Activities

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

Over the years the club has participated in a variety of community based activities including:

Clean Up Australia Day…Canoe style

Members participated in a water based clean up along the shores of Gogleys Lagoon at Dunbogan, ably assisted by local oyster farmers who loaded our bags of rubbish onto a punt.

Charity paddles

The club has held three charity paddles to raise money for CanAssist, which helps rural cancer patients & their fami

Biggest Morning Tea

In conjunction with The Point Restaurant at Settlement Point, we held a successful & well patronised Biggest Morning Tea which raises funds for the Cancer Council of NSW. We plan to participate again.

Seniors Expo & Introduction to paddling

The club put together a successful stall at Port Macquarie Council’s inaugural Seniors Lifestyle Expo followed up by an introduction to paddling at Westport for those who registered their interest in giving it a go.

Donation to Marine Rescue, Port Macquarie

When the local Marine Rescue Service announced it was facing unprecedented expenses & called for community help towards future funding, the club made a donation. Marine Rescue provides an invaluable service to the community, one that is reassuring to know is there, but hope you never need to call on!!

Kayak events / Races

Over the years several of our members have participated in the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, as either paddlers or land crew. This annual overnight paddling event of 111 kms raises money for the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation.

Members have also participated in the Myall River Classic event which raises money for well known neuro surgeon Dr. Charlie Teo’s Cure For Life Foundation which funds brain cancer research in Australia.

Canoeists are great supporters of charity fund raising events.

Members have also participated in several Save Our Macleay River paddles which aim to highlight the need to protect this river from pollution.

Social Life

A sunset cruise on the beautiful Hastings River, complete with nibbles & drinks,  moonlight  paddles, byo birthday cakes & coffee after our Thursday morning social paddles (often over 30 people!! ), Christmas in July dinners, afternoon teas to celebrate the club’s annual anniversary, weekends away camping/caravanning, campfires & lots more. Our club members enjoy an active social life on top of their paddling.

Annual General Meeting & Christmas Party

Our AGM & Christmas party are held in conjunction, generally in mid to late November on a Friday evening around sunset at a beautiful venue overlooking the Hastings River. We self-cater with all members contributing ‘a plate’ & it is always a feast & a great chance to catch up with everyone.  We also present the Club Person of the Year Award on this night.

Safety

Safety is of paramount importance to our club & it is compulsory to wear lifejackets on all PMHCC INC scheduled paddles. It is also compulsory under NSW Roads & Maritime regulations.

Over the last few years we have run annual Safety Days where we have had demonstrations focusing on rescue techniques, followed by the opportunity for members to try them out on the day under supervision. These days are always well attended. Several of our members have had wide experience in kayaking in varying conditions & their input is much appreciated.

We have a Safety Officer who oversees & coordinates safety matters within the club.

Groups of our members have also undertaken CPR courses run by the Port Macquarie Branch of Surf Lifesaving NSW & have gained statements of attainment in ‘Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation’ into his vital area of safety. We also schedule practice sessions for those who have completed the courses to keep our knowledge & skills up to date.

We have a well -stocked first aid kit & encourage all members to carry small personal emergency kits in order to be able to attend to small incidents immediately. Our safety officer prepared some that fit snugly inside our lifejackets & some of us carry a very useful tick removal implement.

If you are visiting Port Macquarie make sure you visit Sea Acres Nature Reserve & watch the excellent audio visual exhibit Spirit of the Land which features cameo shots of members of our club on Stingray Creek & Queens Lake. This was a collaborative community project between the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council & TAFE Port Macquarie campus.