“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.


Get back to work……

But first make sure your priorities are sorted by getting your next holiday planned and your paddling schedule in line with your new year’s resolution to get fitter and stronger.

In this month’s newsletter:
A 40th invite – Dabs is turning the the Big Four Oh;
Another boat sale – all squatting boats must go;
Novice Time Trials – ease into paddling;
High Altitude Surf Ski Championship coming up 2 weeks after Dusi


Happy Monday
Summer’s here, the holidays are coming, if you’re not well into your paddling by now, you should be. Read all the exciting news in this month’s newsletter, including:
Volunteers wanted……wait, wait, don’t delete yet, there’s other better stuff too;
– Dabulamanzi’s new K-9 Unit beefs up security
– Night of the Stars – junior awards event this Sunday at Dabs
– The Virtuosity games to be held at Dabs, some crossfit stuff mixed with boats and water
– A coaching reminder will be sent out later this week – if you really want to improve


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!


2 March
High tide
Gin bar
Dabs bar open
Free meal…thank you Standard Bank
PLUSSSZ…thanks Sean
WIN A SWORDFISH….Thanks to FENN…lucky draw
Prizes…..thanks Canoe Concepts/Set Kayaks
See the best in the world….World champions Hank McGregor and Haley Nixon
already entered.
Clinic by Hank….thanks EUROSTEEL
Waves….thanks Danny, Roy, Hutton Motors

And wait! …There’s more!

Join the Transvaal Navy at least for the HASSC


I realise that some paddlers don’t have a surf ski or a SUP. The best plan
is that you contact your friends and other paddlers.
Far and away the best plan is that you borrow on a personal basis. Surf
skis are precious and it just works best if the arrangements are made
between the owner and the paddler in need.

GCU does have three surf skis on a first come first served basis. Contact
the secretary (Rene) to find out whether they are still available.

Dabs has a few donated surf skis.

Closer to the HASSC date lucky paddlers who have spare surf skis will
kindly make them available. Thank you. This is very generous.

Tony Purchase will coordinate the availability and allocation of surf skis.

Please…if you have a spare surf ski which you have not loaned to a friend
please make it available to Tony…

Please… if you can not borrow a surf ski from a friend …ask Tony
whether he can allocate one to you. Use email or WhatsApp or SMS to help


Pilates for paddlers


Pilates at Emmarentia Dam every Wednesday (06:00-07:00 am and 07:15-08:15 am) and Friday (07:15-08:15 am) at the beautiful Dabulamanzi Canoe Club on the water’s edge.

A core workout, designed for men and women of all ages. Pilates creates flexibility, stability, a great posture and an all over strong and lean body.

R100 per class.
You can contact me Sonja on 084 9119881 or at  bons@iafrica.com.

Exciting news for summer is we are looking to do classes on Sups (stand up paddle boards) where you can explore a more challenging experience of Pilates on the water!


Novice Time Trials


When: Wednesday evenings

Distance: 6km

For those that don’t quite have the confidence to immerse themselves in the cut and thrust of the Thursday evening time trial, there is a mellower version on Wednesday evenings of only 6km, in which you won’t be sworn at or rammed out of your boat, except by accident.

And there will be assistance if needed for boat set up and some basic techniques.

So beginners should come along and get their sea legs, and get to know more people at the club, and have a few beers on the best deck in Jo’burg.