Natal Spearfishing Trials 2005

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. Every diver participating in Natal Trials must be a member of a Club recognized by the Natal Underwater Union. Trials for Natal will be held on the first Saturday of February, March, April, May 2005.

Because Nationals take place off boats and World Champs take place off boats so Trials are dived from boats.

There will be a meeting to discuss the days proceedings, and a meeting place at sea will be decided. Once all the boats meet at sea the trial can begin. (No spearing is allowed before this time.) Note that no chum or burling is allowed. All divers must dive within 40m of their OWN float. Floats must be used at all times when a diver is in the water, must be a readily visible color, be a minimum of 1.5 liters, and be clearly visible in the water during choppy or rough seas.

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.

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

SA National Spearfishing Championships will be held at Shelly Beach (15-18 June 2005) Hosted by Hibiscus Spearfishing Club. This will be two dive days, then one rest day.

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

Entry form download.