Canoe Kids Waiver | Refund Policy | Code of Conduct

Although no paddling experience is required paddlers must possess show they have the ability to roll into the water and swim 25 metres (any stroke) and stay afloat (tread water) for 1 minute (as per the National Lifesaving Society Swim to Survive standard). Swim ability is assessed without a life-jacket or other flotation device. Instructors will assess swimming ability during the swim test designated days. Please check the Canoe Kids page for the dates. To avoid disappointment: if you are not sure please try it out these two abilities in a safe environment before you register for paddling programs. Please review the Refund Policy bellow in this document.


  • I agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the Rideau Canoe Club, and further to behave in a manner consistent with the Canoe Kids Summer Camp Code of Conduct of the Rideau Canoe Club.
  • As a participant in a water sport activity, I recognize that there are certain risks inherent in the activity as a result of factors including but not limited to skills required for participation, number of people, water temperature, and weather conditions. I am able to participate and know of no factor or condition which should be disclosed to the instructor/coach/counselor/supervisor or which would make it unsafe for me to participate. I, or my guardian, voluntarily assume all risks, both physical and legal including, but not restricted to, loss of or damage to property, and personal injury including permanent disability or death.
  • As a condition of participation, I hereby waive my right to make any claim, whether for negligence or otherwise, against the Rideau Canoe Club, the City of Ottawa, their sponsors, partners, and/or associates. I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless all of the above from any claim made on my behalf or as a result of injury to my person or property. I recognize that participants are responsible for their own medical coverage. I hereby give permission to have the program leaders arrange for any emergency medical care including hospitalization, if necessary. In all instances where minors are involved, attempts will be made to contact a parent or guardian first.
  • I consent to the use and display of photographs/videos in any RCC publication, multimedia production, display, advertisement or web publication.
  • Registrations are only considered final when full payment is made.
  • There is no refund available for the Canoe Kids Summer Camp once the camp has started.
  • If cancellation is done at least 4 weeks before the start of the camp, a refund will be issued less a $50 administration fee.
  • If cancellation is done at least 2 weeks before the start of the camp, a refund of 50% will be issued.
  • NO REFUND will be issued if cancellation is done within the week before the camp or once the camp has already started.
  • NO REFUND will be issued if a participant has to leave a camp due to disciplinary issues.
  • All cancellation/refund requests must be done in writing to the RCC Administrator and Program Coordinator. All refund requests will take 4 to 6 weeks to process.
RCC members, campers, volunteers and employees shall at all times, during any RCC activity, competition or training event, conduct themselves in a manner consistent with RCC ideals and values:
  • Their behaviour shall at all times be respectful, professional, responsible and sportsmanlike
  • They shall treat others with respect and shall not speak disparagingly of any other camper, athlete, coach, official, administrator, volunteer or program
  • They will respect the club equipment and treat it with care and act responsibly when on and off the water
  • They shall refrain from, actively discourage, and report any acts of harassment or bullying behaviour as defined below
Harassment includes conduct, gestures or comments which are insulting, hurtful, intimidating, humiliating, malicious, degrading or otherwise offensive to an individual. The Canadian Human Rights Act prohibits harassment based on race, ethnicity, colour, religion, age, sex, marital status, family status, disability, pardoned conviction and sexual orientation.

Harassment creates a hostile or intimidating environment which negatively affects performance. Harassment may occur between peers or between someone in a position of authority and someone in a subordinate position.

Some examples of harassment include:
  • Unwelcome jokes, innuendo or teasing about a person's body, looks, race, or sexual orientation
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct such as angry outbursts or arguing
  • Condescending, patronizing, threatening or punishing actions which undermine self-esteem
  • Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, or may endanger a person's safety
  • Degrading or inappropriate hazing rituals
  • Unwanted or unnecessary physical contact including touching, patting, pinching.
  • Unwanted conduct, comments, gestures or invitations of a sexual nature which are likely to cause offence or humiliation. (This would also constitute abuse.)
  • Sexual assault or physical assault. (This would also constitute abuse.)
Bullying is a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress, feeling of isolation, and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Bullying can occur between people at any age and can be:
  • Physical (i.e. shoving, hitting, kicking, stealing)
  • Verbal (i.e. name calling, insults, threats)
  • Social (i.e. gossiping or rumours)
  • Cyber bullying (i.e. email, Facebook, Twitter)
Some examples of bullying behaviour includes:
  • Unwarranted yelling and screaming directed at target
  • Continually criticizing the target’s abilities
  • Blaming the target of the bullying for mistakes
  • Repeated insults or put downs of the target
  • Denying or discounting the targets accomplishment
  • Threats of and actual physical violence 
Violation of the RCC Code of Conduct will be documented using the RCC Incident Report and kept on file for two years. The following disciplinary sanctions may be applied, singly or in combination:
  • verbal reprimand
  • verbal apology
  • removal from the camp for the day
  • removal from the rest of the camp
  • cancellation of future camps during the season