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Four day/three night Murray River backwaters trip in the Riverland — 26 May 2022

The Murray river was flowing strongly, so eight paddlers decided to take advantage of this to do a four day, one-way trip down the river with the current. Thursday morning we dropped off one car at our finishing point at Canoe-The-Riverland, and continued up to the Border Cliffs Campground to start our trip. Many thanks […]

Paddle your own. Introduction to paddling, kayaks, canoes and SOTs

By Peter Carter, Editor, Education and Safety Technical Committee PaddleSA PDF book created by Peter Carter based on the flatwater resources for the Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme. It contains the foundation knowledge for paddling on waters described in the Award Scheme Handbook as “areas such as lakes, dams, slow moving rivers, etc.” In other words, […]

Loxton Riverfront Holiday Park, Murray River, Katarapko Creek — 14-15 May 2022

The variable weather continued over the weekend and resulted in the Wardang Island paddle with overnight stay on Goose Island being cancelled. However, it was replaced with Plan B, a paddle down Katarapko Creek with more favourable weather. Mark, Abelardo and Hugh joined Phil at Loxton Riverfront Holiday Park on Friday afternoon/evening. We started enjoying […]

Packing your kayak for overnight trips

By Rob Bowen (April 2012) The following is an extension on points contained in the April 2006 Splash article by Ross Winters “Packing Your Kayak For Overnight Trips” and an article from SeaKayak Australia “How To Pack Your Double Pittarak Sea Kayak” What to take (in addition to normal “Equipment List” paddling items) Only bring […]

Marine VHF coverage in Gulf St Vincent and Encounter Bay

By Peter Carter (2022) Several VMR organisations monitor Marine VHF in local waters: SA Sea Rescue Squadron Adelaide (SRA): Daily 07:00–19:00 Wirrina: Weekends and public holidays Edithburgh: Weekends and public holidays After hours (by arrangement): Fulham, Hallett Cove Aus Volunteer Coast Guard (AVCG) CG North Haven: Weekends and public holidays CG Ardrossan: Daily 24 hours, and VMR […]

Which boat should I buy? A guide for new paddlers

By Peter Carter (2018) There is no such thing as a perfect kayak. There are some that go quickly in a straight line, others that spin on the spot, some you can relax in, others that threaten to throw you in at every stroke… Modern kayaks are specialised, and no one craft will do everything […]

Murray River: Lindsay Island Circumnavigation — 15-18 April 2022

Settling down Things didn’t start well. Some of us decided to travel down a day early to avoid the traffic and find a suitable launch and landing spot. We soon discovered that the tracks in the Murray Sunset national Park didn’t match the maps we had, and some of the tracks were blocked due to […]