Checklists

Swimmer’s Checklist

  • Have you contacted your CLDSA approved swim skipper?
  • Do you have a CLDSA approved swim observer?
  • Have you read the CLDSA swim rules?
  • Have you chosen your swim route, swim category and time frame?
  • Is your CLDSA membership up to date (log on to www.cldsa.co.za to check and/or register)? R300 is the current membership fee.
  • Have you logged onto CLDSA.co.za to register your swim (at least 48 hours before)? (Info required: pilot, observer, swim date and time, swim category, R200 swim fee for members.)
  • Has your skipper completed his/her checklist?
  • (Robben Island swims): Has CLDSA made contact with Port Authority and Robben Island for notification and received approval (at least 48hr before the swim)? You’ll need to request a swim time. The skipper usually requests this from swims@cldsa.co.za.
  • Following the swim, has the observer submitted the swim report?

Observer’s Checklist

  • Are you a CLDSA approved swim observer?
  • Are you familiar with the latest CLDSA’s swim rules include the categories and correct swim attire by category?
  • You are in charge of timing the swim.
  • We recommend a first aid qualification
  • Following a successful swim, observer to fill in swim report.

Skipper’s Checklist

  • Do you have a valid skipper’s license?
  • Do you have a valid seaworthy certificate and SAMSA licence (Category C for up to 15Nm offshore)?
  • Do you have relevant insurance?
  • Are you a CLDSA approved swim skipper?
  • Will you have a CLDSA approved swim observer on the boat (this could be you)?
  • Have you contacted SANParks to notify them of the swim (Robben Island swims)?
  • (Robben Island swims): Have you paid relevant SAN Parks’ fees and sent through proof of payment?
  • (Robben Island swims): Email swims@cldsa.co.za to ask that CLDSA makes contact with Port Authority and Robben Island for notification and approval (at least 48hr before the swim)? You’ll need to request a swim time.
  • Has your swimmer completed his/her checklist?
  • We recommend a first aid qualification.

On the day:

  • Adhere to all maritime requirements.
  • (Robben Island swims): Skipper to notify Port Control on channel 14 of swim start and again when swimmer is 1 nautical mile from island.
  • (Robben Island swims) If swim start is delayed by more than 2 hours – swim must be cancelled
  • (Robben Island swims) If swim is cancelled or postponed, pilot to notify CLDSA swim co-ordinator: swims@cldsa.co.za who needs to contact Robben Island.