Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct (the Code) is based on the spirit of “fair play” and “good sportsmanship”.
The rules governing fair play in sport align with those of human rights for example freedom, respect, equality and dignity which guide people to live in harmony and peace. Being a good sport is more than being a good athlete. It’s about how you conduct yourself overall for example demonstrate fairness and not cheating, congratulating your opponent, being responsible for your actions, conducting yourself with decorum, being respectful to Club members and opponents, and accepting the umpire’s verdict.
This document is a guide to what is expected of Nagambie Rowing Club members and visitors to the Club. Adherence to the Code is a prerequisite for Club membership. All Club members are responsible for their own health and safety, and for the safety of other members and members of the public who may be affected by their actions. All Club members have a Duty of Care and must act responsibly at all times when conducting Club activities and must comply with the Code. Failure to comply with the Code may result in withdrawal of membership.
The Clubs Board of Directors endorses the Code which:
- makes clear the behavior we expect of everyone,
- reinforces our culture and values, and
- allows you to raise questions or concerns.
The aim of this document is to encourage and ensure an environment and culture that is professional and conducive to success, available for all members of the Club. The Code is in place for the protection, safety and wellbeing as well as the integrity of all participating Nagambie Rowing Club members, their families, visitors and coaches.
Nagambie Rowing Club fosters the following core beliefs and behaviour;
- Excellence in the sport of rowing
- Physical and mental health and safety
- Respect for yourself, Club members, crew members and competitors
- Respect for property – your own, others and the Club’s
The Code of Conduct cannot cover every situation in our club. If in doubt ask the following questions;
- Is it legal to do this?
- Am I feeling harassed or bullied? If yes, discuss this with the Members Advocate and/or any member of the Board of Directors.
- Am I fostering excellence in rowing?
- Am I being respectful to other members & competitors?
- Am I fostering ideals of friendship?
- Is what I am doing, both physically and mentally, healthy for me and others?
- Am I in the correct place at the correct time doing the correct thing?
- Does it fit with the Club culture, values and Code of Conduct?
- Am I setting a good example?
If you have any doubts then please talk to any of the following people;
- A Members Advocate and / or
- A member of the Board of Directors. Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Bullying – value differences in our Club and believe that diversity of members, gender, nationality, competencies and experience makes the team perform better, – advocate for a Club free of discrimination, sexual or other harassment, intimidation, vilification, humiliation, threatening and bullying behaviours, andMembers will; - be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with others, – be positive role models, and The Club, as a collective, will not; - discriminate, or accept discrimination by others, – accept any physical violence in the club environment.
- If you are feeling harassed or bullied then please talk to any of the following people;
- - make unsuitable jokes, comments or spread gossip or rumours that might upset someone, and
- - tolerate any behavior or action that could be seen as sexual or other harassment or bullying,
- - be good sportswomen and sportsman.
- - be professional in, and accept responsibility for your own actions,
- - respect the rights, dignity and worth of others,
- - aspire to creating a Club environment where all members and visitors feel respected.
- - commit to recruiting on the basis of overall benefit to the Club,
- Diversity is valued by the Club and we endeavour to treat everyone fairly and equally. Further to this wewill;
- A Members Advocate and / or
- A member of the Board of Directors. Club Rooms and EquipmentAll members and accompanied guests using Club facilities and equipment are responsible for the safe use and care while they are using it. Users are required to treat equipment respectfully to ensure that it is not lost, damaged, misused or wasted. Any damage to the facilities or equipment must be reported to the Boat Captain or any member of the Board of Directors as soon as possible (ASAP).Members will; - keep the boatshed clean, organised, with all isles clear of equipment, – ensure Club property is locked away or secured when not in use,
- - leave the gym and function area clean and tidy after use,
- - wash and rinse all Club boats and oars after use before returning them to their designated racks,
- The careless or negligent use of Club facilities and equipment may result in members being liable for any damage caused and possible suspension of member privileges, this is at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
- Members using the facilities and equipment of the Club do so at their own risk.
- ask for assistance when lifting boats to ensure boats are moved safely,
- take care when launching and retrieving boats; protruding riggers and or racks can cause injury and or damage the rowing shells,
- ensure all equipment is in working order before and after use, for example bowball fitted, feet safety straps (to allow exit if you capsize), sealed bow and stern compartments, gates on swivels to close and secure properly, sliding seats move freely on tracks, all nuts/bolts and screws are tight etc,
- assist loading and unloading the boat trailer, de-rigging and re-rigging of boats when attending regattas, and
- promptly report any problems with Club facilities and or equipment to the Boat Captain or any member of the Board of Directors.
Health and Safety
The nature of rowing, as a water sport, inherently means that there is a certain danger associated with it. Individuals’ safety is ultimately the responsibility of the individual. The Club cannot stress enough the importance of safety for all members. If you believe someone is acting in a way that endangers themselves or others, or if you identify a hazard, inform them or inform a coach or any member of the Board of Directors.
It is the responsibility of the individual to understand the risks involved. These primarily include, but are not limited to, injury through collision with other boats or structures, injury or death by drowning due to being unable to free oneself during capsizing, health issues brought on by intense prolonged exercise such as dehydration, hypothermia, cardiac failure or muscular skeletal injury. There are a number of measures to mitigate these risks including:
- being aware of the waterway rules and hazards;
- practicing supervised capsizing drills;
- exercising within your capabilities;
- conducting regular health checks and ensure your health condition is appropriate for rowing;
- rowing with at least one other boat.
All rowing members and visitors must sign the Club logbook prior to launching and on their return.
All rowing members and visitors must be able to swim adequately without flotation assistance. All rowers, coxswains and launch drivers must be in good health and must be able and confident to swim a minimum of 50 metres, under water for a minimum of 5 meters, and tread water for at least 2 minutes in light clothing.
- exercise great care when using the facilities and equipment provided,
-be frank and honest when concerning health issues, illness and injury and their abilities,
- protect themselves from sunburn, heat stroke and exhaustion by wearing suitable clothing, high factor sun block and keeping hydrated,
- when either rowing or steering a boat communicate effectively with the crew or other rowers and adhere to the navigation rules of the waterway so as to ensure the safety of the crew or other rowers at all times. Be aware of the position of other boats on the waterway, so as to avoid collisions and subsequent damage to the boat or injury to the crew or other rowers. Look out for debris on the waterway and anglers or other river users, so as to avoid an incident, and
- maintain personal hygiene to avoid water-borne infections etc.
Emergency Phone Number 000
Tips for Parents/Guardians
Respect the directions and decisions made by coaches, the Board of Directors and officials and teach children to do like wise,
Remember that children are participating in the sport of rowing for their own enjoyment and not fulfilling Parents/Guardians dreams,
Focus on effort and performance rather than winning or losing,
Parents/Guardians participation in Club activities at the early stages of their child’s rowing career is welcomed and encouraged (many hands make light work),
Provide support without pressure, and encouragement without criticism, to your child and their crew members at all times,
Don’t ridicule any child for making a mistake or losing a competition,
Demonstrate appreciation for good performance by all rowers (including opposing rowers),
Assist Nagambie Rowing Club in any way you can to make rowing a safe and positive experience for all participants, and