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WHAT IS THE EXPEDITION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT PROCESS?

WHAT IS COVERED IN THE SEA KAYAK BRIEFING SESSION?

DO YOU HAVE PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE?

Yes, SKA has cover for up to 20 million from Phillips Insurance Brokers and a copy can be provided on request.


DO YOU HAVE A SAFETY MANAGEMENT PLAN?

Yes, SKA has a safety management plan and that can be made available on request.

WHAT SAFETY EQUIPMENT DO SKA STAFF CARRY?

IS THE EQUIPMENT MAINTAINED?

All equipment is checked at the completion of each trip and fixed before the commencement of the next trip. A logbook records all items to be repaired and date repairs completed. At the start of each season all equipment is overhauled and, if necessary, replaced. SKA staff carries a repair kit on all expeditions.

HOW ARE DAY AND EXPEDITIONS ROUTES SELECTED?

All expedition locations and routes have been selected as they have been proven to be and good mix of adventure, environmental learning and safety. Trips can, however, be modified to suit.

SHOULD THE SCHOOL UNDERTAKE A TRAINING DAY BEFORE THE EXPEDITION?

It is strongly advised that students undertake a pre expedition training day. This will ensure that students are mentally and physically prepared for the forthcoming trip. This also ensures that students get away on the first day rather than camp at the starting point where there may be distractions.

WHERE ARE TRAINING DAYS HELD AND ARE THERE ALTERNATIVES?

Training days are held on the Yarra, Docklands or St Kilda. Other locations will be considered such as lakes and rivers for schools in a more rural location. A training day can also be the first day of the expedition location and then base camp afterwards.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE TIDE OR WEATHER IS UNFAVOURABLE?

Occasionally starting points may be altered due to tide or wind constraints. The new starting point will however be located in the expedition area. This will occur one to two days warning prior to the commencement of the expedition.

DOES THE SCHOOL TEACHER NEED TO BE COMPETENT AT KAYAKING?

If a teacher is competent at kayaking then they would normally paddle in a single kayak. If they are a beginner then they will have to sit in a double sea kayak with either a teacher or a student. Novice teachers can attend a 1 day free Introduction to Sea Kayak course to improve their skills in being able to handle a single sea kayak.

SHOULD THE TEACHER BE RESTED BEFORE DRIVING BACK TO HOME?

Travelling back from an expedition should be undertaken by a rested teacher or commercial bus driver.

HOW IS THE CAR OR BUS SHUTTLE ARRANGED?

At times the schools bus (12 or 22 seater) may be used in the car shuttle to ensure the kayak trailer and student transport is situated at the end point (e.g. Gippsland Lake, Westernport, Port Phillip and Croajingolong expeditions). The school bus must have tow ball and a 12-volt battery. People employed in the bus shuffle will always have a heavy vehicle driver’s license.

WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD STUDENTS BRING?

Please see our equipment list.

SHOULD THE STUDENT’S EQUIPMENT BE CHECKED?

For longer expeditions, it is essential that the teacher sight all equipment on the equipment list. Despite the relatively mild weather conditions on the east coast, the combination of wind and wet can chill quickly. The most important items to check are the waterproofs and warm clothing. To keep equipment dry, a roll of garbage bags per boat is advisable.

DOES THE EQUIPMENT LIST VARY IN A WARMER CLIMATE?

The checklist supplied to the students is adequate for long and short expeditions. For tropical trips, a long-sleeved cotton shirt is a good idea.

WILL STUDENTS GET SEASICK?

This is not to be underestimated! If participants are not experienced ocean travellers it is almost essential for them to bring some form of anti seasickness preparation for the early part of the trip.When planning food, it would be advisable to pack relatively light and bland breakfasts. Small snacks to munch along the way are also helpful.

ARE MAPS PROVIDED?

Teachers and students leading will be provided a laminated map.

WILL MEDICAL FORMS BE CARRIED ON THE TRIP?

SKA staff will make themselves aware of any serious medical conditions a student may have and ensure the school teacher has a copy of all student medical forms while on the expedition.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE IF STUDENTS NEED EVACUATING?

If a student should need to be sent home for any reason, SKA propose the following procedure;

a) Contact the school representative.

b) Our contact person would collect the student and liaise with the school representative to establish suitable flights/transport arrangements.

HOW MUCH WATER NEEDS TO BE CARRIED PER STUDENT?

This does depend on how many water collection points are on the expedition and the length of the expedition. However each participant needs to supply a minimum of 2 litres per day in plastic bottles. In addition 1 litre water bottle for drinking while paddling.

WHAT TYPE OF FOOD SHOULD STUDENTS BRING?

Refer to attached

HOW DO I BOOK WITH SEA KAYAK AUSTRALIA?

Email or call us and we can discuss this process.

Download the booking form here.

HOW ARE STUDENTS CHARGED?

Students are charged per head per day. Teachers are not charged per head. All teachers will be charged for the Whitsunday Island trip because kayaks are hired from a local operator and thus overhead costs need to be included.

CATERING COSTS

To minimise cost and develop the participants’ self reliance, food and general camping gear are not supplied.

KAYAK EQUIPMENT COSTS

All kayaks and specialist paddling equipment are supplied by SKA and included in the cost.

INSTRUCTION COSTS

All instruction and guiding is included in the cost.

BRIEFING SESSION COSTS

A 1 hour briefing session is included in the expedition cost however schools more than 100km from the centre of Melbourne will be charged $150.

CAPSIZE DRILL COSTS

If a pre expedition training day is not undertaken by the school then a compulsory capsize drill must be undertaken by the students at the ocean or pool closest to the school for a cost of $200 (2 hour session).

PERMITS AND FEES

All camping and permit fees are included in the cost unless specialised accommodation is required. “Base” camp caravan park fees are not included in the costing schedule.

ACCIDENTS, RESCUES AND FLY OUTS

All boat rescues, fly out costs, transport costs and medical/hospital fees associated with sickness, injury or misbehaviour will be borne by the school/student.

TOUR COSTS (Cost are calculated on booked numbers and all prices are GST inclusive)

Fees will be charged according to the number of students booked with a minimum charge of 12 and if numbers are greater the 12 then a minimum charge of 16.

For further pricing inquiries please contact Sea Kayak Australia

WHAT IS THE BOOKING PROCEDURE?

A booking is confirmed once a deposit of 30% of the total fee is received with the balance due at the completion of the expedition trip.

For a full or half day tour the total fee must be paid before the commencement of the tour.

If a deposit is not received four months prior to an expedition departure it will be assumed that the booking has been cancelled. For day trips if the total fee is not received 2 weeks prior to the day of departure it will be assumed that the booking has been cancelled.

 

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