“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.


Big Dabs News - The AGM is this week Your committee would love to see you there this Thursday after Time Trial.   We promise not to dragoon you onto the committee, but your votes are needed for stuff. You should have received an email with the proxy form, but here it...


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


Join us at our AGM


If you cannot attend, please download and complete the proxy: AGM Proxy Form 2019

AGM 2019 NoticePilates for paddlers


Pilates at Emmarentia Dam every Wednesday (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: Monday evenings, 17:30

Distance: 5km

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 Monday 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.