As the RCC has both children and parents in its membership, safety is a pre-dominant consideration for the Club and both its activities and organisation reflect this priority.
The Club is affiliated to the British Canoeing which is the governing body for canoeing in the United Kingdom. British Canoeing operates an internationally respected Coaching Scheme and the Rutland Canoe Club has qualified coaches at Levels 2 and 3. To become a coach at this level it is necessary to have achieved a certain level of canoeing competence, to have passed the FSRT Canoe Safety Test (this covers aspects such as handling a basic canoeing emergency with practical simple incidents, effects of weather/temperature, lifesaving, specific rescue techniques such as deep water rescues and towing, use of throwline ), to hold a First Aid Certificate including CPR and EAR and to have logged teaching experience.
The Club also has certain specific rules about equipment which must be carried by groups on the Main Body, the intention being that at all times groups out on the Main Body should be self-sufficient. On joining the Club members sign a declaration that they do not suffer from any disability or medical condition which may render them unfit for strenuous exercise and are encouraged in the case of any doubt to seek advice from their family doctor.
All members going onto the water must log on and off the water, paddlers will be supervised in the Creek, while groups going onto the Main Body may only do so under the direct control of an authorised Main Body Leader. Any incident that may have an impact on safety must be reported to the Safety Officer.
Safety has to be continually worked for, and both the RCC and individual members of the British Canoeing Coaching Scheme are determined to ensure that it is!