Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend [43]

Currarong, 25 to 27 November, 2000


We hope you will enjoy this weekend, our biggest training weekend of the year and also our AGM weekend.

Our theme for this weekend is “Yes, you can!”………yes, you can learn to roll your kayak,……yes, you can develop all the skills you need to paddle right around Australia! So please, get in and participate this weekend…..maybe try some skills or rescues you haven’t done before. We have plenty of instructors and skilled paddlers here to help YOU!

Currarong Caravan Park Information – getting in and out

Getting past the boom gate: the punch-in code will be available the moment that you arrive – see us, don’t go to the office

For all those camping: Camping fees are $6.00 per person per night for adults and children 5 years and over. Do not go to the office to pay – we will collect fees from you at the AGM on Saturday. Please write the names of all people in your group (and number of nights you’re staying) on the board at the shelter shed.

It may be crowded in the camping area – in the interests of other campers, please try not to take up good camping spots with your vehicle.

Please, no noise after 10pm. If you want to party on, go to the beach.

A key is needed to enter the showers (not the toilets). They are hanging on our noticeboards at the shelter shed. We only have a few and we have to pay for all lost keys. Please remember to put your key back.

From this park we can launch onto Currarong Creek. If you leave your kayak on the grass near the launch / boatwash area, please ensure that it does not interfere with other park users. Boats and gear are of course left there at your own risk.

Weather, safety and indemnity

Dirk Stuber is our first aid person. If you injure yourself or need any first aid help this weekend, please see Dirk.

Norm Sanders will post Coastal Waters Forecasts on the noticeboards each day.

Our on-water activities are weather-dependant. Last-minute changes to on-water venues will be displayed on the noticeboards.

ALL participants in on-water activities need to:

  • (1) be a financial member of NSWSKC
  • (2) have signed an indemnity form for the weekend.

This is important for insurance purposes. Please attend to it. Membership and Indemnity forms are located at the shelter shed. We will be collecting membership fees at the shelter shed at the following times:

  • Sat: 8.30am to 9am
  • Before and after the AGM on Saturday evening
  • Sun: Whenever you can find the Treasurer

Currarong and Jervis Bay

This village has a service station, cellars, take-away/mini supermarket and a newsagent. The take-away shop has been told we’re coming so there should be plenty of food for all.

All shops are within walking distance across the creek (maybe not at high tide) or via the road. Tourist information (there are some great bush walks here) is available at the take-away shop.

Beecroft Head, Honeymoon Bay (a location we may use for on-water activities), Point Perpendicular lighthouse etc can be reached by taking the turn-off to the left just out of Currarong on the Nowra road. Please do not leave valuables in vehicles at any parking area.


To keep our program on time, please be punctual for the various sessions.


The noticeboards at the shelter shed have lots of interesting information including:

  • last minute changes to the program
  • coastal waters forecasts
  • Buy, Swap, Sell – advertise your gear or needs
  • Hot Tips Competition….write up your favourite tip/idea

and maybe win a prize!

Annual General Meeting

The NSW Sea Kayak Club is run by many volunteers who freely give up their time for members to:

  • produce the best sea kayaking mag in the world
  • build and maintain the web’s best sea kayaking site
  • co-ordinate and lead trips and expeditions
  • run quality sea kayak training programs
  • and a whole lot more…..

Please come along to the AGM and have your say in the running of this club. We all want to hear your ideas. See you there.

Enjoy the Weekend!



9.00am – 9.30am

  • “Race and Brace” – a surf entry technique for those new to paddling and those without reliable rolling skills.
  • Location: Shelter shed.
  • Presenter: David Winkworth.

9.00am – 12.30pm

  • “Sea Proficiency Award Training” – training with instructors in small groups for all the skills needed for the Sea Proficiency Award.
  • Location: Currarong Beach.
  • Instructors co-ordinator: Norm Sanders
  • “Basic Sea Kayaking Skills” – the first building block in sea kayaking skills – everything from getting in and out of your boat to efficient rescues.
  • Location: Currarong Beach
  • Start 9.30am.
  • Instructors coordinator: Andrew Eddy.
  • “Eskimo rolling skills” – Pawlata roll, screw roll and re-enter and roll skills.
  • Location: Currarong Beach
  • Instructors co-ordinator Dirk Stuber

12.30pm – 1.30pm

  • Lunch

1.30pm – 3.30pm

  • Continuation of the morning’s skills programs.

3.00pm – 3.30pm

  • “Wooden Boat Workshop” – is there a wooden sea kayak in your future?…Cheap, strong and home made! Sit in and listen to those who’ve been there and done that!
  • Location: Shelter shed.
  • Presenters: Messrs Sanders, Eddy and Snoad with input from many others!

3.30pm – 4.00pm

  • “Repairs and Maintenance” – for glass-fibre boats. Polishing, gelcoat repairs…..and bloody big hole repairs. Do it right!
  • Location: Shelter shed.
  • Presenter: David Winkworth

4.00pm – 4.30pm

  • “Sailing Session” – what works in sea kayak sailing and what doesn’t. Learn from those who have a shed-full of ripstop nylon bits.
  • Location: Shelter shed area.
  • Presenters: Mike Snoad and Mark Pearson

5.00pm to whenever

  • Annual General Meeting: Welcome to all, and new members.
  • Election of office bearers.
  • General business. Membership and camping fees.
  • Location: Shelter shed area

6.00pm to whenever

  • Share some wine (courtesy of our Editor) and nibblies with us.

7.45pm – 8.00pm

  • CPR update – How many breaths per minute with 2 first aid operators? Can’t remember? Well then, you’d better be here for this quick session.
  • Presenter: Dirk Stuber.

8.00pm – 10.00pm

  • Guest Speaker David Payne. David is a boat designer who has turned his hand to designing a number of sea kayaks. Just how do you design a sea kayak? Come, sit in and find out!
  • Guest Speaker David Whyte – Club member David Whyte works for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). These are the people who co-ordinate your rescue when you set off that EPIRB! Sit in, listen to David and find out what goes on when the EPIRB goes off!

After 10pm

  • Go to bloody bed – early start tomorrow


6.00am – 8.30am

  • Early Morning Paddle and Flare Exercise– get up, get into your boat and join us for an early morning paddle out to the cliffs. At 7.30am, we will be doing a flare exercise north of Beecroft Head. If you’ve never shot off a flare from in the water, here’s your chance! After the flare exercise, we’ll adjourn to Abrahams Bosom Beach for a beach breakfast. This is within easy walking distance from the camp ground for those non-paddlers who’d like to join us.
  • Location: on the water at Currarong Beach.
  • Grade 2

6.00am to whenever

  • Beecroft Head Circumnavigation. – Paddle from Currarong around to Honeymoon Bay (or vice versa depending on forecast).
  • Paddle Leader: David Whyte.
  • Grade 3
  • If you wish to join this paddle, please see David Whyte on Saturday.

9.00am – 11.00am

Sea Proficiency Award Assessments – let’s see what you can do!
Location: Currarong Beach
Assessors: Messrs Wilde, Winkworth, Eddy and Sanders.

10.30am – noon

  • Forward Paddling Techniques – for this 2 part session (theory morning, practical afternoon) we are fortunate to have the services of Linda Lehmann. Linda is a dual Olympic kayak paddler and also coached an Australian K2 team at the Sydney Olympics. It is highly recommended that you attend these sessions.
  • Don’t develop bad paddling style – sit in and participate and get it right!
  • Location: Shelter shed

Noon – 1.00pm

  • Lunch

1.00pm – 2.30pm

  • Forward Paddling Techniques – the practical session.


  • Further skills practice as required

8.30pm to 10.00pm

  • Tasmanian East Coast Expedition 2000 – a slide show in glorious colour from master photographer David Whyte.
  • Location: Shelter Shed
  • Larry Gray is going to show slides of his Greenland trip plus some from his Mallacoota – Thursday Island trip and also some Tassie West Coast/Bass Strait
  • Location: Shelter Shed


Mystery Paddle – consult Noticeboards.