The final weekend of February in 2018 saw Venturers and Leaders take part in the annual Introduction to Whitewater Weekend.
Once again the event was held on the Nymboida River, where we paddled a 16km section of river between Nymboida and Buccarumbi.
Along the way we were guided and given instruction from experienced paddlers who taught us the necessary skills to paddle a kayak safely and to navigate whitewater.
Day one included flatwater and whitewater sections including Jasper’s Falls, a technical Grade 2 rapid where our newly acquired skills were put to the test as we had to eddie in and eddie out of the fast flowing water in order to navigate the rapid.
As evening fell, camp was set up just downstream of Jasper’s Falls and as the rain began to fall (and I mean really fall) and everyone had to make their way to bed we all wondered what the new day would bring.
Morning found most of us refreshed and only a few a little wetter than the day before after the heavy night time rain and we set off to navigate the rest of the journey. The weather had turned again and we were faced with a sunny morning as the mist rose off the river.
By this stage we were much more confident with our abilities and it was great to see many surfing the whitewater and practising the art of eddying in and out of rapids along the way.
Of course, it goes without saying that as these new skills were practised there were many laughs as we capsized our kayaks and floated off downstream.
We ended the paddle at Buccarumbi Bridge on Sunday afternoon and most of us, while keen to get dry, were disappointed that the weekend had ended so soon.
BRAVO to Badger for organising a great weekend and teaching us all so many new skills and BRAVO to Scott T. for his expert guidance.
Finally, a BRAVO to all the participants who came along, had a go, supported each other and smiled all the way.
I am sure that I am speaking for many of us when I say that I cannot wait until the next trip!