Conditions of Involvement

Participant’s responsibilities

  • A participant must be a current member and have completed and achieved the standard required on the Introduction training weekend.
  • A participant must understand that:
  • They’re participating in a club trip led by volunteer club leaders.
  • While the club leader and the Yakity Yak Kayak Club Trust Board will do everything possible to manage the risks involved, it’s ultimately the club members responsibility to keep themselves and others safe. 
  • As club members who have achieved the standard required on the two-day enrolment course, it’s expected that:
  • They understand their limitations and won’t go on a trip that will put them or others in danger.
  • They will abide by NZ Maritime law and wear a PFD at all times while on the water.
  • will not be allowed to take part in activities if they appear to be alcohol or drug impaired as this could compromise the safety of other members.
  • They’re observers when attending a repeat course and will help as required.

Leader’s responsibilities

  • A trip must be lodged with the local Yakity Yak Kayak Club Centre to be classified as a Yakity Yak Club trip.
  • Leaders must have satisfactorily completed a Leader Training Program run for the Yakity Yak Kayak Club and have a current first aid certificate.
  • All trips will have a dedicated leader who’s responsible for checking that:
  • The plan is lodged with the Yakity Yak Kayak Club Centre before departure.
  • The weather conditions are inside the plan’s parameters.
  • Any risks are discussed with the group and all participants are happy to proceed with the plan.         
  • All participants have been asked for any medical conditions they might have that might affect safety.
  • There are one or more forms of electronic communication that can get help, e.g. cell phone, sat phone, VHF, EPIRB (PLB), or mountain radio.
  • The group has the appropriate flares for the trip.
  • There’s suitable safety equipment, e.g. split paddles, paddle floats, bilge pumps, tow lines, knifes, first aid kits, spare warm clothing, personal visibility, and well-fitting PFDs (which is always worn when on the water).
  • The group is structured such that no one’s left behind and all sub-groups have the skills to handle the expected situations.
  • At the completion of the trip the Yakity Yak Kayak Club Centre is notified of the group’s return.
  • The trip report is completed and all paperwork forwarded to the Yakity Yak Kayak Club Centre:
    participant list, weather forecast, 2-minute form, Take-5 form, any comments and incidents, e.g. a near miss or accident.
  • All trips must have a plan lodged with the local Yakity Yak Kayak Club Centre that covers:
  • Where the trip will depart from and go to.
  • The weather conditions that are suitable to run the trip in.
The skill set that’s required by the participants to be able to handle the anticipated conditions must be stated/ acknowledged. E.g.
Beginner: no significant surf or swell, wind under 15 knots.
Intermediate: surf or ocean swells less than 1.5 metres or wind under 25 knots.
Advanced: any condition that’s suitable for the trip’s aims.
  • Any special concerns that may apply to the trip and ways that these will be minimised.

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