Day 1 - meet at Macquarie Park Windsor at 08.00 sharp for a day of fun learning to paddle. Participants will need to wear uniform to and from the venue and bring the following: - Lunch, Snacks, Drink, Water Bottle, 2 towels, change of clothes, warm jumper, water shoes, knee pads or thick foam(for kneeling in the boat they have a hard bottom), rash vest, swimmers, boardies, goggles, sunscreen, hat and a copy of the weekend weather report (try willy weather on the web Hawkesbury River - Windsor. Participants without water shoes and hat will not be permitted to participate. Please do not be late. Scouts should bring their green Scout badge book for sign offs on badgework. Venturers bring Maroon Book and V1 form for signature.
You will learn how to fit your pfd/life jacket correctly, how to select the right paddle, what paddle strokes to use and when, practice paddle strokes, learn how to self rescue, talk about the environment and weather in regard to boating, talk about planning for a trip, navigation, do a deep water rescue, learn how to raft up and swap boats and places in the boat and get in plenty of practice paddling. Finish at 3.00pm
Day 2 - meet at Macquarie Park, Windsor at 8.00am There is plenty of free parking at this site. Today we will be going on a round trip upriver to practice the skills we learned on day 1 in a more natural environment, with power boats, water skiers and other canoeists, kayakers and rowers enjoying the water along with us. We will paddle for about two hours, meandering up the river and stop for morning tea at a convenient location. We will continue paddling and find a nice place for lunch. After lunch we will turn around and come back to Macquarie Park. Pack your lunch and essentials in a waterproof bag! Wear 3/4 pants or long boardies if you have them and a long sleeved rashie if you have one to avoid sunburn. Hats, sunscreen and enclosed water shoes are a must. LEAVE THE CROCS SHOES AT HOME (they are not suitable for this activity)! Finish time around 2.30pm
Venturers and Adults attending the weekend need to bring their log book for updating. You will also need to complete the Adventurous Activities E-learning and Canoeing Modules. If you expect to RPL to a Level 2 qualification, your log book must have evidence of a number of Canoeing activities over a period of time. If you do not have a number of canoeing activities in your log book, a Level 1 RPL workbook will be offered if sufficient practical canoeing skills can be demonstrated. By attending this weekend, adults will cover the practical components required for either SIS Canoeing or Scout Skills - Canoeing and discuss the theory requirements for canoeing. The balance of the requirements can be covered via RPL process. A further fee of $30 will be payable at the time of workbook assessment.
A theory night will be planned at a date to be confirmed. Please ensure that all of your workbooks have been completed and come along with any questions that you might have. Books will be signed off this night. You will need to bring your $30 processing fee for books.