Junior Beginner Canoe & Kayak Courses at Richmond Canoe Club
Course Terms and Conditions
- Richmond Canoe Club (‘the Club’) courses are organised and run by its members to promote participation in canoeing and kayaking and to support the membership base of the Club.
- Participants enrolling on the junior beginner courses must complete an introductory membership application form and separate course application form prior to the commencement of the course. Upon receipt of payment of the introductory membership fees, included in the course price, the Club Executive Committee will admit the participant as a member of the Club for the introductory period, currently three months.
- The five-day courses are run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. No accommodation is included in the course fee, but lunch and refreshments will be supplied on all five days.
- On the first day of the course, all participants are required to complete and sign the course application and consent form at the time of their application. Parents or guardians of junior athletes (aged 11 to 14) are also required to agree and sign the application and consent form before the applications of juniors can be processed.
- All enrolment is at the absolute discretion of the Course Organiser. Participation in the course remains at the absolute discretion of the Course Director.
- The Club provides all necessary equipment for training on and off the water.
- Richmond Canoe Club retains responsibility for safety. Safety and navigation are covered in talks whenever appropriate throughout the course. Participants should, at all times, adhere to the safety instructions given by the coaching team.
- The course involves river outings in canoes and kayaks. In the course of training, it is common that athletes fall in the water. Participants are asked to confirm that they can swim a minimum of 200 metres unaided, in light clothing. Participants are reminded to bring two changes of clothes each day (three in total).
- Buoyancy aids are worn by juniors when paddling and are supplied by the Club. They must be worn at all times when on the river or on our pontoon.
- Once on the river, coaching instructions are shouted or delivered through a megaphone. This is common, and often necessary for audibility, as the distance between boats can be large.
- Participants may be filmed so that technique and performance can be analysed.
- The objective of the courses is to coach canoeing and kayaking. While the Club retains responsibility for safety during coached sessions, it does not take responsibility for athletes’ welfare or conduct when off the water.
- A Club officer will be responsible for the welfare of juniors on the course.
- The Club’s ability to cater for special needs is limited, but it is able to accommodate some minor special needs and dietary requirements. For further information, please contact the Course Organiser.
- The course is booked on a first-come, first-served basis, on receipt of a completed application form and full payment. At the Course Organiser’s absolute discretion, a provisional booking may be made while awaiting the receipt of payment.
- Declaration of participants’ height, weight and date of birth are necessary for the Course Organiser to allocate equipment and place participants in an appropriate coaching group.
- In the case of force majeure, if in the unlikely event of the Club being unable to run the course or any substantial part thereof, an appropriate refund of fees will be made.
- The Club deploys substantial personnel and equipment resources to run courses. Consequently, cancellations are accepted at the Course Organiser’s absolute discretion. Generally: a) Cancellations are accepted up to two weeks before the commencement of the Course b) A late cancellation (received less than two weeks prior to the course) is only accepted if the place vacated can be filled in good time prior to the course’s commencement c) No refund is made if an athlete withdraws after the course has commenced.
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