DSBC Launch Procedure:

Please complete the launch register before you launch and after you return. Remember to call VHF ch.8 for radio check. Permission to launch must be obtained before proceeding to sea and before beaching on return. Marine safety requires you to call when launching even if the radio tower is not manned, to notify other vessels that you are about to launch and beach.


  • Only allowed if both the vessel & skipper are night rated.

  • Tractor drivers duty hours are 4am – 6pm (summer) 5am – 6pm (winter) 7 days/week . Their shifts are posted in the launch control hut. If a tractor driver is not awake at the launch control hut you will need to wake him up. Drivers’ cell numbers as well as a Club contact cell number are also available in the hut. Only wake up the driver on duty that day. If you want to make a night launch the skipper needs to make arrangements with the driver on duty.

  • Please pay the driver R50 for any tractor tow services outside standard duty hours as their PWC remuneration does not cover this. Even if you are 1 minute before 4am or 1 minute after 6pm you are required to pay R50 to the driver – no exceptions & no debate. The time on the tractor drivers watch will be the club time. If you are caught short for cash and can’t pay him before you leave the club, then he will take your S/DUC number and hand it in at DSBC accounts who will debit your account and settle with the driver.

  • The drivers will not tow non-members after hours unless you pay them in cash before you launch.

  • Vessels and / or skippers that are not night rated can only launch after first light. For practical reasons we define FIRST LIGHT as once we can clearly see the end of north pier. If you are unsure please get clearance from the radio / safety officer on tower duty on weekends.

  • Warming motors – This is a sheltered launch. You don’t need to warm motors in a SW wind or calm conditions. For 2 strokes in a NE wind or shore-break that need to warm motors, please do this on the beach using a hose coupled to your live bait tank or bucket on the boat. If you are unclear how to do this please ask one of the committee members who will gladly explain how this works.


  • Drive in via the automated boom gate with PWC card access (please don’t use the other gate closest to the beach).

  • Please keep access to the boom gate free by parking your boat away from the boom, towards the road leading behind the club house. Other vehicles/ boat trailers to be parked as close behind as possible. You can park on either side of the rope demarcating the parking area. Be considerate – space is at a premium and be organised so we can clear the way for other boats ASAP.

  • During duty hours, if the drivers are not currently attending to a boat they will usually be either at the tractor shed or launch control hut. The guards at the launch control hut should have an idea of where the duty drivers are and can radio each other to locate the drivers.

  • When there is a queue we use the “golf ball in the pipe system” to ensure boats are launched in the order they arrive, dependant on you being ready by the time it’s your turn. There is a red painted pipe mounted on the light pole adjacent to the paddle ski container storage. Mark your golf ball with your boat number.

  • This is a sheltered launch. You don’t need to warm motors in a SW wind or calm conditions. However for 2 strokes in a NE wind or shore-break that need to warm motors, you may warm your motors at the wash bay before launching only after 4am and before 6pm. Please don’t rev your motors unnecessarily. Please be considerate of residents in our precinct and just warm them sufficiently to clear the small shore-break. The committee will investigate complaints against skippers who cause unnecessary noise and sanction them if and when necessary.

  • Hitch up your own trailer when it’s your turn – and secure with a chain which will allow speedy trailer recovery should your trailer come off the tow hitch during the launch.

  • The tractor driver will launch you and leave your trailer on the beach.

  • When you return let the tractor driver drop off 1 crew to sign the register while he tows your boat to the parking area. Please don’t ask the tractor driver to wait for you while you find your place in the register and/ or cause congestion outside the office. It is the skippers responsibility to ensure his vessel does not cause congestion anywhere between the beach entry/exit point and the parking area.


  • The DSBC encourages boats to launch via the push pole method. Local boat dealerships will attend to installations – it’s not expensive.

  • The tractor driver will launch you and leave your trailer on the beach.

  • If you self-launch with a push pole, the tractor driver will push you in once you have your boat on the sand. If the tractor driver is not busy launching other vessels then ask him to follow you to the beach.

  • During peak times when more than one tractor is operating, the drivers will organise themselves so that one driver will attend to a number of boats that have been un-trailered and are waiting for a push. They know the drill; please allow them to work efficiently.


During construction of a storm water drain from the new development there is a temporary update to the usual procedure, detailed below.

  • Proceed through main gate, continue straight across to second boom. If you have a DSBC, DUC, or Umhlanga number you can proceed directly to the beach.
  • If your boat number isn’t a club number payment needs to be made at the second boom. If you are a member with a non-club number verify that you are on the relevant register so you won’t be charged.
  • Please keep the entrance / roadway access clear while you are signing the register and preparing your boat. You can proceed through the boom and stop on the grass on the pier if there is congestion.
  • It is in your interests to remember to deflate your tyres to avoid getting stuck in the sand which leads to congestion as others come to your recovery. The tractors will only attend to you after they have launched all boats in the queue. Please be considerate and only self – launch if you have the right vehicle and know how to drive on the sand. If not sure, ask for help from experienced ‘self-launchers’ outside of peak times.
  • When you return, please keep the roadway outside the office clear while you sign yourself back in.

Launching Regulations:


The Merchant Shipping (National Small Vessel Safety) Regulations 2007,Regulation 12: Voyage Information

  1. Before a vessel goes to sea from a place in the republic, the owner and skipper must ensure that there is left behind, particulars in respect of- (a) the identity of the vessel, including its name if any, official number, and or type or make; (b) names of the occupants; and (c) the intended place or places and expected times of departure and arrival.
  2. Where regulating authorities, authorized agencies or clubs affiliated to a governing body have implemented reporting mechanisms for sheltered waters or at harbours, fishing harbours and approved launch sites, owners and skippers must comply with those mechanisms instead of the requirements under sub-regulation
  3. In terms of the launch site permit issued for the purposes of operating a boat launch site issued in terms of Regulation 11 of the Regulations in terms of section 44 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998): Control of Vehicles in the Coastal Zone (Government Notice No. 1399) (“ORV Regulations”), as amended by National Environmental Management Act: Regulations: Amendment (Gazette 27066, Regulation Gazette 8113), 7 December 2004. Permit Condition : 1.1.1 Launch Register: All relevant users must complete the KZN Boat Launch and Catch Register, including commercial fishers, fishing skis and other paddle craft from which fish are caught.




  • 4 x 4’s without a trailer are not allowed onto the beach. The guard has been instructed not to allow these vehicles through the boom gate.
  • If you recover your own boat from the beach after a tractor has launched you, then you will need to identify yourself to the guard before you launch and he will give you a special access disk valid for that day only, entitling you to drive your 4 x 4 onto the beach without a trailer to recover your boat & trailer.
  • If you are a regular in this category then please enquire at the office for a permanent beach access disk which will be provided on signed acceptance of conditions applicable to its use.


  • If you are not a DSBC boat (S number) or DUC boat then you must pay to launch whether you self-launch or require a tractor tow. Members who launch with different boat numbers are to please ensure that their numbers are on the “Non-Club Numbers” register to ensure that they won’t be charged to launch.
  • The schedule of fees payable is available in the launch control hut and at PWC offices. The guard will charge the relevant fee and give you a receipt. Please ensure to keep this as proof of payment.
  • DSBC is responsible for safety at this launch site. You are not permitted to launch if your vessel does not have a valid COF and / or if the skipper does not have a skipper’s certificate. We do not check this or ask you to show the radio operator on duty, however any DSBC committee member and the radio officer on duty is entitled to ask you to verify this before your launch or on your return. If you are found to have launched without complying with the required safety requirements the committee will investigate and sanction, if necessary, any skippers found to be violating safety regulations. Your safety is our primary concern. No fish is worth risking life or injury to you, your crew and / or other people on the beach or in the water.


  • The wash bay has been designed to wash 3 boats at a time and the water pressure is strong and consistent but this only works IF skippers and crew follow some general guidelines:
  • Park your trailer straight in the demarcated wash-bays with your car in line, not at an angle preventing access to the adjacent bay.
  • Be considerate of other boats waiting to be washed. Get on with the job without delay – remember this facility is provided for a wash up after fishing, not a full valet – you can do that at home.
  • Save water – please don’t leave the tap running while you chat.
  • Remove your vehicle and boat as soon as you have finished – please don’t go and have a beer and leave your boat blocking the wash bay preventing other boats from washing up.
  • You can flush your motors up to 9pm at night – NOT after that please in consideration for our neighbours across the road. We do not want our privileges removed due to complaints. Please do not rev your motors excessively when flushing – this is not necessary as motors can be flushed at idle speed. The committee will investigate and sanction, if necessary, any skippers found to be violating this point.


  • Tandem parking for tow vehicles with boats on trailers is reserved on weekends and public holidays when the weather forecast is good for fishing.
  • A hazard tape will cordon-off the following areas for boats / tow vehicles returning to the club after fishing:
    i. From the boom gate to the last surf-ski storage container.
    ii. From the wash-bay to the harbour channel corner of the parking area.
  • The parking attendants on duty will not permit any vehicles without a trailer to park in these areas, even if the driver claims to have a trailer on the beach. Only tandems can park here – meaning a tow vehicle with trailer attached.
  • Signage on the fence will make this clear to all drivers looking for parking – “NO TRAILER – NO PARKING”
  • These reserved bays will be un-reserved when / if the weather deteriorates and / or when there are no more trailers on the beach.
  • Please make sure you park your tandem as close as possible to the others already parked there and that your tow vehicle is aligned with your trailer – not at an angle that blocks off other bays. We know the parking area is congested and reversing a trailer is tricky at the best of times but please make the effort to STRAIGHTEN UP YOUR TANDEM before going off to enjoy refreshments.
  • When all the tandems are full, then sorry for you, that’s the best we can do!
  • This will be a learning curve for staff and members, many who do not have ski boats – please help us get this right. Please don’t fight with the car guards or security or other non-boating members – raise your concerns with club management on site at the time, who will attend to issues where non-tandems have parked in reserved tandem bays.

Boat Inspections:

DSBC Boat Inspections were held on the weekend of 24 and 25 November 2018 in the PWC car park. If you didn’t make it on this weekend then you will need to make contact with a boat inspector to do your inspection for you. Unfortunately there will be a cost for this for their time (and travel if necessary).
Apart from this, same procedure will apply… Please send an email to accounts@dsbc.co.za stating your name and S/DUC number and request an invoice for your Boat Inspection. (Please take note that your annual subscriptions have to be settled in full before you can have your boat inspected). Please settle via EFT (note that payments are to DSBC account … make sure to use your customer account code for correct, easy allocation to your account) and print out proof of payment and add this to your paper work. Alternatively if you pay in to the Admin Office please make sure you keep the receipt with your paper

If you do not have the receipt or proof of payment with you when you meet your Boat Inspector you will not be able to have your boat inspected. First step is to pay!! A reminder that if your boat inspection is outside of the DSBC Boat Inspection weekend you will need to pay the Boat Inspector an additional amount directly to him for his time at the time he inspects your boat.

If you do your inspection on the weekend your cost for a vessel of 6m or less is R450, for a boat of 9m or less the cost is R650.

Once payment sorted you can focus on getting everything else ready for your Boat Inspection as listed below:

  • Download SAMSA Version 8 (October 2012) survey checklist for your category and complete — you can download it from the correct category link from our website: www.dsbc.co.za – Boating Page – Boat Inspections. This form needs to be correctly completed by you prior to the physical inspection and initial each page as well.
  • Your boat MUST be equipped with a VHF Marine DSC (Digital Selective Calling) enabled /or/ voice only) radio by the survey in November 2018 and you must also be in possession of a Radio Operators Certificate for SRC (Short Range Certificate) for the DSC enabled VHF radios /or/ a RT (Restricted Radio Telephone) certificate for voice only operated VHF radios. Please see VHF Radio information to the right of this page. The radio equipment MUST be licensed by ICASA as well.
  • Trailer: make sure your name, boat number, and contact details are clearly visible on your trailer.
  • Buoyancy: You will need a copy of your latest buoyancy certificate which must be valid for the surveyor.
  • Please bring photographs of your boat (your name and contact details on your trailer need to be visible). These can be printed in black and white on A4 paper. The boat inspector will not be taking the photographs
  • Please ensure you have photocopies of your skippers ticket, ID, buoyancy certificate, Radio licenses, proof of payment of ICASA and photographs with you. NO photocopies will be made in the office! This pack needs to be complete otherwise your boat will not be inspected. If you do not have the legal requirements for the VHF your boat will not be surveyed. Please note that all boat inspection filing has already been filed for storage so there is no easy access to your previous documentation.
  • Make sure you have your receipt or proof of payment with you so you can collect your COF (white and yellow form) from the Boat Inspector at the tent on arrival on the day.
  • Reminder: S Number boats need to be inspected by DSBC Safety Officers only.
  • Please ensure that all your safety equipment is as per the checklist and flares are still valid for at least the next six months of 2018. Fire Extinguishers must also be serviced and valid (We will have a mobile station on site during the survey to get your Fire Extinguishers serviced)

Paper Work:

Please note: If you do not have one of the items listed below when you meet with your Boat Inspector you will be unable to have your boat inspected.

In summary you will need:

a. COF (Collect from Boat Inspector on arrival at the tent)
b. Buoyancy certificate (Valid) No buoyancy certificated will be done at boat inspection weekend.
c. Skippers ticket (If you have an Interim Skippers Certificate of Competence please ensure that’s it is still valid)
d. VHF Radio licenses (For radio and operator)
e. Photographs of your boat (showing trailer details) – can be black and white on A4 paper.
f. SAMSA Version 8 (October 2012) check list completed
g. Proof of payment or Receipt for your Boat Inspection Invoice of R450 or R650 as per boat size.

SAMSA survey checklist:

VHF Radio Information

In summary you will need the following for this year’s inspection:

  1. VHF Operators certificate , issued by a SAMSA accredited organisation . If you currently hold a VHF operators certificate you will only need to do an upgrade.
  2. If you own a Ski boat the radio will have to be a fixture on the boat . Jet Ski’s can have a hand held device.
  3. The radio must have DSC capability (Red Button) Please speak to your dealer as to the best option and price
  4. The following are the accredited training schools that we at DSBC have been advised of:
  • SA Maritime School sailing academy
    96/98 Mahatma Ghandi Road , Durban
    031 3320389
  • Maritime School of excellence
    Corner of – Langerberg road and Bayhead Road
    Kingsrest , Durban
    031 3616667
  • Ronnie Windsor
    Umbilo, Durban
    082 895 5904

Port Captains Discs (Harbour Permits)

If you plan to use your boat in the harbour you will need a Port Captains Disc (pink disc). The Port Captains Form will be part of your Boat Inspections Forms. Please note this is not required for a jetski as jetskis are not allowed into the harbour. Eventhough your forms are filled in together with your Boat inspection forms the disc’s will only become available in April the following year as the validity period for harbour permits is from April to March. If you haven’t received your pink disc please drop an email to accounts@durbanskiboatclub.co.za and we will make one up for you which we will leave for you to collect in the member’s pickup tray in the Admin Office.

S Number:

If you join Durban Ski Boat Club with a boat or jetski it is preferable that you convert your number to an S Number (This is not the same as an SR number). If you are a member already and you purchase a boat or jetski then you need to apply for an S Number. It is preferable that all vessels belonging to members of Durban Ski Boat Club have an S Number. This simplifies being questioned when launching or requiring a tractor tow to pay fees. To apply for an S number for your boat you will need to be a paid up Ordinary member of DSBC. Please email accounts@durbanskiboatclub.co.za and state your full name and that you require an S Number. We will email you an application. You can then fill this in, scan and email back to us. We will then invoice you. Once payment is made (EFT is best option) then please email through proof of payment. We will then send you your S Number. The stickers that you will have made for your boat need to be a minimum height of 110mm to 150mm. However they need to be in proportion to the size of your boat. Preferably black in colour but need to be in a contrasting colour to your boat. If a black boat you can have white numbers. Once your boat has been passed with this new S Number you will need to send us a copy of the certificate, bouyancy certificate, skippers ticket, photograps, ICASA licence or proof of payment thereof for our records. If these are not received your boat may not be allowed to launch. A reminder that the S Number belongs to the member and not the vessel. When a vessel is sold the DSBC member needs to be responsible for peeling off the numbers on the boat and trailer. The COF does not pass over to the new owner. If you have sold your boat and are not buying another one then please let the office know so that we can take the S Number back into the pool for distribution to another member. Please be reminded that if you have an S Number (irrespective if you live upcountry) you are liable to do tower duty.

Skippers Tickets:

If you wish to do a Skippers Course:
Please contact the following directly:

  • Paul Dawson (0824880077)
  • Ronnie Windsor (0828955904)

If you have lost your Skippers Ticket, wish to collect your skippers ticket, or have any queries regards Skippers Tickets:
Please contact Gail at Natal Deep Sea Angling (0312056310) or via email on office@ndsaa.co.za ; or see link to their website on links page.

Please note:
Natal Deep Sea Angling Association (NDSAA) is no longer located at Durban Ski Boat Club. They are at 15 Gorge Road, Umbilo.