This is the Final Report RCABC Safety Sendout Project. A summary is shown below. For the full document, click here.
This Final Report follows the structure and format of the Project Narrative, submitted December 2014, and the Interim Report, submitted August, 2015.
Brief Description of Progress
During the course of the BC Safety Sendout Project, we
- identified 16 individuals who lead or influence other paddlers
- used the grant money to pay for their attendance at our annual RCABC Paddle Conference free of charge
- provided a boating safety syllabus based on known and documented causes of boating deaths
- held a training session specifically for the Sendout participants
- confirmed through testing that participants learned the content
- insured that participants passed their knowledge on to secondary learners
- confirmed through reporting questionnaires
o that secondary teaching occurred, and
o that the number of secondary trainees exceeded expectations
What we have accomplished
We have trained a group of paddling leaders in order that they could in turn train others about safe boating practices, and we have insured that they have completed this task.
- There is no restriction on instructor income. Instructors can teach RCABC courses as a career and have amazingly affordable liability coverage.
- Instructors and clubs are insured for sanctioned activities in the USA.
- You can buy optional and affordable insurance coverage for canoe guiding or non-sanctioned canoeing activities.
- The insurance provider offers thorough documentation and support.
- Club guests, volunteers and many external parties are covered (when they are involved in a sanctioned event).
- The policy is somewhat simpler and offers faster administration.
- The instructor is a current member and has current certification.
- The courses and clinics follow all RCABC and Transport Canada safety protocols.
- Students complete an RCABC Course Registration Form.
- The instructor teaches within maximum ratios and teaches only what they are certified to teach.
- The instructor teaches within the guidelines in the RCABC Instructor Manual for your course.
- The club members follow the RCABC Club Trip Sanctioning Guidelines.
- Members and guests sign a club waiver of liability.
- Trips must be advertised in advance and have assigned leaders.
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