Paignton Canoe Club Operating Procedures

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  • When using a swimming pool, sailing club building or other facilities then any operating procedures in place for that location shall take precedence over these unless specifically agreed by an appropriate club official.


  • All club course participants can use club equipment, the rental fee is included in the course fee.
  • All other club members may use club equipment for a rental fee where appropriate (see Treasurer). Club course needs take precedence over other member wishes for equipment.
  • All rental equipment removed from club area must be booked out and signed for on relevant forms. Individual members should check the condition of the club equipment before use.
  • A committee member must be notified of any faults or repairs.
  • Club kayaks are to be stored safely and securely on trailer or at agreed locations.
  • Club paddles in paddle rack.
  • Club helmets, buoyancy aids in bags provided.
  • All club equipment may be hired to outside groups if agreed and costed by Committee.
  • DO NOT leave valuables in changing rooms, except in lockers.
  • Member’s personal equipment remains the responsibility of each member. Whilst taking reasonable precautions the club cannot take responsibility for personal kit.

Emergency Procedures

  • Equipment is replaceable, people are not. Always act with your own and other people’s safety in mind.
  • Fire Procedure – see Buildings section above. Also refer to Safety Policy. In general get to a place of safety and raise the alarm.
  • In the event of an accident or incident, club members should not discuss any aspect with the media or admit liability.
  • All accidents to be recorded in Accident Book, Chairman to be notified as soon as possible. An Incident Form to be completed and forwarded to the BCU.
  • All members and everyone attending a course organised by Paignton Canoe Club must complete a Health Declaration Form and ensure appropriate coach has relevant information regarding any medical condition.
  • Emergency contact numbers are to be available with the club in the event of accident.

Club Courses

  • All coaches must follow BCU guidelines regarding Health and Safety.
  • Coaches must always give Safety briefings before courses.
  • Coaches are to carry Safety kit within BCU guidelines when operating away from the swimming pool.
  • All coaches will be issued copies of club Safety Policy and Emergency Procedures.
  • Coaches must be aware of any individuals medical condition within his/her group and account for any special needs.
  • If problems are encountered on courses the Chairman/Committee must be informed as soon as possible.
  • The club shall endeavor to provide, or arrange courses to BCU syllabus
  • All course attendees must be able to swim 25metres.
  • All clothing to be appropriate to course and conditions but if outside must include helmet and buoyancy aid. (ie windproof top, firm shoes etc.)

Reviewed at AGM Sept 2012