Year 13 OED students Rafting on the Buller River, Murchison by Mr Hayden Titchener

Year 13 OED

Murchison Trip

The Year 13 Outdoor Education students loaded up kayaks, rafts and a sense of adventure and drove to Murchison. Murchison is a fantastic place for kayaing and rafting and it was great to show the students around. 

The rafters spent their time on the Buller River and the kayakers were able to get a few trips down the Grade 2 section of the Matakitai River. River levels were low but we made the most of the eddy's we had. 

The students on the trip completed the practical part of the Unit Standard. The assessment is only part of the process as students have to plan all their meals, tent groups and help each other on and off the water. 

The first day, as you can see from the photos was about fun, being around the rafts and in the water. Understanding strengths within the team is important so they can help each other. We were able to paddle the Grade 3 section from O'Sully's to Ariki Falls. We didn't paddle the falls but it was impressive to see the power of the water. One of the reasons we were able to paddle this section was because of the skills of the Peel Forest Outdoor Centre staff. Slee and Paddy were great. They were great at passing on their knowledge and provided the opportunities for students to challenge themselves.It was fantastic to see the progression of skills and confidence as the 6 days continued. 

The weather that battered the West Coast had made its way to Murchison on our last night. We packed up soggy tents and carefully made our way back to sunny Geraldine. We were all a bit tired but very satisfied. Thanks Murchison!