The main reason that most people join the club is for access to our great boats. Here's how it works:
When you join the club, you join and pay for the fleets that you want to use. If you already have the required skills, you can attend a check out; this will involve an orientation to the fleet and the craft that you want to use, and there will be an on-water component that includes basic operational skills and a capsize and recovery. If you are new to the fleet or very rusty, you may instead take lessons that we offer. Once you have completed one of these steps you have access to the fleet. This gives you unlimited use of the boats during daylight hours, when the wind is blowing less than 20 knots. Level two and three windsurfers are exempted from the wind restriction. Note that each fleet has a heirarchy of craft, and additional checkouts may be required if you want to work your way up to faster or more demanding boats.
After each two-hour voyage, you should return to the shore and check to see whether anyone is waiting to use your boat. During the week and the off-season demand for the boats is very low, so use your judgement when planning a voyage.
You can access the fleet logbook over the web to see which boats are in use, but you must be onsite to make a booking. Note that lessons, clinics, scheduled events and racing all have priority over individual pleasure use.
Our logbooks are all online, and can be accessed from each clubroom. You are required to make a logbook entry when you take out one of our boats and when you return it. In addition, you must log all damage, and any other information that you feel is relevant. When you log out, you will be presented with a list of all craft for which you have been checked out according to our records. You are able to override this restriction and log out other vessels, but a message will be sent to the fleet director. Please use only the craft on which you have been trained or checked out - you will find these records on our website as part of your personal profile.
Everyone on a ClubLocarno boat is required to wear a life jacket or a PFD; these are provided by the club and available in every clubroom
Everyone on a ClubLocarno sailboat or sailboard is required to wear a wetsuit appropriate for the season. People using kayaks, rowing shells or stand-up paddle boards should dress for immersion, considering the probability and consequences of capsizing. In other words, use good judgement. Don’t wear cotton clothing unless you are standing on the shore.
The Coast Guard requires that each vessel have a sounding device on board; we recommend that you buy a whistle and keep it on a lanyard along with your Jericho card and gate key. There may be a spare whistle in near the logbooks if you are caught short.
Each member is responsible for contributing a minimum of four hours of volunteer time each year. There are organized work parties at the beginning and end of each season, regular events that require volunteer support and ongoing organization, administration, maintenance and cleanup work. If you are looking for something to do please contact any fleet captain or executive member; the contacts page on our website works well for this.
Before launching a ClubLocarno boat you should inspect it carefully and ensure that it is seaworthy. If you detect any damage and cannot repair it on the spot you should flag the damage, return the craft to storage and note the damage in the fleet logbook. Never use a damaged vessel; the damage is likely to get worse and the vessel could be unsafe. Accidents happen, but if they happen regularly to the same individual, questions will be asked.
There are regular Club trips in the kayak and windsurfing fleets, and Club equipment goes on the trips at little or no cost to the participants. ClubLocarno supports racing as a means of developing skills, and accordingly there is no charge for the use of equipment for competition either locally or at other locations (make arrangement with the fleet director). Kayaks can be rented for personal trips, and for an additional fee, level two and three windsurfers can have off-site use of gear (for Squamish, etc.).
Youth members (between 15 and 18) are welcome on kayak trips if a parent member is also on the trip. A child under 15 years of age may accompany a parent member on a kayak trip at the sole discretion of the trip leader (considering the duration, level of difficulty, group dynamics, etc.).
The waters of Burrard Inlet are well-served by both the Coast Guard and the Jericho rescue volunteers, but they do not perform regular patrols. Emergency rescue services will be dispatched if someone reports a vessel in distress, but each of our members has primary responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their guests. You should be realistic about your skills and your ability to manage the wind and sea conditions. The staff and volunteers of Jericho rescue do not have legal authority to restrict access to the ocean, but if they recommend that you do not launch a vessel, you are required by ClubLocarno to listen to what they say and stay on shore. We are fairly inflexible on this point.
Since referrals are our primary source of new members, everyone is encouraged to bring guests to enjoy the ClubLocarno fleet and facilities. Each individual guest is welcome up to 5 times in a season after which we encourage them to join the club. In all cases the hosting member is required to take full responsibility for the boats and for the safety of their guests. Where allowed, members and guests may only be on craft from the same Fleet. The member should record their own boat and their guest’s boat in the logbook, and ensure that their guest signs the guest register. Each fleet has different rules regarding guests:
We have an awesome fleet of boats in great condition, well-maintained, clean and ready for the next trip, despite that they are shared among a group of several hundred people with a wide range of skills and experience. The reason that this all works is because of a set of shared values and behaviours that we call The Locarno Way.
The Locarno Way
Show our fleet the love - treat our boats as if they are your own
Share and play nice. Observe time limits, and be courteous, considerate and fair to others.
Make a go/no go decision before every trip on the water (sick, cold, hungry, scared, hurt or tired?)
Never run a boat aground! Boats, oars and paddles should only touch water; launch and land a floating boat.
Do a dummy check before you launch, and another one before you go home (the dummy may be someone else). Mental checklists are great; written ones are even better.
Pick it up, do it up, close it up, lock it up. If you see ClubLocarno gear lying about, put it into the nearest clubroom. If you see a door open to an empty clubroom, shut the door (everyone who needs access has a key around their neck).
Rinse everything after using it - if the salt doesn’t damage our equipment, the sand surely will.
Put nothing down - straight from rinse to shed.
Leave it better than you found it
Fix it or flag it, then report it. Never use a damaged boat.
Clean up after using tools, parts and supplies. Leave the work areas ready for the next person … who might be you.
Help other members. If you see someone who is struggling or still learning, share what you know and help them to develop their skills and knowledge. Similarly, if you are not sure what you are doing, consider not doing it until you can get some help or guidance.
And above all, never buy a boat.