After discussions with the NSRI, it was evident that one of the biggest challenges for the NSRI is finding a surfski and there being no sign of the paddler. They are then forced to launch a search assuming the worst. The simple application of an ID sticker to the boat and paddles will make it easy for the NSRI, or members of the public, to check if the paddler is safe, and return the equipment.
Durban Surfski Member Craig Stuart decided to do something about this and came up with this great initiative, which he has now passed to Durban Surfski. Below are Craig’s words:-
With the recent safety focus and tragic passing of a fellow paddler in November 2014, we are offering personalised cut out vinyl stickers for paddler’s equipment. These stickers will have your full name, KNCU number (if not already on the boat) and cell number.
This will assist with boat security in clubs, hopefully decreasing random people using craft without the owner’s permission, as well as assisting in reuniting lost craft and paddles with their owners. We are also creating stickers for paddle blades and these come in a Day-Glo neon orange or yellow, you choose your colour.
The cost for the set is R100 and will include 2 x “name” stickers and 2 x “paddle blade” stickers on 3 year vinyl. If applied correctly the vinyl will last past 3 years.
If you want a set please fill out the form on the right. After the form is submitted you will be sent details for payment. Durban based paddlers have the option of collection in Dbn North, if you are lazy or out of town, we can post for an extra R 30. International orders, please make contact via the contact us page to make arrangements.
The aim is to increase paddler safety and promote safety awareness amongst ourselves. In addition please ensure that you wear a PFD at all times when paddling.