Member Protection Policy

About the MPP

The  Member Protection Policy is a policy of Australian Sailing,  developed with the Australian Sports Commission and adopted by the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club.

This MPP seeks to foster a culture that values and responds to the sailing community’s rich diversity, and ensure that all members of the sailing community are aware of their rights and responsibilities. It aims to provide these in the strong acknowledgement of the predominantly volunteer nature of the sailing community.

Child Safety controls rely heavily on our use and respect of the Member Protection Policy.

The MPP is quite comprehensive across areas ranging from Child Protection and Taking of Images of Children to Cyber Bullying/Safety and Social Networking Websites.

To assist members and non member participants, these simple codes explain the club’s conduct requirements.

The Complete Member Protection Policy also sets out our complaint handling procedure. SSCBC has two Australian Sailing accredited Member Protection Information Officers (MPIOs), Philip Hall and Ben Fels who can explain the complaints procedure to you. They also manage the roles of Child Safety Officers, with the support of Jorja Crowe.

General Code of Conduct

Australian Sailing and its State Associations and Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club endorse the following code of conduct for members, service providers and employees, particularly those responsible for activities involving members under the age of 18 years.
As an individual possessing a valid Australian Sailing number (see definition of Member), a service provider or an employee you should meet the following standard of conduct:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
  • Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealing with others.
  • Be professional in, and accept responsibility for, your actions.
  • Make a commitment to providing quality service.
  • Be aware of, and maintain an uncompromising adhesion to, Australian Sailing’s standards, rules, regulations and policies.
  • Operate within the rules of the sport including national and international guidelines that govern Australian Sailing.
  • Do not use your involvement with Australian Sailing, a State Association or an Affiliated Club/Class Association to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of the Relevant Organisation.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under 18 years of age, as your words and actions are an example.
  • Avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with persons under 18 years of age, wherever possible.
  • Refrain from any form of harassment of others.
  • Refrain from any behaviour that may bring Australian Sailing, a State Association or an Affiliated Club/Class Association into disrepute.
  • Provide a safe environment for the conduct of the activity.
  • Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
  • Be a positive role model.
  • Understand the repercussions if you breach, or are aware of any breaches of, the Member Protection Policy.

Administrator (volunteer) Code of Conduct

Administrators/directors/officers/employees/contractors shall:

  • Agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.
  • Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealing with others.
  • Be professional in their actions, language, presentation, manners and punctuality in order to reflect high standards.
  • Maintain confidentiality in regards to sensitive and/or commercial information.
  • Resolve conflicts fairly and promptly through established procedures.
  • Maintain strict impartiality in matters relating to the Member Protection Policy.
  • Maintain a safe environment for others.
  • Show concern and caution towards others.

Be a positive role model for others.

Coach and Instructors Code of Conduct

Coaches and instructors educate participants in the fundamental techniques, skills and tactics of sailing. Accredited coaches and instructors are vital to quality sailing development. Sailing coaches and instructors shall:

  • Agree to abide by the code of conduct.
  • Become accredited and keep that accreditation up to date.
  • Encourage enjoyment of sailing, participation should be for pleasure, winning is only part of the fun.
  • Cater for varying levels of ability so that all sailors have a ‘fair go’ in both practice and competition.
  • Provide equal encouragement to males and females to participate, acquire skills and develop confidence.
  • Make opportunities available for exceptionally talented sailors or boating participants to develop their full sailing and/or boating potential.
  • Prepare and conduct sessions based on sound coaching principles.
  • Set realistic standards and objectives for juniors.
  • Provide safe sailing or boating conditions.
  • Insist that the required protective clothing is fitted and worn appropriately.
  • Educate sailors and in the case of juniors, the parents on health and safety in sailing or boating.
  • Abide by the World Anti-Doping Code and the Australian Sailing Anti-Doping Policy.
  • Ensure that the consequences of inappropriate behaviour are clearly understood by sailors and boating participants, and in the case of juniors, the parents.
  • Keep up to date with sailing and boating coaching development.
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of the sport and teach your sailors and boating participants to do the same.
  • Never ridicule or yell at young sailors or boating participants for making a mistake or not coming first.
  • Provide a good role model of sporting behaviour and respect the rights, dignity and worth of every sailor and boating participants regardless of their age, gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Sailing/Boating Participant Code of Conduct

Competitors are expected to comply with the Basic Principle outlined in the Racing Rules of Sailing. As a competitor you shall:

  • Be tolerant of other users of the waterways and surrounding environs.
  • Never argue with an official.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other sailors/boating participant, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviour.
  • Not abuse other crew members.
  • Abide by the Australian Sailing Anti-Doping Policy.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and/or your crew. Your boat’s performance will benefit and so will you.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud your opponents when they get one up on you.
  • Treat all participants as you like to be treated. Do not bully or try to take an unfair advantage of another competitor.
  • Cooperate with your fellow sailors/boating participants, without them there would be no competition.
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit not just to please others.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Officials Code of Conduct

Officials shall:

  • Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else.
  • Accept responsibility for their actions.
  • Be impartial.
  • Avoid anything which may lead to conflicts of interest.
  • Be courteous, respectful and be open to discussion and interaction.
  • Value the individual in sport.
  • Seek continual self-improvement through study, performance appraisal and regular updating of competencies.
  • Encourage inclusivity and access to all areas of officiating.
  • Be a positive role model in behaviour and personal appearance.

Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct

Parents should:

  • Remember that children participate in sailing or boating for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Encourage children to participate, not force them.
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • Encourage children to sail or boat according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility, violence or abuse.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a race.
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skills displayed by all participants.
  • Support all efforts to eliminate verbal and physical abuse from sport.
  • Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
  • Show appreciation of the efforts of volunteer coaches, officials, administrators and other helpers as without them there would be no sport for your children to participate in.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Spectator Code of Conduct

Spectators should:

  • Applaud good performance and efforts from all sailors, boating participants and teams. Congratulate all sailors/boating participants on their performance regardless of the event’s outcome.
  • Respect the decisions of officials and teach young people to do the same.
  • Never ridicule or scold a young sailor for making a mistake. Positive comments are motivational.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by other spectators, coaches, officials, sailors or boating participants.
  • Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no event.
  • Encourage sailors or boating participants to follow the rules and the officials’ decisions.
  • Do not use violence, harassment or abuse in any form (i.e. do not use foul language, sledge or harass sailors, coaches, officials or other spectators).
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.