Plastic Tides Youth internship


As part of Plastic Tides’ efforts to educate children, Christian Shaw (project leader)  developed a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board summer program for children to experience our some of our undertakings. (You can see the internship flier here)

From July 24th – 31st, Christian and I introduced four girls to exploration, environmentalism and plastic pollution science

We both passed the Wilderness and Remote First Aid course and worked hard on getting the trawl ready before the week-long internship

Day 1 to 4, the girls learnt: 

 about Plastic Tides’ previous work

about activism skills via social media

new paddling skills

how to undertake a beach clean-up

to read the lake for weather conditions (wind, waves, rain lines)

and enjoyed 

eating lunch while anchored on a SUP!

morning Yoga lead by me

SUP games like ‘dead fish’

Day 5-7: The Expedition! 

We used the knowledge learnt the first four days and packed up in direction of Poison Ivy Point beach South of Meyers Park.

The girls also learnt about lake ecology via a visit on board the ‘Floating Classroom‘!Bill Foster (founder of the Floating Classroom) tought us how to identify Hydrilla- a menacing invasive specie on the lake, capable of causing blooms and anoxic conditions which would kill most of the fish in the Lake. Bill also talked about the toxic contaminants in the lake, a real threat to our health.

During the trip we took half a dozen trawl samples and enjoyed life ‘off the grid’, with phones and GoPros charged with solar panels for social media and outreach.

While we were supposed to paddle four miles the second day to reach our second camping spot, we decided to stay put since our camp-site seemed perfect!


Getting the gear ready


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Getting the stove ready


Trawl sampling data sheet

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Identifying aquatic flora with Bill Foster from the floating classroom


Learning about toxic contaminants in the Lake on board the Floating classroom


Lunch on the boards


Our Sponsor Backpacker’s pantry provides us with delicious dehydrated meals. Santa Fe style chicken with rice for dinner tonight!


Our sponsor Clif Bar keeps us energised during the longer paddles


Our sponsor Lush gave us solid shampoo and conditioner to bring with us . Read my blog post on Corporate Social Responsibility to learn more about this amazing company!