Social paddles

Saturday morning dawned with brilliant sunshine which boded well for a club paddle into open water.

The club had organised a social paddle based in the Shire and provided skis for those club members who did not have them as yet

The bay at Bonnie Vale was beautifully calm and with a high tide fast approaching made the paddle out across the shallows in the bay easier.

The paddle was organised so that 3 teams were put together with experienced leaders shepherding all paddlers safely into Jibbon and back.

It was great to see the paddle patronised so well, with members who had not paddled into open waters before attending.

This is where the club has proved to have made the right decision in purchasing club skis. The stability of the skis made those first steps so much easier.

A briefing was held explaining what we would do and the rules around open water paddling.

The bay itself was calm, however, once we rounded the point at Bonnie Vale, a stiff breeze had blown up and so what were once unruffled waters quickly became wind affected.

All paddlers made it safely across the open sections of the paddle and into Jibbon where we passed so many luxury boats moored for the weekend.

Jibbon itself was calm as could be and a few of the newer members swapped skis to judge the performance of each.

I can see a few orders for the Think Zen coming forward from this paddle.

After the short break we had another lesson on how to dismount and remount your ski in the calm waters of the bay and were shortly off again, this time with a wind swell and tailwind.

All paddlers made it safely back into Jibbon where the rest of the morning was spent looking for waves, swimming and remount practice.

To Robyn and the others who organised the paddle, thanks so much for a really enjoyable start to the Easter weekend

Ian McG