Club Access Terms and Conditions

Each year every existing Member, including all Additional Family Members, needs to renew their membership for the new season on a) the Paddlers’ Zone , or b) via the Quick Register me now! link on the automatically generated renewal reminder, acknowledging that they agree to the Terms and Conditions of membership and Code of Conduct. You are solely liable for any actions arising from your failure to do so.

Simply depositing any payment into the PCC bank account without renewal on a) the Paddlers’ Zone, or b) via the Quick Register me now! link on the automatically generated renewal reminder, does not constitute active membership or secure previously rented racks.

Any member whose subscription remains unpaid after 31 January shall cease to be a Member of the Club.

Access Control is administered by the ZSC Club Manageress, Karen Dauelsberg, who is based part-time at the Club and can be reached by phoning 021 788 4813. (ZSC = Zandvlei Sports Club. This is an umbrella body made up by the clubs which share the premises: PCC and the Imperial Yacht Club)

Your cell phone number will only be added to the Security database when all your membership details are in order and your proof of payment for the correct amount has been received.

The Registration Officer then sends you and Karen an email to advise that you have successfully joined/renewed and asks Karen to add your cell phone number to the security database.

Karen is only available part-time. The Registration Officer is a volunteer who generously donates his/her own time to do this and can only do so when his/her own work and family commitments allow, so please be patient if it takes a little while.

To gain access to the Club premises, download the G-REMOTE mobile app from Google Play or the Apple App Store onto your phone. When your number is in the system, “Zandvlei Sports Club” will show up in the device list.

When you tap on this, an “Entry” and “Exit” button will show on the screen.

Tapping on a button sends a signal to open the gate. Sometimes it doesn’t work first time because the system is updating but after a few more attempts the signal usually goes through.

We can also use a Bluetooth system to open the gates:

Download the app Bluelock Web either from the App Store https://apps.apple.com/za/app/bluelock-web/id1483787262  or Google Play Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=za.co.grab.bluelockgo  

Ensure Bluetooth on your smartphone is turned on.

Karen, the Club Manageress will send your phone two messages with token codes, one for the entry gate and one for the exit gate. Enter these codes into the app, and a tab will appear on the app for each gate. Then anytime you need to open a gate, open the Bluelock Web app and touch the tab for the gate you wish to open when you are within 25m it.

These token codes are specific for each member’s phone number and for each gate.

You must allow the gate to close normally behind the car entering or exiting ahead of you (no tailgating).

Should you tailgate and crash into the closing gate, you will be fully liable for all damages.

When the gates are opened, the security system logs the identity of the member and the time of entry. Any unusual patterns of use or unauthorised use are also recorded.

There is keypad access to Male and Female Changing Rooms and Boat Racks. The ZSC Club Manager will tell you the current pass-code.

The premises are also monitored by CCTV.

If you open a gate or door, you are responsible for ensuring that it is closed behind you.

If a gate or door is left open (whether by interfering with the self-closing mechanism or otherwise) the system will show you as the last person accessing the area. You will be called to account and held liable for any problems which may arise as a result of your actions or negligence.

You may not help provide access to anyone else as membership is personal and not transferable.

You may not provide access for non-members to habitually gain access and you must comply with the spirit of the governing Club constitutional rule regarding non-members. If someone is not able to use their own cell phone to open the gates, they are to be assumed to be either a non-member or no longer a member. If you assist a non-member to bypass security in suspicious circumstances, your membership may be terminated.

Your membership may not be traded, transferred or assigned to any other person.

All members (including all junior members) are responsible for their own access, except for Guppies and family members under the age of 12 years who then fall under the care of a parent.

Non-member parents of juniors may add a maximum of two Parental Access cell phone numbers per family to aid in the ferrying of their children.  Whilst on Club premises, Parent Access holders will be accorded the status of Visiting Member. They will be subject to all the same regulations applicable to members.

Access will be denied if membership fees are in arrears.

The Club reserves the right to suspend or terminate the membership of any member interfering or tampering with the security access control system or compromising security in any manner.

If your cell phone is not granting you access, please contact the Club Manageress as soon as possible. There may be a power failure or computer malfunction affecting the system, or an issue involving your membership.

The club cannot be held liable for the damage, loss or theft of any personal articles (including but not limited to boats, paddles, equipment, vehicles, clothing and valuables) whilst at the club premises. It is the responsibility of each member to take every precaution necessary to ensure his or her personal property is secure. It is strongly recommended that you lock your boats in your rack space for additional security.

No person may steal, borrow or in any manner tamper with or use another member’s boat or a Club Boat, or interfere in any way with impounded boats, without permission.  Contravention of this rule may lead to disciplinary action. Possible sanctions are referral to SAP for prosecution, a fine being imposed or membership suspended or terminated.

Club Boats are for use during supervised training only with a recognised PCC  coach or with the permission of a member of the Executive Committee. Additional guidelines for the use of Club Boats must be adhered to.

Should any of your contact details change throughout the course of the year, please correct them by both notifying the Registration Officer and by logging on to the Paddlers’ Zone and updating your details there.  You are solely liable for any actions arising from your failure to do so.

The Peninsula Canoe Club Committee is made up of unpaid volunteers who generously donate their time to run the administrative affairs of the club.

We all have limited time available, and are therefore unable to chase up after members who are lax with their personal administration.

The onus is on individual members to ensure that the correct procedures are followed for registration on the Paddlers’ Zone.

All Club memberships expire on 31 December.

If you do not renew your membership, your access to the Club is deactivated.

Boat Rack Rental Terms and Conditions

Subject to availability, all PCC members are entitled to rent boat racks. (Temporary Access Pass holders may not rent boat-racks.)

The procedure for renting is via the Paddlers’ Zone website online registration process. This is administered by the Registration Officer, Siv Sivertsen (email address: reg@peninsula-canoe.org.za )

The rental fee is only one rate and is regardless of when rental commences.

All rental periods expire on December 31 each year.

Members registering during our Earlybird registration period (usually up until 31 January) will be able to renew or cancel racks they rented the previous season. However once the Earlybird period is complete, members requiring racks will be automatically allocated the next available rack.

Only one boat is to be housed in any rack space.

The racks are identified by a number from 1-134 and a letter from A-D. The number relates to the position of the column and the letters relate to the row.  A is at the top and D at the bottom.

It is strongly recommended that you lock your boats in your correct rack space for additional security and so that no one else can move them or interfere with them in any way. You are responsible for ensuring that your boat is not placed in a rack which is not rented by you. If this happens it will be impounded.

It is recommended that all boats stored in the boat racks display the name of the owner and the appropriate rack number on the right hand side of the boat, directly in front of the rudder and above the water line, at all times. (If you have paid for a rack and your boat is then found in the wrong rack by another member, that member will be able to see where it belongs and may choose to simply return it to its correct place, rather than arranging to have it impounded. Similarly, if someone borrows your boat, that person can then make sure it is returned to the correct rack by checking the rack number written on the boat. If they misplace it, it will be impounded and you will have to pay the release fee.)

PCC reserves the right to impound any squatting boat i.e. any boat which is found in a rack not paid for by the boat owner, any boat left on the lawn, or any boat found stored anywhere else apart from a rack.

Should you find another boat squatting in your rack space, please remove it and place it on the lawn.  Should the boat be locked in your rack, contact the Registration Officer, Siv Sivertsen (email address: reg@peninsula-canoe.org.za ) and they will remove the boat for you.

Impounded boats are subject to a release fee equivalent to the current annual normal boat rack rental rate.

Should the Club have retained an impounded boat, in the case of a lengthy lapse of membership there will be an additional release fee equivalent to the number of full years since the membership was active multiplied by the current annual normal boat rack rental rate.

To arrange release of an impounded boat, either show proof of payment made to PCC (Standard Bank, Branch: 020009 (Claremont); Account name: Peninsula Canoe Club; Account No: 070491615) for R550 to Karen the Club Manageress (email address iycpcc@gmail.com), or pay the release fee in cash directly to Karen. Karen will then release the boat. (Contact details for Karen are 0217884813 or 0825646840.) As a security measure, if she does not know you by name, she may ask for some form of  i.d. 

Impounded boats that are unclaimed or not released within 30 days may either be sold with all proceeds accruing to the Club, or otherwise disposed of.

If you donate your rack space to another member, please advise the Registration Officer by email.

No person may steal, borrow or in any manner tamper with or use another member’s boat or a Club Boat, or interfere in any way with impounded boats, without permission.  Contravention of this rule may lead to disciplinary action with a possible sanction of either referral to SAP for prosecution, a fine being imposed or membership suspended or terminated.

Club Boats are for use during supervised training only with a recognised PCC  coach or with the permission of a member of the Executive Committee. Additional guidelines for the use of Club Boats must be adhered to.

If you are not sure of your allocated rack number, you can check it with your details on the Paddlers’ Zone or on the Boat Rack Diagram.

Boats are stored at your own risk and the Club is not liable for any damage or loss which may occur. It is recommended that if you are not going to be checking on your boats frequently that they are stored upside down so that there is no risk of them gathering water and becoming damaged.

Access Terms and Conditions apply as per normal. This means you must ensure that the gate is closed after you when you leave the Boat Rack area. If someone else is still in the area, please check that they know that they must close the gate when they leave. The person who opened the gate is the one held accountable, so before you leave the Club, it is prudent to check that the gate was closed.

Should any of your contact details change throughout the course of the year, please correct them by notifying the Registration Officer and by logging on to the Paddlers’ Zone and updating your details there.  You are solely liable for any actions arising from your failure to do so.

Karen, the Club Manageres, can be contacted at 021 788 4813 or 082 564 6840.

Indemnity

Canoeing can be a potentially hazardous sport. It is thus important that members participating in PCC’s activities be aware and understand that they do so at their own risk. Also, while PCC will endeavour to ensure the safety of all who participate, it is the responsibility of everybody participating in the club’s activities to look to their own safety and best interests.

Club Membership Rules.

A valid PCC member is someone who has submitted a registration which has subsequently been validated by PCC. The member’s name and relevant details will be published on the PCC website. Registrations submitted to PCC will only be processed once proof of FULL payment has been received by PCC. Current Members who have not submitted their registration by the end of January will be deemed a Lapsed Member and will be required to pay the PCC Lapsed Member/Entrance fee over and above the normal annual fees.

Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure

Foreword

The Peninsula Canoe Club Committee has developed procedures and protocols to ensure the smooth running of the Club. The Club is subject to the Constitution of Zandvlei Sports Club. However, to ensure the effective and efficient running of its canoeing lifestyle events it has been necessary to publish new guidelines regarding all aspects of the Club.

Revision of such guidelines takes place in the light of experience and as a result of feedback from members. This document, Peninsula Canoe Club’s Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures, is a guide to Members which summarises the Club’s expectations of its Members and that of their guests, and details the procedures to be followed by a Member making a complaint.

The guide also outlines the process the Peninsula Canoe Club Committee will follow in dealing with complaints.

Introduction

This code of conduct is designed in light of experience to enhance the values of our Club and to ensure that all members, their guests, and visitors enjoy the amenities of our pleasant, family friendly environment. Peninsula Canoe Club endorses the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport.

The Club promotes the values of:

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Fairness

This code applies to all Members of Peninsula Canoe Club. For the purposes of this code Peninsula Canoe Club uses the following definitions:

Complaint:

An expression of dissatisfaction of a Member, in writing, that requires a response from the Club Committee at their sole discretion.

Misconduct:

Misconduct, for the purposes of this Code, is the improper interference in the broadest sense with the proper functioning or activities of the Club, its Members, visitors, or employees. Subject to the general definition above, the following shall, inter alia, constitute misconduct:

  • Disruption of, or improper interference with the administrative, sporting, social or other activities of the Club, whether on Club premises or elsewhere.
  • Obstruction of or improper interference with the functions, duties or activities of any fellow member, member of staff or other employee of the Club or any visitor.
  • Violent, indecent, disorderly, threatening, or offensive behaviour or language whilst on Club premises or engaged in any Club activity.
  • Fraud, theft, deceit, deception, or dishonesty in relation to the club or its staff or in connection with holding any office in the Club or in relation to being a member of the Club.
  • Behaviour likely to cause injury or impair safety on Club premises.
  • Sexual, racial, gender or any other form of personal harassment of any fellow member, member of staff or other employee of the Club or any visitor.
  • The use of any unfair means in competition.
  • Damage to or defacement of club property, the property of other Club Members whether caused intentionally or recklessly, or the misappropriation or misuse of such property. Misuse or unauthorised use of Club premises or items of property (including the unauthorised use of Members’ craft), and including inappropriate use of personal devices
  • Conduct which constitutes a criminal offence where that conduct takes place on Club premises, or affects or concerns other Members of the Club or members of the public, or itself constitutes misconduct within the terms of this code, or is an offence of dishonesty, where the Member holds an office of responsibility in the Club
  • Conduct, which contravenes a previously imposed penalty, requirement or undertaking under this code
  • Absolutely no illicit drug activity is permitted on the premises of Zandvlei Sports Club. Any person or persons caught using or selling narcotics will be prosecuted.

Disciplinary Procedures

The Committee of Peninsula Canoe Club will deal with all Club disciplinary matters. A sub-committee may be formed by the Committee to consider a complaint within the competency of the Committee. The Committee will also deal with any complaint about the misconduct of a Member of the Club at another affiliated canoe club or event in the same manner as if the offending conduct had occurred at Peninsula Club.

All matters which breach this code of conduct shall be processed as follows:

  • The Club Committee or sub-committee, after receiving a complaint, may decide that the complaint does not constitute a serious enough issue to warrant further investigation and a hearing. The complainant will be so advised.
  • If the Club Committee or sub-committee having considered the alleged complaint is of the view that the complaint is of serious enough nature to investigate further, it shall cause to obtain written statements from the complainant and any other witnesses or person who may have knowledge about the incident.
  • After receipt of written statements, the Club Committee or sub-committee will then decide to either conduct an enquiry where parties involved will be called upon to attend a hearing to discuss what transpired or to conduct a disciplinary hearing.
  • If an enquiry is called for and convened the Club committee or sub-committee may, at its sole discretion, decide to finalise the matter there and then, provided that apart from a reprimand no further sanction may be imposed unless a party agrees thereto. If it appears to the Club Committee or sub-committee that the matter is more serious than anticipated, it can refer the matter for a disciplinary hearing.
  • If the Club Committee or sub-committee decides to conduct a disciplinary hearing, it will inform the person implicated when and where the hearing will be held and inform him or her in writing of the allegations. The implicated person will be informed that he or she has the right to call witnesses and to cross-examine witnesses called on behalf of the Club.

Note: No action will be taken by the Committee where reports of an incident are only overheard and commented on casually.

The following procedure must be followed by a Member laying a complaint:

  1. Report the incident as soon as possible to a member of management or to a Club Committee member.
  2. Put the complaint in writing and forward it to the Club Chairperson.
  3. The complainant must avail himself or herself to provide oral evidence at a disciplinary hearing and be cross examined, or to take part in a general discussion at an enquiry.
  4. Abstain from confronting the alleged wrongdoer.
  5. Written complaint (including email) must be sent to the Club Chairperson no later than 10 days after the incident. If the complaint directly involves the Club Chairperson, the complaint should be addressed to the Secretary or Captain of the Club.

Once the complaints’ procedure is initiated by the Committee because of any of the above, the following procedure will apply:

  1. The Member will be notified in writing of the complaint against him/her. A copy of the complaint will be enclosed. The Member will be given at least 7 days’ notice to attend the meeting for the purpose of responding to the complaint. Failure by the Member to attend this meeting, without good cause, will result in immediate sanction. If the complaint is challenged, the matter will be fully investigated. All parties to the complaint and relevant witnesses may be interviewed, if deemed necessary, by the Committee
  2. Having considered all the facts, the Committee will decide whether to uphold the complaint. If the complaint is upheld the Committee will decide what sanction is appropriate. In the case of a complaint being referred to a sub-committee, its findings will be considered by the Committee in reaching its decision. The details of the decision will be recorded and minuted.
  3. The Member will be informed of the committee’s decision in writing within 7 days. The Member may appeal the decision in writing to the Club Captain or Secretary or Chairperson within 10 days of receipt of the decision. The Committee will then refer the appeal to the Disciplinary Appeals Committee
  4. The Disciplinary Appeals Committee will consist of three full Members of the Club who are not members of the Club Committee. The Disciplinary Appeals Committee must meet within 7 days of receipt of the appeal. Its deliberations will include consideration of all the facts already presented, any new evidence that may be relevant and may include recalling witnesses
  5. The Disciplinary Appeals Committee must present its findings in writing to the Committee within 7 days of reaching their decision. The decision of the Disciplinary Appeals Committee will be final.

Sanctions

Any one or more of the following penalties may be imposed for a breach of the Club’s Code of Conduct:

  1. A reprimand.
  2. A written warning as to future conduct.
  3. Suspension from membership of the Club and its facilities and activities for a determined period.
  4. Proposal to the WCCU to suspend member.
  5. A requirement from the Committee that the Member gives an undertaking as to future conduct in such terms and containing such conditions as the Committee may prescribe. A breach of this undertaking will constitute misconduct.
  6. Expulsion from Peninsula Canoe Club and all its activities.
  7. Such other penalties as determined from time to time by the Committee including but not limited to suspension from the Club