The safety of our members and all of those people involved in, or affected by, the activities of our club is of paramount importance. Please heed the advice on this page and keep safety in mind at all times.
Club Codes of Conduct
The full Codes of Conduct for the Southbourne Canoe Club can be found here
Car Park (and cars)
The car park (and roads leading to the club) can becomes busy particularly at the start of the session. Please take care when crossing the car park and do not allow children to roam unsupervised. Likewise please take care not to damage any vehicles parked in the car park when moving large (and unwieldy) kayaks, canoes and equipment.
Under normal circumstances swimming is not permitted as the waters around the club house are dangerous. Powered craft are using the harbour at all times of the day. Swimming is only permitted under the supervision of club coaching staff (usually in conjunction with the teaching of kayak rescue and rolling techniques).
Any persons blatantly abusing this rule may be asked not to attend the club in future and their membership may be suspended.
If done correctly paddling is a very enjoyable and safe sport, but as with anything there are always risks. It is normal club policy for all beginners (up to BCU 2 star paddlers) to be under the supervision of club coaching staff when on the water. Exceptions to this rule may be made by the senior coach in attendance and will be advised on the day. All members and non-members must not access the water without first gaining permission of the senior coach in attendance. Everyone has a responsibility when paddling to ensure their equipment is fully functional and well fitted. If you are unsure about a piece of equipment, whether it is the club’s or your own, please ask.
Any persons blatantly abusing these rules may be asked not to attend the club in future and their membership may be suspended.