October 2017 eNewsletter – KASK

Hello From KASK

With the long holiday weekend coming many of us will be making the most of the relatively good forecast. For many paddlers it will be the first time on water after all the rain and bad weather we been having over winter. KASK, as part of the Safer Boating Week (October 13-20) are working with Maritime New Zealand and Safer Boating Forum partners to get the message out there to paddlers to stay safe over this weekend and the summer.

Wharf Jumps raising awareness for boating safety

Thank you to KASK paddlers Shelley Stuart and Lynn (Redz) Petterson for being a great sport over the weekend in Auckland and Sandy Winterton in Wellington for Safer Boating Week, reminding us again that PFD’s save lives and to always carry two means of communications!

The message to our paddlers is simple:

– Check the kayak rudder works (if you have one) and all the hatches are water tight and PFD still fits!

– If you carry your phone in a dry bag, check the seals. Make sure your PLB (if you have one) is registered with SAR. Make sure your VHF radio (if you have one) is working and the battery is still OK and does not drain too quickly.

– Know the rules – to keep you safe when you are paddling next to other crafts
– Make sure you can do self-rescue or assisted rescue and have a risk management plan before you go out

Some of the soaking wharf jumpers in Auckland.

New Research from Maritime NZ

New research published today shows that the recreational boaties taking two waterproof ways to call for help all or most of the time dropped last year from 60 percent in the 2016 survey to 53 percent this year. This is a big concern especially given the most popular craft used by boaties are kayaks (32%). Kayakers are also the youngest group – 48 percent are aged 18 to 34 compared to 35 percent of people using power boats under six meters.

In recent years New Zealand  paddlers have done a fantastic job of adopting to wearing PFD’s when going out on water. The latest statistics backs this up and shows PFD’s saves life. However, if you can’t call for help in an emergency / distress, you can’t be rescued. You really need both. Watch this TVNZ report from yesterday!!
A marine VHF radio is usually best and a PLB (personal locater beacon) is also highly recommended. If you are considering getting a VHF radio and nervous about using it, the coastguard boating education run an online VHF radio course which also include assessment and free registration of call sign for your kayak. I carry mine on all kayaking trips and it is great to know that you can communicate with other paddlers in your group as well as Coastguard and boaties in the area even when there is no cell signal.

PLB’s are great addition to your kit (if you have not got one already) – both for peace of mind and as part of the risk management plan when you do group paddles. Many paddlers carry both VHF radio AND PLB’s – PLB’s are great in that if you can deploy it easily and can use VHF radio to initiate a Pan Pan / May Day, the PLB will be useful to help SAR find out where you are: once you deploy my PLB, it gives SAR your exact position (via RCCNZ), a homing signal for the helicopter, and a strobe – minimizing the time to find you in the water.
There is a great article on what emergency comms you should carry by Paul Caffyn with contribution from Paul Hayward and John Kirk Anderson in the latest KASK magazine, New Zealand Sea Kayaker pages 16 and 17.

Kayakers neglect to check the weather!

Almost 30 percent seldom or never check marine weather forecasts before going on the water, and Maritime NZ and MetService want to get that number down. With all the tools out there, It doesn’t take much time, and it’s easy to do it before every trip. Boaties can get marine forecasts and updates on VHF radio, online and from the popular MetService Marine app – 30,000 people already use the app every month. More information about the MetService Marine and the MarineMate apps is at http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/mobile-apps/.

The survey also suggested a proportion of respondents were unsure what ‘swell’ and ‘sea state’ means for the sea conditions they might face.  Here are a couple of excellent posts on Metservice blog that is worth checking out:

What does KASK stand for?

KASK is there to give voice to Kiwi paddlers and look out for their interests. Our bimonthly magazines have great articles and features aimed at recreational paddlers.
If you are a member and you have opted for printed copy of the magazine, you would have received a copy of the latest issue of New Zealand Sea Kayaker by now. If not, here is the latest soft copy of the magazine in compressed PDF format:
New Zealand Sea Kayaker – Issue 190.


Getting in Touch with KASK

Kiwi Association of Sea kayakers has an active committee. The contact details of the committee members can be found here. We are always open to your comments and input and feel free to contact me any time.

Happy paddling.

Tim Muhundan
Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers
(021) 2767727


August 2017 eNewsletter – KASK

Hello From KASK

By now you would have received your copy of the newly branded magazine of the Kiwi Association Of Sea Kaykers – the New Zealand Sea Kayaker. If you have not yet received the magazine in post (or by email, if you have opted for email only), please get in touch with Karen.

‘Direction of KASK’ survey – action required

Please take a moment to complete the survey below. This is the first time we have consulted the entire membership about the future directions of KASK, so we can make sure KASK is sustainable and stays relevant for a long time to come. Unlike previous member survey that educated us about our members, the data from this survey will be about the future of KASK. Your survey responses will be fed into our strategic planning workshop in two weeks time. So your input is extremely important so you continue to get value from your membership dollars.
Complete the Survey (20 questions, 3-5 mins to complete)

New magazine delivery options – action required

Please take a moment to check your details we have in our file by clicking here and update your details:

  • Member ID: <<Membership ID>>  ; Member Type: <<Membership type>>
  • Ensure you have selected the delivery options for the magazine (print only, print and email, email only). You are currently set to <<Send me the New Zealand Sea Kayaker via>>
  • Ensure the address details and phone numbers are correct and up to date
  • If you have a Family Membership, please check you have completed the second person’s email address correctly.
  • Please add your club afiliations.

Update your membership details before 11th September.

If you are not comfortable with doing this online, please check the magazine for a printed sheet with your details we have on our file for the delivery address for you. If any of that information is incorrect, please use the link below to notify us of any changes either by updating the paper sheet and returning to us or by email to Karen Grant.

Renewal of your membership

KASK financial year runs from 1 August to 31 July the following year. Thank you to all the members who have made payment already in the last few days. If your subscription has expired and you have not yet renewed, please take a moment to make payment so that you membership does not lapse. We have exciting plans for 2017/2018 and we need your continued support to achieve our goals.
Renewal Fees are $35.00 (or $40.00 for Family). You can either pay by Internet Banking or by credit card. If you pay by credit card, there is a $2 surcharge (to cover the merchant fee).
If you pay by internet banking / direct credit, please use the following details:
Bank Account: Westpac 03 1706 0010205 000
Particulars: <<Last Name>>   (First 12 characters)
Code: <<Membership ID>>
Reference: KASKSub
Please renew your membership before end of September, if it has expired.

Getting in Touch with KASK

Kiwi Association of Sea kayakers has an active committee. The contact details of the committee members can be found here. We are always open to your comments and input and feel free to contact me any time.

Happy paddling.

Tim Muhundan
Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers
(021) 2767727

May 2016 e-Newsletter

In this month’s KASK e-newsletter, we’ve got some exciting announcements from KASK about our paddling event and the latest survey results and news.


We are excited to announce that the registration for the 25th annual KASK National Sea Kayaking Forum is now open. We can also reveal the location: It will in Ponui Island, a treasure island in the Hauraki Gulf!
The event has a new name: KASK Kayak Fest 2017 – Ponui Island

You can register here: Registrations
More information here: FAQ

The 2017 event will be unique, memorable with plenty of opportunities to paddle, share ideas and learn on and off the water.  KASK has never done an island destination before. Imagine landing with your kayak to be greeted by wild donkeys and sleeping in a tent while kiwis forage around you at night.

Diarise this date now!
3-5 March 2017

Update – Lynn Redz Patterson NZ circumnavigation by kayak

We at KASK have been following Lynn Redz Patterson since she started her epic journey paddling around New Zealand – it is nearly 200 days since she left Takapuna and since then she has paddled over 3,500 km. I talked to her this morning: she is in West Coast – with 3.2m average westerly swell pounding the coast, she is waiting for 2-3 day window of good weather for her next stint.

We wish her all the best for the rest of her journey. Please checkout the latest video Lynn just posted this week:

Lynn Redz Patterson just posted this video of how she spent 43 days kayaking around and through the fiords, as part of her attempt to paddle around the entire coastline of New Zealand in a kayak.

Mike Dawson needs your help – Rio

One of our fellow paddlers needs your help. New Zealand athlete, Mike Dawson has qualified for the Rio Olympic Games in Canoe Slalom. To get to the startline uncompromised he needs to raise $40,000. To help him raise the money, he has created and is selling a recipe book. Please visit his site and buy his amazing Athlete Cookbook, full of great recipes from all over the world and some stories to go with it!
We wish Mike all the success at the Rio Olympics and hope to have him talk to us about his journey at the next KASK Kayak Fest 2017 – Ponui Island on 3-5 Mar 2017, all being well.


Review of the Paddling Perfection Adventurer – By Shawn Walsh
"The latest boat to come out of the Paddling Perfection stable.  This light and responsive kayak will put a smile on the faces of both beginners and the more experienced paddlers with handling that makes it fun and responsive while still having enough room for a weekend away…."

Read the full review here.

We will be publishing more reviews by our members. If you want to submit a review of a latest New Zealand kayak or kayak related accessories, apps and gadgets, please get in touch with KASK through the links at the bottom and we will send you some review guidelines. We are especially interested in non-vendor sponsored reviews with pictures video etc.

Event Survey Results

Thanks for your input to help us improve our National sea kayaking event by completing our event survey early this month.

The respondents thought the KASK Sea Kayaking forum as it is at the moment is somewhat useful, with good objectives especially related to skills development. It needs to be fully catered and it should stay focussed on sea kayaking, aimed predominantly at intermediate paddlers and strong beginners. It should run once a year in either North or South Island and should be held in February or March and should ideally be followed by International Kayak week.
The full results of the survey can be found here.We know we have to make some major changes to the event moving forward.
  • Your responses have been really helpful to the new event team to come up with a outstanding event for 2017 that aligns with what most of the members and the paddling community want:
    – We have a name change – ‘KASK Kayak Fest 2017’ and with excellent leadership from Shaun and the event team we have a vision for the next event.
    – We are moving away from sit down slideshows to on water instructions and activities. Nick and Ruth are working hard to put together the on water stuff for KASK Kayak Fest 2017 – Ponui Island.
    – We now know that most of you are comfortable with sponsorship to help keep the registration cost down as well as what sort of sponsorship is acceptable. Jim Hawkins is looking at sponsorship – and if any of you want to help, let me know and I will put you in touch with Jim.
    – We now know most of you don’t want to pay more than $250 for registration. Pauline and Chris have been working hard crunching the numbers to come up with an early bird registration at $250
    – We now know how important catering and food is. Shelley is working hard with caterers to come up with a great menu so you can focus on having a good time on water instead of cooking!
    – Thanks for telling us how best to communicate with you and the importance of easy registration and online / credit card payment. Pauline and myself have come up with a marketing plan to keep you in the loop.

Member Survey results:

Thank you to everyone who completed the member surveyearly this year.  We really value your input and we use the survey results to find out more about our members and their needs and wants to stay relevant and to ensure that the members get value out of their membership.
"a typical current KASK member is a male, in their 50’s, owns multiple kayaks, paddles regularly throughout the year, typically doing day paddles or weekend paddles and consider themselves to be either of intermediate or advanced skill level."
 The full results of the survey can be found here.

If you are a member, you would have already got an invite to take part in our AGM – which this year will be through on line meeting application. The KASK Committee will be on line on 7:00 PM, Monday 23 May and we are inviting KASK members to try ‘Go To Meeting’ just to check that you have everything set up ready for the AGM the following Monday (30 May). If you do have problems connecting please be patient and we will try to sort it out with you.

May 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm NZST

Joining KASK

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Getting in Touch with KASK

Kiwi Association of Sea kayakers has an active committee. The contact details of the committee members can be found here. We are always open to your comments and input and feel free to contact me any time.
Happy paddling over the winter.

Tim Muhundan
Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers
(021) 2767727