Canoe Go Paddling?
What do you call a group of Canoe paddlers? A splash, a raft, a float, a drift, or what about a canoodle?
We are not entirely sure, but we know one thing – it is a fun group to be a part of! Even more so if that group of paddlers happens to be paddling on the amazing Upper Brisbane River, just as ours did on a beautiful Sunday morning recently.
What started out as a group of canoe lovers, or single-bladers, introducing people to the forgotten joys of canoe paddling, has developed into a literal flotilla of boats out enjoying our magnificent Brisbane waterways. The recent Twin Bridges paddle included 11 canoes, 18 adults, 10 kids, 3 dogs, a kayak and even a SUP, with ages ranging from 4 to 64 (or maybe a bit more??).
And therein lies the secret to the humble canoe – its versatility. A typical 15-foot canoe is able to easily accommodate paddler numbers from 1 through to 5. Indeed, in our very diverse group we had canoes being paddled by a single adult, by an adult and child and even by 2 adults with 3 children on board. And occasionally a boat hopping dog.
The ease of paddling, combined with load carrying ability meant that the canoes could cater for nearly any combination of paddlers and passengers and still give them a wonderful experience on the water. A fact aided by the beautiful stretch of river we were paddling on.
Our group met and departed from the gravelly beach at the Twin Bridges Reserve outside of Fernvale. After a brief meet and greet and matching paddlers and passengers with canoes, paddles and PFD’s, a quick briefing was undertaken and we were off. The final comment, “make sure you have fun”, set the standard for the rest of the morning.