Using and Hiring a Swan Canoe Club Boat

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SCC BOAT USAGE

The key purpose of Club boats is for members (Note: non-members are NOT ALLOWED to use Club equipment) to have access to a variety of boats to try prior to purchasing their own craft, and not normally for members to use in perpetuity. It is expected that members will purchase their own craft after their first year of membership, assuming boat storage lease is available, and these are currently rarely available.

SCC BOAT HIRE

The Club hires boats to members for sanctioned Club activities which include: Club organised training courses and Club trips. The Club may also hire boats for some low-damage-risk private paddles and races.

The final decision will be made by the Boat Hire Officer or SCC Committee. Please contact our Boat Hire Officer – see the About Us page.

Boat Hire Rules

  1. Only SCC members may hire boats.
  2. Only plastic boats are available for hire. Composite (fibreglass/carbon/kevlar) boats are too easily damaged to hire out.
  3. You need to have both roof racks and kayak cradles to transport the boat.
    If you don’t have these, you will either need to ask arrange the appropriate transport or purchase them before hiring. The boats get quite badly damaged when carried without cradles.
  4. You pay for the number of days you use the boat, so that if you pick it up a day before, you don’t need to pay for that day. However, this leniency is really only for transport days and it is not intended that you hold on to the boat for any length of time when it is not in use.
  5. The cost is $30 per day. This includes hire of a PFD and paddle.
  6. You can pay an extra $10 per boat per day for a spray deck. Please be careful to try these on the boat before you leave the club, as boats have differing sized cockpits and you have to size the spray deck to the boat.
  7. When paying for the boat/equipment hire, the preferred method of payment is by direct transfer, the boat hire officer will give you the details on enquiry. It can also be done by credit card or PayPal.
  8. Please check that the boat is in working order before leaving the club. If there it is damaged or unusable please inform the boat space officer straight away and arrange another craft.
  9. Please fill in the Craft Usage Logbook when removing the boat from the Clubrooms.
  10. If the boat is damaged in any way while in your care, please let the Boat Hire Officer know what has happened. We can then get them repaired promptly.
    You also need to fill out the REPAIRS LOG BOOK on the desk near the Club front door documenting the required repairs, and if the boat is unpaddlable please attach a REPAIRS REQUIRED tag to the stern (tags are in the desk drawer).
  11. Damaged boats that are left unreported can be a hazard for the next paddler. If a boat is damaged beyond repair, it may need to be replaced by you at the cost of an equivalent new model.
  12. Please be sure to keep spray decks, paddles, life-jackets and pod-covers inside the car when travelling. They are notorious for flying out of canoes if they are stored in or on them when driving.
  13. Lost items will need to be paid for at the cost of an equivalent, new replacement.