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All Events 2008

Please check the basic trip requirements and information at the bottom of this page

Come and try & BBQSat 1 Mar 08 ()
Want to try kayaking? Do your friends want to try? This is your chance. The beginning of semester come and try day is scheduled for Saturday 1 March, between 7:30 AM and 12 PM. Prospective members are encouraged to come.

Your chance to join in the community effort on Sunday 02 March. Take a trip from the long pocket boat ramp and the float back to UQ shed with the tide, picking stuff up along the way.

Fun raceWed 5 Mar 08 ()
A fun race to determine handicap times for future races and comparison.
Click here for details

General Pool TrainingTue 11 Mar 08 ()
Pool training at the UQ Pool. All old and new members are encouraged to come along.

Market PaddleSat 15 Mar 08 ()
A social trip down the river to the West End Markets. We'll stop for some coffee and back to semester get-together. Open to all Saturday morning paddlers, and a chance for members to meet each other. If you aren't able to paddle, please meet us at the markets anyway.

Time: Sat 15 March 2008
Distance: 6.5 km
Grade: 1
Duration: ~ 2-4 hrs
Bring: some dollars for money and/or shopping
Paddle type: Flatwater
Gear: Any kayak you can make the distance in
Meet: At the club shed 7:30 AM
Destination: Green flea Markets
Contact: Martin

General Pool TrainingTue 18 Mar 08 ()
Pool training at the UQ Pool. All old and new members are encouraged to come along.

An introductory 21 km distance paddle up the river, just past Indooroopilly Bridge. This is a chance to show you can paddle these distances. We will take sea kayaks.

General Pool TrainingTue 1 Apr 08 ()
Pool training at the UQ Pool. All old and new members are encouraged to come along.

Handicap raceWed 2 Apr 08 ()
A fun race to determine handicap times for future races and comparison.
Click here for details

This trip will focus on introductory sea kayaking. The aim of the weekend is to improve your paddling, so we will focus on paddling skills on the weekend. The weekend is meant for beginners and basic skills level people, but everyone is welcome.

A night paddle up river to the entrance of Oxley creek. About an hour for dinner at the Park next to Qld canoeing HQ before returning.

Sea kayak to Norman Creek and back. An opportunity for beginners to test themselves and build up some stamina, and also for those planning on coming on the paddle to Stradbroke Island the next weekend.

Bay islands weekendSat 10 May 08 ()
A longer paddle to several islands in Moreton Bay. An overnight trip that will visit Macleay, North Stradbroke, Peel and Coochiemudlo islands. We will stay at Dunwich (NSI) overnight.

Tides: see map
  • Paddle a loaded sea kayak at ~5 km / hr for up to about 2 hours at a time
  • Wet exit from a sea kayak (must have practiced)
  • T-rescue recovery from a sea kayak (must have practiced)
  • Be able to handle rougher water and small swell
  • Be able to handle rougher water and small swell
  • Costs
    • Ferry money (~$15)
    • Pub / meal / excursion money (~$10-20)
    • Petrol money
    • Campsite money
    • Consider a donation toward equipment costs
Contact: Martin

Note: that this trip did not take place as there were not enough people able to go

Club AGM and BBQSat 31 May 08 ()
The Club AGM is scheduled for Sat May 31 after the morning paddle. Also a fun social barbecue!

The Qld Canoeing Winter Series Canoe Polo Competition starts on Sunday, Jun 1 2008 at Springfield Lakes.

The Adventure: we will circumnavigate Bribie Island over three days. The direction and starting point will be announced closer to the date because they are highly dependent on wind, swell and tides.

Duration: Three days

Time: packing boats Friday evening, leaving early Saturday morning.

Date: Queens Birthday long weekend, the 7th to the 9th of June 2008.

The Paddle: you need to be comfortable paddling two 30km days and one 20km day, potentially into some current and wind. We will also be crossing the bar at Caloundra so you need to be either comfortable in surf OR happy to get wet. We will get you through if you are keen enough!

Cost: camping, EPA rates, about $4 a night.

Issues: there are other trips on that weekend (see the website) so we will be a little tight on boats. The quicker you reply, the more likely you will be able to come along.

If you have any questions or comments please email Marj . If you are interested in coming, email Marj with the following details:

  • Name, email, phone number
  • Paddling experience if I don't know you (keep it brief)
  • What club gear you will need
  • An emergency contact (not someone on the trip please)
  • Any medical conditions you have (and medications you carry)

Boondall WetlandsSat 7 Jun 08 ()
An interesting paddle in the Boondall wetlands and the edge of Moreton Bay. There is lots of birdlife and very interesting paddling.

Green Island is surrounded by banks and at high tide turtles and other sea life is common. It’s a pleasant trip and will probably take about 4-5 hours including breaks.

This is the section of the Brisbane river below the weir.

Polo Comp #2 (Moogerah)Sun 15 Jun 08 ()
The Qld Canoeing Winter Series Canoe Polo Competition second round on June 15 at Renolds Ck Moogerah Dam

The Qld Canoeing Winter Series Canoe Polo Competition third round on June 29 at Springfield Lakes.

An overnight trip from Bribie Bridge to Mission Point (camping) and then up to Caloundra.

Polo Comp #4 (Moogerah)Sun 13 Jul 08 ()
The Qld Canoeing Winter series Canoe Polo Competition fourth round on July 13 at Renolds Creek, Moogerah Dam.

New to the university and want to find out more about the sport and the club? Come along and find out at this year's second semester O-week Market Day.

Come along and try out a kayak on the river. Have a look around the club shed and see what is available. Talk to club members. Have a BBQ brunch.

The Qld Canoeing Winter Series Canoe Polo Competition fifth round on July 27 at Springfield Lakes.

Pool skills night ITue 29 Jul 08 ()
General club skills session in the UQ Pool. One of two skills nights for the semester. Don't miss out! HEATED POOL (27 deg.)

It's time to repair collected wear and tear on the club boats, and get them ship-shape for the semester (especially for trips!). So please come along and help keep the club functioning, active, and together!

Pool skills night IITue 5 Aug 08 ()
General club skills session in the UQ Pool. One of two skills nights for the semester. Don't miss out! HEATED POOL (27 deg.)!

Basic whitewater kayaking techniques at Wivenhoe dam. Your chance to try a bit of whitewater kayaking. Calm water, moving water, and one very optional grade 2 rapid. Don't miss out. Good for other kayaking disciplines.

The Qld Canoeing Winter Series Canoe Polo Competition final is on August 10 at the Southbank Lagoon. Please come along and support the club.

Polo restarts Aug 19 2008Tue 12 Aug 08 ()
Canoe polo restarts at the UQ pool at 7:25 PM at the UQ pool.

A more advanced surf trip around the outside of Bribie island, and north to Mooloolaba. For grade 2 paddlers only.

A great weekend (23-34 Aug) at Goolang (near Grafton in NSW). The perfect next step after Wivenhoe intro day.
Cost: $10/day donation for boat maintenance is encouraged, ?$8 for camping and about ?$40/50 for petrol (~1000 km round trip)
Meet: at the boat shed at (TBA).
Return: TBA
Contact: Stephanie Looi - whitewater representative or 0421 135 477 (mob)

Things you'll need -

  • The water will be cold, and you will get wet (i.e. swimming). Bring swimming clothing that will keep you warm (eg thermals or wetsuit). Avoid wearing cotton as it will not be effective in keeping you warm when you are wet. Also bring a towel and a dry change of warm clothing for afterwards.
  • Footwear that can get wet (not thongs).
  • Normal camping clothing (don't forget the jumper).
  • Camping gear - the club has some gear (tents, stoves, sleeping mats, bags), so let me know what you need, and we can arrange it. Torch
  • Food - you will be doing plenty of exercise, so bring plenty of food. If you can get into small groups for cooking, it may be easier
  • Sunscreen, Insect repellent (the bugs can be vicious), Water bottle (but you don't need water)
  • Basic requirements (bottom of page)
If you can drive, and take passengers, or take boats (ie have roof racks), please contact me with how many passengers (excluding you), you have room for.

If you have a medical condition, allergy or something else that you think I should know about, please let me know.

Pictures: available off-site


A training day and paddle at Paradise point on the Gold Coast. Skills and rescues then a paddle to South Stradbroke Island.

Brunswick River weekendSat 13 Sep 08 ()
A weekend trip exploring the Brunswick river and creeks near Brunswick Heads NSW (North of Byron bay).

Sat & Sun 4 & 5 October. This weekend event has the makings of being the largest gathering of canoe polo paddlers in Queensland for some years. Two playing areas.

UQCC road access blockedSun 16 Nov 08 ()
Road access to the UQCC shed will be blocked on Sunday 16 November 08. The road closure will take place at midnight the night before and finish at approximately 9 PM on the day.

A canoe polo carnival is being held at Springfield lakes on 16 November 2008.

An end of year Christmas get-together is planned at the Jazbar. This is also a chance to farewell Dave and Marj and thank them for their many contributions to the club.

2008 Sea Kayak SymposiumFri 21 Nov 08 ()
Registrations are open for a three day sea kayak symposium hosted by Qld Canoeing in November 21-23 on the Gold Coast. Register now as places are limited.