- Open Water
Paddler Code of Behaviour
Planning your Paddle:
Be aware of your club or group’s policy on registering for trips. Register well in advance of the paddle date. Never just turn up on the day.
If you have to cancel, please do so at least a week before the paddle so the trip leader can arrange for someone to attend in your place. Many paddles are full with waitlists and another member could miss the opportunity to participate if you opt out at the last minute.
Be aware of the plan for the day. Have everything with you and assume there will be no shops, because at most places there probably won’t be!
On the day …
- Arrive at the venue on or before time
- Listen carefully to the trip leader’s safety and day plan briefing.
- Have a positive attitude. Everyone is here to enjoy.
- Stay warm and hydrated.
- If you have a complaint, make it only to the trip leader.
- Follow the trip leader’s instructions at all times.
- Stay with the group. Don’t paddle off on your own.
- Paddle in technique to conserve energy and minimise muscle soreness.
- Read the NSW Maritime safety stickers on the front of your boat. Pass any approaching craft on the right. Give way to everything is not a bad policy!
- Treat the environment with care. Don’t hit the banks, come ashore only at designated spots and tread lightly. Take any rubbish with you.
- Pitch in and lend a hand – paddles are run by volunteers.
- Paddles are strictly non-smoking.
- After the paddle give yourself a pat on the back!
Above all, have a wonderful time on the water.