Always look at a situation afresh, assess the risks for the circumstances prevailing on the day and don’t assume that because someone else should have done this, they have.

An Avoidable Broken Rib
The paddler left an eddy to surf a wave while another paddler was surfing the wave immediately below. He slipped off the back of the top wave and collided with the fortunately blunt, but unfortunately ungiving, bow of the second kayak. A solid thud. One broken rib. 100% avoidable.
There is no need to put yourself in the line of fire...

Hadspen Race
One paddler was much later returning than expected. The organiser sent someone up river to scout. The late paddler was found safe and sound. They had just decided to have a slower paddle that day.
While the informal response was appropriate and resulted in a positive outcome, it highlighted the value of a formal contingency plan which has since been prepared.

Kayaks fly off roof-racks
The paddler was heading up the southern expressway from Launceston. The straps holding two kayaks on the roof-racks pulled out thru the cam lock. Both kayaks skidded along the road behind the car. Fortunately no-one was behind. If the kayaks had hit a car or motorcyclist, an injury or fatality would have been likely.
Lessons (both of these were in the instructions that came with the racks):
1 Tie kayaks on separately
2 Tie off strap ends with a couple of hitches

The Danger in Paddling Alone
The paddler went to a large lake for some fun kayaking while his buddies went fishing. They went off in their boat and he was having a great time in his sea kayak with the sail up, until the wind came up and he capsized. He was unable to roll and was unable to get back into his kayak without tipping over again. His fishing buddies were unaware of his predicament. He managed to get the kayak to shore but was exhausted and verging on hypothermia.
While not life threatening (he could have left his kayak and swam to shore), there would have been no drama at all if he had had a kayaking buddy with him.

Look Out for Others
The paddler saw a casual paddler playing on the Forth rapid on a sit-on-top without a helmet. The helmet had been left on the bank. He reminded the SOT paddler of the value of wearing a helmet. To his credit, the SOT paddler went and put it on.
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