“The finest canoe club in the whole dam universe”

Dabulamanzi Canoe club was founded by a group of paddlers who decided to set up the second canoe club in Johannesburg (after JCC), which would be more conveniently situated in the north of Joburg, in 1979.

The founder members, realising that Emmarentia Dam was to be the premier Gauteng canoeing venue of the future, had the vision to establish a club, which today consistently has a membership of some 1000+ members, comprising world champions in various categories, SA National Team members, SA champions, a strong provincial representation and recreational (fish n’chips) paddlers.


The weekend has finally dawned….LIEBENBERGSVLEI time!
Admittedly the entries from the club could have been a bit better, but the committee is hoping and trusting that’s due to the lackadaisical attitude of paddlers and most are planning to enter tomorrow when they get there.
Have a good one!


TGIF! It’s a big weekend down there by the club. The World Champs is being streamed live, boats are being auctioned and the weather looks fairly chilly, but still better than winter. So head on down.


There has been the odd crackle on the airwaves, whatsapp groups are coming alive, The Fish entries reminders are hitting the SMS and email channels, and though one swallow has not yet a summer made, the paddlers are coming back to life. So there is stuff to read about……



Thursday 20th of September, 2018

You may be a heavyweight on the water but don’t be a lightweight when it comes to the Ten-in-One! Step up to the plate for one of Dab’s most infamous and talked about events!

The goal: finish 10 beers in 1 hour

How it works: your entry gets you 10 “real” beers of your choice and a TEN IN ONE finisher’s prize to be envied by all lesser beings. 10 Laps before time trial is a prerequisite and joining the club as a member gets your name on the 2018 finishers board.

What to do: to enter email: vaughan@treetoprec.co.zatell. Tell your mates, mothers, brothers, aunties and uncles! Earmark and sponsor a student!

Thursday the 20 Sept, 7pm after time trial – Be There, Be Thirsty, Be a Legend!

Pilates for paddlers

NOTE time changes!

Reminder of Pilates classes, if you haven’t stretched your boundaries, or your hamstrings lately, this is for you.

Pilates is great for the prevention of injuries and will create flexibility, mobility, stability and core strength, which will help you to sit taller and be stronger and faster in your boat

Classes will be every Wednesday 6 – 7, 7 – 8 and 8 – 9. Friday mornings from 7 – 8 am. 

Your first Pilates session will be free of charge, thereafter R100 pp per class, Juniors R50. *(please bring your own mat)

You are welcome to bring your wives, friends and kids along. (Afternoon classes can be arranged if there is a demand).

Call Sonja if you have any queries on 084 9119881 or bons@iafrica.com



Pad drive

Some of you may have heard of this already, Andile from Adreach is doing a Pad drive in September 2018.

It’s a campaign that is based around Mandela Day but has been stretched into 67 Days.

He is collecting sanitary towels from willing corporates, friends and schools and handing them over to the schools he works with (4 in the South, 4 in the North) Soweto and Alexandra.

We’ve already managed to get 44 000 and the aim is to get 67 000 sanitary towels. Would really love for Dabs members to partake in this initiative. Help a girl child not miss school!