Membership Period

Our memberships runs from July 1 to June 30 each year and Pro-Rata membership fees apply from the 1st of January each year, for new members only.

Membership Entitlements

Membership with West Lakes Canoe Club includes

Membership Fee Structure

Any Canoe Club Membership fee in Australia includes:

  • A State Association fee (Paddle SA in South Australia);
  • A National Membership fee with Paddle Australia;
  • A Membership contribution to the chosen Canoe Club.

Membership with West Lakes Canoe Club includes the required affiliation with Paddle SA and Paddle Australia. This grants members State and National Insurance cover for all Club-Sanctioned Events, and entitles members to participate in all WLCC, Paddle SA, National and Paddle Australia events.

Memberships are valid for a 12 month Membership season from 1st July to 30th June the following year.

Refer also to How to Join & Renew

West Lakes Canoe Club Membership(s) Benefits

  • Access to qualified coaching;
  • Access to clubroom facilities and equipment;
  • Storage and insurance cover for your own canoe or kayak;
  • Opportunity to Participate in organised events & trips;
  • Transport and insurance cover of your boat to/at/from events;
  • Club key for access 7 days a week.

New Members

New members of the club are required to complete a membership application, which requires information to be provided by the member and acknowledgement of club policies as per the following:

  • Personal details;
  • Emergency contact details;
  • Medical history and current circumstances;
  • The club equipment usage policy;
  • The club key holder policy;
  • Private boat storage policy.

Any new member with a medical condition or allergy, which could result in a risk to themselves and/or others, must provide full details including cause, symptoms and treatment in their membership application.

Appendix J Event_Training Participation Permission & Medical Form PDF

Please note that all personal information will be stored securely will not in any circumstances be shared with any other organisation other than Paddle SA, Paddle Australia and/or medical personnel in the event of a medical emergency.

All senior members who will have direct involvement with junior members will also be required to undergo a National Police Check or provide a current National Police Check certificate.

New members who are holders of a valid First Aid Certificate are also encouraged to be added to club’s register of certified First Aid Officers and make themselves available to assist in the event of a medical incident at the club.

The use of non-prescribed drugs before or during any Club activity will result in immediate cancellation of membership.

Appendix H Club Room Key Agreement PDFAppendix I Boat Storage Agreement PDF

New Member Induction Process

Once their membership application has been completed, reviewed and accepted, new members will be formally inducted to the club and made aware of:

  • Equipment location and use;
  • Boat use recommendations;
  • Use of shower and toilet facilities;
  • Expectations and rules of use of the equipment and clubrooms, including the routine maintenance of the kitchen;
  • Security and locking of clubrooms and shed;
  • First Aid Equipment;
  • Location of fire extinguishers;
  • Non-smoking policy;
  • Safety procedures;
  • Evacuation procedures;
  • Club handbook and policies.

The new member will acknowledge the induction process by signing an induction checklist at the completion of the induction.

Membership Expectations

All members are also required to follow rules, which aim to protect them from any form of discrimination and harassment. Refer to Paddle Australia Policies & By-laws at the following link:

Member Protection By-Law

Every person bound by the Member protection policy is treated with respect and dignity and protected from discrimination, harassment and abuse.  It also seeks to ensure that everyone involved in our sport is aware of their key legal and ethical rights and responsibilities, as well as the standards of behaviour expected of them.

The attachments to this policy describe the practical steps we will take to eliminate discrimination, harassment, child abuse and other forms of inappropriate behaviour from our sport.

As part of this commitment, the policy allows Paddle Australia to take disciplinary action against any person or organisation bound by this policy if they breach the policy.

Gym Usage

The club has access to an onsite gym that is operated by Paddle SA.

Disbursement of Membership Fees

All funds received from membership and club fundraising are utilised for the benefit of members through:

  • Payment to Paddle Australia, which includes accident and liability Insurance;
  • Affiliation fees to Paddle SA and Paddle Australia; which enables members to compete at sanctioned events;
  • Leasing of the club facilities;
  • Purchase of club equipment;
  • Storage and maintenance of club equipment;
  • Organising and managing events (additional fees may apply to certain events to cover travel, accommodation and event costs);
  • Support for WLCC members representing teams at international competitions;
  • Supporting coaches development and accreditation;
  • Minor club administration expenses.

Please note that all members of the committee are participating voluntarily and receive no remuneration for services.

Members who have not paid or renewed their membership fees or entered into an agreed payment plan with the Club Treasurer will be excluded from the Insurance cover and all Club activities and services.