Welcome to the Twelfth Australian Canoeing Recreation Newsletter.  If there is any addition that you would like to see in this newsletter please let me know. Also if you have any contents that you would like to submit please feel free to email.



This Issue

Feature App: Paddle Log

Choosing a helmet

New Gear/Gadget:  Huw Kingston’s Mediterranean

Feature Craft: Audax

Feature Location:  Farquhars Bridge to Arthur River Bridge

Feature Club:  Tamar Canoe Club

Upcoming event: Whitewater Education weekend

Useful links


Feature App: Paddle Log

Version 2.0 is now available with loads of great new features. 


Paddle Log is user friendly logbook with the ability to copy and edit past activities. It will encourage users to keep their logbook current at all times on their mobile device. The data recorded is suitable for submission to Australian Canoeing when applying for an ACAS award. 


Choosing a Helmet:


Previously we wrote about the determining factors when it comes to selecting gear for paddling trip. This time we will dissect that further and dwell on more detail about specific gear. We talk of the three Fs, thus ‘fit, function and fashion’. Overall we accept that one does need to look good out there.


Helmets need to be fit, adjustable/functional and comfortable.  In general, we do not wear helmets very often so it is likely that one will be uncomfortable after a short period of using a helmet. There is a wide range of helmets used in whitewater, however, not all helmets are suitable for this environment.

Helmets for working at heights are designed with focus on impact directed from above. They have an internal flexible, floating basket which allows ventilation to keep the person cool. The suspended basket moves freely which threatens protection from impact implied sideways.  Rock climbing helmets are similar, but with better straps and a different rating. The rating is specific for rock climbing. Bike helmets are usually fitted with single impact foam, therefore if they are exposed to impact the cushion disintegrates, thence they should be retired. They are only rated for the bike standards. So, called multi-sport helmets are geared for a broad range of activities. These might meet the ratings but something is usually compromised to get them up to multiple sport rating. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure they satisfy the three Fs.

Whitewater helmets are fitted with multiple impact foam around the sides and the top. That is to provide protection from every angle. That takes into account the fact that if you are in whitewater the impact is not only coming from a single direction. You could hit an obstacle while swimming, which means you are in a horizontal position. If you fall while walking on the river bank, the helmet will provide protection from whatever angle you land on the ground.

Most of these helmets are fitted with adjustable straps. Some allow ventilation, but other whitewater helmets do not have holes for ventilation. They are mostly rated but the rating will differ according to the jurisdiction. Therefore, it is relevant that one acquires a whitewater helmet rated for use in whitewater in their respective area.

A whitewater helmet with full-face cover will do a good job for the extreme kayakers navigating very difficult waterways. They are not very comfortable, but they provide protection around the head plus the facial. However, since it covers most or your head and face, it does not support the capture of good representations of your big runs.

Some prefer helmets with holes for ventilation and drainage, others prefer the opposite. I have been a fan of a helmet without holes specifically with a peak. That stems from having seen two people survive after being trapped slightly submerged underwater due to the air pocket provided by the water flowing over the peak of the helmet. The knockers criticise the peak with the view that if you are thrown in a raft, the helmet peak would hit the person in front.

There you go. So many options to choose from. One should pick a helmet that will fit better with consideration of where they are going to use it. In warm weather, a helmet with holes might be preferable where else in cold weather holes will be a point of weakness. Nevertheless, a whitewater helmet must be used all the times one is in whitewater.  Preferable a helmet should be lightweight, multiple impact absorbing, good value for prize, comfy/adjustable and sleek and stylish.

Once we acquire the propriety helmet, it is time to think about the Personal Floatation Device, Rescue rope, rescue hardware and software and thermal protection.

Expedition kayaks

New Gear/Gadget: Huw Kingston’s Mediterranean


Huw Kingston's book of his Mediteranee voyage has just landed in our online store, for just $35.
It's a rollicking yarn, packed full of colour pics, the tale brought to life through Huw's tremendous raconteur anecdotal style of writing of his 12 month, 14,000km journey around the Mediterranean Sea by sea kayak, foot, ocean rowboat and bike. His journey was one of physicality and endurance through the cultures, land and seascapes of 17 countries in North Africa and Europe. But above all it was a story of humanity and the power of human kindness in a region torn by economic malaise and increasing conflict.


Pace 17

Feature craft: Audax


Audax KayakInspired by the Striped Marlin whose Latin name is Kajikia Audax, Audax is a Latin word usually used to denote bold, daring or adventurous. We wanted to produce a kayak that reflected this spirit of adventure in wide range of coastal and open water environments. The Audax is a long waterline, open water kayak built to join the growing ranks of plumb bow fast tourers that have proven so successful and popular in Australian conditions. Bulit locally, it’s able to be customised to your weight, construction spec & colours


Feature location: Farquhars Bridge to Arthur River Bridge (Tasmania)

Waterways Guide

This river is suitable for relative novices with at least one experienced party member. It has a good deal of flat water and regular rapids up to grade 3. About 30 km after the Trowutta Bridge, the river enters a 10 km gorge with numerous small rapids. The Arthur River bridge at the coast follows a tiresome 14 km estuary. Campsites are plentiful and this trip could be included with Hellyer sections for a week long camping trip. The river can rise very quickly. Well equipped parties should have no trouble completing the trip without mishap. There are a number of exit points at the bridges if shorter trips are desired.


Feature Club: Tamar Canoe Cllub



Upcoming event: Canoe Tasmania Whitewater education weekend 

Whitewater Education weekend details


Useful links      

Australian Canoeing www.canoe.org.au

Finding a club www.canoe.org.au/clubs

Paddle Prep www.canoe.org.au/paddle-prep

Paddle OZ www.paddleoz.canoe.org.au

Waterways Guide www.waterwaysguide.org.au

Global Paddler http://globalpaddler.com.au/

Recreation Events www.canoe.org.au/calendar/calendar-recreational-events

Craft and equipment

Expedition Kayaks www.expeditionkayaks.com

Jervis Bay Kayaks www.jervisbaykayaks.com

Rosco Canoes www.roscocanoes.com.au

Moxie Gear www.moxiegear.com.au

Ocean Wilderness Sea Kayaking www.oceanwilderness.com.au

Adventure Outlet www.adventureoutlet.com.au

Canoes Plus: www.canoesplus.com.au

East Coast Kayaking: www.eastcoastkayaking.com.au

Sea Candy: www.seacandy.com.au

Commercial trips

Freedom Outdoors www.freedomoutdoors.com.au  

Adventure Outlet www.adventureoutlet.com.au/tours

Kajakknord www.kajakknord.no

RegionX www.regionx.com.au

Sea Kayak Jervis Bay www.seakayakjervisbay.com 

Life's an Adventure http://www.lifesanadventure.com.au/tour/days-tours/sydney-guided-tours/

Redlands kayak tours: www.redlandskayaktours.com.au

Adventure Kayaking SA: www.adventurekayak.com.au

Sea kayak Australia:  www.seakayakaustralia.com

East Coast Kayaking: www.eastcoastkayaking.com.au

The School of Yak: www.schoolofyak.com.au