Breede River Canoe Marathon Media Release
Breede extends Nurture A Novice programme
Robertson - As the Western Cape canoeing season revels in
the full rivers across the province, the Breede River Canoe
Marathon on 7 and 8 September has opted to continue its novel
‘Nurture a Novice’
programme aimed at introducing new paddlers to the pleasures of
paddling in a double canoe.
It was started last year to allow experienced paddlers to invite
a novice paddler in their first season to enjoy the two days of
river marathon paddling through the Breede valley .
“We won’t ever compromise the safety of any paddler that takes
part in the race,” said race committee head Richard Allen. “The
beauty of the Nurture a Novice programme is that it allows a
novice to enjoy a great race like the Breede confident in the
company of a skilled river paddler.”
Canoeing South Africa requires new paddlers to pass a Basic
Proficiency Test before earning C, B and A River rating as they
gain experience on rivers of increasing technical difficulty.
The Breede is a B rated river.
“There is an existing rule that allows a novice paddler with a
CR rating to enter the Breede in a K2 with an AR rated paddler,”
Breede has done is to take this initiative a few steps further.
We help locate experienced paddlers to take novices down their
first Breede, and all the novices that qualify for this
programme paddle for free.
“That’s our way to try and give a newcomer a taste of the
awesome experience of paddling this section of the Breede,
confident that once you have
done this you will be hooked!” he said.
Allen added that pairing a novice with a seasoned K2 paddler not
only ensures the novice is in safe hands but also aids the river
skills learning process.
“The subtleties of river paddling come with experience,” he
pointed out. “These include reading the river currents and
eddies, choosing lines into rapids, handling trees and other
obstacles, to learning to shoot the various kinds of weirs
“Sitting behind a skilled paddler on a race like the Breede will
offer a novice a fantastic opportunity to learn a great deal
about river craft, which hopefully they will be able to put into
practice as their paddling careers progress,” he added.
To qualify for the Nurture a Novice programme the novice must be
a paddler registered with Canoeing South Africa for the first
time in the current season, and must have passed the Basic
They need to enter with an experienced paddler with an AR River
Rating, and comply with all the race’s normal safety and
Normal entries close at midnight on Friday 23rd August 2019.
The Breede River Canoe Marathon
is raced from McGregor Bridge outside Robertson to Kam'bati
Resort close to Swellendam on 7 and 8 September 2019.
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Heinrich Schloms congratulates his girlfriend Anri Delport
after finishing her first Breede Marathon as part of the race's
innovative Nurture A Novice programme. The race is extending
this programme at the race this year where eligible novices get
to paddle the race for free.
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