The Hibiscus Underwater Club (HUC) will be hosting a crayfish competition on Saturday.
The competition, which is set to become an annual event, is a celebration of sorts for the club, who have endured a difficult time as of late.
“Unfortunately, due to politics and a decrease in membership as a result, HUC have seen a bit of a decline in growth and competitiveness compared to rival clubs in KZN but this is no longer the case.
“A few die-hard members, combined with some ‘new blood’ who have an absolute passion for the ocean, spearfishing, conservation and everything connected to this, have turned the ship around,” explained HUC chairman Johann Prinsloo.
“From February of this year, the club’s membership has more than doubled. Some new and proud younger members have joined the club and the ‘old sea dogs’ have suddenly also come up with a newfound passion for what they have always loved and enjoyed so much.
“HUC have realised that a club can only function properly if each and every member actively participates in promoting, growing and believing in HUC.
“That is how we decided to host a new annual crayfish competition, which forms part of the club’s marketing and growth plan to achieve in the future what they have achieved so well in the past.
“The idea [behind the competition]is for anyone that may be interested to come and join in the festivities and the ‘re-launch’ of our great club,” added Prinsloo.
Participants in Saturday’s competition can catch crayfish anywhere from Durban to Port Edward, within the parks board limits and rules.
Weigh-in will take place at Scottburgh Country Club at 12.30pm.
The venue will cater for the whole family, with music, braai facilities, cash bar and jumping castles, swings and jungle gym for the kids.
Divers are asked to donate their catch, which will be prepared on the braai by HUC, and side dishes will be supplied by HUC.
Not only are all participating divers and their families welcome to have some delicious crayfish, but anyone can join.
The club will ask a minimal donation to cover the cost of all the food from non-divers and those who are not family of a diver.
There will be awesome prizes at the prize-giving at 3pm with sponsors including Tiago’s, Tackle Box, Spearmaster, Ultimate Spearfishing Magazine, Freedivers South Coast and Freedivers Durban.
The top prizes are excellent and include a wetsuit from Freedivers.
The entry fee for the competition is minimal at R50 per diver.
This is very cheap compared to other competitions and includes a t-shirt for the first 40 pre-entries.
An entry form is available below.
For more information, contact Prinsloo on 082 510 5858 or Carl Werner on 074 775 2724.