POSITION-INDICATING & SIGNALLING EQUIPMENT
Robson attended the 2012 NSW Rock and Roll Sea Kayak Symposium which
included a search and rescue workshop. As a result she has written a
review of current position-indicating and signalling equipment which
all sea kayakers would find very informative. Click here to read it.
part of the ongoing upgrade of club safety procedures, Rod Coogan has
drawn up a plan for who does what, when towing a paddler in distress.
It's available as a PDF document from the Safety
ROUGH WATER PADDLING NOTES
Rod Coogan has put together some thoughts on paddling safely in rough
water. Click here
to view the full article.
AUTOMATIC BILGE PUMP
Malcolm Blanch has designed a bilge pump with an automatic switch that
turns on when water is detected in the cockpit. He has written up the
plans so that you can make one too. Click here for
the full article.
AIR SWITCH FOR KAYAK
Tim Hale has a great suggestion for a new switch to replace those
mechanical switches that suffer corrosion problems. Click here for the full
photo Tim Hale
Below are the Zipped OziExplorer calibration files Steve Foreman has
created for the Western Australian Digital Nautical Charts, Lancelin to
Dawsville, July 2006 as released by the Department for Planning and
Infrastructure. He has only calibrated the ECW map image set as those
using OziExplorer would use them in preference to the TIFF images.
Download file here
The Club no longer produces newsletters, relying instead on information
on the website and notices sent by email. However, some of the old
newsletters have some interesting articles. The July 2008 edition was
the last of the Club newsletters, with a report from the Dampier trip
in May, plus more notes from the Cape to Cape, and other items.
Download your copy from here
(PDF file 2.8MB), or go to the Newsletter
page for links to this and past editions.
Club has put together a do-it-yourself logbook kit, so that those
paddlers who would like a logbook can easily make one. The instructions
and files for printing are here.
EXEMPTIONS FOR PADDLE CRAFT USERS
The WA Department of Transport, following meetings with CWA and other
interested bodies, has exempted paddle craft users from carrying a PFD Level
100 and flares within 400m of shore (defined as any shore including an
island and any rigid structure such as a jetty attached to and
protruding from land), and has also exempted paddle craft users from carrying
an anchor at all times. There is also an exemption from carrying
a PFD Level 100 beyond 400 from shore as long as a PFD Level 50 is
carried. The current legislative requirements are to remain to carry 2
hand-held flares or 2 parachute distress rockets AND 2 hand held orange
smoke signals or 1 orange smoke canister, and a bailer (if not a
self-draining craft) beyond 400m of shore, an EPIRB beyond 2nm and
a radio beyond 5nm from shore.
Rod Coogan explains how to make a useful extraction line for kayaking.
Click here to
view the full article.
TRANSIT THROUGH THE PORT OF FREMANTLE
The club appreciates the efforts of Roger Lloyd for giving us an answer
from Fremantle Ports on transit of kayaks through the Fremantle Port.
There is nothing in the department of Planning and Infrastructure WA
Marine Act or port Authorities Regulations which prohibit small craft
transiting port waters. There is a maximum speed of 8 knots in the
harbour, and under the Port Authorities Regulations there is a 30 metre
exclusion zone around all berths and ships at berth. We have a copy of
this e-mail and are printing out copies for sea leaders to attach to
their boat in the event of being challenged entry to the harbour.