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2019 Revised CODE of CONDUCT Print as PDF

BJSC - Behaviour and Discipline and Code of Conduct


We ask that all students and volunteers sign on the reverse of the application form that they agree to abide by and follow these guidelines and basic rules

We do not wish to make our sessions into highly regulated events, but some few individuals causing disruption can spoil the whole evening for all the others.


  • We would like to remind everyone that all instructors and supervisors of ANY age should be treated with respect and gratitude. We are all volunteering our time in order to help you learn and to ensure that you are safe. It is very important that you understand that it makes the experience less fun all around if some behaviour is disrespectful towards someone who is instructing or helping. 
  • In addition we would like to remind ALL volunteers that they must treat all students with respect and kindness. They are often younger and sometimes can be upset by seemingly inappropriate words or statements. 
  • Always show respect to one another and to other members. For instance helping one another rig boats if they are unsure or late to a session, and helping to tidy away afterwards.

Name calling/bullying

  • Verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated on any level, what sometimes you can think is a joke can be seriously hurtful to someone else. “Banter” is a two way street, if it is not funny to both parties, the line between banter and bullying can become very blurred. 
  • Can we also remind everyone about the use of bad language? While we can appreciate that at times inappropriate words can come out, we have a club with some children as young as 8 attending. This includes EVERYONE. Please be mindful with your choice of words. 
  •  Even if you think we can’t hear what’s being said, or see what is going, on we can! 


  • We have a strict safety system in place to ensure everyone is safe and looked after. This involves numbered rubber wrist bands. This system is there for your welfare and safety. While you still have a band on before or after sailing, you are our responsibility, and this means your activities should be limited to BJSC procedures. Under no circumstances is it acceptable to leave the compound and begin swimming or paddling on the slipway. We do not want to spoil any fun, but this situation would only be acceptable if an instructor is present and gives permission. Please do not think that by handing in your band you can “do what you want”.
  • As soon as you arrive at BJSC please register and then collect the first band from the registrar in the shed. This is coloured and numbered so that we can record your presence. This band tells us that you are now our responsibility and under our care,
  • Once the boats are rigged and the pre-session briefing has been given, but before launching, please collect a second band (Same colour and number). This tells us that you are on the water 
  • As SOON as you come off the water and recover your boat up the slipway, hand in your “water” band (Band Two). If ten minutes after the last boat has arrived at the slip, there is still a Band Two missing, this would indicate that one of our sailors is missing, and I hope you can appreciate this could trigger our emergency action plan.
  • Please be respectful and patient when handing bands in, the helper inside is often trying to also organise refreshments at the same time. Do not all come at once. 
  • The slipway, the area outside BYC and the car park are public areas. Please represent the club in a positive light by behaving with courtesy at all times.

Rigging and de-rigging

  • Please ensure you keep your dinghy to the side when derigging (or rigging) so that vehicles can get past. 
  • De-rig as soon as you leave the water and your band is handed in. Hot chocolate only after derigging.
  • Once you/your group have derigged the Feva/Pico/Wayfarer please pull it to one side or into the compound if space is available and ask for help to stack Picos back up on the racks if applicable. If you are in a Wayfarer please don't leave until the boat is fully de-rigged with the cover tightly and securely fitted, unless you are given permission to by the instructor.  
  • Put all the equipment in the container neatly and in the correct (marked) place. Leave the container as you would wish to find it.

On water behaviour (IMPORTANT)

  • We have had instances of misbehaviour and failure to follow instructions in the past, sometimes even answering back or arguing with the supervisors. This will not be tolerated as it could endanger others if a safety boat is occupied by students who fail to obey instructions. 
  • At all times when you have been briefed prior to going on the water, or a rib has advised you to do something, it is expected that you follow these instructions without question, and we ask that you to follow all requests promptly. Please refrain from “asking to capsize” for instance, (or just doing it anyway to avoid an activity), never sail too far away, and always abide by the advice given. We set activities so that everyone can improve their sailing capabilities, and also so that safety boats can effectively manage the whole fleet. Any deviation provides an extra challenge for the safety boats that have to come to your aid instead of being available to help and instruct others. 
  • Always sail within the designated areas. Sailing outside the area can compromise the effectiveness of the safety fleet and this is not acceptable. 
  • Poor on and off water behaviour can cause disruption to the whole club and may compromise safety. You may be now be given a recorded warning if your behaviour is not what we would hope for or expect. This will be escalated if required, and if there is no noticeable change this will be reported to the principal, and parents will be informed if deemed necessary. Also further sanctions could be applied by the committee and/or the principal if it was felt necessary.


  • The safety ribs are NOT there for fun, they are required to ensure everyone’s safety and should be treated with care and consideration.  
  • A competent adult will always be in charge of every rib when on the water and be totally responsible for all safety aspects.
  • Orange rib will always be driven by an adult and will not exceed 17 knots at any time within harbour limits. (Blue and Grey ribs cannot exceed 17 knots). 
  • Under 18 juniors will not be allowed on any rib without a specific invitation from a senior instructor, and in agreement with the adult who will be in charge of that rib. Students may be considered to assist on a rib on occasion, but all students should remember that they are attending BJSC primarily to learn to sail.  We are a sailing club so any request to “go on a rib” will be denied and be seen as unacceptable behaviour.


Once you have acquired a hot chocolate you should return to your instructor or leader of your activity for the session and await a debriefing. Once this is done, you may return your final band and leave the club, but only if your boat has been properly put away. Do NOT leave your boat for others to de-rig


Hot chocolate

  • Do NOT come to the hut all at once asking for hot chocolate, be orderly and wait rather than crowding
  • You should also only be allowed a hot chocolate when your boat has been FULLY de-rigged, and the sails and equipment put away neatly (or if your instructor says you can because its cold)

Container and equipment

  • Due to some events last year in where we saw the container left in an abysmal state we would like to raise awareness that there are sections and areas for ALL equipment, the middle of the floor is not one of them.
  • If this reoccurs then a training session will be changed to involve just sorting out the container - We understand that it isn’t everyone’s fault but the container needs to be safe and organised for all to use. Volunteers gave up their free time at the beginning of the year to organise this space effectively for your benefit. Leave the equipment as you would like to find it.
  • Please learn to recognise the difference between a Pico and a Feva daggerboard/rudder, this will not only ensure that the items are placed back in the correct place, but also that you might realise that your boat is rigged correctly BEFORE you start drifting towards the rocks. 
  • The toilet must be kept clean as you would wish to find it. Any problems should be reported immediately

Damage to property

  • Just a reminder that if there is any damage to the boats, parts of the compound, or the sailing clubs inventory in general, please report this to us so that someone can fix the issue and ensure everything is safe and functional. Record this on the white board in the shed if necessary.  
  • Also we would request that all bags and personal belongings be left upstairs in this classroom rather than trying to fit everything outside or in the shed. Only instructors are allowed to store their belongings in the shed. 
  • This would make the hut less cramped, and ensure your belongings are safe and organised all in one area out of the rain etc. Valuables may be handed to the registrar who will put them in a drawer in the shed which will be locked when the shed is vacated for any reason.


  • We would also like to make a note about the bikes that people bring down to the sailing club. Once you arrive at the sailing club, park your bike somewhere in the back of the compound, out of the way, and then leave it there until you leave to go home.
  • There have been multiple incidents where bikes are crossing in front of ribs, which could be extremely dangerous if the person manoeuvring the rib doesn't see you.
  • We ask that you please don't cycle around the car park or compound until you are about to leave. 


  • We are a very mixed club of individuals so we hope that everyone will dress appropriately and modestly. 
  • We have changing facilities in the upper container but we ask that everyone arrives ready to go on the water so that this facility is not overused. 

Thank you for reading this, please ensure that you have signed the reverse of the application form stating that you agree and will comply with these guidelines.

Brief version of the essential guidelines for 2019 

  • Buoyancy aids must be worn at all times by anyone and everyone using the slipway.
  • All members MUST be signed in and be 'registered' as soon as they arrive, one band will be issued on arrival, coloured and numbered
  • A second band MUST be collected after the briefing before going on the water
  • The second band to be handed in as soon as boat and crew are safely ashore
  • The remaining band to be handed in when signing out and before leaving at the end of the session. Valuables may be left with the beach master.
  • No one under 18 years of age may drive a rescue boat without supervision.
  • No more than two persons in the registration shed at any one time.
  • All persons must remain “modestly” dressed at all times
  • All members MUST arrive changed and ready to sail, and bring suitable sailing clothing every session. This includes a correct buoyancy aid, windproof top and towel. If suitable gear is not brought then that member may NOT BE ALLOWED TO SAIL during that session.
  • All bags to be left in the upper container NOT in the shed. (Instructors may leave bags in shed)
  • Be aware that boats should be kept clear of the vehicle access to the slipway; they are to be rigged in the area to landward against the fencing or adjacent to the Southwest water building.
  • Be aware of cars in the parking areas to seaward of the compound.
  • Gate and access to the compounds to be kept clear
  • During sessions all members MUST obey the pre-session briefing and on water instructions (e.g. not sailing in the channel etc.) SANCTIONS may be applied for failure to comply.
  • No launching without authorisation and certainly not before safety ribs are deployed.
  • All launching trolleys to be stacked neatly at the seaward side of the slipway, or in the compound after launching.
  • No swimming or paddling other than in an emergency.
  • No capsize drill without permission.
  • No landing (except in an emergency) other than on the Oxen Cove slipway or Breakwater beach.
  • All sails, masts, rudders and centre boards must be stowed away neatly in the correct slots and bags at the end of the session by the persons using that boat.
  • All ribs and Wayfarers to be covered and stowed away neatly by the boat crews and keys and emergency boxes removed and stored in the shed
  • Any damage or missing items to be reported to the instructor in charge and the registration person.
  • Compound to be kept tidy and free of litter at all times, use the bins provided. 

CODE of CONDUCT (as per RYA guidlines) Print as PDF

It is the policy of Brixham Junior Sailing Club that all participants, coaches, instructors, officials, 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/class. The aim is for all participants to enjoy their sport and to improve performance.
Abusive language, swearing, intimidation, aggressive behaviour or lack of respect for others and their property will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action.

Participants - young sailors, windsurfers and power boaters
 Listen to and accept what you are asked to do to improve your performance and keep you safe
 Respect other participants, coaches, instructors, officials and volunteers
 Abide by the rules and play fairly
 Do your best at all times
 Never bully others either in person, by phone, by text or online
 Take care of all property belonging to other participants, the club/class or its members

 Support your child’s involvement and help them enjoy their sport
 Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
 Never force your child to take part in sport
 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 coach
 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 child’s safety and conduct in and around the clubhouse/event venue

Coahes, 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/class guidelines and policies
 Holders of RYA Instructor and Coach qualifications must also comply with the RYA Code of Ethics and Conduct
 Holders of RYA Race Official appointments must also comply with the RYA Race Officials Code of Conduct.

If you are concerned that someone is not following the Code of Conduct, you should inform the Club Welfare Officer or the person in charge of the activity.