Geelong Canoe Club is a family friendly, health promoting club where everyone feels welcome, safe and respected. We work towards the continued success of inclusive recreational and competition paddle sports.
Please familiarise yourself with our:
Every person: spectator, paddler, club member, official, participant, administrator, coach, parent or member of the community involved with the Geelong Canoe Club is required to:
The Geelong Canoe Club has adopted the National Integrity Framework, a suite of integrity policies developed by Sport Integrity Australia that is coupled with an independent complaint handling process.
The National Integrity Framework applies to all activities organised or authorised by a Paddle Australia or member organisation and is required to be adopted in full.
Paddle Australia’s National Integrity Framework defines sports integrity as the manifestation of the ethics and values that promote community confidence in sport. Threats to the integrity of sport include:
Alleged breaches and reporting
Since it was introduced in mid-2022 there have been some changes to the way concerns or complaints about alleged breaches of those policies are to be reported:
SIA has affirmed the following process for reporting NIF matters:
Paddle Australia’s website:
Sport Integrity Australia website:
Sport Integrity Australia is the cornerstone of Australian Government's comprehensive sport integrity strategy: Safeguarding the Integrity of Sport. They developed the National Integrity Framework and it’s their role to provide advice and assistance to counter threats to sports integrity.
Their work focuses on policy development, intelligence, investigations (primarily of doping cases), and education, outreach and capability building. The agency continues to function as Australia's National Anti-Doping Organisation.
Further information is on Sport Integrity Australia's online channels:
The Play by the Rules website has information, resources, tools and free online training for administrators, coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators to prevent and deal with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport.
Play by the Rules is a collaboration between Sport Integrity Australia, Sport Australia, the Australian Human Rights Commission, all state and territory departments of sport and recreation, all state and territory anti-discrimination and human rights agencies, the Office of the Children's Guardian (NSW) and the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW.
GCC Committee and volunteers all have a Working with Children Check. GCC strongly encourages its members to register themselves in this important program.
To sign up visit Victorian Government's Service Victoria website
We are an alcohol free club. Alcohol is to not be consumed at the club or the surrounding river environments.
Alcohol may be considered for special events and this requires prior approval by the Geelong Canoe Club and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, in addition to the relevant Liquor License.
Our club site and boundary is smoke free, including:
Access to the club building is only available to Geelong Canoe Club members.
Parking in the club compound is only available to Geelong Canoe Club members.
Shower and change facilities are located on the top floor of the club building for all Geelong Canoe Club members to use.
The kitchen is located on the top floor of the club building for all Geelong Canoe Club members to use. One simple rule – please clean up after yourself.
Geelong Canoe Club (GCC) members are eligible to use the club-owned paddling ergos, rowing ergo and watt bike.
These are located in the gym area adjoined to the club. It's important to note the gym is privately operated and unless you are subscribed to Synergise Health and Fitness you are only permitted to use the GCC owned equipment.
Club members who wish to use the equipment:
Requesting access to club owned exercise equipment:
If members would like to use the other equipment in the gym you will be required to join Synergise Health and Fitness (see Point 12 of the waiver which highlights a commitment to this request).
Geelong Canoe Club members are able to access club lockers at a low one-time cost.
Please note storage of personal equipment is entirely at your own risk.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a locker.
Craft storage is available to club members by formal request and is subject to space availability.
Membership allows storage for up to 2 craft (based on availability) according to allocation including level of placement within the scope of membership (refer Memberships page)
Depending on availability there may be the option to purchase extra storage for 1 craft at higher levels for $30.
Craft are stored at the owner's risk and are not covered by the club’s contents insurance. The club does not accept any liability resulting from damage or theft of personal craft stored at the club.
Bylaw #10 Private Craft Rack Space Allocation explains the rules around boat storage and registration.
For questions or to register a craft contact email@example.com
All paddlers must wear an approved life jacket when paddling. Exemptions do exist with formalised training and competition (see club Bylaws for the definition), but for general paddling on the river you are required to wear a life jacket.
Craft paddled from the Geelong Canoe Club must be positively buoyant. This means if the craft capsizes it will remain afloat.
All member craft must have positive buoyancy. If you are using club craft and you believe the foam (buoyancy) is missing then do not use that craft and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to report the missing buoyancy.
Members paddling from Geelong Canoe Club are required to register their trip intentions on the whiteboard located next to the riverside door.
Paddling information required:
Please remember to remove these details when you return.
When an incident or accident has occurred please report this using the Incident Report form below and emailing it to email@example.com
This includes reporting incidents such as collisions on the water and items identified as a possible safety risk.
The Committee will review and take the necessary steps to ensure corrective or preventative action.