As part of the development plan, the four watersport clubs currently occupying land within the proposed development jointly known as the Point Watersport Clubs (PWC) [ Point Yacht club (PYC) , Durban Paddle Ski Club (DPSC), Durban Undersea Club (DUC) and Durban Ski Boat Club (DSBC) ] are planned to be accommodated in one clubhouse facility.
Over the past 4 years, the clubs have begun the process of integrating the facilities, members and management of the PWC . Part of this process was the issuing of a PWC “blue” loyalty card. This card is currently available to all paid up members of PYC, DUC and DSBC as part of a reciprocity arrangement between these clubs. The PWC card entitles the member to the following benefits:
Automatic access via the entrance gate to members parking
Access to and use of PYC, DUC and DSBC clubhouse facilities and services
Member discount on food and beverage services
Club specific benefits such as discounted tractor tows for launching of boats and discounts on dives ( certain restrictions apply)
The PWC loyalty card is issued at the PWC beachsite offices for PYC and DUC members and at the DSBC offices for their members only. There is a R35 card issuing fee which applies to new and replacement cards.
The procedure is for DUC and PYC members is to come to the PWC office IN PERSON during office hours, pay R35 at one of the till points and then bring the slip and a valid PYC or DUC membership card to the office to collect a PWC loyalty card.
Should a PYC or DUC member want to use their PWC loyalty card at DSBC, they would need to first register their card on the DSBC system in order to receive their PWC member discount on F&B purchases. DSBC members are required to do the same at the PWC office.
The PWC Loyalty card is not transferable and can only be used by the member to whom it has been allocated . Family members over 18 need to have their own loyalty card and pay the relevant membership fees to their respective clubs in order to obtain one. Staff are empowered to confiscate cards being used by someone other than the member whose card it is.
An important aspect of issuing the loyalty card and reciprocity between the clubs is to attempt to create a feeling of unity among the various PWC members in an effort to overcome the inherent suspicion and opposition to the impending changes to the clubs. This is done by facilitating reciprocity use of the clubs and allowing the PWC members to integrate in their sports and socially. There are still pockets of resistance within the membership bases of all PWC clubs to
the pending integration of the clubs, especially the issue of loss of the “identity and tradition” that the future integration implies. There is a fear among some members of being overrun by others that do not share their sporting interests and passion and also of hidden agendas.
The reality is that the PWC is founded by water sport enthusiasts whose desire is to see all water sports flourish under the PWC banner without prejudice to any group no matter how big or small the support that their respective water sport receives within PWC. No current PWC committee member is reimbursed for their services to the clubs or stands to gain personally or professionally from the future development of the clubs.