In our club we have a place for every type of paddler – the downwind junkie looking for the next thrill or the beginner paddler who prefers to paddle in calm conditions at the Strand.

We host Tuesday night time trials during the summer months but you will find paddlers down at the Club almost every evening, paddling out and back, or playing in the surf.

Tuesday night time trials take various forms – it can be an out and back in a Southerly wind, Gordons Bay to SSLC in a strong South Easter or a 10 km circuit in front of the SSLC.

Novices are more than welcome to contact us and join us Tuesday evenings.  Someone will be available to take you through the do`s and don’ts of paddling.

There are a few safety precautions we all take before getting on the water:

  • Ensure that you are able to swim proficiently.
  • To wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • To avoid being separated from your ski when you fall out by a leg leash or a tie down.
  • Ensure you are able to remount into your ski in deep water.
  • Be aware of the paddling conditions (Wind, waves and fog)
  • If possible check the weather forecasts or contact someone from the club
  • Wear the appropriate clothing to prevent hypothermia, sunburn and sunstroke.
  • Take water or energy drinks with you, if you are planning to do more than 10kms
  • Also make sure to wear bright coloured clothing.
  • Avoid paddling on your own.
  • Always inform someone if you go paddling. Tell them where you are paddling to and when you are expected back.
  • Use Safe TRX (NSRI App)

Western Cape Canoe Union (WCCU) & Canoe South Africa (CSA) Registration

In order to enter, CSA sanctioned surfski or canoe races, you must be registered as a paddler with WCCU and CSA. The registration process is not handled by the clubs any longer and all registrations and renewals must be done directly on the new CSA Paddlers registration portal. Click on the link and follow the instructions to complete your WCCU & CSA registration – https://paddler.canoesa.com/

You also need to pass a Surfski Proficiency Test (if not done before) before you can do CSA sanctioned races. Contact the Surfski Officer of Strand SLC to arrange this