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KAYAKS @ ARAWA

Kayaking equipment available for use by club members

CLUB FLEET

Arawa maintains a fleet of kayaks that are available for use by members.

Club kayaks serve some fundamental purposes:

  • Enabling beginners to learn to paddle
  • Enabling club members to train in racing team kayaks
  • Enabling the development of paddling technique in racing kayaks

The club fleet has been built up over a number of years and includes a variety of kayaks. These have been purchased by or donated to the club for the use of all members. Some rules have been established in order to extend the lifetime and availability of the boats.

USE OF CLUB KAYAKS

Keeping our fleet up to date and in a serviceable condition is a constant challenge. In order to ensure maximum availability of the club's kayaks for use by members, there are some rules and guidelines in place to minimise the need for maintenenance and to ensure that kayaks are available for use when needed.

Availability

Club kayaks must be available for use during scheduled coaching sessions. There is a coaching timetable posted on the notice board inside the club. Please plan your independent training around these sessions, or join in to take advantage of the opportunity to learn some new skills

Members Only

Club kayaks are for the use of members only. The only exception to this rule is during the 3 session trial period offered to prospective new members.

Registration

Use of club kayaks must be registered in the log book by the west entrance door in the club. This enables us to monitor which kayaks are getting the most use. Should you wish to take a club boat away to another venue for an extended period (full day, weekend or longer) hire fees apply. This must be approved by the Equipment Officer and hire fees paid in advance. The following guidelines apply for club kayaks being used away from the club:

  • Kayaks must be used in deep water only
  • Kayaks must well supported on suitable roof cradles, including nose support for long craft.
  • Log book must be completed and return date/time noted.
  • Damage or loss is the responsibility of the hirer.

Responsibility

Individual responsibility is required while using club gear. The club is unable to provide any form of supervision or support outside scheduled training sessions. Ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothing and a PFD (aka Personal Flotation Device, Lifejacket) in accordance with maritime regulations and your water survival skills. If you are uncertain about the use of the equipment, please get involved in a training session with a club coach who will be happy to show you the ropes.

Return

Please ensure that the kayak you use is returned to the racks promptly at the end of your session. Remove any river debris from the kayak on the bank to reduce the mess tranferred into the sheds. If you have an incident during your session that causes damage, or you notice any maintenance issues, please register this in the log book on in the clubs Issue Tracker.

MAINTENANCE

Keeping all of the clubs kayaks in good working order is an on-going challenge.

TRANSPORTING KAYAKS

Keeping our kayaks in good condition requires careful transportation. Careful loading, fastening and transportation of kayaks is important to prevent damage.