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 $20,000. 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 spots are for OC1s, OC2s, and surf skis (hereafter referred to as one mans) only and are available only to members of OOCC in good standing.
OOCC assumes no responsibility for theft or damage to one-man canoes.
Fees for storage are to be determined by the board of directors. For the current year, the fees are $200 per year payable on Jan 1. After March 1, any canoe left in storage that has not been paid for will be removed. For storage obtained after 1 July, fees will be one-half the annual fee.
Ko’o fees can not be used to pay for one man storage.
Coaches may be granted spots for one man storage at no cost. The number and location of spots is at the discretion of the board and may differ from year to year depending on need. Assignment of spots to various coaches is at the discretion of the head coach.
Selection of spots to new participants will be determined on a first come first serve basis.
Spots can be carried over from year to year (except for members that obtained a spot by purchasing a canoe and retaining that spot for the remainder of the year).
For canoes purchased from a paid member in mid-year, the storage spot can be maintained for the remainder of that year only. In the following year, the storage spot will be placed in a lottery (see below).
On March 1 of each year, vacant spots will be made available to all paid participants who wish to move to a new spot via a lottery. Members who have paid in full in the previous year will be given first choice, followed by those who obtained a spot by purchasing a canoe and retaining that spot for the remainder of the previous year or are new participants for that year. In both cases, all members wishing to select a new spot will be placed into a pool and an ordered list will made based on a random selection of names. Each person will be presented with a list of spots available and can select from that list. For those who paid in full for the previous year, they may either accept a new spot or maintain their existing spot. Members will be given 5 days to make a decision as to desired spot.
Only one spot is available per paid member, unless (after March 1) open spots are still available.
The vice president will maintain a list indicating which spot each participant is assigned, run the “lottery” for assignment of new spots in March of each year, assign spots to new participants, and maintain a wait list in such case that all spots are taken.
In the event that one mans need to be removed from the yard (in the case of construction of a new aquatic center for example), the vice president will notify participants as soon as practical as to the need to remove canoes. Fees for that year will be reimbursed to participants on a monthly pro-rated basis. For example, a move in July will result in a refund of one-half the yearly fee.
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 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.
Paddlers are allowed four paddles (either newcomer, recreational, or race practice) prior to being required to pay dues. However, participation in 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.
- The newcomer paddles are for prospective club members only. We ask that you not participate if you are a visitor or just out for a weekend adventure without possibility of participating as a member.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Dues payable after four paddles. Costs of membership ($180 per adult plus race fees, $60 for Keikis). 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.
- Safety considerations
- Getting into the canoe, lean left
- The stroke
- Changes and calling the change
- Staying inside the harbor for newcomers (but all others spend most of the time in the ocean).
- Responsibilities of each seat.
- General description of what to do if huli
- Do short paddle.
- Encourage and highlight club achievements, activities.
- Answer questions
- Review next potential steps