LOUISA VAN STADEN
I have been a member of DUC for about 8 years, being an active member of the Surfski section and certified open water one diver. I have been practicing as an attorney for over 25 years, and also a conveyancer, with rights to appear in the High Court and also accredited by the Law Society as a mediator.
I have been an active member on previous club committees and was on the Board for a short period at Wykeham Collegiate School. I am passionate about most sports, and participate in paddling, cycling, golf, swimming and running.
My paddling started on the river over 10 years ago. Surfski was a natural progression and with the beautiful warm waters and paddling conditions Durban has on offer all year round. I have been fortunate to have paddled nearly every Surfski race in the country. When I am not on the water, I love the outdoors. Camping and hiking being high on the list.
I have a financial background and qualification, and have had a financial consulting business for the past 20 years. I have been involved in a lot of water-sport activities including Surf-lifesaving, Scuba, Canoeing and Surfski paddling. I was one of the original surfski paddlers to become a member of DUC and have participated in most of the iconic surfski and canoe races on the South African calendar and the odd international event. I continue to participate in the sport on a regular basis and feel privileged to be part of the DUC membership.
Leigh is a qualified teacher & Varsity lecturer in accounts.
Currently she is a financial administrator of companies & part time wife, Mother, & Budding Pro Golfer!
My involvement and joining DUC was a natural progression out of a love for water sports.
I competed competitively in water polo and raced Jet Ski’s on the South African National tour. I began my diving under the tutelage of Ricky Schick and attained Open Water 1 [NAUI].
I love the ocean, grew up surfing along the golden mile and hold everything that is DUC very close to my heart
I have been spearfishing for 20 years and competed in several National championships representing KZN and countless smaller competitions through the years.
I was also part of the wahoo spearfishing club committee before we became part of the DUC family.
Web, DTP & Layout Graphic Designer by trade and Mom of two awesome boys. I’m Passionate about all things scuba and oceanic.
I Started diving in 2006 and haven’t stopped. I have been Scuba officer for DUC since 2010 and i love the opportunity it gives me to share my passion with others like me.
EVERY DIVE IS A TREASURE HUNT, as every dive you WILL see something you have Never seen before. Who could resist!
My name is Ryan Hansen & I love boats & fishing sooooo much I started a boat shop called Durban Yamaha to make & sell boats & go fishing and still call it work.
Hence I am DUC Boating officer for my sins.
I’ve played Underwater Hockey since 1991. I started playing socially in Winter to keep fit for crayfishing and spearfishing. Met a bunch of great guys that played and became my dive buddies. We bought boats and drank beer together.
I really enjoyed the social aspect as well as the added benefit of keeping up my fitness for spearfishing. I moved through the ranks of playing socially before playing for the DUC team. I played Nationals for the Natal B team and then for the A team. During these periods I became the DUC UWH officer for many years. I also became involved in running UWH for Durban and later tournament director for UWH for SA.
In 2004 I decided to take my UWH to a new level. I made the masters Protea side playing Australia and New Zealand in a tri nations tournament in Durban. Then in 2006 I was selected for the SA masters team to play in Sheffield world champs at which I got my protea colours and we came home with Silver. I was also the team manager for the senior SA teams playing at the 2006 world champs.
I still play UWH with one1 of my son’s Dylan. It’s an amazing sport. Come and join us for an evening of fun.
A portfolio manager at a bank by day, wannabe underwater photographer any other time in between enjoy wildlife, underwater and aviation photography which is how I like to show people how very fortunate we are to live in South Africa!
I am the photographic officer at Durban Undersea Club. Being involved in the club, I have been privileged to meet and shoot with some of the top photographers in SA. You can contact me on:
Cell: 082 8899 188
I am very active and enjoy paddling, cycling and gym. I started paddling in 2011 and very quickly became hooked. In 2013 I co-founded the Paddling Academy which has taught over 600 students the beginner course in Surfski paddling. I love being on the water and teaching students. Having seen so many lives transform dramatically through the love of Surfski paddling has been extremely rewarding.
In 2015 we started the first Durban Undersea Club Surfski race series called the Open Ocean Challenge which has grown each year through the support of our title sponsor Bay Union and the support of the GERIATSKIS.
In 2017 we started a development paddling group of 10 young kids from Umgababa who have grown in leaps and bounds and have achieved a few podium places in the Bay Union Open Ocean Challenge this year. Our development team are also sponsored by Bay Union (Pty) Ltd.
At the beginning of 2018 we teamed up with CSA, KNCU, and a handful of the top woman surfski paddlers to start a woman’s Surfski clinic to encourage more woman to join the sport. We held 3 clinics this year and introduced more than 60 woman to paddling. In a new initiative with CSA and KNCU, we will take an additional 60 development kids through our beginner Surfski program and each of them will receive a Surfski proficiency certificate on completion.
I have been involved in SUP (Stand Up Paddling) for over 10 years. It is my passion. I enjoy the fact that there are so many things you can do on a SUP. I am the current Legends (+45) SA SUP SURF Champ 2018, I have completed 4 Dusi’s on SUP, I fish, I dive, I race and cruise with Dolphins on my SUP, sometimes with my dog, ‘Dexter’. It is a great family sport as well and just about anyone can do it. I am also the current chairman of SUP Durbs! (the biggest SUP club in SA)
Hello my name is Lesley Labuschagne and I have been involved in marine conservation for over 20 years with my association with SAAMBR (Seaworld) as a marine educator and for the past 10 years have been associated with the Reptile House that is situated within Ushaka Marine World and run by Seaworld. Our main aim is to educate the public as to why reptiles, frogs and lizards are so important to the ecology.
We are very involved with rehabilitation of injured indigenous animals that are brought to us from the snake catcher in the area. We do all we can to release back into the wild.
Having SAAMBR as the back up we are very involved in beach clean ups and the reduction of platic use and educating our population regarding waste.
I am passionate about all water sports and have been for many years. I joined DUC approx. 12 yrs ago.
I started fishing off a Crocker ski in 1986, however since then, the crafts have changed some -what and today we fish off modern and much longer ski’s.
I am about to complete my second term as the portfolio officer for the Fishing ski portfolio and hopefully get voted back on. My goal is to build this healthy sport within the club and hopefully it grows from strength to strength.
As more and more of the younger generation are attracted to this sport. Most importantly, I try and promote safety first from all launch sites and within the Paddle ski enthusiasts and community.
My involvement in the sport of Water Polo has been for over half a century and I remain passionate about the sport, having played and managed.
Chairman of KZN Water Polo – over 10 years.
FINA accredited Water Polo Referee (now retired)
Hold Honors Colors from KZN Aquatics
My aim is to grow the sport within DUC. Currently we have two mixed (men and ladies) competing teams in the KZN Water Polo league.
Cell:083 275 3149
I have been sailing for about 40 years, with my Durban sailing starting in 2003 when I moved here. Over the years, I have been awarded KZN, Transvaal and Free State sailing colours for sailing, I hold a SAS Yacht Master Skipper s ticket and have crossed oceans over the years. In 1993 I have represented RSA in the World Championships for the Flying Dutchman class in New Zealand. I have also sailed in Dart and J22 World Championships. I have owned numerous boats over the years and have won many Provincial and some National titles in various designs.
Further, for 8 years I was the only Internationally qualified and appointed World sailing Race Officer in Africa. Classes of boats I have owned and sailed while resident in Durban are: Hunter 19’s, First Class 10, Whitbread 30, Flying Fifteen and currently own a J22 called Running With Scissors. I have skippered yachts in 4 Vasco da Gama races between Maputo and Durban. I also belong to the Royal Natal Yacht Club and was awarded their 150th Anniversary “Member of the year” in 2008 and served as their Rear Commodore from 2013 to 2015.
This past season I was awarded the “RNYC Sailor of the Year” last August 2018 as a result of many wins and podium finishes over the 2017 – 201818 sailing year.
Recently I took up catamaran sailing and have headed up sailing for DUC since 2016, where we have sailed regattas offshore Durban.
Should you want to learn more or get involved in this sport, contact me email@example.com or phone me 082 496 6839.