Life, The Universe and the New Club Logbook [63]

By Mark Berry, NSWSKC Trips Convenor

Throughout the past year the Club committee has worked on the development of several key initiatives aimed at improving the overall effectiveness of our training and trip leading programs. One of these initiatives is the introduction of a club logbook. Logbooks are used extensively throughout the world in both commercial and recreational activities to record information for later analysis. Sports utilising logbooks extensively include scuba diving, skydiving, gliding, flying, hang-gliding and various forms of kayaking. The NSWSKC logbook has been created in order to fulfil three main objectives:

  1. To provide individual paddlers with a personal record of their trips.
  2. To provide trip leaders with a quick and effective means of accessing background information on a paddler’s abilities and experience.
  3. To provide instructors with a simple and accurate method of recording and accessing details of a paddler’s progress through the NSWSKC grading system.

By now you should all have received your copy of the NSW Sea Kayak Club’s new Paddler Logbook. For club members who currently hold the Australian Canoeing (AC) Sea Skills qualification or higher the use of the logbook is voluntary – but please note that members wanting to attain a Sea Leader, Sea Guide or Sea Instructor qualification in future will be required to produce a log of trip leading and instructing experience in order to satisfy AC requirements.

For new club members, and those who have not yet attained the AC Sea Skills qualification, the logbook will become a mandatory part of the club’s grading and trip participation process. This will come into effect following our annual general meeting on July 22nd 2006. From that date forward club members who have not yet attained the Sea Skills qualification will need to produce their logbook whenever they participate in club trips or instruction days. Prior to the July changeover the production of logbooks will not be mandatory for grade 1 and 2 paddlers; however, as Sea Leaders, Guides and Instructors begin signing off on skills from 11th March 2006 I recommend that you take the opportunity to complete the grade one and two criteria as soon as possible. Below I have included a detailed guide showing who can sign off your Grade 1 and Grade 2 criteria and a current list of trip leaders and instructors.

Whilst the NSWSKC logbook is primarily being introduced as a logistic aid for trip leaders and instructors, I believe it will also provide everyone with an excellent tool for recording and remembering your club trips and the great people you shared them with.

Enjoy your paddling.

Assessment Record

Appropriate Assessor
Skill Assessed Sea Leader Sea Guide Sea Instructor Flatwater Guide Flatwater Instructor
Grade 1
Perform Wet Exit
Perform 50 metre swim in PFD
Grade 2
Perform and assisted rescue (as rescuer and rescuee)    
Paddle at a speed of 5kph for 90 minutes
Demonstrate basic low bracing skills    
Demonstrate turning skills    
Tow (as tower and towee)    
Show an understanding of the BOM weather forecast
Present kayak to Grade 2 standard
Perform a minimum of two trips of 15km or longer (see below)      
Observation of coastal trip by guide/instructor      
Observation of coastal trip by guide/instructor      

Current Active NSWSKC Trip Leaders & Instructors, 2006

Sea Leader
Stephan Meyn, David Hipsley, Peter Osman, Mark Berry, Mike Snoad, Richard McNeall, Trevor Gardner
Sea Guide
Kevin Brennan, Adrian Clayton, Paul Loker
Sea Instructor
Rob Mercer, Richard Birdsey, Andrew Eddy, Mark Sundin, Keith Oakford, Stuart Truman, John Wilde, Wayne Langmaid
Flatwater Guide
Henry Van Der Kolk, Mike Eggleton
Flatwater Instructor
Sharon Betteridge