Risk Statement and Conditions of Membership

Boating is by its nature is an unpredictable sport. There are inherent risks and dangers in boating, as in all worthwhile sports, and participants, especially the young, the vulnerable and the novice of any age, are entitled to standards of vigilance and care to keep them safe. The Trustees wish to inform members that the Skye Sailing Club takes its duty of care very seriously and will work hard to create a safe framework for all participants while boating at all organised events. The Trustees, or its appointees, will take all reasonable steps to minimise any potential risk to Club Members and this will include the provision of a safety boat manned by qualified personnel.

The Trustees expect members, to understand that the Club requires that by taking part in the activities you agree and acknowledge that:

You are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and you accept responsibility for exposing yourself to such inherent risk while taking part in the an event;

You will comply at all times with the instructions of the organiser particularly with regard to handling of boats, wearing of buoyancy aids and floatation devices and the wearing of suitable clothing for the conditions;

You accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by your own negligence;

You will not participate in a boating event while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or whilst otherwise unfit to participate;

Each Member/Cadet Member has a duty of care to other members and to the care and proper use of equipment. Ill-disciplined behaviour on and off the water can lead to injury and damage to equipment and this will not be acceptable. The Club cannot be responsible for loss of Members’ possessions on or off the water;

The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, as can be practically provided in the circumstances. Members, parents and guardians are warned that the club is only able to provide rescue facilities during the hours of club sessions. Outside these hours, Members, parents and guardians have sole responsibility for themselves and their children and wards and must appreciate that the club cannot be expected to exercise supervision or control. Even during club racing the club cannot accept responsibility for children, or any other persons, not engaged in boating.

Insurance cover dictates that only fully paid Members may use Skye Sailing Club equipment.

You acknowledge that images may be taken at the Club and at outwith locations where the Club is involved (stills and movie) and you allow any images to be used for Club or the event organiser’s information and promotional use. Images will not be sold by the Club or offered to persons or companies not directly connected to Skye Sailing Club without your permission.