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TASK guidelines To Local Councils


South Africa's seashore stretches nearly 3000 kilometers and offers a variety of opportunities for commercial sea kayaking. As the pastime develops, more and more would-be operators will apply to local councils for permits to operate from beaches controlled by them. As a service to the community, TASKS has compiled the following guidelines to inform councils iro the minimum requirements for commercial sea kayaking operators.

  1. An established bona fide business with a good track record.
    Commercial sea kayaking is a demanding form of business requiring all forms of business acumen. Applicants should have a track-record of doing good business, preferably in the field of tourism and should have a suitable infrastructure of administration, marketing and operations in place. The business structure should be registered, permits for vehicles [if applicable] must be available and liability insurance must have been contracted.

  2. Suitable sea-worthy craft.
    It is imperative that commercial sea kayak operators use suitable craft. Indeed, craft should be scrutinized by SAMSA officers iro meeting minimum requirements for sea-worthiness and public transportation at sea. A new range of cheaper plastic sea kayaks has become available making it tempting for anybody to try to set up kayak businesses. However, it takes much more than this to run a safe commercial sea kayak operation.

  3. Guided Sea Kayak Tours or Rental?
    Note that we are dealing here with guided sea kayaking. No craft are rented or hired out. There is a major difference between hiring out craft and running guided sea kayak tours. Hiring falls under hawking and meeting local council ordinances; guided tours fall under tourism and must meet provincial and national tourism laws.

  4. Sea Kayak Guides
    All kayak operators should have qualified sea kayak guides, not river guides or field guides or tour guides. There are currently four categories of guides in SA Tourism: Tour, Field, Adventure and Marine. Paddling falls under Adventure Guiding and has three categories: Flat Water [lakes], Swift Water [rivers] and sea kayaking. Each has its own qualification which is controlled by THETA , the Tourism, Hospitality, Education Training Authority.

  5. Sea Safety
    In addition to receiving formal sea kayak guide training, sea paddlers must be familiar with paddling at sea and with safety at sea. They should have records of sea paddling, surf life-saving and sailing, or skippering. Some should be in possession of Skippers' certificates and/or SPA's, ie Surf Proficiency Awards. Operators must also have a track record of operating at sea. Paddlers with no sea paddling, or those who have only paddled on rivers or lakes do not meet the requirements without further training and experience.

  6. Limited space.
    Councils must determine how much space should be allocated to sea kayak operators. Too many would jeopardize the safety of swimmers, boats and other water users. Blue Flag status beaches must also take their status requirements into account. One or two per beach would be about right for most areas. More would put businesses under strain and confuse the public

READ MORE ABOUT TASKS

1. A Brief History of TASKS

2. The Formation of TASKS

3. Guide training in new education dispensation

4. Transformation of river association

5. Sea kayaking association promotes clubs and training

6. TASK guidelines To Local Councils

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23  September  2019


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