Year 10 Wilderness – Sea Kayaking Expedition
Year 10 Wilderness studies students have recently completed their final Stage 5 expedition after two years together. The students were the first to complete a new trip in our program, a sea kayak paddle from Mooney Mooney to the Glenworth Valley.
It was a very warm, picturesque two-day paddle and to see the group come together and reflect on their time together as we landed at camp at Gentleman’s Halt was a pleasure to witness. This is a beautifully diverse group of individuals and to see them celebrate and unify under a sensational sunset, to swim and have dinner at a magical spot on the Hawkesbury River was incredible!
The students were blessed with ideal boating conditions on the first day. A tail wind and riding the tide made for a pleasurable, assisted paddle with time to laugh, joke, reflect and certainly sing… lots! ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ has been bouncing around in my head ever since.
The morning of day two was stunning, but the singing less, as we had a slight head wind and tried our best to find some cover to paddle out of the wind fetch, under the cover of the mountains and the mangroves early in the morning. We eventually navigated our way to the rivulet that would take us to the breathtaking Glenworth Valley.
Once we arrived at our final destination we unloaded, cleaned and trailered our boats. We then boarded the troupe carriers back to the bus before the long trip back to Chev, when many caught up on some sleep after a hot and busy, but certainly memorable, two-day paddle to close the Stage 5 Wilderness experience.
Click an image for full view:
I am never surprised to see how much individuals and groups collectively take and give to our Chevalier Wilderness program.
I am never surprised to see how much individuals and groups collectively take and give to our Chevalier Wilderness program. This outstanding group were a pleasure to teach and to spend time with on their final Stage 5 Wilderness expedition. Many will go on to complete the Stage 6 program, with some exciting units of work and programs ahead of them.
And I know that those who don’t go on will always remember their time in Wilderness and utilise the skills they have learnt in all of their future pursuits and, most importantly, outdoors.