Prudent Reserve

Oceanside Outrigger will maintain a prudent reserve in checking or similar insured accounts (savings, certificates of deposits) approximately equivalent to one year operating budget. At the current time, this is on the order of $30,000. This reserve is intended to be set aside to account for unforeseen future events (loss of one or more canoes through accident, large payments for future canoe storage space at the harbor). This represents approximately one-third of annual operating expenses.

One-man Storage Policy

Storage (hereafter referred to as rack spaces) for OC1s, OC2s and surf skis (hereafter referred to as canoes) are available only to members in good standing of OOCC.

OOCC assumes no responsibility for theft or damage to any canoes stored at the OOCC yard.

Only one rack space is available per paid member, or two per family membership. If family membership changes to a single membership, the second rack space must be relinquished back to OOCC for reassignment.

Rack spaces may be carried over from year to year as long as:

  1. the OOCC renter is a paid member in good standing.
  2. the canoe is used on a monthly basis. Rack space may not be used to store a canoe that is not actively on the water.

Ko’o fees cannot be used for payment of rack spaces.

The Vice President maintains the list indicating which rack space each member is assigned and manages the waitlist for assignment of new rack spaces.

Rack space renters, and those on the waitlist, are responsible for providing current and accurate email addresses and phone numbers to the Vice President. If this information changes, an update will need to be provided to the Vice President as it becomes available.

In instances where more than one person co-owns a canoe, a group representative will be designated as the single contact person for payment of fees and correspondence on rack space issues.

In the event canoes need to be removed from the yard (in the case of construction, painting, maintenance, etc.) the Vice President will notify all renters as soon as practical about the need to remove their property.  Fees for the time away from the rack spaces will be reimbursed to renters on a monthly pro-rated basis.

Rack spaces may not be sublet.

If a member with a rack space sells their canoe, the rack space does not transfer to the new owner of the canoe. The renter of the rack space then has 30 days to fill their space with another canoe, show proof of purchase of a new canoe, or relinquish the rack space back to OOCC for reassignment.

OOCC members in good standing wishing to be placed on the rack space wait list must do so in writing to

When a rack space becomes available, the first person on the waitlist will be offered the space. If that person does not have a canoe to fill the space with, they have 30 days to fill the space or show proof of purchase of a new canoe. If that person wishes to wait for a rack space in a different location, they will drop one space on the waitlist and the next person on the waitlist will be offered the available space. No one will lose their place in line on the waitlist.

If several rack spaces come available at the same time, the Vice President and OOCC representatives will work with the members on the waitlist to accommodate each in turn.


New Paddler Policy

Goal – The goal of the recruitment and newcomer paddler program will be to recruit new club members to participate in both racing and recreational programs. The need for the program may vary from time to time depending on the ability of recreational or racing programs and available club equipment to accommodate new members. The focus of the program may also vary depending on the current demographic and recreational/racer mix in the club at a given time. Our goals are to have a mix that provides us with competitive race teams in all divisions and to have numbers that allow for a viable keiki and recreational program.

Paddling and membership requirements – New paddlers are encouraged to participate in one or more newcomers paddles prior to participating in the recreational or racing programs. Some members with a high level of fitness and comfort with the ocean may elect to go directly to either racing or recreational programs. Their participation will be dependent on the approval of respective recreational coordinator or coaches and may be dependent on the various programs abilities to accommodate and train new paddlers given the resources available.

The recruitment director should consult with coaches and or recreational director prior having members included in other programs and make a recommendation to the respective coordinator or coaches that outlines the capabilities of the potential participant. It is up to the recruitment coordinator to help in the evaluation of the paddlers and their ability to participate. It should be understood and communicated to potential members that this is a physically demanding sport and requires some level of comfort with ocean conditions, and lack of fitness or comfort with the ocean may jeopardize their safety as well as the safety and enjoyment of other club members. All new race members are to first participate as members of the novice team.

Dues Requirements

Paddlers are required to be paid members (either newcomer, recreational, or race practice) prior to using any OOCC equipment or facilities. Participation in workouts and race events requires membership.

Guidelines for Leaders of Newcomer Paddles

Leaders of newcomer paddles should use the following as a guide for what should be included in a newcomer’s introduction to the sport and to OOCC.

  1. The newcomer paddles are for prospective club members only.
  2. Only those who can swim, are wearing appropriate attire (no jeans, cotton sweatshirts, inappropriate footwear), and are physically able to pull themselves into a canoe should it huli (turn over) are allowed to participate.
  3. Cover general safety rules. First the huli. Stress that the canoes are inherently unstable and can huli (even at the dock) and that there is a real possibility of huli at any time. Those uncomfortable with ability to swim or get back into a canoe should take the eventual likelihood of a huli into consideration before participating. Lean to the left.
  4. General club organization. Can participate as a racer, keiki racer, or recreational paddler. General requirements for participation in each program include coaches permission, general levels of fitness required, expected times paddling. Race schedule, classes of racers, distance of races, time commitments, iron sprint and 9-man seasons. Keiki requirements and schedule. Recreational paddle schedule in winter and summer. Approximate hours and paddling times for each. Web site address with membership and general club information. Costs of membership is stated on OOCC payment form. What the club provides (canoes, paddles available but encouraged to purchase your own) and doesn’t provide (race fees, transportation, etc). Possible constraints to participation in rec or race programs during race season (check with coaches as to possible constraints). Encourage those who want to rec paddle only to initiate participation in Sept. (after the race season). Non-profit and volunteer run organization, so all are encouraged to participate in other activities. Social aspects of the club including parties, all club events. Number of members.
  5. Safety considerations
  6. Getting into the canoe, lean left
  7. The stroke
  8. Changes and calling the change
  9. Staying inside the harbor for newcomers (but all others spend most of the time in the ocean).
  10. Responsibilities of each seat.
  11. General description of what to do if huli
  12. Do short paddle.
  13. Encourage and highlight club achievements, activities.
  14. Answer questions
  15. Review next potential steps