REQUIREMENTS TO PASS THE KALAHARI VASBYT
The following are requirements that you will need to achieve to pass the Kalahari Vasbyt:
Bungee jumping: You must be able to do this to be able to pass the course. It is very difficult for some guys’ but the group will assist you.
Solo song: You must sing a song on your own and to do so with passion. You could be chosen within the first hour; be prepared. You don’t need to be Pavarotti but you must make a reasonable effort. You need to have your song ready to forward to Temba offices for approval before 10 December 2016.
White water rafting: You must complete the white water rafting.
Should you drop out of the course for any reason before you have tackled the “route march”, you will not be able to do the “route march”. You can join other activities, but you will still not be able to do the “route march”). You must complete the “route march” to pass the course. The “route march” is without a doubt a group activity. The whole group does exactly the same “route march”. If anyone drops out, the rest of the group must carry on as if nothing untoward has happened.
If you drop out before you tackle the “route march” you may not participate.
In order to take part on the “route march”, you will need to qualify. You must have run the 3000m at least once in less than 16 minutes as well as not getting more than 25 penalty points during PT.
The “route march” takes place over a maximum period of 1 day and is made up of various ‘waypoints’ which are determined first. The total distance is 58km. Should you get less than 2 ‘waypoints’ you will have to spend 1 night in the veld.
The number of “waypoints” which are done depends on the group’s cooperation. There is constant evaluation where the group as a whole is evaluated. Everything counts for points and if the group obtains more than 55% on average, they get one “waypoint” taken off, and should the group obtain more than 65% they get 2 “waypoints” taken off. More than a 70% average means 3 “waypoints” off. (See points section hereunder).
During the “route march” there will be a quiz and you will be able to have a further “waypoint” taken off if you obtain more than 65%.
During the “route march”, something is added to each “waypoint” which must be carried by the group. In the event that the temperature exceeds 45 degrees Celsius in the shade for more than two hours, one “waypoint” will be discarded.
Should the temperature be over 45 degrees Celsuis for an uninterrupted period, 1 “waypoint” will be disregarded. The temperature is measured in the shade.
During the “route march” something will be added to each “waypoint” which the group must carry. In addition, the group must know where to find the “waypoints”. Should the group not know, they can “buy” the information from the instructors’. The price will always include something extra that the whole group must pay for.
Any negligence during the “route march” is penalised with additional goed wat saamgedra moet word.
The last 2 ” waypoints” must be at least 5km long.
Water: There must be at least 100ml water per km at each “waypoint”. The water must be increased by 20% when the temperature is over 40 degrees and by 50% when the temperature is above 45 degrees Celsius. (in the shade)
Food: A normal breakfast must be provided on the day of the “route march”. Should the “route march” be held over 2 days, a normal breakfast must be provided on both days. In such event a proper supper must also be provided. There must be at least 3 000 kilojoules food provided during the “route march”.
Extra “waypoints”: In only two possible instances will the “waypoints” be given back wat reeds afgegee word.
a) In the event that one or more of the group drops out, the original “waypoints” will be given back;
Principles: You will need to declare that you are abiding by the principles of the Vasbyt during the course.
PT: Should a candidate be sick or injured, he can miss PT for a maximum of 2 and a half days. You lose 10 points if you miss PT or the 3 000m time trial, or take more than 18 minutes to complete the 3 000m.
TIME TRAILS ON THE LAST NIGHT:
The group will run a time trial and everyone must complete the minimum standard. Everyone’s time is taken individually. The time trial will not be done unless 36 hours have passed after the “route march” but must be completed within 72 hours after the “route march” has been completed.
If the group’s average is less than 14 minutes, everyone will pass who ran in less than 16 minutes during the course. This is to encourage group effort. If you are not fast enough, your friends’ can help you.
If you have run more than 16 minutes, you can do it again in line with points b to d.
If the group’s average is more than 14 minutes, the following will apply (meaning that the group haven’t assisted you enough).
Letters, what’s app messages and possibly a book before the tour will be sent to each candidate. It is each candidate’s responsibility to ensure that he receives the book and letters and reads and understands everything. On the second day an informal test will be done to see if he has indeed read everything. If he has not read everything, he will not pass the course - or he can do a 3 day cycle 3 of PT. Should he succeed he can still pass the course,
The general knowledge test is an oral test. Two, and no more than 3 questions can be asked for each person. The team will score 5 points if the candidate answers correctly. If not, the rest of the team can assist with 2 points. The team leader can decide if 10 percent of the quiz can be done prakties the night before the “route march”. For example, this can include tree identification, bird guiding, vehicle maintenance, cooking, general etiquette etc.
Should the team obtain more than 65%, the whole team will pass this section and the whole team will have 1 “waypoint” deducted during the “route march”. If the whole team gets between 55 and 64.9% the whole group will pass the general knowledge section.
The test will be repeated at the fifth “waypoint” if the group failed the first round. The candidates will overnight here and the 2 nd test wil be done on the morning of the 15 th January.
Everyone will be tested should the team obtains less than 55% during the second test
ii The test will consist of 25 questions;
iii If you obtain 50%, you pass. If you obtain less than 50%, you will unfortunately not pass the Kalahari Vasbyt. You will not be allowed to walk the other waypoints. However, your group will not be penalised should you drop out or not pass the test.
All leaders’ are assessed. Standardised tests are used. Each candidate must get a minimum mark to pass the course. The higher the average is, the lower the necessary individual mark will be, which is necessary. This means that the other Vasbyters’ in your team can assist you in a particular section where you are not up to standard, but you must have tried your very best.
If the average score is above 70%, everyone who scores 40% will pass.
If the average score is between 65% and 70%, everyone who scores more than 45% will pass.
If the average score is under 65%, everyone who scores above 50% will pass.
Points: Points are awarded to the team and the group can have 3 “waypoints” taken off by doing well in this section. If you have had no “waypoints” taken off, very few of you will pass. The chief instructor, as tour leader, awards the points in consultation with the other tour leaders’ as well as with you as the candidates. This is done on a daily basis (or as often as possible if it cannot be done each day) and the averages will then be calculated.
20% is for leadership.
Every leader contributes 25% towards the score.
10% for food service.
10% for neatness of the camp.
10% for participation and general knowledge.
20% for chivalry.
10% points for PT. This score is awarded after each cycle.
10% towards the time score up until the “route march”.
Anyone who demeans or violates the Kalahari Vasbyt’s principles may result in a certificate not being awarded. You will be expected to declare that you have abided by and agreed to all the principles of the Kalahari Vasbyt.