Cruising Down The Yarra With Nothing But A Kayak And A Paddle

Cruising Down The Yarra With Nothing But A Kayak And A Paddle

The beautiful and modern city of Melbourne is adorned with some amazing architectural feats such as the construction of the Edge at the Eureka Towers, and the Prima Pearl. But oft overlooked is the accompanying river that gave birth to and sustained life at Melbourne. The Yarra River runs right through the center of this great Victorian city, and the most famous of Melbourne’s buildings have been built surrounding it. I wanted to witness all the wonders present along the banks of the Yarra, so I rented out a kayak and a paddle for some adventure activities in Melbourne, took two friends along, and scheduled out a weekend for it.

I started my adventure activities in Melbourne at the Port Philip Bay, where the YarraRiver meets the ocean and forms an estuary, and I slowly wound my way up north through the docks and into the narrow entrance of the river. From here,I noticed the Melbourne aquarium, and the Eureka Skydeck, hanging over me, blocking out much of the sunlight. As I kept paddling I came up to the Royal Botanic Gardens and here, it was more my olfactory senses that were tested than my visual senses, as I could smell that iconic and memorable smell of freshly cut grass, mildew, and the blossoming of thousands of flowers.

As I paddled my way further west, I came up to the bends. The bends are that part of the Yarra River which start meandering back and forth, but nevertheless lead in a general direction. I then crossed up to the Burnley golf course and then set my sights on the splendidly built Burnley campus of the University of Melbourne. I stopped over here and pulled my kayak ashore. The entire experience was one that supplied me with breath-taking views of Melbourne, and at the same time gave me an intense workout. It helped me build my endurance and gave me the thrill of adventure as I discovered parts of Melbourne that I had never witnessed before. This entire experience let me to do two things that I love most, kayaking and exploring possibly the greatest city in Australia.

3 Reasons to Conduct Corporate Team Activities

3 Reasons to Conduct Corporate Team Activities

A happier and more valued team is more productive. This is the reason why companies get their teams to have corporate team activities at least once a year to foster camaraderie and strengthen its organizational core values. Aside from that, there are other benefits that a company can get out of engaging its staff to team building activities. Here are some of its benefits:

Healthier communication

Depending on the design of the activity, an organization can request the facilitators to highlight or include strengthening of communication in its activities. Based on studies, teams perform better if they can communicate with other members effectively. The activities in team building are designed to ease out tension among teams.They can also foster camaraderie and helps break the ice especially among big organizations.

Creativity and team work

During corporate team activities, teams are encouraged to be creative and craft ways to deliver the demands of a certain goal. People become more innovative when they are given a certain tsk that they should accomplish as a team. This makes teams more competitive and promotes team work. To enhance competition and to make the activity livelier, it would be best to offer prizes or tokens for the teams.

Team celebration

There are different goals in having a team building event but one of the goals is to boost the confidence of team members and to have them rejuvenated and ready for the challenges of work when they get back to work on the next working day. Team building events involve fun activities to celebrate the little successes teams get out of the event.

To make the event successful while achieving the activity goals, it would be best to hire professionals to facilitate the event. You can find companies on the internet that offer their expertise to organizations that want to have corporate team activities to attain specific objectives for the company. Call the service provider to inform them of your team requirements and how you want the activity to be conducted. Book in advance to ensure that you will have facilitators on your scheduled date.