Code of conduct for parents and children

In most cases, it is enough to say that a breach of common sense is a breach of the club rules. Nevertheless, we ask newcomers to our club and our sport to respect some basic guidelines to ensure that their children get the most out of their time at the club.

A. Physical Needs and Safety.

Please do not allow your child to train when they are unwell or when overtired.

Children should be appropriately clothed before, during and after training. A complete change of clothes should be brought for training on every occasion and a warm coat/fleece jumper for wearing to go home.

It is important to have breakfast, especially before Saturday training and a snack between school and evening training is necessary. Please ensure children drink before training.

Parents should deliver and collect children at the clubhouse (on time please) and do not ever drop them off or expect to pick them up in the car park. This covers a number of safety issues.

For the benefit of your children, coaches need to know about any special considerations that may apply to them, either mental or physical. (fears , phobias, allergies etc)

Suitable equipment is important for good progression. We supply all necessary equipment in the early stages. If a parent is intent on buying any item of equipment we would ask if them to liaise with their child’s coach before going ahead.

Junior members may only paddle in coach-led groups. Junior paddlers are not permitted to go on the river alone at any time. Neither should they use gym equipment without supervision/permission.

All members are required to display due consideration to others. Junior members in coach-led groups must follow the instructions of their coach at all times.

As safety is our primary concern, any disruptive behaviour or conduct that is deemed prejudicial to safety or which affects others’ enjoyment of the sport or may adversely affect the club’s good name will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to ignoring or refusing to follow the clear instruction of a coach and  the use of offensive language or behaviour towards a coach, club member or other river user.

In the event of  misbehaviour, the child’s club coach will ask to speak to the parents concerned and may follow up such conversations in writing. The involvement of the Club’s Child Welfare Officer (CWO) may be necessary, in line with the BCU policies outlined elsewhere on the site, as may a meeting with the club’s officers.

B. Mental and Social Wellbeing

Please report any problem that occurs (however trivial) as soon as possible either to your child’s coach, a committee member or the Child Welfare  Officer (CWO). You can find the CWOs’ details in the Child Protection document on the main navigation of the club website.

Although your children will find themselves training in a competitive environment and racing too, the  emphasis is on self improvement at whatever rate is natural to each child. Please try to avoid stress by exerting undue pressure to perform, or comparing your child with others.

Liaise regularly with your child’s coach in order that you are aware of any changes in normal proceedings and try to make sure that any notes distributed are given to you.

You are very welcome to watch our activities at any time, and many children appreciate parental interest. The club needs parents to get involved in its activities and we actively welcome parental involvement. Please get in touch!

C. Helping to Keep the Club Running Smoothly

Arrive on time for training sessions.

Inform us of any long absences such as holidays.

Encourage children to respect the equipment we provide and never to use equipment owned by others without their permission.

Please check with your child that they have put their equipment away before they leave.

Come into the clubhouse, read the notice boards, chat to other parents and members. Please feel free to join in and help where you can. (We are all volunteers, your help will be gratefully received!)

We do have a number of information sources which you can consult and may help you to feel more in tune with what’s going on, not least our website. Do contact the club secretary if you have any particular queries.