About Us

Gauteng Canoe Union

Canoeing represents a multitude of paddle sports – from beginners to Olympic athletes with a range of disciplines to suit all goals.

The Gauteng Canoe Union is the second largest in terms of registered paddlers, and hosts a thriving long distance (LD) season, much of which is based on the many excellent training dams in the greater Gauteng area. In 2002, Gauteng and Northern Gauteng merged to form a single Union, known as the Gauteng Canoe Union.

The mission of the Gauteng Canoe union is to provide a canoeing environment that will produce canoeists from all communities with national, world championship and Olympic potential in all the various “disciplines” as well as satisfying the needs of all members for recreational canoeing.

The Gauteng Canoe Union is affiliated to Canoeing South Africa. The chairman of each of the representative provinces represents that province on the CSA executive Committee.

CSA is affiliated to SASCOC as well as the International Canoeing Federation who administers canoeing internationally.

Canoeing code of conduct

1. Keep off the banks of private landowners unless permission has been granted for access.
2. Maintain friendly relations with landowners and be polite at all times.
3. Do not litter. This includes removing boat wrecks which is the boat owners responsibility.
4. Where applicable, pay the required entrance fees.
5. Wear a life jacket and paddle in small groups.
6. Do not disturb the natural fauna and flora.
7. Paddlers should be registered with a club and GCU.
8. Exit from the river at prescribed points, or as requested by marshalls.
9. Always obey race marshals and officials instructions.

Union management

Two important committees manage the Union.

The Management Committee comprises of elected office bearers. These include the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Safety Officer, Race Administrator, Development Officer, Boat Master, School’s League Liaison Officer, PRO and Marathon, Sprint, Canoe Polo, Wild Water and Surf-Ski Convenors.

The function of the Management Committee is to see to the day-to-day affairs of the Union and to take operational decisions.

Office bearers:

Chairman: Chad Andrews

Vice Chairman: Garth Willis

Treasurer: Bryan Slater

Safety Officer: Mike Nicholas

Race Administrator: Wayne Saunders

Development Officer:  Chad Andrews

Boat Master:

School’s League: Jodie Dreyer

PRO: Jennie Dallas

The Management Committee is answerable to the Executive Committee which comprises of a representative from every club affiliated to the Gauteng Canoe Union.

Gauteng Team Colours

The award of Gauteng Colours is a highly prestigious achievement for any member of the Union. They are held in high regard amongst the membership and nationally as a result of a very high standard that is attained in our province.

Twelve points need to be accumulated from performances and selection in National events.

GCU Administration

The Union employs a permanent secretary to oversee the administrative duties.

The details are as follows:

Name: Rene Andrews

Tel/Fax: 083 267 7184

Email: info@gcu.co.za

Postal add:
Postnet Suite 180
Private Bag x1

Physical add:
19 5th Street


Banking details main account:

Gauteng Canoe Union

Nedbank Current Account 1975 023 617

Branch code 198 405


Banking details race account:

Gauteng Canoe Union

Nedbank Current Account 1984 605 992

Branch code 198 405


GCU registration form and indemnity form:




2018 Registration Fees:

Senior R 805

Junior R 310

Students R 310

Social R 100