Sea Weekend 2014

Canoe SA – Sea Weekend

Dates for the Sea Weekend 2014 – Fri 17th October – Sun 19th October

(dates have changed)

Information for people attending

Aim of the Sea Weekend

The aim of the Sea Skills Weekend is to bring the sea kayaking community together to


  1. Develop a sea kayak community that enhances entry and sharing
  2. Develop the skills of all participants as paddlers or leaders through formal training and mentoring
  3. Acknowledge the competency of paddlers via the Australian Canoeing Award Scheme by formal or informal assessment
  4. Provide enthusiasm, energy and drive for the building of a sea kayak community
  5. Promote Canoe SA and sea kayaking

Sea Weekend Meeting

Friday 26th September 2014 (for all participants and instructors)

Early-bird registrations close Friday 12th September 2014

Click here for registration form

Meeting at Canoe SA – Aquatic Reserve (Corner Bower Rd & Old Port Rd, West Lakes) Friday 26th September – 7.30 – 9.00pm 

Aims for the Meeting:

Introduction (key persons and roles)
Meet attendees and medical forms
Identify experience levels of participants and desired outcomes – what you want out of the weekend
Logistics for weekend (including travel)
Please Note: All persons attending the Sea Weekend must be members of an Australian Canoeing affiliated canoe club (for insurance purposes) Those attendees who are not members must join a club (either as an event member, or as an introductory member)


Accommodation for the weekend will be at the Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park (114 Victoria Street)
Bring your tent or swag for the weekend. Cost tent sites – usually about $8.00 per person per night
Accommodation available at the Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park on Friday, Saturday nights
Contact Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park
Freecall – 1800 620 100
T – 08 8552 1111
Location of Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park: 114 Victoria St, Victor Harbor.
If you require tent site/accommodation on Friday evening please ensure you are at the park before the office closes at 7.30pm


Bring your own food and cooking utensils if you plan to cook.

There will be tea, coffee, sugar & milk available at the evening sessisonsat the Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park.

Saturday lunch – bring your own or purchase from the cafe opposite CM Thorpe Park
Sunday lunch – Everyone will need to bring their lunch on Sunday as there will be a day paddle and groups will not be close to shops at lunch. You should come prepared to pack your lunch in your kayak (that means it must be kept dry)
Evening diners –  If you prefer not to cook there are many restaurants in Victor Harbor for Saturday & Sunday evening meals
Breaky's – bring your own or the local deli/bakery may be an option. On Sunday morning there will be pancakes for those that want them.
Snacks and drinks – bring your nibbles, snacks and drinks for both on the water munchies and evening sessions

Proposed Programme

Please note: the proposed programme and locations of activities may vary depending on weather and at the discretion of instructors. The conduct of the Sea Weekend is weather dependent. Assessment for awards is carried out under conditions defined by the award.


6.30pm – meet at Kent Reserve for a short warm-up paddle, or

7.45pm – Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park (evening session)


8.00am – Meet at C M Thorpe Reserve, Encounter Lakes – Meet and greet, outline of the day, key personnel, medical form, basic equipment check, group management, emergency procedures.
8.45 – 11.00  – Skills development in small groups (Basic Skills level & Sea Skills level)
11.00 – 11.15 – Break
11.15 – 12.20 – Rolling Demonstration and instruction in ability groups.
12.30 – 1.30 – Lunch (either bring your own or purchase from cafe/deli opposite park
1.30 – 4.30 – Rescues, towing, surf-zone management, etc at beachfront location (to be advised on the day)
5.00 – 6.00 – Surf zone management (optional) and surf kayaking (location to be advised on the day)
7.00 – 9.00pm –  Evening Session – Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park
Navigation, weather and tides, route planning & presentation of descriptions of various trips, Risk management, fitting your craft for expeditions, sea paddling in SA and beyond.


8.00am – Meet at VH Beachfront Holiday Park – Outline of the day, equipment check, emergency procedures, & etc.
9.00am – 4.00pm – Expedition Management participants will undertake a minor expedition including preparation, route planning, navigation, tides, weather and group management.

Whilst this is a broad outline, the programme is flexible and changes may occur due to participant or group requirement or weather


What to bring

Essential at all levels:
well maintained sea kayak with at least 2 bulkheads and secondary (inflatable or fixed) buoyancy
fitted deck lines, paddle and paddle leash, spray skirt
sponge, bailer and pump system
Australian or NZ Standards approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) with a suitable whistle attached  
cag or paddle jacket, warm clothing, sun-protective clothing, hat — all accessible from the cockpit
sunscreen, matches, food and at least two litres of water — all accessible from the cockpit
footwear suitable for paddling, swimming and walking on rocks
dry containers
current weather forecast
Essential for paddler at Sea Skills and above (recommended for paddlers at all levels)
tow rope — standard length of 15 meters with suitable bag and fittings for quick deployment
Recommended at all levels:
instantly accessible knife
kayak repair kit — at least a roll of duct tape
relevant personal items e.g. medication
further warm clothing, waterproof clothing, footwear, food, water, secured in dry storage in the kayak
helmet for surf landings
Clothes for paddling in (include a wetsuit if it is cold)
Warm changes of clothes
Any equipment you wish to use or would like checked
Pen & paper
Chair for evening sessions
Camping & sleeping gear
Toiletries & torch
Food and drink (see above)
Your log book (if you are being assessed for an Aust Canoeing Award)

If you have any questions please contact the Canoe SA office on 08 8240 3294 or 0417 081 426