Suncoast Seniors Recreational Kayaking Club Inc.

SSRKC is a Seniors Kayaking Club based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

We are a group of over 50’s who share a common interest in kayaking. We operate around the diverse waterways of the Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia. Our aim is to stay physically fit, enjoy the company of other like minded kayakers and create a safe paddling environment..


SKILLS WEEK: DAY 1  Monday 18th October

Report: Rob Plenderleith

Photos: Paul Watt

Today was Day 1 of Rescue Week, with 34 club members at Crummunda Park, Currimundi.  We had to finish a few minutes early due to a storm, but had a good session working on wet exit, T rescue, and scoop rescue.  

Many thanks to Paul Watt for keeping count, taking photos, and monitoring the weather radar and safety generally.  We could not run sessions for large groups like this without help of many experienced paddlers who each coached small groups of students.  Thanks guys.

SKILLS WEEK: DAY 2 Wednesday 20th October

Report: Rob Plenderleith

Photos: Paul Watt

This was Day 2 of the rescue training, held at Ewen Maddock Dam. There were 36 paddlers on the water and 6 people on the beach. We worked on wet exits, T rescues and scoop rescues, and some people branched out into other skills such as contact tows, rolling, Eskimo bow rescue, and Hand of God. Some people went for a wee paddle, possibly as a break from the intense physical activity.

We enjoyed a club BBQ and many thanks are due to caterers Jenni and Malcolm, and snag wranglers Barrie and Terry. Jim Blyth kindly shared his 80th birthday carrot cake, and it was delicious.

It was a successful day, and thanks again to all the coaches on the water, Paul for safety oversight from the beach, and especially the students who really applied themselves.

SKILLS WEEK: DAY 3 Thursday 21st October

Report: Rob Plenderleith

Photos: Paul Watt

The third and final day of Rescue Week was a cracker. We had a lovely sunny morning at the Mooloolaba Spit with 23 paddlers on the water and 6 people on the beach. After beach briefings and demonstrations, small groups worked on various configurations of contact towing and extended rope towing. After smoko there was time to practice rescues, do more towing, work on skills, or just play on the water.

Many thanks to everybody who helped with Rescue Week, as a coach, beach master / safety overview, catering, or as a student. The people who did all three days are a little tired, but there were lots of happy smiles at the end. – with Dean Haspell


“Upper Noosa River Camp B”

Oct 4th – Oct 8th 2021

Camp Report & Images: Paul Watt (Camp Co-ordinator)

Boreen Point to end of navigable Upper Noosa River …  5 days and 4 nights

Monday 4 Oct

16 paddlers assembled at the beaches to the south of café from 5:30 a.m. for 8 a.m launch.
10 paddlers of Bruce’s Camp A, 5 of Camp B and David Hill who would do day trip paddle with us up to Harry’s Hut and back.

We headed into a light head wind and arrived at Kinaba at 9 a.m, where Bruce checked that it was unlocked, as it was to be a last night accommodation option. We then continued on to Harry’s Hut for morning tea, with paddlers resting on both banks. 14km paddled in 2 hrs.

Refreshed, and off to Camps 3 (7.7km) and 4 (8.7km) for our first night, arriving about 1pm.  

Graham G of Camp A defected for the night to the “dark side“,  Camp B, choosing to take the easier beach landing at Camp 4. We readily accepted his offer of wine and money as payment for the dubious pleasure of our Camp B company.

Camp 3 jetty landing

Camp 4 beach being enjoyed by your scribe

Tuesday 5th

Following a very chilly night, we 5 headed off at 9a.m to walk the 1km back to Camp 3, leaving Graham to pack in readiness to rejoin his crew  as they passed by later on .

Terri, Heather, Barrie, Jim and I arrived as the early walkers were returning from the sand blow, while others were launching and packing boats . Heather and Barrie headed back, and Terri, Jim and I walked on 2.5km to check out Camp 2. On our return to Camp 3 all paddlers were gone, and we headed back home for a swim, lunch and nap.

The night was shaping up to be cold again, so we retired early, after a good rest day.

Wednesday 6th

We woke to this misty sight before 6a.m.

The plan was to leave by 9, and we left around 8:30 for the 12 km paddle to Camp 15. As we launched David H approached from the south, to do another day trip. At 9:15 we encountered the Camp A paddlers returning, with much jaunty banter and varied advice on our options upstream.

We had a great paddle on a glassy river, and David left us at Camp 9, where he had morning tea before returning to Harry’s Hut. He did 33 kms that day, a big effort.

We arrived at Camp 13 at 10:35, 9km, and checked it out as a site for the night, before heading on 3km to Camp 15. We agreed to head back to Camp 13, after Barrie threw himself into checking the degree of difficulty of landing at 15.

Barrie headed to Camp 13, his job done, and the rest explored the beautiful Teewah Creek and did the extra kms to the end of the navigable river, before joining Barrie at Camp 13.

This proved to be another cosy site, with just enough room for us. The trek up the dune, down and up toe busting timber steps across gully, was a bit of a trial for dodgy knees. After setting up camp, we enjoyed a swim and snack, and a well earned Nana nap.

What goes on camp, stays on camp.

Sundowners at 4pm, dinner around 6, and snoring by 7:30, was becoming the status quo.

The temperature dropped again, but we were prepared for it this time, and slept well.

We were serenaded by black cockatoos on arrival, at dawn , and on departure, at Camp 13.

Action stations at 5:30, saw us on the water by 7:30, surrounded by perfect reflections for well over an hour, an enjoyable start to a 22.7km paddle. The calm conditions and slight ebb tide saw us at Harry’s Hut around 10 a.m, an easy 17.7kms with drink breaks. We had only 5km to Fig Tree, so had a good half hour break on eastern bank, and I had a swim.

We cruised into Fig Tree by 11:30, set up a sprawled out camp, under the watchful eyes of the local goannas . More swimming and relaxing, and ensuring all remaining grog was dispensed to cups. It had been a big day, all slept well, with the goannas doing security.

This night was warmer, and we headed off 7:45a.m.  for Boreen Point, helped by a light but increasing nor-westerly, paddling 9km and arriving just before 9a.m. Boats and gear packed away by 10, saw us enjoying burgers, hot and cold drinks, and ice creams at the café till 11.

We had enjoyed a great camp, and covered nearly 80kms of wilderness paddling .

Farewell from Fig Tree on last leg.

Back at Boreen Point “back beach” amid swan art installation for local festival weekend .



Report & photos: Ken Jeffries

About ten kayaks were on Maroochy River for the scheduled Thursday paddle…the rest are presumably at the Noosa River camp. 



Just a taste: Photo Dave Hill

Reflections….Upper Noosa River this morning




Report & photos: Rob Plenderleith

A wee paddle offshore Caloundra on 24 Sept in search of whales. It’s a lot easier to take photos of whales from an elevated position than the seat of a kayak, but you’ll get the idea. Thank you Dean for a great trip.

“The Sandy Straits Paddle”

June 11th – June 16th 2021

Camp Report & Images: Margaret Heap

Day 1. Commenced with 16 camping paddlers meeting at Inskip Point to pack kayaks with camping gear, food and water, sufficient for 6 days and 5 nights. Under Dean’s leadership, there was some nervous excitement as we prepared for an 8.00 am launch to take benefit from the tide.

The first day’s paddle was a steady 14.2 km in perfect conditions, to the 1st camp site at Snout Point on Fraser Island.  On arrival everyone was keen to unpack and set up their individual camps.  Our paddle was rewarded with the “best sunset ever”.  During the evening dingoes could be heard and there were a couple of sightings not far from the camp.  Fortunately, we were wise enough to have stowed our food and garbage in the kayaks overnight.


Skills Day Shots – Images by Sue

Lake Kawana Skills Training

Jim’s Roll practice – Slide Show


Rob supporting Ken to Balance

Ken balancing on his back deck

Don demonstrating a turn


Autumn Day – Light Conditions – Mudjimba Beach Landing