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Ten tips to get you out paddling more often

After the first few joyful times it is easy for the distractions of the day to day to interrupt your best intentions. Too many kayaks remain parked, semi abandoned in the shed or fallen in the backyard. Lonely, thinking they are unloved, they reach out to spiders and insects. They gather fallen leaves about themselves. It is a futile attempt to rediscover the one great l…read more

published: January 4th, 2015

Kayaking Spitzbergen

Kayaking Spitzbergen

When I was a young whitewater kayaker one of the senior members of our club returned from Colorado where he had rafted the Grand Canyon. During a presentation to us we questioned his kayaking integrity. Kayaks could, and should, do everything. To raft rather than kayak those big rapids was treasonous.

His response was that there are approp…read more

published: November 2nd, 2014

rule change: safety equipment for sea kayaks

Safety equipment for your sea kayak

October 2014: Sea kayaks are now allowed to carry a PLB. This replaces the former requirement for EPIRBs when more than 2NM offshore. Note that as with an EPIRB, every kayak in a group will need to carry a PLB. 

Here is a printable form with the current requirements. read more

published: September 22nd, 2013

kayak moorings at Ningaloo

Kayak moorings.

Kayaking and snorkelling go together well. A kayak can slip over shallow water to holes in the reef, land on small beaches or rocky shores to out of the way places.

In many places a small anchor is useful, but thanks DPAW at Ningaloo you now have ten mooring provided exclusively for kayak use. These moorings are all in sanctuary zones and fish…read more

published: July 1st, 2013

Book review: All the way round.

All the way round, by Stuart Trueman. (MacMillan, ISBN 9781742612225)

Used to be that I did quite a lot of sea kayaking. Kayaking trips. I took school groups and tourists for a day or a week, and in my spare time I headed out with a kayak full of camping gear and spent time on some of these same beaches, just me and the mosquitoes.

Fortunately, th…read more

published: June 17th, 2013