Sat 6 July Water crossing & self-rescue training - Durbanville

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Andyman's picture
Joined: 2007/06/22

Points: 1

The BMWMCCC club training team have put together a formidable training session to equip you to handle water crossings and to give useful tips and tools on self-rescue in the outback’s.

Book online -  online booking form

Understanding the dynamics of water crossings is essential to the adventurer out in our rural environment.

Understanding the dynamics of your bike and how to keep your adventure alive by using simple techniques and simple tools will enhance your outdoor experience, not to mention time lost as a stranded, forlorn victim of not knowing how.
This is an annual club training event in the first week of July.
Only 24 places to maintain group dynamic and proper trainer attention

Date                      : Saturday 6th July 2019

Time                      : from 10H00 onwards to 14H00

Venue                  : The Mosselbank crossing , Mellish in Durbanville

Not even 10 km from Durbanville

Come along with your bike or by car. 

Bring folding chairs to relax and to hang your gear off.

You can actively participate with your bike,  or just attend and learn by watching.

The BMWMCCC social team cash refreshments will keep us fed with drinks and boerie rolls under the club gazebo .

The crossing is closed to traffic due to the high water, so we will not be bothered much by other road users.


You will be allocated to one of three groups and each group will rotate from session to session.

Some recovery items will be available for sale.

 Cost to attend R170.00 per person


Book online -  online booking form

Payment confirms your booking.



Acc No: 500600 98602

Code:  201709


Reference : Your name + Selfrescue

 Items to be covered:

  • River crossings with water currents
  • Resurrecting a drowned bike.
  • The correct way to draw a bike across a water obstacle
  • Riding slowly, not fast through rivers
  • Hard-points for towing- theory and practical
  • Towing a bike – the dynamics, the Do’s, the Don’ts.
  • Rigging gear – plain and simple- tow ropes and sacrificial slings.
  • Securing a bike to a trailer the correct way – unsprung parts only.
  • Self rescue techniques, essential spares and tools
  • Self recovery using nature, basic principles of the lever and  rigging.


Self-rescue or wait all day for a recovery vehicle??



Self-rescue or abandon the bike???



Ride too fast---- drown the engine!!    Stranded!


.... and have to push the bike home!!!  This is the Mosselbank crossing


Ride through the obstacle or ride round the obstacle?


120 kilometers from the nearest help is not the time to be stranded by a drowned engine.



Learn to cross obstacles, if you stay sitting, you may drop the bike and it will drown....


Or get training- ride slow, stand up, open up the legs and look into the middle distance  This is the Mosselbank crossing


The rewards of self-rescue keep the adventure alive, live to ride another day.

If they had 1,5 meter straps on this ride the 'pusher' would not have been covered head to toe in mud splattered from the rear wheel.

Draw the bike, do not 'push' the bike out an obstacle.

A priceless lesson in common sense and self rescue!


He's got a snorkel, or he's on an LC, 650, or 800, he's rigged for water, he's riding sweet... This is the Mosselbank crossing


Knowing how to cross water makes your ride so much more adventurous


Self rescue - keeping

the trip alive.  A multi tool with an auger and some copper wire stripped of its insulating sheath and the screen was stitched together to provide valuable wind protection.



If you carried a spare tube, yes even for tubeless tyres,

This would never have been more than a 20 minute diversion.

self rescue is an essential skill to work on


Understanding the dynamics of towing can help you one day out of a tight spot



Anyone can ride a bike fast....   But can you ride your bike real slow???

Andyman's picture
Joined: 2007/06/22

Towing bike on gravel

Towing bike on tar

Whether you actually have a desire to use these skills on your next adventure, or you just want to know what to do when confronted by a low water bridge.

Maybe you just want to know these essential techniques so that riding out in the cuds is less fearsome.

Make use of this opportunity, it will not happen again for quite a while.

Please see this session in context of all the valuable off road and road riding courses offered as  a set of supplementary essential specialist skills that we will share to enable you to push on with a trip across country despite setbacks of water, terrain and break downs.

And even if you are not ready for adventure riding, you will see how possible it is to keep on going despite set backs.

(Credit due to the two most capable men to take as companions into the outbacks- James and Clayton)

Anyone can ride a bike fast....   But can you ride your bike real slow???

Jacques Botha R66's picture
Joined: 2012/10/02

Hi Andy. Is my assitance and soup still needed. Jacques.

Joined: 2011/01/27

Hi Andy, I have this afternoon passed the area where you want to host the training. There is not a drop of water in the "driffie". This is just for your info.

Andyman's picture
Joined: 2007/06/22

Hi John, 
I received your voice note as well, 
Appreciated boet.

we have someone passing almost daily and he sends photos as well.
I'm not overly worries, we move on regardless, and this coming rain could change everything.

This the Andyman going thru the drift on 7th June, 2 days before our beginners gravel ride.

This is what we are hoping for 




Anyone can ride a bike fast....   But can you ride your bike real slow???

zebra's picture
Joined: 2008/03/28

Hi Andy - Andre Swart (Flying Brick staff) will be attending on the day.



Andyman's picture
Joined: 2007/06/22



Anyone can ride a bike fast....   But can you ride your bike real slow???

Andyman's picture
Joined: 2007/06/22

Thank you all who attended.
Although chilly, the rain held off, the water level in the Mosselbank river was great- challenging, but do-able.


Special thanks to Jacques Botha for his support with logistics and the boerie rolls, soup, cold drinks and coffee.
Thanks Morne for helping Jacques.

Thanks Ivor Dyason for coming early and helping set up, park vehicles and for your assistance.
Thanks to Conrad an Jacqui Ferreira for handling the refreshment sales, the photography and the timekeeping.
thanks to Charles, Neels, John Carr for the instruction.
And thanks to all who came along and made it all worthwhile.

Well done to the five who braved the high water and road several times both directions with no mishaps.
Absolutely fantastic spirit, daring and accomplishment.

Anyone can ride a bike fast....   But can you ride your bike real slow???

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