Boat Building Workshop- A practical hands on experience to explore the process of building simple canoes.

Mr Tim Whelan1

1The Friends School

Tim will have a number of boats at varying stages of completion available for viewing.  Participants will assist with the build of a canoe in this 90 minute workshop.  Participants will be given a booklet with plans, equipment lists, risk assessments and tips/ tricks to enable them to deliver their own program.


Tim has been involved in Outdoor Education for 20 years.  He is keenly interested in the development of programs that lead to life long passion for the outdoors.  Programs delivered include climbing, sea kayaking, bushwalking, cycle touring, ultralight walking, winter skills and white water kayaking. Tim has worked with students building canvas-skinned canoes at the last two Australian Wooden Boat Festivals.  This led Tim to develop a five day program for students to build plywood canoes, learn to paddle and then adventure in them.

About the Association

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

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