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Across the Bay in a Day - Paddle as a Pod

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$275.00
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Be a part of the annual Across the Bay in a Day – Paddle As a Pod
Sunday May 21 2017

Each year in May, East Coast Kayaking leads a crossing of Port Phillip Bay. This is an all-day event that gives paddlers with some experience a fantastic opportunity to practise trip planning, teamwork and group management skills.

Paddling As a Pod means we paddle as fast as our slowest paddler, and you may be required to tow or be towed. With the TEAM, together everyone achieves more… IT IS NOT A RACE! It is a fantastic opportunity to paddle, enjoy the Port Phillip Bay and undertake your first extended and exposed paddle in a safe and supportive environment.

It is however, not a paddle for a beginner sea kayaker - you should have completed at least the Sea Starter Course and preferably the Beyond Basics Day Journey or have equivalent experience, as this will ensure all participants are competent in self and assisted rescues, as well as basic paddling skills, making for a safe and enjoyable day. You will be sitting in your kayak for around 7 hours, perhaps as long as 8 hours!

The proposed paddle is from Hampton Pier to Portarlington Pier, or vice versa depending on wind direction. The paddle will be postponed if the weather report forecasts winds of more than 22 knots. Alternative routes will be planned and considered depending on the weather forecasts. You will have to arrange your own Shuttle Bunnies. Let us know your intentions as we can help you organise car pools.

Participants will meet at a designated point at 5:30am for that early morning start and exciting sunrise paddle!

The maximum number of paddlers this year will be 12 with a 4:1 ratio of participants to Leaders, so put in your entry now to make sure you are part of the Pod!

If you have elected to hire a kayak for this event you must come to the shop to be fitted for a kayak during the week before the event - it is a long time to sit in a kayak that does not fit you properly!

 

MINIMUM GEAR REQUIREMENTS (linked items can be purchased through our online store)

Clothing

Clothing should be SunSmart but also protect from the cold and be highly visible

Food

  • Lunch that can be eaten in the kayak
  • Snacks – we will stop every 45mins for a break
  • 2 litres water

Kayak & paddling gear

 

Come down to the Training Centre for a chat

To register your interest please email us at info@eastcoastkayaking.com and we will send out a Registration Pack

 

Product Videos

Across The Bay In A Day 2012 Sea kayak Australia, East Coast Kayaking & Victorian Sea kayak Club (02:27)
Across The Bay in a day. Cool autumnal conditions met us for the annual across the bay in a day pod paddle. After meeting at 5am at the kayak shop we shuttled across to Pt Arlington the gentle northerly breeze helped 14 happy paddlers on our way out into the bay! Conditions continued to stay good as the breeze swung to the south and we enjoyed a little surf as we moved out into deeper water. We even had a little sun to warm us breaking through the cloud cover. Visibility was nice and clear and we could easily see the yacht club come into view in the afternoon. Guided in by an unexpected pod of dolphins tired happy paddlers shared a laugh on the Sandringham shoreline! Thanks to Pete Costello for organizing a great trip! We hope to see you next year! Paddling As a Pod means we will be paddling as fast as our slowest paddler, and you may be required to tow or be towed. With the TEAM, together everyone achieves more... IT IS NOT A RACE! It is a fantastic opportunity to paddle and enjoy the Port Phillip Bay. Across the Bay in a Day is not for the beginner sea kayaker, it is designed for those with intermediate and advanced skills. It is strongly suggested that you undertake training before the paddle. Last year the 35.5km took us 7 hours, however be ready to sit in your sea kayak for at least 8 hours. The planned route is 35.5km; however alternative routes may be as long as 45km. It is recommended all paddlers complete a Sea Starter Course prior to the event, as this will ensure all participants are competent in self and assisted rescues, as well as basic paddling skills, making for a safe and enjoyable day.
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  1. Awesome 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Apr 2015

    I paddled across the bay in a day two years ago - it was awesome. We left Port Arlington early on Sunday morning and arrived at Hampton about 7 hours later. We travelled as a pod with regular rest breaks had a following sea all the way. A great and safe way to explore the bay and see the city of Melbourne which was within sight most of the way. It was so good I'm back for my second crossing on 17 May.

    Andrew


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