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Employment Opportunities Melbounre - The Kayak Shop
http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/employment-opportunities/

Join our team at ECK - East Coast Kayaking. We are keen to employ enthusiastic individuals to work in our Kayak Hire, Retail Outlet and Training Centre, Online Shop and on our kayaking programs.

Please apply via email to info@eastcoastkayaking.com
Casual Weekend Kayak Hire & Retail 1st September - April 30th

The Kayak shop and Training Centre - 37 Jetty Road Sandringham

Background in kayaking preferred.
Picker and Packer, Online Shop & Sea Kayak Guide
3x 3 hours per week Min, + extra guiding work if applicable - 1st September - April 30th
The Kayak shop and Training Centre - 37 Jetty Road Sandringham

Experience / Qualifications:

Working with Children check
Victoria Driver's License
An Australian Canoeing Sea Instructor or Sea Guide qualification appropriate for the level of activity being undertaken
OR equivalent documented training and experience from another training provider or education institution
OR equivalent documented experience in lieu of certification/accreditation.

AC qualifications can be undertaken whilst on the job if you have equivalent documented experience in lieu of certification/accreditation.
Casual Sea Kayak Instructor and/or Guide

Experience / Qualifications:

Working with Children check
Victoria Driver's License
An Australian Canoeing Sea Instructor or Sea Guide qualification appropriate for the level of activity being undertaken
OR equivalent documented training and experience from another training provider or education institution
OR equivalent documented experience in lieu of certification/accreditation.

AC qualifications can be undertaken whilst on the job if you have equivalent documented experience in lieu of certification/accreditation.
Casual Surf Ski/ Ocean Kayak Instructor / Coach

Experience / Qualifications:

Working with Children check
Victoria Drivers license
An Australian Canoeing Sea Instructor or Sea Guide qualification appropriate for the level of activity being undertaken
OR equivalent documented training and experience from another training provider or education institution
OR equivalent documented experience in lieu of certification/accreditation.

AC qualifications can be undertaken whilst on the job if you have equivalent documented experience in lieu of certification/accreditation.
Casual Kayak Fishing Instructor and/or Guide

Experience / Qualifications:

Working with Children check
Victoria Drivers license
An Australian Canoeing Sea Instructor or Sea Guide qualification appropriate for the level of activity being undertaken
OR equivalent documented training and experience from another training provider or education institution
OR equivalent documented experience in lieu of certification/accreditation.

AC qualifications can be undertaken whilst on the job if you have equivalent documented experience in lieu of certification/accreditation.

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/employment-opportunities/
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Kayak Head Wear

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/kayak-clothing#clothing-jackets

Effective headwear goes a long way towards maximising your comfort out on the water. The combination of sunglasses, cap and Buff protects from the Sun and also keeps the head warm in cool and windy weather. We prefer the cap and Buff combination over a broad-brim hat as the latter can lift up in the wind, exposing the face. Even with models that have a stiffened brim, sunlight and UV reflect off the water and you can still get burnt! Covering up completely with a Buff is really effective! Botox is too expensive!

Adapt-a-caps are an all-in-one alternative to the Buff and Cap combo if you find a Buff over your lower face a bit constrictive. The drawstring can loosen off if you want to wear it lower or looser.

There are lots of different combinations of head wear:

Helmets are recommended for use in surf and around rocks. Even if the water is deeper in the surf zone, a capsize may result in you emerging on the wrong (shoreward) side of your kayak and being whacked in the head as the next wave comes through!

Mosquito nets are essential on overnight trips and expeditions. Mozzies and sandflies seem to hang out at all the most picturesque kayaking destinations!

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/kayak-clothing#clothing-jackets
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Cags, Paddling Jackets and Dry Pants

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Your outer wear is important to prevent windchill - where your clothing is wet and the wind further chills you down. You should be wearing a thermal base layer that stays warm when wet and dries quickly, but on windy and cold days you will need an outer layer that keeps the wind out and your body warmth in. Even on warm days we carry a paddling jacket (cag) in an accessible part of the kayak (day hatch or behind the seat) in case conditions change - you can still get cold in windy conditions on a warm day.

Dry pants are a great addition to your paddling kit on sea kayak trips where being wet all the time would be a real drag! South West Tassie wilderness was one such place - having dry feet and legs really enhanced the enjoyment of the scenery! Even though it was summer it was still coolant wet. Dry pants are also great when kayak fishing - they keep off the sun and keep you warm while waiting for that big one to bite!

What to look for in outerwear:

Breathable fabrics, water resistant and quick drying
Hood, with brim - to keep off the rain and protect the back of the neck in the cold and wet conditions - you are really well protected when paddling downwind. Note that hoods can act as a sea anchor and fill up in the case of capsize.
High visibility colours and reflective patches
Pockets in useful places
Neck and wrist seals - how well they hold water in or out
Interconnectedness with spraydeck collars and paddling pants

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/kayak-clothing#clothing-jackets
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kayak Base and Thermal Layers

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The principal behind being comfortable on and off the water is layering - add more thermal layers in cool weather and thicker thermals, and lighter layers in the warm seasons.

In Tropical locations and northern Australia lighter clothing is appropriate - quick-dry Sunsmart clothing is preferred.

TOPS

In southern Australia and other temperate locations we prefer a thermal top on all but the very hottest days. As a 3 to 3 & 1/2 season top we prefer the Adrenalin 2P Thermal Long Sleeve Rash Top - it is a medium weight thermal top which stays warm when wet, dries quickly and in our preferred colour, yellow, highly visible if we are paddling without a jacket/cag.

In winter and really cold locations the Lavacore Long Sleeve Top is ideal - it is a thicker thermal with a water repelling outer layer. Colour is not so important here - it will be under a cag or paddling jacket!

We do not recommend you wear a nylon rashie for paddling - they can wick the warmth away and you chill down quickly, particularly if you are wet. They are almost as bad as cotton!

PANTS

Long pants serve the dual purpose of keeping legs warm and the sun (and bugs) off - particularly when in an open canoe, sit-on-top or fishing kayak. In a sea kayak the lower legs are protected from the sun by a spraydeck or at least partly by being in an enclosed cockpit, so you can get away wearing board shorts or paddling shorts in warmer weather.

Paddling shorts are available in different fabrics - choose between a medium thermal material (Adrenalin 2P Shorts) or thin flexible neoprene (Sea to Summit Splat Paddling Shorts). Both will keep you warm when wet and dry quickly so it is a personal choice which fabric you prefer.

Long pants are essential for prolonged sun exposure and for cold and windy environments. For hot weather choose Sunsmart cargo pants. When the weather is cool and/or windy we recommend thermal pants - Adrenalin 2P Thermal Long Pants or Lavacore Long Pants. For added warmth in wet environments add a pair of dry pants over the thermals.

Thermal pants can be rather form-fitting! Some guys (& girls) like to wear their boardies over the top. We do recommend ditching the undies (no cotton!) and speedos - these can draw the warmth away from your body so that even if you are wearing thermals you are experiencing a cold bottom! Also compression pants are usually not thermals - unless they have a fleecy lining, so these are not recommended for paddling either - they are designed for compression during recovery, not watersports.

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/kayak-clothing/

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Kayaking Gloves

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/gloves/2015/12/12/paddling-gloves

Year round, sun gloves with UPF 50+ rating provide protection against UV damage, with the added bonus of helping to protect your hands not just from rubbing and blistering but also from barnacles and oyster shells - a slip or trip that might otherwise be a trip-ender!

We use and recommend Sea to Summit's Eclipse Gloves. They have UPF50+ for extreme protection against sun exposure. The palm area has soft, supple material that helps improve your grip of your paddle and is double layered in high-wear areas, but not so thick that you would be increasing the diameter of your grip (which causes stress on your arms). The gloves are fitted at the wrist with 2mm neoprene cuffs which help maintain wrist flexibility.

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Kayak Gloves - Sea to Summit's Eclipse Gloves.

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/gloves/2015/12/12/paddling-gloves

Year round, sun gloves with UPF 50+ rating provide protection against UV damage, with the added bonus of helping to protect your hands not just from rubbing and blistering but also from barnacles and oyster shells - a slip or trip that might otherwise be a trip-ender!

We use and recommend Sea to Summit's Eclipse Gloves. They have UPF50+ for extreme protection against sun exposure. The palm area has soft, supple material that helps improve your grip of your paddle and is double layered in high-wear areas, but not so thick that you would be increasing the diameter of your grip (which causes stress on your arms). The gloves are fitted at the wrist with 2mm neoprene cuffs which help maintain wrist flexibility.

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/gloves/2015/12/12/paddling-gloves
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Adrenalin 2P Thermal Long Pants

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/base-layers-pants/adrenalin-2p-thermal-long-pants

These thermal long pants are a favourite for short paddles, day trips and expeditions - we wear them for all our paddling, through most of the year. Being long, they provide protection from the sun off the water and for open cockpits (canoes, fishing kayaks), as well as keeping warm when wet and drying quickly.

When we are on expedition, these pants actually dry most efficiently through wearing around camp until they dry, rather than taking them off and hanging them up - and they do stay warm (see pics below!).

Adrenalin 2P Long Pants are a unisex fit, but the stretchiness of the fabric means they do fit really well for a variety of body shapes and there is a wide range of sizes available (XS to 3XL). They have a draw-string waist and they do stay up well - no sagging.

The 2P Thermo Shield fabric has 170% 4-way stretch, being composed of Polyester and Spandex. It is designed to be relatively form fitting and doesn't sag if wet. As well as for kayaking, this top is great for other watersports - boating, fishing, surfing, as well as climbing and snow sports.

Adrenalin is a 100% Australian owned company.

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/base-layers-pants/adrenalin-2p-thermal-long-pants
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Adrenalin 2P Thermal Long Sleeve Top

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/base-layers/adrenalintop

This is our favourite top! We wear this year round except on the most scorching days! In the depths of winter we might layer up with an extra thermal but generally this is the one top for year round in southern Australia.

The Adrenalin 2P Thermal Long Sleeve Top is an ideal base or thermal layer as it keeps you warm, wet or dry and dries quickly if wet. Under a cag or paddling jacket it wicks the water away. By itself it provides sun protection at 50+ UPF, with a high neck for extra protection. It is also effective against windchill, though we recommend a cag/paddling jacket be worn on windy days.

We like the yellow colour for its high visibility, as you can see from the photos it really stands out!

The 2P Thermo Shield fabric has 170% 4-way stretch, being composed of Polyester and Spandex. It is designed to be relatively form fitting and doesn't sag if wet. As well as for kayaking, this top is great for other watersports - boating, fishing, surfing, as well as climbing and snow sports.

Adrenalin is a 100% Australian owned company.

REVIEWS

Prevents you getting cold...

I wear this all the time now. After getting wet wearing another top (Helley Hanson) I became cold after thirty minutes, even though it was the height of summer. Whilst wearing this beaut top, even though I'm soaked, I don't get cold. Also I can stay in the water longer to practice my unassisted re entries.
- Sharon March 2016
Great for colder kayaking

Winters in QLD are not as severe as in southern climes, however, it can still be very cold and uncomfortable when paddling. This product has enabled me to be on the water and remain warm and dry, despite the spray and wind. Although form-fitting, it does not impede paddling action in any way.
- Don Sept 2015

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/base-layers/adrenalintop
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Scouts Water Activities - Sea Kayaking
http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/scouts-water-activities/

Over a series of five sessions - an information session, pool sessions, paddling in the safe waters of Sandringham Harbour and an overnight journey on the Mornington Peninsula, Scouts can fulfil the requirements of the Pioneer and Explorer level water activities with Sea Kayaking as their elective

THE PROGRAM

The sea kayaking program takes place over 5 sessions:

Session 1 - Information evening: overview, weather, equipment and clothing
Session 2 - Pool session - swim test, rescues
Session 3 - Training Centre, Sandringham (2-3hr) - sit on top kayaks
Session 4 - Training Centre, Sandringham (2-3hr) - sit on top kayaks
Session 5 - Overnight trip on Mornington Peninsula in sea kayaks

Cost: $275 per person for the 5-session program
Includes: Sea kayaks and Sit-on-top kayaks, personal floatation devices (PFD), paddle, paddling jacket (where applicable) and all safety equipment.
How to Book: Contact us on 03 9597 0549 or info@eastcoastkayaking.com to schedule your program, then participants can use the button below to link to the payment portal.

http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/scouts-water-activities/
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Across the bay in a day: 19.7NM, 6H47M Williamstown to Portarlington - Port Phillip Bay, Melbounre. A spectacular day Who is in next year?
http://eastcoastkayaking.com.au/across-the-bay-in-a-day/
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