A brief explanation of how canoeing works:
So you lost the bet at your local pub and are now committed to doing the next Dusi and were wondering how this whole canoeing thing works, read on.Umzinyathi Canoe club is controlled by a body called the Kwa Zulu Natal Canoe Union, or KNCU and the CSA or Canoeing South Africa. Both these bodies lay down the rules and regulations for canoeing and charge a membership fee. To participate in any river races members are required to be part of these bodies, as well as a member of their chosen club. This fee is laid down by the relevant bodies and included in our annual subscription – renewable from May onwards.
THE PROCESS OF REGISTRATION
Each individual is required to fill out a club membership form as well as a KNCU form. This is due to change from 2013, where KNCU and Umzinyathi registration will be done online.Currently these forms are available at the club, on a wednesday evening. The KNCU form needs to be signed by the member and a club official. The original form with an original signature is then forwarded to Pietermaritzburg where it is processed and the paddler loaded on the database. An Umzinyathi membership form is completed simultaneously and this is filed with the club membership to provide the data base. Forms need to be completed 2 weeks before the first race to ensure that they are processed in time.
THERE ARE VARIOUS OPTIONS TO JOINING OUR CLUB:
A SOCIAL MEMBERSHIP:
These members are not competing in races, but simply enjoy the vibe of the canoeing fraternity, or, just wish to come down to Shongweni and enjoy a quiet paddle on the dam.They are therefore not members of the KNCU, only social members.
This is for the guys who are already members of one of the other clubs but wish to spend some time at Umzinyathi and participate in the time trial. They are offered the same privileges as our full members.
The paddler wishing to compete in races must be a member of Umzinyathi as well as KNCU and CSA.
A KNCU club affiliation is essential should you wish to participate in surfski events. Basic requirement is that you would join the specified club eg Umz, get your race number and that entitles you to enter river and surf ski events. Should you only wish to do surfski, you may join any one of the surf ski clubs that are affiliated with KNCU but then you are not allowed to participate in any river events.
A full fee is paid by the primary member, 50% by the spouse/second member. Children under 18 years in January of the new year are free as long as they are still dependant on their parents.
Members wishing to participate in races are issued with an allocated number which is to be used for all race entries. This number is filled out on the KNCU and Umzinyathi form, and will serve as your reference for point allocation in racing logs, as well as being a reference to the paddler. It is displayed on both sides of the nose of your boat.Numbers may be purchased at any canoe shop. It is advisable to display your number on each paddle blade as well, so as to assist in the return of lost paddles.
REQUIREMENTS TO RACE AND PROFICIENCY
The individual is required to be a paid up club and KNCU member. The start is made by completing a test in the dam to ensure the person is water safe and is taught the basics of paddling. The next test, is to be taken onto a small river to perform some basic tasks through small rapids under the instruction of the safety officer. Once the officer is satisfied that the paddler is competent he will sign them off and issue a safety booklet. The paddler is then able to enter his first novice race, using the number issued by the club, and gradually work his way up through qualifying races until he has his “river rating” eg: C B OR A grade proficient.For more information and make arrangement to get proficient speak to Jan De Neef, who is our safety officer.
The club colours are to be worn at all races. This is a rule laid down by the KNCU. It is also really great to see all your fellow club members on the water – easily identifiable when paddling. Clothing is available on sale at the club- speak to anyone on the committee.
There are racks at the club for storing your boat. These can be hire at a cost of R300 / year for a bottom rack and R200/ year for the top racks. Definitely makes your life easier not to have to put your boat on and off the car each time you go training.
Since Umzinyathi is situated in an Msinsi Reserve a gate fee is charged. This charge is reduced considerably once membership is paid up and the driver of the car is issued with a parking disc.
Application forms for the Msisni cards are available from the Msisni offices in Hillcrest or at the dam offices (business hrs only). These provide free entry to Shongweni, Inanda and Albert Falls as well as other options of other “clusters” for an annual fee payable to Msinsi. (An investment well worth it!)
Lifejackets are compulsory on the dam. It is advisable for new members to purchase a jacket prior to paddling since there is a limited source in the club house. The paddling life jacket is slightly shorter than a water ski jacket and is best purchased from a canoe supply shop. Some have what is known as a “tripper” built in. This is for easy access to liquids while paddling.
The club does have some boats for potential members to try out. The K1 is a single K2 a double K3 3 seater and K4 4 seater. Anyone wishing to purchase a boat can look for a second hand one via the club email, alternatively from any canoe shop.
Once a member of KNCU you will receive a copy of the SA Paddler, a most informative magazine. You will also be linked to the club email system updating you on the latest happenings.
FUNCTIONS: As a paid up club member you are entitled to utilize the club for private functions at a fee. Contact Lana 0827435838. Non-members may also hire for Weddings etc at a prescribed rate.
LEARNING THE ROPES: The Club captain and Safety officers are available to show you the ropes and take you through the process of learning basic paddling, how to transport your boats etc. They are mine of information with many years of experience in the game. They will prepare you for your proficiency test, and once the officer has completed they will be there to guide you through the ins and outs of the world of canoeing.
IMPORTANT USEFUL INFORMATION
Lana is usually at the club on a Wednesday evening after the time trial if you wish to come and join the club or any queries:
NEW BOATS OR REPAIRS:
Read This if you're a New Member or Considering Joining...
Remember any member who needs help with anything whether its paddling style, trying new boats, wanting to go on trips etc, either contact Dave (0833930557) or Jan (0824546886) or anyone on the commitee.
UMZINYATHI CANOE CLUB
BRANCH CODE: 0 45726
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 250834790
PLEASE NOTE FOR ANY RACE EVENTS WE HAVE A SEPARATE SERIES ACCOUNT NUMBER.