Bendigo's kayaking ‘Strait Shooters’ have completed the gruelling 350 kilometre journey from Victoria to Tasmania.
It took Ryan Griffin, Fergus Meyer and Tom Murrell only 13 days to finish the paddle from Port Welshpool in South Gippsland to Cape Portland in Tasmania.
The group, who all studied Engineering at La Trobe University's Bendigo campus, had given themselves three weeks to complete the journey.
"We had a pretty successful trip overall," he said. "We did have some tougher weather conditions at different points but it was all stuff that we prepared for.
"We were grateful for our training sessions and the conditions we faced were not as adverse as we thought."
Mr Meyer said he was "surprised but happy" that the trip went pretty smoothly.
"The training was quite diverse which put us in good stead," he said. "We had considered all our options, so when weather conditions or scenarios changed we were able to make decisions and adjust the plan."
"But we did have a couple of curve balls with some rudder cable breakdowns mid-crossing, which we hadn't trained for," Mr Meyer said.
"We were 30 kilometres from Deal Island so we had to raft up together," he said. "Tom had to get out of his boat and scramble to make repairs on the boat."
"It only took about 10 minutes and then we were back paddling again," he said. "But it made Tom a little bit sea sick."
Mr Murrell said that moment was his least enjoyable part of the trip.
"I was taking all the medication for it, but the motion sickness did get to me a bit," he said. "I am definitely more suited to being on land."
The group were using their journey to raise money for ocean conservation awareness charity, Take 3.
"Our latest tally is just under $2000, which is great because any money raised is a positive" Mr Griffin said. "We'll keep the fundraising open for the next month to allow people who were interested to donate."
Mr Meyer said they've had valuable feedback from family and friends who have changed their habits around littering since hearing about their cause.
"Our secondary goal was to raise awareness and to empower individuals to make that change for ocean conservation," he said.
"We've gotten a lot of support from people, with many telling us that they have started picking up rubbish after hearing about what we were doing."
Before they went on the trip, Mr Meyer said the group was looking towards New Zealand as their next journey.
But Mr Griffin said the plans have changed.
"I think in fairness to Tom, our next adventure will be land based," he said. "But it's definitely not the last adventure we go on together."
If you would like to still donate to the 'Strait Shooters' cause, head to Take 3 and insert "BSP" before your name in the 'first name field'.
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