Club handbook

Conduct of GKC Members

Pool Sessions

  • In deference to the rules governing the use of the pool, No one is permitted to use the pool without the presence of an authorised pool lifeguard, as such only the pool lifeguard should approach the Caretaker for access and no pressure should be placed on the Caretaker to allow access by unauthorised individuals, since this may result in the loss of the pool let.
  • All users of the pool should familiarise themselves with the exit routes which may be used in an emergency.
  • Any injury or incident in the pool needs to be notified to caretaker – via the pool lifeguard.
  • To minimise the risk of injury, and to allow those in kayaks the confidence to move in the limited space, those not paddling are requested to stay in the laned off area.
  • The pool lifeguard has final authority in the pool area.
  • If you are receiving instruction, don’t feel pressured to continue practicing if you feel tired or have had enough for the evening.

Paddling ‘in the wild’

Kayaking is an assumed risk activity and all those taking part bear responsibility to other users of the countryside, and in particular to other members of the group taking part in the paddle with them. Any one not feeling well, or under the influence of drugs (presciption or not) that may affect their ability to act safely and under control should not partake in the Activity.

It is the responsibility of each member to advise the group leader or trip organiser of any relevant medical conditions or injuries that they are carrying, which may adversly affect their ability to carry out the activity in a safe manner.

All members should acquaint themselves with the aims of each trip that they participate in – before setting off. Factors that prospective paddlers should take into account when deciding to participate in the trip include the likely difficulty / danger inherent in the expedition, and the remoteness of the planned location .

Trip organisers should ensure that all participants are aware of the expected difficulty / level of commitment required by the trip they are leading, and are to satisfy themselves that all participants have gained suitable experience and have demonstrated no traits that suggest they will not have the ability to carryout the activity safely.

Trip organisers need to consider many factors on the day of a planned trip, which may cause curtailment, or relocation of the activity, factors that must be considered include:-

  • Increase in predicted volume / sea state.
  • Number of novices / assistants.
  • Obstacles to ingress / egress observed.
  • Adverse weather.
  • Personal skills / preparation of participants.
  • State of equipment.

All participants must follow the instructions of the trip leader, failure to do so may result in individuals being excluded from future activities.

Strongly recommend third party liability insurance, which provides cover to compensate others for any loss they suffer as a result of your actions – one of the benefits of membership of the SCA.

Follow the Country Code, and avoid conflict with Anglers or land owners.

Personal Equipment


Mandatory – Swimsuit
Optional – T-Shirt, Goggles, noseclips, earplugs.

In the Wild

Bouyancy Aid
Helmet (At trip leaders discretion on open water trips)
Wet / Dry suit (dependent on season and activity / personal preference)
Spare clothes (to be carried)
Food & drink (hot if possible – to be carried)
Whistle & other safety devices