Operating Guidelines

In addition to the clubs Code of Contact, Safety policy and Child Protection policy, the following procedures apply to ensure the smooth and safe running of the club.

  • Helmets to be worn when involved in all moving water activity.
  • Helmets are optional on lakes, etc.
  • Buoyancy Aids must be worn whenever on the water or assisting from the bank
  • Shoes must be worn at all times when paddling
  • The club First Aid kit should be kept on the cabinet in the club house and checked to ensure it complete and in good order every 6 months. If something is used from the kit it should be replaced immediately and an invoice for reimbursement presented to the Treasurer
  • On club trips a First Aid Kit should be carried by one of the coaches. Individuals members are encouraged to carry their own personal First Aid Kit
  • A phone or other method of communication should be available to a coach or leader of all club trips or sessions
  • At club coaching sessions the club will operate at a ratio of 8 to 1 coach, this ratio may be varied with the support of experienced paddlers and the conditions applying
  • Before going the water for a club activity members should complete the register in the club house as appropriate. On return from the club activity they should mark themselves off the water.
  • ┬áIndividual members are responsible for checking their own personal equipment and equipment borrowed from the club before use, problems to be reported to the coach in charge of the activity. In any event the club will check its equipment at least once a year and replace or repair equipment found to be faulty.
  • ┬áIf club equipment is used it must be put away tidily after use, using the appropriate numbered peg where applicable. Boats should be drained before putting away.
  • When involved in a club activity no paddler should get on the water without permission of the coach responsible for the activity.
  • When borrowing equipment for a non club session it must be booked out in the book provided. The onus is on the paddler to check that the equipment they want to borrow has not already been booked for the date they want to borrow it.

Guidelines may be varied by the coach responsible for a given activity taking into account the circumstances and capability of paddlers involved at the time.