Our Code of Conduct


  • The safety and welfare of self and others is to be the prime consideration of every member.
  • Respect all members regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, religion, political persuasion or ability.
  • Take care of all property belonging to the club or club members.
  • Treat other club members with respect at all times.
  • Control tempers and avoid behaviour which may affect or upset others.
  • Co-operate with, and follow the directions given by, your coach or club officials.

Coaches, Leaders and Helpers

  • Follow the British Canoeing Coaching Code of Ethics and club policies and procedures.
  • Consider the wellbeing and safety of paddlers before the development of performance.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with paddlers, based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Be positive, approachable and focused on building paddlers confidence and ability.
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.
  • Display consistently high standards of personal behaviour and appearance.
  • Hold the appropriate, up-to-date qualifications and insurance.
  • Encourage paddlers to value their performance and not just results.
  • Never condone the use of prohibited substances.


  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy Paddlesport.
  • Ensure you are available if your child (12-18) is at a club session without a parent or guardian present and be punctual when collecting them.
  • Co-operate with, and listen to, coaches or club officials.
  • Inform the Duty Coach at each session of any special requirements your child may have.
  • Provide the Club (Head Coach, Welfare Officer or Chair) with written details of any relevant medical conditions that Coaches need to know about.
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
  • Display consistently high standards of personal behaviour
  • Don’t force your child to take part in sport.

Violation of the club code of conduct may result in suspension and /or expulsion from the club.