SA UNDERWATER FISHING FEDERATION

Registration of Individuals and Clubs

In order to continue to exist, SAUFF needs to have some way in which to raise funds to support itself and its members. In the past the old SAFA raised funds by taking a portion of the sale of fish from National Championships and by way of an example when the Nationals were hosted by Southern KwaZulu Natal, R9000 was paid to SAFA. This source of funds is no longer available. Also in the recent past SAFA tried to collect R50 from each diver taking part in the National Championships each year. While this was partially successful it could only raise about R3000-R4000, barely enough to pay SAFA’s affiliation fees, let alone the entrance fee to a World event, or in any way to help our teams to compete Internationally. Thirdly, by running some local competitions under the auspices of SAFA, some money was raised from entrance fees and sponsorships.

After considering several forms of fundraising, including a R50 levy on each entry to each Open Competition hosted by various clubs as well as the R50 for each competitor at Nationals, we decided on a system which once running would have the following advantages:

We decided on two forms of registration, Individuals where the initial annual fee has been set at R100 and Clubs were the initial annual fee is R500. In addition we have added the following Rules which also spell out some of the advantages to individuals and clubs.

RULES for CLUB MEMBERSHIP of SAUFF

  1. Any club who wishes to join or remain a member of SAUFF may do so provided they comply with the procedures set out below.
  1. In order to join, the club must log on to the relevant SAUFF website and fill in the application form which can be found there.
  1. Club membership will be valid for 1 (one) calendar year from the date of registration.
  1. A club number will be issued on registration and will become valid when the club registration fee has been accredited to the SAUFF bank account. The new bank account number will be 62067501132, and the branch code is FNB Margate 220128.
  1. The members of the club who are also Individual members of SAUFF will be entitled to:
    1. Receive a SAUFF Laminated Membership Card
    2. Claim SAUFF records
    3. Be awarded South African Colors for Underwater Fishing if so selected.
    4. Be members of a provincial team if a province/club is so recognized by SAUFF.
    5. Compete in National Spearfishing Championships organized under the auspices of SAUFF.
    6. Compete in any other Open Championships organized under the auspices of SAUFF.
    7. Be on the National Ranking System
    8. Claim discounts from various commercial outlets with whom SAUFF have organized such privileges.
    9. Be affiliated to SAUSF (South African Underwater Sports Federation) and through them to the World Body called CMAS and be affiliated to the SA Sea and Sport Anglers Federation and through them to SASCOC
    10. Compete in World and Zone Qualifier Championships if so selected organized under the auspices of CMAS
    11. Compete in Open Competitions on a World wide basis organized under the auspices of CMAS
    12. Be represented on various environmental committees to ensure that any proposed legislation affecting underwater fishing is non discriminatory.
    13. Receive e-mails from SAUFF about all matters concerning UW Fishing

 

  1. In the case of items c, d and e they will only be valid if the individual member is also a paid-up member of a club which is in turn a paid-up member of SAUFF.

RULES for INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP of SAUFF

  1. Any diver who wishes to partake of Underwater Fishing in the coastal waters of South Africa may join SAUFF.

 

  1. In order to join, a person must log on to the relevant SAUFF website and fill in the application form which can be found there.
  1. Individual membership will be valid for 1 (one) calendar year from the date of registration.

 

  1. A registration number will be issued on registration and will become valid when the members registration fee has been accredited to the SAUFF bank account. The new bank account number will be 62067501132, and the branch code is  FNB Margate 220128.
  1. A registration card will be issued to the member and this card will entitle a member to:
    1. Claim SAUFF records
    2. Be on the National Ranking System
    3. Compete in any Open Championships organized under the auspices of SAUFF.
    4. Be affiliated to SAUSF (South African Underwater Sports Federation) and through them to the World Body called CMAS and be affiliated to the SA Federation of Sport and Sea Anglers.
    5. Compete in Open Competitions on a World wide basis organized under the auspices of CMAS
    6. Be represented on various environmental committees to ensure that any proposed legislation affecting underwater fishing is non discriminatory.
    7. Be entitled to discounts at various commercial outlets associated with UW Fishing to be negotiated by SAUFF.
    8. Receive e-mails from SAUFF about all matters concerning UW Fishing
  1. An SAUFF member may join a club affiliated to SAUFF in which case other membership privileges will apply (see Club Membership).

When making a decision to join SAUFF or not, members may wish to think about the following:

  1. Through our affiliation to CMAS we are connected to the National Federations of 35 countries who make up the Underwater Fishing Section of CMAS. Access to the CMAS website is password controlled, however we have the password for South Africa. This enables our members to compete in any Open Championship in any country in the world. Recently an Open Championship was held in Texas, USA where the prize money was $40000.
  2. In December Italy will host an Open Competition with substantial prizes.
  3. In future almost every country which is affiliated to CMAS will be hosting OPEN Competitions which our registered members will be able to compete in if they so wish..
  4. Recently Mark Jackson Vice President of SAUFF attended a meeting of SAMLMA which has enabled us to put forward a proposal to allow the catching of East Coast Rock Lobster from boats, another to allow underwater fishing from the shore in MPA’s where fishing is allowed (e.g. Transkei), and a third to give input to the proposed MPA off the Augulus Banks.