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 have fun and improve their performance. Everyone involved in the Club should abide by the Club Rules and Policies.
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.
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. The coaches volunteer their services on the water and 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.
Most experienced paddlers carry a knife and or saw. It is considered vital to safety that ‘if you carry a rope, carry a knife’. Coaches, leaders and anyone involved with any kind of safety cover carry river knifes as part of essential kit. In paddlesport experience doesn’t always mean over 18, so in some cases it is not only acceptable but good practice for juniors to carry a river knife during water sessions. Younger juniors are encouraged to use a pallet cutter style safety blade.
Carrying an appropriate knife in\on your Buoyancy Aid or within your river kit is very different to having a knife on your (off river) person, which is not acceptable and in most cases would constitute an offensive weapon.
River knifes should remain in your kit unless absolutely needed in the context of the activity. Under no circumstances should they be played with or used to threaten or intimidate. Please carefully consider if it is appropriate & necessary to produce a knife from your kit. For instance it is very unlikely to be appropriate to do so in the club room or changing room, or in a non emergency situation, particularly around juniors.