Information for New Members
The following is a list of useful Club policies, strategies and resources for new members when joining the Club.
- The Safety Competencies
outline the minimum basic skills and equipment for each level of trip
in the Club. If you are new to paddling, then you must be taken through
the competencies as outlined for flatwater before taking flatwater
trips. These basics may take no more than a couple of hours by a Club
Instructor or experienced Club paddler, but are essential to ensure that
you safely enjoy your first experience in the Club. The Introduction to Flatwater Guide
is an excellent resource for all paddlers when getting started. It goes
through all sorts of things like the kind of boats, how to fit them
out, your personal equipment all the way to a lesson on Navigation. The
AC Safety Guidelines also spell out the guidelines for the conduct of
organized trips, run by Clubs and Commercial groups.
- Club trips can be as small as a trip up Wolli Creek, or as large as a
five-day moving trip down the Shoalhaven. It has a start and finish and
is organized by a club representative. Club members can post
impromptu trips to the yahoo group. They will identify the Grade of the
trip, a description and their skill to lead this trip. Skill level can
vary according to the complexity of the trip. Members can organize their
own trips, and are required to observe all of the safe paddling
recommendations. In doing so the AC Insurance will kick in should an
incident occur. A summary brochure outlining the insurance policy can be
found on the PaddleNSW or Australian Canoeing website. Boat insurance can also be purchased via PaddleNSW.
- From time to time the Club will run invitational trips, where they
will invite members from other PaddleNSW membership. In return,
RCC members are invited to participate in similar paddles organized
through PaddleNSW. It’s a great way to meet new people and visit other
popular spots. RCC members are also invited to participate in PaddleNSW
Paddle sports, like Canoe Polo run at the Auburn Aquatic Centre,
numerous races like Marathon, sprint and open water. These are
advertised on the PaddleNSW website.
- The Club Calendar would advertise most RCC and PaddleNSW recreational trips, Club meetings and training opportunities.
- Single event members who are competent paddlers are welcome on
all trips however a single event registration must be completed and
a payment of $20 either online or to the trip leader before commencing
the trip. There is no limit to the number of single trips taken however a
new form and payment is to be used for each new trip. This rule is a
condition of the Clubs affiliation with the State Body, PaddleNSW.
- Member’s boats can be stored at the Clubhouse. The policy can be
found on the website under forms and documents.In summary, it will cost
$150 per year and you will be provided a Clubhouse key for access at
- The Club strives to deliver quality training and trip leading and
supports the accreditation of members who are prepared to step up to
take these leadership rolls. Qualified members who assist the club in
this way can have their Australian Canoeing Registration reimbursed by
the Club. Details of this policy can also be found on the website. A
full list of qualified members can be found on the website under
- Checklists can be found for preparing yourself as a participant and a
trip leader. The trip leader is required to have completed a Float Plan
that includes an emergency management plan for each trip that they
lead. PaddleNSW conducts Courses for Guiding, Flat & White water
Instructors, Sea kayaking and Rescue.
- Trip reports are welcome and should be provided to the Magazine Editor by the 20th of each month.
All the best for a great membership and let a Committee member know how you are going in the Club. Constructive feedback is always welcome.