Just joined FCC?
You have paid your monies, received your own Clubhouse key, ensured that we have your email address (weekly eNews) and have been welcomed by all...now what?
Here are a few things to help you get started and involved in Club:
Make a note of which Director signed you up. If you have forgotten, see their pics and contact details on the website or alternatively on the noticeboard at the base of the steps in the Clubhouse.
He/she has taken on the role as your Mentor for the first 3 months, tasked with helping you fit into the Club asap. So feel comfortable to be in touch with them and to ask questions and directions. They would be more than happy to help.
About your key
It opens the Clubhouse front door, the doors onto the deck, the side gate and the doors of the boat shed.
We would ask that you close doors as you go. So when you come in the front door, make sure you lock the door behind you. The same applies for the door onto the deck, the boat shed doors and the side gate. Please lock up even if you are going for a "short paddle". We all do. And that is why we haven't had any problems over the years
Don't forget to grab a life jacket on the side of the shed and a paddle at the back of the shed, also marked "FCC".
Remember you MUST wear a life jacket, it is the law
How do I get a boat to paddle?
Before using club boats new members need to contact a Director to carry out a brief session on the use of club boats.
Use any boat with "FCC" on the front. You will be required to log the boat out (logs are found on side of both single doors) and in. Should there be any damage to the boat done before or after your paddle, please note it down so it may be repaired. Note on the log, and also fill in a "damage" form please.
Once you are competent in a TK you are welcome to ask any Board member to ascertain that you are stable enough to progress to the K1s stored on the right side of the Shed. They are are faster, but as such, are also more tippy and will be more demanding of your skills.
There are a few paddling groups that you may want to paddle with:
The "Cappucino Run" are a group of paddlers who tackle the trip down to Studley Park for a coffee, or upstream to Darebin creek. Easy going. The focus is on paddling together, and getting to know other paddlers. Once the lattes have settled they come back to the Club, usually amidst much laughter and chatting.
Time slot: Most Saturdays. (see eNews for details) leave at 1pm. We'll aim to have you back in around 2.5 hours.
Sunday Training Sessions
These sessions occur most Sundays, are coach-led and aimed at all paddlers in the Club who want to improve their paddling prowess. From 2016 we are planning to alternate these with Sprint sessions and with Time Trials. See eNews for weekly details
Time slot: Sunday morning 9am to 10.30, followed by shared morning tea.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
There are paddlers on the water on these two days from 4.00 onwards. Feel free to tag along.
At this time the Trinity Grammar boys also do their training, as do other paddlers who are keen on improving.
There is opportunity to do a race or two. Do not hassle about whether you are up to it, just give it a go.
Even if you decide not to participate on the water you are encouraged to come along and enjoy the vibe.
Photo: A winter series race start, Footscray Canoe Club.