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Paddle Out For Sharks 2016

We invite you to join us and celebrate your love for the ocean and support Shark Conservation. All ocean lovers and the general public are invited to participate in the Paddle Out . You can come in your boat, on a surf board, jet ski, paddle ski or join us on one of the boats. Please be there by 6h45

This year we will also be part of the Silence of the Sharks event.
https://www.facebook.com/SilenceSharks/

Free spots on some boats available, but dives will be at normal rates. Please contact Beulah on 0824567885 or mail me at sharksbeulah@gmail.com. You will not be able to get on a boat if you do not book in advance. 

CFreaks and African
Dive Adventures are hosting the kids from the St Martins School for the Disabled this year. Allan and Alta once again have a great day planned for them . Wayne or as he is better known “Mazambane" will take care of the kids and he does an excellent job. 
They will paint a lovely Sharks banner for the event.
NSRI will show them around their facilities and let them get on their boats (dry run).
Then legendary Instructor Karen Tredger will tell them all about Sharks and their importance in the Eco System and some interesting facts about the ocean in general.
Face Painting will also be available.
Bikers will come and give them a spin on their bikes.The bikers are from KZN Presidents Club.
Sand Castle Building competition together with a professional builder.
They will be fed and give snacks from various sponsors as well as T Shirts.
Thanks for this great efford everybody from C Freaks.

Heather Clark and her Surf School as well as all other surfers and boarders will be joining us at Shelly Beach Small Craft Harbor this year, They will be treated to a free Coffee and Muffin station as they are there really early in the morning and they need to keep warm while posing for the press and waiting for the other boats to join them. Surfers normally join Heather at 6h30in the morning at Shelly Beach Small Craft Harbor. You can contact Heather on 0824377839. Surfers will meet Heathet at Shelly Beach Small Craft Harbor at 6h30 for some coffee . 

Kym Pollard from Aquaplant will be hosting our divers. You can contact Kym on 0828773966 to book a spot.

Shona Aylward will be there to capture all the special moments..

NSRI Station 20 will be our safety officers. They will also have a Borewors Roll Stand open to the public. Please support them.

The following companies will be joining us for the event.

Aquaplanet
CFreaks
African Dive Adventures
NSRI Station 20
Viking Extreme Fishing Charters.

The Paddle out for Sharks, established in 2012 as a community platform, uses the day to draw attention to the plight of sharks and other marine life.

"Our message is a collective stance for the better management of shark nets, and improved legislation for the protection of sharks. We want to change the way that people think about sharks, and challenge the discourses around sharks. Fundamental to our movement, is our connection with the ocean - this is why we Paddle Out. Thus it is fitting that we come together on each World Oceans Day," said Olivia Jones, Paddle out for Sharks spokesperson.

The first Paddle Out, held in May 2012, saw over 100 people gathered on dive boats, jet skis and surfboards at the shark nets off Scottburgh.

The community then engaged the KZN Sharks Board and the UmDoni Municipality to collectively work on solutions to better management of the shark nets which resulted in the nets being lifted at Rocky Bay in KZN.

On 8th June 2013 more than 130 conservationists, divers, surfers, scientists, anglers and paddlers celebrated World Oceans Day 2013 by paddling out to the shark nets at Scottburgh to highlight the lack of management of sharks as a species and resource in South Africa.

In 2014 it grew even more with 13 destinations hosting this amazing event....so come on let'r make 2016 the best EVER

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As part of our celebration, we plan to do the following:
  • Discuss disposable plastic pollution
  • Event will be highlighting organization's own efforts to reduce use of plastic
  • Going to ask to reduce use of disposable plastics

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Shelly Beach
Marine Drive, Ugu District Municipality
Margate, KwaZulu-Natal 4265 South Africa