Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Paddlers Sea Kayak Annual Race - Cancelled

Sadly we are not able to have our annual kayak race this year as our small event has been asked by Disaster Management, under provisions in the new event regulations, to provide quite onerous safety measures. They are particularly concerned about water activities taking place during the season when sharks are known to come close to shore, and the effect of any bad publicity that would occur if a shark attack took place. 

It is no longer enough to provide an indemnity form, and in the interests of safety we are now required to ensure Sea Rescue and medical personal on the water, a medical doctor on shore, shark spotter, lifeguard, and have an emergency removal plan to include the provision for a helicopter landing site for medical evacuation, plus  R5 million public liability insurance.

As our "fun" event is not a money making scheme, and the preparation of the documents alone is a daunting task,  I have decided to cancel the event.

Comments welcomed.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


It's very disappointing  - and very late notice  - but our annual kayak race has hit a technical snag with the city who yesterday afternoon, refused our permit.  I have a meeting with officials next week to iron out the problem and get permission for a future date.

Given the wind and rain forecast for tomorrow it does give us the chance to try for a better day. If you are coming to Simon's Town tomorrow then we will have muffins, coffee and kayak videos  at the shop from 9.30 until 11.30am.

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