On Wednesday 14 March, 30 Year 12 Certificate II Outdoor Recreation students boarded the bus to take off on a great adventure, the ‘Year 12 Sea Kayaking Camp’.
Our first stop was Colourpatch beach, Augusta. This is where we met Mr Dekkers who would be our sea kayaking guide for the epic three-day coastal water adventure.
Students launched their kayaks into the Augusta inlet and paddled through the river mouth, where they practiced launching in surf, surfing the waves and basic skill revision.
This was super fun and saw lots of students learning a new skill and having an absolute ball doing it. There was lots of capsizing and smiles all round. Thomas Catalano and Austin Cowan showed us their bravery by taking on some massive waves in their kayak.
We concluded Day 1 by heading to Hamelin Bay Caravan Park to set up camp, cook dinner on our trangia stoves and some students had the opportunity to partake in a night snorkel. We finished the evening with cake for Cole Sawyer’s birthday.
On Thursday morning the group travelled via bus to Cosy Corner, where we carried the boats down the stairs and paddled along the spectacular coastline, past the blow holes, sea cliffs, Fowl Bay, Cemetery Beach and back to Hamelin.
With some exciting swell testing the group, our skills were definitely put to the test.
Students were then given an opportunity to snorkel over at Hamelin Island and also have a small group skill session with a specialist ‘sit in’ kayaking guru. Others used the time to recover from a hard day paddling and enjoyed the picturesque views from the cliffs of Hamelin Bay.
We were lucky enough to sample some fresh abalone which was caught by Mr McGeoch and Elliot Carlin under the supervision of Mr Dekkers.
Thursday evening was spent celebrating Luisa Dewar’s 17th birthday which meant more cake and some pretty entertaining card games.
On the final day we set off to explore Hamelin Island. We did a spectacular paddle around the entire Island. We then landed on the Island for morning tea, before returning to camp to pack up and board buses.
Each day, the students rotated through using the double sit-on sea kayaks, single cockpit sit-in kayaks and driving the centre console boat in preparation for their Recreational Skippers ticket assessment. Students also had the opportunity to learn how to eskimo roll, night snorkel and swim with stingrays.
A massive thanks must go to our amazing teachers and support crew: Mr Clee Avard, Mrs Cassandra Shine, Ms Courtney Barton, Mr Ryan McGeoch, Mr John Leyendekkers, Stuart Mathieson and Marcus ‘the skipper’ for their enthusiasm and professionalism in working with the Year 12 group and providing many learning opportunities.
A big thank you must also go to the entire student group who challenged themselves, made the most of opportunities presented to them and overall made an exceptional camp.