Natal Trials Format for 2003

Each province can select a maximum of four teams of four divers to represent their province at Nationals. In Natal we have three divers per team and sacrifice the fourth team member for a top man to handle the boat during the competition. The selection of these divers is orchestrated by a selection committee made up of the Natal Underwater Union (NUU) Spearfishing Officer and an experienced representative from each of Natal’s two largest clubs, Wahoo Diving Club and Durban Undersea Club. The top twelve divers are determined from a series of three competitions called “Trials” held to very strict rules and regulations similar to those of Nationals.

NB! Every diver participating in Natal Trials must be a member of a Club recognized by the Natal Underwater Union.

Trials for Natal start on the first Saturday of February 2003 ( 1 February 2003)and on each subsequent first Saturday of each month until three trials are had.

Because Nationals take place off boats and World Champs take place off boats so Trials are dived from boats. To eliminate the chance of cheating and in the interest of fairness divers names are draw from a hat and thus assigned a boat to dive from that day. Only the skippers are sure of which boat they are going to be diving from.

To enter trials you must pay R400 and phone me Richard Bruno 083 289 5587 BEFORE Wednesday the 29th January 2003. That R400 will go towards the four teams costs during Nationals and is also a token of your commitment to competing in Trials and at Nationals.

After meeting divers are drawn onto their respective boats and a meeting place at sea is decided. Once all the boats meet at sea the trial can begin. (No spearing is allowed before this time.)

After beaching all divers are required to load their fish into bliks and proceed to the weigh-in.

Points are allocated to each divers catch as follows.

Example: Two Spotted Rockod weighing 5kgs and 3.2kgs

4 points for the 5kg fish
3.2 points for the 3.2 kg fish
1 point for the species Spotted Rockod.
So that one days conditions can be equated to the next days each divers points are calculated as a percentage of the top divers. The top diver scores 100%.
After three trials each divers top two percentages are averaged and thus ranked.

If a diver makes the top twelve in Natal Trials they are divided into the A, B, C and Development Team. All twelve divers are awarded NUU Colors (Dolphins).

For a diver to get Natal Colors (Wildebeest) they must have dived in the A, B or C team at least three times and at least once in the A team or if never in the A team then they must have come in the top ten at Nationals once.

The Natal Underwater Union Awards three trophies each year to competitive divers based on Trials results.

· Anthony Benjamin Trophy for the biggest bottom fish. - 2002 Ryan Burmester 24kg Black Musselcracker.

· Biggest Gamefish Trophy. – Not awarded

· Top of the Log Trophy for overall highest percentage. – 2002 Gary Hazel.

Every 2 years the world Spearfishing Championships take place and the highest ranking Springbok is awarded the beautiful Shaun Atlas Trophy, a Len Jones Bronze of a Red Steenbras, a fish fittingly endemic to South Africa and one we are most proud of.

- 1996 Len de Beer
- 1998 Len de Beer
- 2000 John Girzda
- 2002 Jaco Blignaut

World Champs will take place in Chile, France or Venezuela in 2004.

Trials are the first step to Nationals and National are the first step to Springbok Trials so start practicing.

Good catches

Richard Bruno