It is the policy of the Club that all paddlers, volunteers, coaches and parents show respect and understanding for each other and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the Club.
The aim is for all paddlers to improve their performance and have fun. Everyone involved in the Club should abide by the Club Rules and Policies.


  • Take care of all property belonging to the Club, LOPC or club members
  • Treat other club members with respect at all times - on and off the water
  • Treat other paddlers as you would want to be treated yourself
  • Control tempers and avoid behaviour which may inconvenience or upset others
  • Co-operate and listen to your coach or Club officials
  • Be on time for sessions and events or inform your coach if you 
are going to be late.
  • Paddlers must wear suitable kit for paddling as agreed with your coach.
  • Do not leave sessions without the permission of the coach or leader.

Club Officials, Coaches and Volunteers

  • Consider the wellbeing and safety of paddlers before the 
development of performance
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with members, 
based on mutual trust and respect
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability 
and experience of those taking part
  • Display consistent high standards of behaviour and appearance
  • Follow BCU, LOPC and Club guidelines and Policies
  • Hold the appropriate, up-dated qualifications and insurance 
(copies of qualifications will be checked by the Club.)
  • Encourage paddlers to value their performance and not just results
  • Never condone the use of prohibited substances


  • Promote good sportsmanship in your child and others
  • Support the Club’s policies and guidelines especially Health and Safety and Child Protection.
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy the sport
  • Use correct and proper language at all times
  • Set a good example by applauding good performances of all paddlers
  • Parents of children under 8 yrs. old must remain on the site with their child.

Volunteer help from members

All Coaches within the Club are volunteers without whose help the Club would not exist in its present form. Other voluntary helpers also play important roles vital to the Club's survival. The tasks taken on by such helpers may be large or small to suit each individual. More hands can make lighter work and any effort will be much appreciated.
Assistance from non-paddling family and friends is very useful and can boost the social aspect of the Club.
Examples of help range from: Towing Vehicles, booking in paddlers, canteen assistance, backup-driver, chaperones (female), cook, article writer for web site, photographer, greeting and briefing newcomers, planning trips (delegating roles), getting kit out / putting kit away (Junior sessions), news letter compiler.
Certain tasks may involve expenses that should be acknowledged as redeemable from the Treasurer in advance.
Parental Responsibilities.
Paddleplus expects parents and legal guardians of children registered with the Junior section to be available on site or nominate a responsible adult on site to attend to the needs of their youngsters in the event that the session finishes or they have to stop their activity early. Please note that the coaches volunteer their services on the water and that some volunteers may be involved with other tasks and unable to fully supervise children.
Particular concern is for non swimmers and other children who ignore warnings of approaching the river before and after sessions. The LOPC is also alongside a busy road and it is not possible to secure or guard the entrance.


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