All members need to provide their own lifejacket and paddle.
It’s a Maritime legal requirement that lifejackets or approved personal floatation devices (PFDs) are to be worn by kayakers at all times when more than 100 metres from the shore. The lifejacket needs to be of the correct size for the wearer and Level 50S or greater and suitable for kayaking.
Fluro-coloured lifejackets as Vaikobi brand are recommended. These are sold by Prokayaks at Narrabeen, on the lakeside and are online and provide KSC with 10% discount.
Kayak paddle blades are feathered and asymmetrical to reduce wrist twisting. Paddles can come in 2 pieces for easy transport and storage. Paddles can be bought cheaply online and at places as Anaconda or Decathlon.
For longer trips:
The key safety points are:
'But there is no substitute for time spent on the water!'
Paddle Smart focuses on good paddling technique to prevent injury (to elbows, back, RSI ..) and be sustainable and efficient in paddling.
The basic paddle techniques are:
Sydney Harbour is classified as Sydney Closed Waters.
You can download Sydney Weather Forecast Apps (for wind, wave/swell, tides, rain, UV level, sunrise, sunset) to your phone.
The most popular water-sports websites are:
1. Bureau of Metrology (BOM) provides excellent details at:
This link has MetEye (Your eye on the environment). Type in Kurraba Pt and select 'detail' for temperature, wind direction and knots,
It gives forecasts at 3 hour intervals.
2. Willy Weather
It shows graphs of forecasts and real time for wind. The green and blue arrows show calm conditions.
Observations for Fort Denison:
It is good to be aware of the conditions you experienced, for this look at Sydney Latest Weather
If forecasts are showing winds above 15 knots, then think twice about paddling out unless with a very experienced kayaker. Wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the average speeds presented on the map.
Most of the risk in kayaking is taken away by understanding the weather and knowing your own paddling limits
Wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the average speeds presented on the map.
KSC at Neutral Bay has a mix of 9 kayaks: recreational kayaks (Sit-on-tops and Sit-ins), touring kayaks, surf ski and 1 double kayak.
To check the daily big vessel movements on the harbour see:
For Satellite view of Sydney Harbour and ferry lanes see:
For measuring performance see:
For detailed map on Sydney Harbour/Port Jackson see:
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