Canoeing the Yeerung River Print E-mail
Written by Max, Snowy River Campus Student, Term 3 2013   

Canoeing the Yeerung River

Today 1A had intro to canoes. We loaded up the trailer and headed down to the Yeerung River.

We had a briefing as soon as we got there and spoke about how to paddle correctly, how to care for the equipment, and also how to care for yourself, and others. We hit the water and headed up stream to come across a bridge! It was a tight squeeze under it but we made it. We kept on trekking to find another problem, a tree! Yet again, we managed to get under it and keep going, just to find another problem! There was a branch just above the water. Our options were: turn around and have lunch early, or push through for a real challenge. We took a vote to see how many people wanted to trek on, and sure enough, nearly all of us decided to keep going. So over the branch with lots of teamwork, communicating and determination we went. We kept on going for a bit but it got so narrow that we could barely turn around. So we made our way back to the launch zone for lunch.

After lunch, we headed off downstream for a change in scenery. All of us had different partners for a bit more of a challenge. We reached the beach so we went for a run around and to do some exploring. During our time on the beach we found a shark egg, fishing tackle and some amazing shells and seaweed. After a look around we jumped back in our canoes and headed back to the launch site, where a few people practiced capsizing the canoe. We practised a couple different ways to do it for a bit more experience. After that we loaded up the canoes on the trailer and headed back to campus.

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