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Sentinel Ocean Alliance was formed to create ocean based opportunities for the under privileged youth of Hout Bay. We identified a site being Erf 2066 at the base of Chapman’s Peak on Hout Bay beach. We approached the City of Cape Town and the Department of Public Works and after lengthy discussions we were eventually granted a lease to use the land.
At the time the only infrastructure was an empty 20ft shipping container used by the City’s summer lifeguards. We then approached the organisation Waves for Change with an interest in setting up one of their programmes at the site. As a well-established NGO they had certain requirements in order to launch a programme. We were eventually able to meet these and so the Hout Bay Waves for Change programme was born.
The next project that was tackled was to launch a lifesaving club. We approached Lifesaving South Africa to establish what would be required to register a club.
Thanks largely to help from Bruce Tedder we were able to meet the minimum requirements quite quickly. Hout Bay Surf Lifesaving is now officially registered and recognised by Lifesaving South Africa as a club.
Our third and most current project underway is to establish an Ocean School aimed at educating the youth passing through the various programmes about the marine and coastal environment. The object being to focus on teaching sustainable practices such as recycling and to create awareness around the impact that pollution is having on our environment.
All proceeds of this cap go to the SOA. This cap is made form 100% cotton twill and ethically produced in the mother city.