The Club coaching staff is required to have at a minimum the National Coaching Certificate Program (“NCCP”) Community Coaching Course, or ELCC, training in C.P.R. and Safety and First Aid, and to have the authorized Port Authority and Coast Guard motor boat licenses. No one without a boat license may drive a boat. All Club executive, directors, coaches, boat drivers and officials are aware of the Canadian Canoe Association Code of Safety and will enforce it. It is available for everyone’s information on the CKC website.
Our coaches educate paddlers on the risks, on how to avoid them and what to do if the unplanned happens. They are required to enforce the Canoe Kayak Canada Code of Safety and the regulations that follow, and paddlers are expected to cooperate fully.
All paddlers must be insured through Canoe Ontario and the OCSRA before being allowed to participate in the canoe/kayak program. This is done automatically by the Club after a fully completed Membership is submitted to the Registrar. This cost of insurance is covered in the registration fee, so it is important that you register on time.
All paddlers must and will receive safety instruction before going on water. In addition….
All paddlers must be able to swim to the proficiency of the Canadian Red Cross Swim Level 6 requirements, which includes being able to:
The City of Toronto has responded to reports of stormwater pollution and the water quality in Ashbridges Bay being below acceptable standards by recommending the following precautions be followed:
Bullying, Sexual Harassment, Alcohol and Drugs Bullying and Sexual Harassment will not be tolerated or condoned. Any complaints of this nature will be dealt with by the Head Coach and the Balmy Beach Canoe Club executive. Underage drinking/illegal drug use is prohibited. Any violations of this policy may be subject to suspension and parents will be notified.
Cold Water Training
Information from Canoe Kayak Canada: Spring and Fall offer unique challenges to training on Canadian water. Competent coaches and sound safety practices have been key factors in maintaining a good safety record within our organization. We need your cooperation to ensure this is continued. Your diligence in communicating and enforcing the sprint code of safety will help to prevent tragedies. We will be communicating several cold water safety protocols through our social networks this week and ask that you take time to review them with your athletes: Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)
Managing a Capsized Boat
SHOULD A SMALL BOAT TIP Paddlers must:
Protection from the Sun
Paddlers clearly are susceptible to sunburn but hopefully are aware of its adverse side effects and the more established concerns about skin cancer. Although shade is sparse on the water, races are of short duration so should not cause any substantial risk. Where regatta sites lack natural shade, the Club will use a canopy to protect paddlers both from the sun and the rain. Paddlers are reminded to minimize exposure between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. when the sun is most intense; to cover up and use a sun screen with a rating of 30+ as those generally provide more effective protection. Since the sport involves water and perspiration, a waterproof sun screen should be the preferred choice.
Protection from Mosquito Bites
Information is available concerning the West Nile Virus on the Ontario Ministry of Health website at www.HealthyOntario.com or from your physician. Some mosquitoes carry the West Nile Virus and bites may lead to West Nile Virus infection and, in turn, mild or serious illness. Research indicates that approximately four out of five people bitten by an infected mosquito do not show any symptoms. While most people who become infected will experience no symptoms or have very mild illness, for some the symptoms will be pronounced. Everyone is at risk and precautions are necessary to protect oneself. Consider using a personal insert repellent. Use only products that are federally regulated such as those that contain DEET. The concentration of DEET should be no greater than 30% for adults and no greater than 10% for children. Apply repellent sparingly on exposed skin surfaces but not on open wounds, or if skin is irritated or sunburned. Apply on top of clothing and a light coating will do. Wash skin with soap and water when returning indoors or when protection is no longer needed.
Boat Storage Policy
This is a fee charged for the storage of personal boats. The Balmy Beach Canoe Club assumes no responsibility for your boat and/or boat parts for damages that may occur while your boat is in storage, in transport for Regattas or practices.
In addition, BBCC will not insure private boats. Before a member purchases a boat, an application to the Equipment Co-ordinator must be made to be assigned a storage space.
Caring for Boats
Some paddlers have purchased their own boats, floorboards, paddles, buns, lifebelts, etc. These are marked accordingly and should not be used without permission. Coaches will determine the appropriate boat for paddlers to use, one of the reasons being that there is a maximum weight rating for different kayaks. Only experienced paddlers may use the boats that are designed for racing.
Before and While Using Boats and Equipment
Make sure you are instructed on how to carry your boat and place it in the water. Ask a coach if you are not sure. Remember: