OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR THE MANAGEMENT/ OPERATION OF PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH SITES LISTED IN TERMS OF SECTION 2(2) OF THE MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC LAUNCH SITES IN THE COASTAL ZONE (REGULATIONS GN. NO. R.497. 27 JUNE 2014)

 

Code of Conduct: Slipway etiquette & guidelines

  1. As a listed Public launch site, boats shall at all times have priority use of the slipway over all other users who shall move out of the way (including their belongings) without unreasonable delay or argument after being requested or signalled to do so.
  2. In the interest of safety and minimising frustration to boaters and others, everyone is required to adhere strictly to these guidelines and to report any ongoing disregard thereof to the offenders or to the compliance officers in serious cases.
  3. Parents/Guardians shall be responsible for ensuring their children are not on the slipway when boats are being launched and when boats are returning from sea to land at the slipway.
  4. All skippers shall strive to minimise the time that their boats and trailers occupy the slipway in the interest of other boaters and bathers alike. In this regard, skippers are encouraged to prepare a pre-launch checklist, including pre-season equipment checks, and to ensure that all crewand driver are all available to avoid delay, prior to entering the queue to launch. No-one may enter the queue if boats are waiting to return from sea.
  5. Kayaks, surf skis and other equipment shall not be left irresponsibly on the slipway where these can be damaged, obstruct or hinder the full use of the slipway by boaters and others. Equipment left on the slipway shall be at the risk of its owner.
  6. All vehicles shall strictly observe the One Way traffic flow to and from the slipway.
  7. There shall be only one vehicle and trailer permitted on the slipway at any given time.
  8. All trailers and boats shall be fitted with safety chains/ropes and these shall be used at all times that the boat is on the trailer.
  9. Practising reversing a trailer should be done out of season.
  10. The driver shall, prior to the driver reversing down the slipway, indicate his intention to do so by politely warning or signalling bathers and others. It is particularly important for anyone lying down to stand up and move away as they are not always visible to the driver when reversing. The onus thereafter shall rest solely with bathers and others to do so.
  11. The skipper, prior to commencing his passage to sea shall nominate a crew member also to look out for bathers in the water, before proceeding at a safe speed.
  12. The SAMSA Safety regulations regarding required trailer markings, the use of life jackets when required, limitations on vessels and skipper’s compliance certificates shall strictly be adhered to.
  13. Marine radio and cell phone reception is poor in some areas, so skippers shall ensure that their intended destinations (and when altered) are known to their emergency contact person.
  14. All applicable Municipality Bylaws shall always be adhered to.
  15. Boats returning from sea shall have priority access to the slipway over boats wanting to launch (except for those boats already queued up to launch) and the latter shall not obstruct access to the slipway nor hinder retrieval.
  16. The skipper, prior to commencing his return to the slipway, shall advise his intention to do so by sounding a horn or someone on shore to ring the bell and shall also nominate a crew member to look out for bathers in the water, before proceeding at a safe speed. The onus shall then be with bathers to get out of the way.
  17. Boats coming back to shore to off-load passengers or to pick up others shall pull to the side of the slipway (on the LHS facing the sea) and shall offload and pickup without undue delay. No boats may be left unattended at any time.
  18. When there is a strong surge at the Slipway, boats returning from sea are advised to consider retrieving up-river at the Moddergat slipway. River licensing shall not be required in such genuine circumstances and provided that fishing rods/lines are stowed.
  19. Once boats retrieved shall drive up the road to provide enough space for others attempting to launch and for other vehicles to pass. They shall then move on timeously to enable the next vehicle and trailer enough space to stop.
  20. Removal of bungs etc. may not result in water running down the slipway or into the sea.
  21. Compliance officers are requested not to perform their inspections in areas that obstruct or unreasonably delay the launching or retrieval of other boats for safety reasons, nor shall they board a retrieved boat without prior advice to the skipper/driver.
  22. No-one may fish off the Infanta slipway, or in the immediate surrounding swimming areas, at ANY TIME of the year as a precaution against lost hooks, lures and fishing line, given the potential danger to bathers.
  23. No alcohol or any or any other intoxicating substance shall be allowed on the premises and nobody is allowed to launch while under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance.
  24. No dogs are allowed on the slipway, the beach or in the water in front of the site during Cape School holidays and other holiday periods, and their owners shall be responsible at all times for cleaning up any mess left behind.
  25. Strict compliance with fishing related restrictions, prohibitions and licensing stipulations in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act (18 of 1998) and its regulations.

NOTE: A relevant extract from the foregoing Etiquette Guidelines will be displayed on a signboard at the top of the Slipway for polite referral to anyone not complying therewith.

Code of Conduct: Slipway etiquette & guidelines

  1. As a listed Public launch site, boats shall at all times have priority use of the slipway over all other users who shall move out of the way (including their belongings) without unreasonable delay or argument after being requested or signalled to do so.
  2. In the interest of safety and minimising frustration to boaters and others, everyone is required to adhere strictly to these guidelines and to report any ongoing disregard thereof to the offenders or to the compliance officers in serious cases.
  3. All skippers shall strive to minimise the time that their boats and trailers occupy the slipway in the interest of other boaters and bathers alike. In this regard, skippers are encouraged to prepare a pre-launch checklist, including pre-season equipment checks, and to ensure that all crew and driver are all available to avoid delay, prior to entering the queue to launch. No-one may enter the queue if boats are waiting to return from sea.
  4. Kayaks, surf skis and other equipment shall not be left irresponsibly on the slipway where these can be damaged, obstruct or hinder the full use of the slipway by boaters and others. Equipment left on the slipway shall be at the risk of its owner.
  5. There shall be only one vehicle and trailer permitted on the slipway at any given time.
  6. All trailers and boats shall be fitted with safety chains/ropes and these shall be used at all times that the boat is on the trailer.
  7. Practising reversing a trailer should be done out of season.
  8. The driver shall, prior to the driver reversing down the slipway, indicate his intention to do so by politely warning or signalling bathers and others. It is particularly important for anyone lying down to stand up and move away as they are not always visible to the driver when reversing. The onus thereafter shall rest solely with bathers and others to do so. Parents shall be responsible for their children to get off the slipway.
  9. The skipper, prior to commencing to passage sea into the estuary shall nominate a crew member also to look out for bathers in the water, before proceeding at a safe speed.
  10. The SAMSA Safety regulations regarding required trailer markings, the use of life jackets when required, limitations on vessels and skipper’s compliance certificates shall strictly be adhered to.
  11. Marine radio and cell phone reception is poor in some areas so skippers, if proceeding to sea, shall ensure that their intended destinations (and when altered) are known to their emergency contact person.
  12. All applicable Municipality Bylaws shall always be adhered to.
  13. The skipper, prior to commencing his return to the slipway, shall advise his intention to do so by sounding a horn or someone on shore to ring the bell and shall also nominate a crew member to look out for bathers in the water, before proceeding at a safe speed. The onus shall then be with bathers to get out of the way.
  14. Dogs are prohibited at the slipway during holiday periods.
  15. Boats coming back to shore to off-load passengers or to pick up others shall pull to the side of the slipway and shall offload and pickup without undue delay. No boats may be left unattended at any time.
  16. Boats, once retrieved shall drive sufficiently up the road to provide others attempting to launch sufficient space to do so and for other vehicles to pass. They shall then move on timeously to enable the next vehicle and trailer enough space to stop. Removal of bungs etc. may not result in water running down the slipway or into the estuary.
  17. Compliance officers are requested not to perform their inspections in areas that obstruct or unreasonably delay the launching or retrieval of other boats for safety reasons, nor shall they board a retrieved boat without prior advice to the skipper/driver.
  18. No alcohol or any or any other intoxicating substance shall be allowed on the premises and nobody is allowed to launch while under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance
  19. Strict compliance with fishing related restrictions, prohibitions and licensing stipulations in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act (18 of 1998) and its regulations.

NOTE: A relevant extract from the foregoing Etiquette Guidelines will be displayed on a signboard at the top of the Slipway for polite referral to anyone not complying therewith.

Code of Conduct: Slipway etiquette & guidelines

  1. As a listed Public launch site, boats shall at all times have priority use of the slipway over all other users who shall move out of the way (including their belongings) without unreasonable delay or argument after being requested to do so.
  2. In the interest of safety and minimising frustration to boaters and others, everyone is required to adhere strictly to these guidelines and to report any ongoing disregard thereof to the offenders or to the compliance officers in serious cases.
  3. All skippers shall strive to minimise the time that their boats and trailers occupy the slipway in the interest of other boaters. In this regard, skippers are encouraged to prepare a pre-launch checklist, including pre-season equipment checks, and to ensure that all crew and driver are available to avoid delay prior to entering the queue to launch. No-one may enter the queue if boats are waiting to return.
  4. Kayaks, surf skis and other equipment shall not be left irresponsibly on the slipway where these can obstruct or hinder the full use of the slipway by boaters and others.
  5. There shall be only one vehicle and trailer permitted on the slipway at any given time.
  6. All trailers and boats shall be fitted with safety chains/ropes and these shall be used at all times that the boat is on the trailer.
  7. Practising reversing a trailer should be done out of season.
  8. The driver shall, prior to the driver reversing down the slipway, indicate his intention to do so by politely warning bathers and others who are also responsible to move any personal belongings that may get damaged. It is particularly important for anyone lying down to stand up and move as they are not always visible to the driver when in reverse. The onus shall then rest with bathers and others to do so. Parents shall take responsibility for their children.
  9. The skipper, prior to pulling off, shall nominate a crew member, if present, also to look out for bathers in the water and other boats before proceeding at a safe speed.
  10. The SAMSA Safety regulations regarding required trailer markings shall be complied with, the use of life jackets when required, limitations on vessels and skipper’s compliance certificates shall strictly be adhered to.
  11. All applicable Municipality Bylaws shall always be adhered to.
  12. Marine radio and cell phone reception is poor in some areas so skippers proceeding to sea should ensure that their intended destination(s) is known to the emergency contact person.
  13. Boats returning from the estuary shall have priority access to the slipway over boats wanting to launch (except for those boats already queued up to launch) and the latter shall not obstruct access to the slipway nor hinder retrieval.
  14. The skipper, prior to commencing his return to the slipway, shall advise his intention to do so by sounding a horn and shall also nominate a crew member, if present, to look out for bathers in the water, before proceeding at a safe speed. The onus shall then be with bathers to get out of the way. Parents shall take responsibility for their children.
  15. Boats coming back to the bank to off-load passengers or to pick up others shall pull to the side of the slipway shall offload and pickup without undue delay. No boats may be left unattended at any time.
  16. Once boats retrieved shall drive up the road to provide enough space for others attempting to launch and for other vehicles to pass. They shall then move on timeously to enable the next vehicle and trailer enough space to stop.
  17. Compliance officers are requested not to perform their inspections in areas that obstruct or unreasonably delay the launching or retrieval of other boats for safety reasons, nor shall they board a retrieved boat without prior advice to the skipper/driver.
  18. No alcohol or any or any other intoxicating substance shall be allowed on the premises and nobody is allowed to launch while under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance.
  19. Dogs will be prohibited at the slipway during holiday periods.
  20. Strict compliance with fishing related restrictions, prohibitions and licensing stipulations in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act (18 of 1998) and its regulations.

NOTE: A summary of these Guidelines will be displayed on a signboard at the top of the Slipway for polite referral to anyone not complying thereto.

 

The Swellendam municipality has contracted Lower Breede River Conservancy Trust to manage these public launch sites on its behalf in terms of an existing Service Level Agreement (SLA).