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Code Of Conduct

It is the policy of NDYC that all members, participants, coaches, instructors, officials, visitors, parents and volunteers show respect and understanding for each other, treat everyone equally within the context of the sport and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the club. The aim is for all participants to enjoy their experience and to maintain and expect high standards of behaviour.

Abusive, aggressive or discriminatory language or behaviour, or a lack of respect for people and their property, will not be tolerated. Misconduct should be reported to the Welfare Team or the General Committee as soon as possible and may lead to disciplinary action.

Club members and visitors can expect to:

  • Feel welcome and valued
  • Be respected and treated fairly
  • Be listened to and kept informed
  • Be involved and contribute towards decisions within NDYC
  • Be believed and supported if they raise a serious concern

Members are expected to:

  • Abide by the clubs Rules and Regulations
  • Follow NDYCs Standing Policies, Risk Assessments and Safeguarding Procedures
  • Treat members and visitors with respect and understanding, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
  • Avoid the use of language that others may find offensive, whether on club premises, at a club event, or when using NDYCs social media channels including emails and other correspondence
  • Encourage all members to play as full a role in the club as they wish to and support them in developing their skills and experience
  • Recognise the contribution of coaches, instructors, officials and volunteers
  • Prioritise the safety and wellbeing of participants
  • Promote courtesy to other water users
  • Never borrow other peoples equipment or boat without their informed consent and permission
  • Use established procedures where there is a genuine concern or dispute

Participants - young sailors

  • Listen to and accept what you are asked to do to keep you safe or improve your performance
  • Respect other participants, coaches, instructors, officials and volunteers
  • Abide by the rules and play fairly
  • Do your best always
  • Never bully others either in person, by phone, by text or online
  • Take care of all property belonging to other participants, the club or its members
  • Support your childs involvement and help them enjoy their activity
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Never force your child to take part in activities
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
  • Encourage and guide your child to accept responsibility for their own conduct and performance
  • Respect and support the coaching and training team
  • Accept officials judgements and recognise good performance by all participants
  • Use established procedures where there is a genuine concern or dispute
  • Inform the club or event organisers of relevant medical information
  • Ensure that your child wears suitable clothing and has appropriate food and drink
  • Provide contact details and be available when required
  • Take responsibility for your childs safety and conduct in and around the clubhouse and grounds


Coaches, Instructors, Officials and Volunteers

  • Consider the welfare and safety of participants before the development of performance
  • Encourage participants to value their performance and not just results
  • Promote fair play and never condone cheating
  • Ensure that all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part
  • Build relationships based on mutual trust and respect
  • Work in an open environment
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact with young people
  • Be an excellent role model and display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke when working directly with young people
  • Communicate clearly with parents and participants
  • Be aware of any relevant medical information
  • Follow RYA and club guidelines and policies
  • Holders of RYA Instructor and Coach qualifications must also comply with the RYA Code of Conduct
  • Holders of RYA Race Official appointments must also comply with the RYA Race Officials Code of Conduct.

Contact the Welfare Team: with any concerns about a child or an adult at risk.


Last updated 3:22pm on 29 January 2024

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