Code of Conduct

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It is the policy of: Tower Hamlets Canoe Club that all paddlers, volunteers, coaches and parents show respect and understanding for each other and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the Club. The aim is for all paddlers to improve performance and have fun. Everyone involved in the Club should abide by the Club Rules and Policies.

Paddlers Take care of all property belonging to the club or club members. Treat other club members with respect at all times — on and off the water — treat other paddlers as you would want to be treated yourself. Control tempers and avoid behaviour which may affect or upset others. Co-operate and listen to your coach or club officials.

Club Officials, Coaches and Volunteers Consider the wellbeing and safety of paddlers before the development of performance. Develop an appropriate working relationship with performers, based on mutual trust and respect. Display consistently high standards of behaviour. Follow British Canoeing and club guidelines and policies. Hold the appropriate, up-dated qualifications and insurance. Encourage paddlers to value their performance and not just results. Never condone the use of prohibited substances. Please note that all Club Officials, Coaches and leaders are volunteers.

Discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, disability, sexual identity, age, occupation, religious beliefs or political opinion will not be tolerated. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable. If bullying does occur, all paddlers should be able to tell the club committee and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly.

Bullying can include:

  • Physical : pushing, kicking, hitting - any use of violence or theft
  • Verbal : name calling, sarcasm, taunts or gestures
  • Sexual : unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
  • Emotional: tormenting, ridiculing, humiliating and ignoring
  • Cyber : threats or misuse of all types of internet, social media or messaging

All paddlers taking part in club night activities, either on the water or land based, are expected to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for their activity. Taking part in paddling activities under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs is prohibited. It is a non-smoking site. It is expected that club equipment will be subjected to general wear & damage during paddling activities. However, if club equipment is damaged due to negligence or misuse the club member may be asked to contribute financially to its repair/replacement. All paddlers are expected to respect the residents and property at Shadwell Basin Activity Centre. All SBOAC equipment must be used and stored appropriately.

Members are encouraged to challenge any unacceptable behaviour. If any members experience or witness violation of any of the above they are encouraged to report the incident/concern to the THCC committee. All concerns raised will be addressed in a confidential manner. If you feel unable to report concerns to the committee, you can seek advice from the BCU:

Updated - January 2020