The club facilities, shared with Pretoria Sailing Club (PSC), are located within the Rietvlei Nature Reserve. This unique location has many benefits but also poses some unique requirements and risks.
The reserve is home to hippos which are often sighted in the dam. These animals should be treated with respect and should be given a wide zone when sited. Members and visitors are to report all hippo sightings to a club committee member. This is a known risk, and it remains the members, and visitors, decision to make use of the dam.
All dam users are to comply with the following rules and regulations.
- Access to Rietvlei Dam, the PSC and CCC facilities is obtained by displaying CCC vehicle sticker on your car windscreen. Reserve gate access tags are issued to each member and access is gained to the reserve by swiping this tag at the gate. Entrance to the club grounds is controlled by a GSM Cell gate system. The gate phone number is issued to all members.
- No boats may be on the water after sunset or before sunrise.
- Paddling is only allowed in the designated areas which are marked by buoys as shown on the paddling route map.
- Paddlers may only enter and exit the dam from the club premises.
- Paddlers are to stay out of the fishermen and nature reserve areas.
- Paddlers are not allowed to land on the bird island.
- Only closed cockpit K1, K2 and K3 Kayaks, and S1 and S2 surf skis are allowed on the dam. No “fishing skis” or other recreational kayaks may be used.
- All kayaks and surf skis used on Rietvlei Dam must display a Canoeing South Africa (CSA) registration number.
- Rietvlei dam can on occasion experience severe winds and storms.
- Members are encouraged to make use of splash covers / spray skirts
- When paddling. In the event of lightning no paddling is allowed.
- Personal Flotation Devices (PFD), that comply with the CSA regulations are to be worn at all times when on the water.
- Kayaks are to be stored in the allocated boat racks. Boats and equipment not stored correctly will be impounded and reclaimable on payment of a fine.
- Swimming is not allowed in the dam.
- Visitors must at all times be accompanied by a registered CCC member.
- Running is allowed in the fisherman’s/ camping section of the reserve.
Failure to comply with these conditions will jeopardise the club’s position within the reserve. Members found to be guilty of infringement will be disciplined accordingly.
Access to the club premises and use of the dam and running trails are at the members’ own risk.
Coaching and Lessons
Beginner lessons and coaching are available to new members and parties interested in membership. CCC is privileged to boast a certified Internarial Canoe Federation (ICF) level 1 club coach. Our coach’s skills are improved by frequent attendance of coaching camps. Our club coach will provide two beginner lessons at R150 each. Should more lessons be required a package of three 45min sessions for R300 can be purchased directly from the club coach.
Following these initial sessions, the best way to learn is to practice.
The club boasts many experience paddlers who are always willing to provide guidance and advice to beginners.
TUKS student membership:
To assit the TUKS Canoe Club and its student members in pursuit of the sport a special membership arrangement is agreed.
Valid TUKS Canoe Club members can join CCC at 50% of the normal CCC student rate. This membership is conditional on:
- The member being registered with Canoeing South Africa (CSA)
- The member is a current student of the university of Pretoria and can present valid proof of registration.
- The member is a paid up member of the TUKS Canoe Club.
- The member complies with all the rules and regulations of CCC.
- All indemnities and risk carried by normal CCC members are accepted by the member.
TUKS members may also make use of CCC club equipment and the club facilities, inline with the CCC polices.
On arrangement with the CCC committee, open days for students, group training sessions and proficiency tests can be arranged on an ad-hoc basis.