Nooramunga School Expedition

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Nooramunga School Expedition

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Nooramunga Marine park is beside Wilsons Promontory National Park. The region comprises of many islands e.g. Snake, Little Snake, Sunday, Clonmel and St Margaret Islands. This area is like a miniature Gippsland Lakes (but with tides and more wilderness). Nooramunga is remote with amazing views over to the east coast of Wilsons Promontory and an abundance of bird life and native flora. The tour takes place along a series of connecting water ways with the main land on one side and sand dunes on the other. The sand dunes act as a barrier from wind and waves coming from Bass Strait direction. Great camp sites and opportunities to explore most islands. Townships that can be observed while paddling along include historic Port Albert, Robertsons Beach and Manna Beach. Great fishing and a real adventure.

3-5 days
14+ Age
  • Departure
    Port Welshpool
  • Departure Time
    varies according to tide
  • Return Time
    1.00 pm
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, old runners or thongs, hat, sun glasses and bottle of water.
  • Included
    Dry bag
    Kayak
    Life jacket
    Paddle
    Personal Guide
    Photographs
    Pump
    Spray deck
    Spray Jacket
    Thermal
  • Not Included
    Camping Gear
    Cooking gear
    Food
    Lunch
    Map
    Notes
    Snacks
    Transportation/Car
    Utensils
    Water
1
Departure
  • This kayak tour starts on the Port Welshpool Foreshore.
  • Staff greets students.
  • Life jackets and spray decks are then correctly fitted.
  • Spray jackets and thermals are also issued.
  • Rudder system is adjusted for clients in double and single kayaks.
  • Kayak are packed with camping gear, water and food. (60 - 90 minutes)
  • A safety talk and dry capsize drill is then conducted.
  • The group will then practise some basic paddling skills in the water.
2
3 Day Expedition
  • Normal route is from Port Welshpool to Port Albert.
  • Each day the group sea kayaks 10-20 km or 2 - 6 hrs. This will depend on group skill and speed. Tide, wind direction and wind strength also plays a part.
  • General direction of group over 3 days will depend on prevailing winds.
  • Great views of mountains at the north end of the Prom.
  • Lunch stops is usually along the way at a beach
  • The group sets up camp each afternoon and then relaxes.
  • Debriefing each night after dinner with students.
  • Environmental issues in the area can be discussed.
  • Roles are allocated to students each day e.g. Navigator, leader, pace boat, tail etc.
3
4-5 Day Expedition
  • This expedition route is from Port Welshpool to Mc Lauchlans Beach (near Yarrum).
  • Each day the group sea kayaks 10-20 km or 2 - 6 hrs. This will depend on group skill and speed. Tide, wind direction and wind strength also plays a part.
  • General direction of group over 3 days will depend on prevailing winds.
  • Great views of mountains at the north end of the Prom.
  • Lunch stops is usually along the way at a beach
  • The group sets up camp each afternoon and then relaxes.
  • Debriefing each night after dinner with students.
  • Environmental issues in the area can be discussed.
  • Roles are allocated to students each day e.g. navigator, leader, pace boat, tail etc.
4
Extra Information
  • This tour may be reversed if the prevailing winds are from the North East.
  • It is best to undertake a training day before hand to ensure students are prepared.
  • All kayaking gear is supplied: double kayak, paddle, pump, life jacket, spray deck, spray jacket, 1 dry bag per student.
WHAT IS THE EXPEDITION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT PROCESS?
  • Determine expedition goals
  • Determine student numbers
  • Assess student’s skill level
  • Determine expedition days
  • Determine expedition location
  • Determine teacher’s kayaking skills
  • Schedule training day
  • Schedule briefing session (if no separate training day)
  • Pay deposit
 
WHAT IS COVERED IN THE SEA KAYAK BRIEFING SESSION?
  • The briefing session takes place about 1-2 weeks before the actual expedition.
  • The briefing goes for about 45-60 minutes.
  • A double sea kayak is brought for students to sit in and inspect.
  • Students are shown how to pack. Download our fact sheet for more information.
  • The student’s checklist of things to bring is discussed.
  • The trip route is discussed.
  • What to expect and what might be seen is discussed.
 
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?
  • First aid kit
  • EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon)
  • Flares
  • VHF radio
  • Mobile phone and spare batteries
  • Tool kit
  • Torch
  • Tow line
  • Break down paddle
  • Spare clothes and food
 
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 River 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, Nooramunga etc). 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. Taxis are also used.

 
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. One 20 - 30L dry bag is supplied per student.

 
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;

  1. Contact the school representative.
  2. 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 4 litres per day in plastic bottles. In addition 1/2 litre water bottle for drinking while paddling.

 
WHAT TYPE OF FOOD SHOULD STUDENTS BRING?

Food that does not go off in the heat. Reduce packaging on any food item.

 
HOW DO I BOOK WITH SEA KAYAK AUSTRALIA?

Email or call us and we can discuss this process.

 
HOW ARE STUDENTS CHARGED?

Students are charged per head per day. Teachers are not charged.

 
CATERING COSTS

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

 
KAYAK EQUIPMENT COSTS

All kayaks and specialist paddling equipment are supplied by SKA and included in the cost. This includes: life jacket, paddle, pump, spray deck, spray jacket, 1 dry bag per student.

 
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 $250.

 
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 $300 (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 two month 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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