Our list of skippers serves as a resource for our members’ long distance swims. Swimmers must make sure they are comfortable with their chosen skipper. Skippers who wish to be listed must complete a skipper application form and should refer to our skipper’s checklist as guidance for each swim.

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Skipper Application

Do you have a valid level 3 first aid certificate?
List the different CLDSA swim routes skippered and the swim dates (month and year).
I hereby agree to the following:

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 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: who needs to contact Robben Island. 

Skipper list