17-19 February 2022

Final Instructions

Covid-19 Regulations

These Rules are subject to change at any time prior to the event, specifically related to amendments to Covid-19 Regulations.


C19 Access Screening at a single entrance gate to the designated area around KNCC.

KwaZulu-Natal Canoe Club – Top Deck
Restricted to 50 people max at any one time.
Only 1 representative per paddler is permitted access (Paddler or designated Support Crew) to this venue.
Once registration is completed the individual will be required to leave the club immediately.
Included in the paddler pack will be 2 accreditation silicone armbands, 1 for the paddler and 1 for support crew. These MUST be worn at all times to gain access to designated areas. 

The grassed area / water is restricted to 50 people max at any one time.
Should a paddler be leaving the DRIFT via Ernie Pearce Weir they are to advise the officials on duty that they will not be returning via this access point.
C19 Access Screening in place at the access gate.

As per Rules:
16.1. All paddlers seeded in A Batch on Day 1, the top 10 seeded women’s boats and top 5 seeded junior (boys and girls), are invited to attend a VIRTUAL RULES MEETING on the day of Registration. SEE DETAILS BELOW. Should a paddler choose not to attend it will be deemed that they, and their designated support crew, fully understand the rules and will comply, including all C19 regulations.

In order to comply with C19 Regulations and mitigate crowds, the compulsory MEDIA CONFERENCE will not take place.
In place of the MEDIA CONFERENCE:
All paddlers seeded in the first two rows on Day 1, the top 10 seeded women’s boats and top 5 seeded junior and development boats, are required to make themselves available to the Dusi Media Team for pre-event interviews should the need arise. This will be done by appointment and in consultation with each paddler.

These will be by appointment only.
Masks MUST be worn at all times.
The restriction on numbers within designated areas applies.


Due to C19, NO paddlers or Support Crew will be permitted to camp at Camps Drift.
The ablution facilities within the venue are reserved for OFFICIALS and SAFETY COMPLIANCE only.

Camps Drift Pietermaritzburg


  • SA Navy
  • SAPS Search & Rescue
  • SAPS Bikers
  • Dusi Bikers
  • Landrover Club
  • ER24

Where possible, remote camping venues will be established to accommodate social distancing and reduce numbers at Camps Drift.
Where possible, teams are to rendezvous at venues away from the start venue.
All services to manage their respective members C19 Screening and keep accurate records as per any applicable regulations.

KEY ACCESS POINTS                                                                                                                                                                             

  1. Culvert down river of Dusi Pavilion.
  2. Roadway upriver of the Dusi Pavilion.

Only accredited (wearing a designated armband) paddlers and Support Crew beyond these points.
Access only to the rear field for loading into the pounds. NO ACCESS to the parking or grassed area alongside the drift.
Support crew will not be permitted in the “event zone”. Only the paddlers will be permitted access to start loading at the batches where Covid-19 screening procedures will take place.
Masks are to be worn at all times.

NOTE: Paddlers will only be permitted to remove their masks on exiting the pounds. Designated medical waste bins will be provided for disposable masks. Please do NOT dropped on the ground.
Paddlers are required to carry masks with them should they need to withdraw from the event along the course.

A full schedule of access times will be posted prior to the event.
Paddlers may only access the event area during their designated LOAD IN times.

Batch A – Access to paddlers from 05:00 to 05:45               (45 minutes)
Batch B&C – Access to paddlers from 05:30 to 06:00                (30 minutes)
Batch D – Access to paddlers from 05:45 to 06:15                (30 minutes)

Batch A – to load onto the water at 05:45
Batch B&C – to load onto the water at 06:00
Batch D – to load onto the water at 06:15

Paddler C19 screening at entrance to boat pounds
Size of boat pounds to be large enough to accommodate 50 pax (NOT 50 boats) with sufficient social distancing.
Masks are to be worn at all times in the pounds and when not competing.
In order to ensure that the event remains compliant with C19 regulations, paddlers who disobey this regulation will be instructed to leave the event area immediately and may face immediate disqualification.
In order to ensure that the event remains compliant with C19 regulations, support crew who disobey this regulation will have their accreditation revoked and will be instructed to leave the event area immediately. Failure to comply may result in their paddler facing disqualification.

As per normal
Paddlers are to be called to the water and may only remove their masks on exiting the pounds, prior to launching their boat.
No more than 50 pax (not boats) permitted per batch.
Batches will be released at 15-minute between A and B&C batches and thereafter at 10min intervals.

NO spectators
NO Support Crew
NO dignitaries
No more than 50 pax on the top deck.
OFFICIALS / SAFETY STAFF only permitted onto the grassed area and in the parking area. Subject to no more than 50 pax at any time.
Masks are to be worn at all times by EVERYONE. (except the Announcer / DJ)
Announcer / DJ area to be cordoned off from other officials.

A number of points on the Route have been designated HIGH DENSITY areas and will be monitored to ensure that C19 regulations are adhered to.
In order to comply with C19 Regulations the following points are only accessible by accredited Support Crew. NO SPECTATORS.

NOTE: The fate of the event is the responsibility of every paddler and their support crew.
Should you choose to break these regulations you not only face disqualification, but the authorities may shut the event down.


  • Ernie Pearce Weir
  • YMCA Weir
  • Woodhouse Road Low Level Bridge
  • Bishopstowe
  • Mission Rapid
  • Finger Neck


  • Dusi Bridge
  • Gauging Weir
  • Marianni-Foley causeway
  • The bridge at the mouth of Inanda Dam


  • The take-out from Inanda Dam
  • The roadway between the dam and the put-in below the dam wall
  • The Bridge below the dam wall
  • Umzinyathi rapid
  • Molweni causeway

No access to the Refreshment stations except the crew managing the station and participating paddlers.
This applies to an area 50 metres on either side of a designated refreshment station.

Boats not requiring repairs may be left in the boat pounds, as designated by the race officials.
Damaged boats MAY NOT be repaired in the boat pounds or in the car park (to ensure compliance with permissible numbers at the event).
Boats MAY be removed from the valley in order to effect repairs.
Once the paddler and support crew has left the event zone, they will not be permitted back into this area.
PLEASE NOTE THAT RULE 7.1 STILL APPLIES – “Competitors must complete the race in the same kayak/boat and with the same partner in the case of a crew boat” unless the substitution rule is invoked.

No showers facilities will be provided at any of the finish points.

No food vendors will be at any of the finish points.

Only accredited support crew are permitted into the designated EVENT ZONE.
MASKS are compulsory at all times.
Should there be too many people in specific areas at any time, C19 Compliance Officers will instruct you to leave the areas until space becomes available. Please note that this will be done in order to ensure compliance.
PADDLERS are required to wear a mask on exiting the water and at ALL TIMES in the event zone.
Paddlers finishing in top positions will be issued with a MyLife Dusi facemask which is a requirement until such time as interviews are completed.
All other paddlers will be issued with disposable face masks if they do not have access to their personal masks.
NO boat carriers will be available. On exiting the water paddlers will be required to remove their boat to the boat pound or to the parking area. Only a single Accredited support crew per paddler will be permitted to assist their paddler from the exit of the boat pound.

The process to access the boat pounds will be the same as DAY 1 with the exception of the elapsed time starts who will still require access via a C19 check point.
Elapsed time paddlers are permitted entry 60 minutes before your personal designated start time.
Batch access times will be published at the completion of each day.

REVERSE ORDER start will still apply for 2021.
The process to access the boat pounds will be the same as DAY 1 with the exception of the elapsed time starts who will still require access via a C19 check point.
Elapsed time paddlers are permitted entry 60 minutes before your personal designated start time.
Batch access times will be published at the completion of each day.

The full event zone at KINGFISHER CANOE CLUB will be fenced off and only accredited support crew will be permitted access.
There will be a single-entry point with a C19 check point.
There will be a single exit point above the finish chute to allow paddlers to exit immediately on completing the event.
No catering will be provided.
No showers will be provided.

Due to C19 regulations there will be no “normal” prize giving.
A virtual prize giving, which will not require any attendance by paddlers, will be broadcast on the Saturday evening after the completion of the event.

Normal medical facilities will be provided at each Start and Finish venue.
ONLY the patient will be permitted access.
NO Support crew, family members or non-patients will be permitted access unless with specific permission of the Medical Officer.


Note: The general race rules have been revised and simplified. Pease ensure that you have read these rules and are familiar with any changes.


Paddlers are urged that river safety is the primary responsibility of the paddlers themselves. The policy of the Dusi Committee is NOT to mark any rapids. Paddlers are encouraged to paddle according to their known skill levels and to shoot rapids according to their level of ability.

All of the known dangerous rapids have recognized portages around them. The take outs for known portages at the identified danger points only will be marked with different coloured banners. Yellow will mark an obstacle where the portage is optional, but advisable if the paddler is uncertain; and Red for compulsory portages.


Please note that rescue and safety marshalls at rapids are not there to instruct the paddlers on which line to take and will only give instructions on safety issues and must be obeyed without question.


It is the organizing committee’s intention to continue with the practice of holding the paddlers responsible for the actions of their seconds. Apart from serious offences, the practice of relegating the paddlers associated with offending seconds to the last batch on Day’s 2 and 3 for minor offences on Days 1 and 2 will continue. Please make sure that your seconds understand the rules and follow them. In particular, obey instructions from race marshals promptly and without argument.


From the 2007 race this route via Table Mountain has been open to seconds. This is not a fast route but will cut out the traffic jams in town. Drive carefully as the roads are narrow and winding and there are lots of people about. Study THE DUSI CANOE MARATHON Map for directions.

Note: No seconders or spectators are permitted at the top of Geoff’s Rd (near the water table), and no spectators or seconds are permitted between the top of Geoff’s Rd and the new bridge at Mboyi School.


Please be sure that your seconds understand and obey the “Parking on the Left Hand Side of the road facing down-stream only” rule. This goes a long way in preventing congestion and allowing smooth passage of oncoming local traffic particularly busses and taxis. Always travel downstream and never block either driveways or portages.


The women’s race will be run in accordance with the current CSA ruling. Please note the changes.


A Women’s batch will be in place on Day 1 – D Batch at 6.25am WITH ALL K1 WOMEN’S SEEDED BOATS.

Boats seeded in this batch may not ride the waves of boats from any other batch on Day 1.

The other K1 and K2 women will be entered into their equivalent batches further down the field and may ride any wave.

On Day 2 the women’s boats will be seeded as they fall in the field based on the results of the preceding day.

On Day 3 the Women’s K1’s within 30min of the leading Woman will be started in their own Elapsed Time at 10:30am

On Day 2 and 3 there is no restriction on wave riding, save that clear collusion with a stronger men’s team to drag a woman’s boat through the field will be penalized.


Where the rules state that a section of river is “compulsory paddling”, this means you MUST BE IN THE WATER. This means you can paddle up to an obstacle and portage around the obstacle and put back in immediately below the obstacle. You may not shorten the course in any way by portaging.


Mylife Sponsors stickers will be provided in the Goodie Bag. It is the paddler’s responsibility to ensure that all the stickers provided are displayed on the boat and paddles as indicated at registration. ALL stickers provided are COMPULSORY.

The Mylife race stickers for the front of the Boat must be displayed on either side of the front Deck and on paddle blades. NO other stickers (apart from the CSA race number) may be displayed in front of the front tip of the front cockpit or paddle blades.


Posters and pictures of the layout of official Dusi and Sponsors race stickers are exhibited at registration.

Race BIBS will be provided for all paddlers and must be fixed to the FRONT and BACK of the lifejacket. These may not be altered in any way.

Paddlers MUST ensure that they display Mylife sponsors stickers in accordance with these layouts. Stickers may not be altered in any way! Failure to display these stickers appropriately may result in disciplinary action as detailed herein.


Please will all paddlers make themselves aware of the boat and equipment branding rules for the Dusi. The Dusi organizing committee of Natal Canoe Club have a contractual obligation to their sponsors to see that these rules are conformed to and by entering the race all paddlers have agreed to abide by these rules. There will be careful checking of all boats and equipment at the pounds and any branding that contravenes the rules will have to be removed. The RACE rules and regulations on sponsor branding as pertaining to THE DUSI CANOE MARATHON 2020 are on the Dusi website.


It is the paddler’s responsibility to ensure that their boats are the correct weight during the entire event. Boats will be weight at the end of each day by the official weigh master.

The official event scale and weigh master will be available to check kayak weights between 8.00am and 12.00pm on the day of registration.

Please check the website for full details of this rule.


It is the paddlers responsibility to ensure that their boat conforms to the event branding rules. Boats will NOT be scrutineered and/or “signed off”.


A Virtual Race Rules meeting will be held from 10.00am on the 17th March from NCC, live on the Dusi facebook page.

All paddlers seeded in A Batch on Day 1, Top 10 women’s and top 5 Boys and Girls seeded boats, are required to attend.

Questions from paddlers may be submitted as messages to the page during the meeting.

The meeting will be available as a film on the same site for those who cannot attend.

Paddlers who are unable to attend this meeting must provide written notice of their unavailability to.

Non-attendance, for any reason whatsoever, of this meeting will not constitute an excuse in the case of disciplinary action during the course of the event.


There will be no formal media briefing – see the covid rules for details.


The first day batching is based on the Dusi Seeding Rules as advertised Seeding Races. Position within the A Batch rows is by random draw.


See Covid rules for details

A number of paddlers seconding crews have been ignoring the seconding rules. These will be strictly enforced, with paddlers of offending seconders being penalized.

Seconders may NOT second anywhere on the uphill slope of Nqumeni portage – from the take out to the top of the first hill.

DAY 1 START PROCEDURE  – Start time 6.00 am.


  1. A BATCH.

Seeded row paddlers will have received special stickers indicating their row and their drawn position in pounds. Start procedure for A Batch will be as follows:






– Cannon will follow, but, is NOT the official starting signal.

The start lines consist of three rows of buoys approx.10 meters apart. The first seeded row lines up behind the front row of Red buoys with No.1 on the far (left) side of the river. There are 11 buoys in the front row, and 20 paddlers on the front row. This means that 2 paddlers will line up between a pair of buoys ensuring the front row paddlers have a buoy on either their left or right side.

The second row lines up in the same way behind the second row of Yellow buoys and the rest of the batch behind the third row of White buoys.

From the time the paddlers are called up to the start lines by the starter they are under starters orders and he may start the race as soon as he is satisfied that the rows are straight.

NOTE: Paddlers must ensure that they are lined up BEHIND the buoys, with a clear space between the nose of their boat and the buoy. Any paddler who has his nose past the line of buoys when the race is started will immediately be penalized 2 minutes.

If a competitor commences paddling after the word “Ready” and before the word “Go”, he or she has made a false start.

A competitor who attempts to start before any instruction is deemed to have made an unfair start.

A competitor who attempts a false or unfair start will be warned.

A second warning will result in the imposition of two minute penalty.

A third warning will result in the competitor’s disqualification from the event.

A disqualified competitor must leave the water immediately. Cameras will be used.

  1. The rest of the batches will be allowed onto the water as soon as the preceding batch has been started and will be called up to a single line almost immediately. i.e. Very little warm up time will be allowed on the water.
  2. First day batches are as follows.


Start Batch Pound Access To start Boat details
06:00 A BATCH 5:00 to 5:45 05:45 60 boats all K1
06:15 B&C BATCH 5:30 to 6:00 06:00 50 boats all K1
06:25 D WOMEN 5:45 to 6:15 06:15 21 boats all K1
06:30 SUPERATS 5:50 to 6:20 06:20 9 40+ Boats
06:40 E&F BATCH 6:00 to 6:30 06:30 50 boats all K1
06:45 OCTOGENARIAN 6:05 to 6:35 06:35 Hugh Raw and support crew 5 boats all K1
06:50 G BATCH 30+ 6:10 to 6:40 06:40 22 boats mixed K1 & K2
07:00 H&I BATCH CHARITY 1 6:20 to 6:50 06:50 34 boats mixed K1 and K2
07:10 J BATCH CHARITY 2 6:30 to 7:00 07:00 24 boats mixed K1 and K2
07:20 K BATCH MIC and KEA ANNIVERSARY 6:40 to 7:10 07:10 20 boats mixed K1 and K2
07:30 L&M BATCH 24+ 6:50 to 7:20 07:20 28 boats mixed K1 and K2
07:40 N&O BATCH 20+ 7:00 to 7:30 07:30 31 boats mixed K1 and K2
07:50 P BATCH 7:10 to 7:40 07:40 25 boats mixed K1 and K2
08:00 Q SECURITY BATCH 7:20 to 7:50 07:50 24 boats mixed K1 and K2 no women lower
08:10 R BATCH 7:30 to 8:00 08:00 25 boats mixed K1 and K2
08:20 S BATCH 7:40 to 8:10 08:10 25 boats mixed K1 and K2
08:30 T BATCH 7:50 to 8:20 08:20 25 boats mixed K1 and K2
08:40 U BATCH 8:00 to 8:30 08:30 25 boats mixed K1 and K2
08:50 V BATCH 8:10 to 8:40 08:40 25 boats mixed K1 and K2
08:55 SWEEPS 8:15 to 8:45 08:45 5 boats all K2 sweeps


SECOND DAY.  Start time 06h00

Batches for Day 2 will be SMS’d, displayed in the INFO tent and placed on the website, on the evening of Day 1.

The procedure will be a Standing and Le Mans combination start except that all the Elapsed time paddlers must start in the water in their boats and paddle to the portage at Dusi Bridge.

Elapsed time – All K1’s within 1 hr of the leader – 6am to 7am

7:10 A Batch and B Batch combined – next 25 K1’s in each 7:10am – No K2 or K3’s in Elapsed time or A and B batches.

7:20 C Batch next 25 boats including any K2’s or K3’s that would have been in Elapsed Time or A and B Batches

7:30 D Batch next 25 boats

7:35 SUPERATS 9 boats

7:40 E Batch next 25 boats

7:45 Octogenarian 5 boats

7:50 F Batch next 25 boats

8:00 G Batch 30+ boats not in higher batches – We will need to balance the20 and 30 year batches to 50 paddlers per batch for covid regs.

8:10 H Batch CHARITY CH Boats not in higher batches

8:20 I Batch CHARITY CH2 Boats not in higher batches

8:30 IJ Batch 20+ boats not in higher batches

8:40 K Batch SECURITY – All F or X boats from lower batches

8:50 L Batch next 25 boats

And so on to the end

THIRD DAY. Start time 06H00.

Starts will be conducted in two groups.

B BATCH onwards

6:00 B Batch next 25 boats

6:10 C Batch next 25 boats

6:20 D Batch next 25 boats

6:25 SUPERATS 9 boats

6:30 E Batch next 25 boats

6:40 F batch 30+ boats not in higher batches

6:45 Octogenarian 5 boats

6:50 G1 Batch CHARITY CH boats not in higher batches

7:00 G2 Batch CHARITY CH2 boats not in higher batches

8:00 H Batch 20+ boats not in higher batches

8:10 next 25 boats

And so on to the end


At 10h30 WOMEN’S ELASED TIME will run for all the women’s K1’s within 30min of the leading Woman’s K1. At 11h00 MEN’S ELAPSED TIME will start for all the Men’s K1’s within 1 hour of the leading Man’s K1, followed at 12h05 by A Batch. There will be no K2’s in elapsed time or A Batch. If necessary potential category prize winning boats will be moved from A or B batch to make sure the top 3 are one batch.

At the Blue Lagoon finish, slower paddlers are asked to keep left and let faster paddlers overtake on the right hand side.

Virtual Prizegiving following the race – format to be announced soon.


Shane le Breton                                                                                              073 909 7017

Mike Coetzer                                                                                                 082 820 6739

John Oliver                                                                                                     082 550 2859

Doug Gow                                                                                                      061 439 5056

Brad Glasspoole                                                                                              083 501 0202


From 2019 onwards paddlers will be required to portage off the road, behind the crash barriers on the right hand side of the road. This rout has been cleared and will be marked and marshalled.


A line of 4 buoys has been placed before Ernie Pearce weir to align paddlers in the approach to Ernie Pearce Weir.

ALL paddlers must pass to the LEFT of ALL the buoys (leaving the buoys on your right hand side).

Should you miss a buoy for whatever reason, ICF Marathon rules will apply – you must turn around or reverse and go inside the buoy.

Failure to adhere to the rules may result in time penalties or disqualification.


It is possible that the water will not be flowing sufficiently over Low Level Bridge for this to be paddled over safely.

In the event of the Organisers deciding that the water level at Low Level Bridge is dangerous, this MAY be made a compulsory portage.

If Low Level Bridge is made a compulsory portage, this announcement will be made at the START of the race, and the following rule will apply

Paddlers will have to take out on the left hand bank approximately 200m upstream of Low Level Bridge. The take-out will be marked with a RED flag, and will be marshaled. No paddler may paddle under the tape marking the lower edge of the take-out.

Paddlers will run along the left hand bank and CROSS OVER low level bridge, to put in on the right hand bank.

Paddlers may put in on the DOWNRIVER side of the bridge if they wish, however, marshalls may eliminate this option if deemed too dangerous.

Please obey Marshalls at all times on this portage.


As in 2015, the Nqumeni Portage rule has been changed, and will be replaced with:

9.10          Nqumeni portage is compulsory. Paddlers may use the old “early” take out for Nqumeni, and once they reach the top of the hill, they may cross straight over the road and follow an EXISTING path down the hill. They may also turn right and follow the gravel road down the hill. Paddlers may NOT cut any new paths on any part of Nqumeni Hill. The take-out further downstream that was created more recently may also be used, and paddlers may follow the road back to the river above Gum Tree Rapid.


Burma Road portage has been removed from the race and is no longer an option on Day 3.

The rules are therefore as follows:

  • Compulsory paddling from the Start to the Dam Wall.
    • Compulsory portage from the Dam Wall take-out (left hand bank) to the bridge.
    • Compulsory paddling from the end of the dam portage to the race finish at Blue Lagoon. Paddlers must stay in the water, save that competitors may portage major rapids for safety reasons in high water conditions..
    • Competitors may portage the Pump House Weirs.
    • There will be a strict cut-off at Pump House Weir at 15:00.
    • There will be a strict cut-off at the N2 Bridge at 17:00.


DAY 3: LOW RIVER: The rules for the THIRD day will be as follows.

  1. Compulsory paddling from the start to the dam wall.
  2. Compulsory portage from the Dam Wall take-out to the Bridge below the dam wall.
  3. From here there is an optional portage along the tar road all the way to the demarcated point on the road at Umzinyathi. For safety reasons no vehicles may stop along this section of road.
  4. From here you may either paddle or portage on the right hand bank to the old Burma Take Out pool.
  5. Burma Road portage is out of bounds.
  6. From here you may run or paddle to the old Burma Road put in.
  7. From the old Burma Road put in it is compulsory paddling to the Finish at Blue Lagoon


It is possible that the Race Committee may decide to allow “low-level rules”. If this decision is made, it will be announced at the start of each day TO WHICH LOW LEVEL RULES are applicable.

If an announcement is NOT made on any given day, low level rules will NOT apply to that day, even if they applied for previous day/s.


The appendices 1 & 2 attached hereto will be applied for the 2020 DUSI CANOE MARATHON.


  1. Bags for litter will be issued to the campers and plenty of refuse containers will be available. Please use them. They will be collected each morning and removed from the valley.
  2. Boat Repairs. Boats must be repaired in the boat pounds at each of the overnight stops. Removal from the pound may result in the paddlers disqualification. Boats may be professionally repaired. Changing of boats is strictly forbidden in all canoe races – You must finish the race in the same boat that you started in.
  3. Seconding stickers. Seconding car stickers are to be issued again this year. Seconding vehicles must have the numbered sticker stuck to the windshield. Press, officials and organizers will be issued with personal accreditation cards as well as vehicle stickers. Access to certain parts of the camps will be restricted to card holders and seconds with car stickers.
  4. Temporary Weirs. There are still some temporary weirs and bridges in various places on the Umgeni, especially in the area of Mbeje’s Store on the 2nd Instructions have been given for their removal, but if they are still in place when you reach them, they will be marked and marshalled. Please obey the safety instructions given by the marshalls.




Please note that CSA Branding and Sponsorship rules are limited to the following

CSA Rules and Regulations

6.1. Race organizers must stipulate any specific requirements or exclusions regarding advertising clearly, and in detail, as part of their Race/Event Rules. All sanctions and ramifications of non compliance to the specific rules must also be clearly stated.
6.2 The paddler by entering the race/event accepts these stipulated conditions and must abide by them.
6.3 It is the responsibility of the Race Organizers to enforce the rules of their races and impose sanctions.
6.4 The above (advertising issues) will not impact or be the responsibility of CSA nor those juries and officials appointed for the governance of SA Championship events.
6.5 All advertising material must be placed in such a way that it does not interfere with competitors’ identification and does not affect the outcome of the race.

and the rules below are the race rules for THE DUSI CANOE MARATHON and will be enforced by the race officials.

    Each paddler shall:

    • Stick sponsors or event stickers, if provided,  to the back of each paddle blade;
    • Wear a race bib, if provided;
    • Stick sponsors or event stickers, if provided, on each side of the canoe, along the seam in front of the cockpit;
    • Boat stickers may not be altered in any way.
    • Wear a sponsors or event cap, if provided, when interviewed by the media.
  • Sponsors branding has exclusivity in the following instances (sponsors only area):
    • On the front deck and hull of the kayak in front of the front tip of the cockpit.
  • Personal sponsorship, which is not in conflict with the event sponsors, may be displayed in the following areas (shared area):
    • On the back of the paddle blade, provided it doesn’t cover any part of the event or sponsors sticker/s provided.
    • On the lifejacket and splash cover, provided this does not obscure any part of the event or sponsor/s bibs provided.
  • The paddler may apply personal branding without restriction in the following areas:
    • On the deck of the kayak behind the front cockpit;
    • On the side of the kayak behind the front cockpit line;
    • On the paddle shaft;
    • On the paddling shorts and socks of the competitor.
    • Headgear between the start and finish of each day. Sponsors headgear, if provided, must be worn during all media and other interviews.
  • Wearing of club colours by all paddlers is strongly encouraged. However, paddlers may wear any clothing they choose unless an event or sponsors paddling top is provided, in which case ALL paddlers must wear such provided clothing.
  • The onus rests on the paddler to ensure that he or she complies strictly with these rules.
  • Breach of these advertising/ sponsorship rules will result in the paddler:
    • Forfeiting any prize money to which he or she may have been entitled;
    • Risking disqualification and suspension from future Dusi’s;
    • Receiving such further penalty as The Dusi organisers consider appropriate.


  1. Race committee

The race committee shall comprise 3 of the following:

Shane le Breton                                                                                    073 909 7017

Mike Coetzer                                                                                        082 820 6739

Doug Gow                                                                                            061 439 5056

John Oliver                                                                                           082 550 2859

Brad Glasspoole                                                                                   083 501 0202

In the case of a member of the race committee being unavailable for any reason whatsoever, the race committee may elect a member of the Jury to the race committee.

  1. Race committee functions

The race committee shall:

  • Hear any protest lodged by a competitor and deal with any dispute between competitors;
  • Hear the opinion of any race official who reports any improper behavior / breach of rules by a competitor or second;
  • Decide whether the race rules, read with the ICF marathon rules have been infringed;
  • Impose such penalties, including disqualification, as they consider appropriate; and
  • Notify the competitor in writing of the penalty, giving brief reasons, and noting the time and date of notification.
  1. Protests

Protests relating to an incident in the race must be submitted to John Oliver in writing within 1 (one) hour (or such longer period as the race committee may allow) of the last of the competitors involved in the incident completing the course for that day or retiring.  Any protest must be accompanied by a fee of R200.00, which will be refunded if the protest is upheld.

Anybody, or persons, submitting a protest must remain at the race venue until such time as the race committee, and or race jury, have heard the protest and have given permission for the protestors to leave the valley. In the event of the protestor/s not being present for any hearings, the race committee or jury may dismiss the protest at their discretion.

  1. Appeals

Competitors have the right to appeal to the race jury against a decision of the race committee.  Any appeal shall be submitted in writing to John Oliver within 1 (one) week of the competitor being notified of the race committee’s decision, and, shall be accompanied by a fee of R200.00, which will be refunded if the appeal is upheld.

  1. Race jury

The race jury shall comprise any three of the following:

Nigel Tatham                                                                     –               082 900 6891

Trevor Gorven                                                                    –               082 555 7572

Brian Kurz                                                                          –               082 801 7581

Tim Cornish                                                                        –               083 660 7229

Hayley Nixon                                                                     –               079 670 7962