Club Policies and Safety

Club Policies and Safety

Ryde Dragon Boat Club is committed to providing a safe environment for children and taking a strong stance against improper use of drugs, and medicines.

We comply with the Sports Integrity Australia policies in these matters including the Child Safeguarding Policies and the Improper Use Of Drugs and Medicine Policy.


The Child Safeguarding policy prohibits the following conduct:

  • Child abuse including physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse, as well as neglect and exposure to family violence.
  • Grooming.
  • Misconduct with a child including age inappropriate behaviour, or behaviour which places the child at risk of harm.
  • Asking a child to keep any communication secret.
  • Supplying alcohol or drugs (including tobacco) to a child.
  • Supplying medicines, except where: – permitted by law or with the consent of the parent, guardian or carer of the child; and – under a valid prescription for that child; and – at the prescribed dosage
  • Failing to comply with recruitment and screening requirements. Failing to report a breach of Prohibited Conduct.
  • Breaching any of the child safe practices that cover actions such as photographing/filming children, travel arrangements, overnight stays, change room arrangements, electronic and online communications, discipline and physical contact, amongst others.


The Improper Use Of Drugs and Medicine Policy prohibits the following conduct:

  • Unauthorised injection or possession of injection equipment.
  • The supply of non-compliant supplements to a Relevant Athlete.
  • A criminal conviction relating to or involving an illegal drug.
  • Illegal use of prescription or over the counter medication.
  • Being implicated or complicit in any Prohibited Conduct.
  • Failure to report a breach of policy.


Safety Corner

At Ryders safety is our first concern.

There are a few steps we can take to make our training sessions safer and more enjoyable for all. Therefore, it is club policy that PFD's (personal floatation devices) are worn by:

  • Anyone ages 14 years and under
  • Anyone unable to swim 50m fully clothed / or anyone who isn't a confident swimmer
  • All sweeps
  • Anyone sitting on the front of the boat

PFD's are provided by the club if you don't have your own.

Please remember to listen to your sweep at all times, their first responsibility is your safey. This includes when loading/unloading the boats.


If you have any concerns regarding any of these matters or believe there has been a breach of these policies within Ryde Dragon Boat Club, please contact one of our MPIO's or Board Members.

For more information please visit the Sports Integrity Australia website.

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