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Waiver, By-laws and Policies

Waiver of Liability

I understand and hereby agree that windsurfing and stand up paddling include activities on land and on water (all of which are the “club activities”) that involve certain risks and dangers incidental thereto. Risks include, but are not limited to, injury or drowning from collisions with other vessels or stationary objects, from the malfunctioning of equipment, or from adverse weather. Such risks are increased when the air or water temperature is low creating the risk of hypothermia. I also understand that the physical exertion of the club activities can result in injury or death. I understand that the inherent nature of being around the water and water craft has risks. I further agree and acknowledge for myself and/or my minor child(ren)/wards:

  • We are responsible for being medically fit to engage in the club activities and I confirm that I/we can swim and that I/we am in good health and do not suffer from a heart condition or other ailment that could be exacerbated by the exertion involved in the sport.
  • We agree to be bound by the rules established by the Toronto Windsurfing Club (“TWC”).

In spite of and fully understanding such risks and other risks not expressly stated, I/we wish to participate in the club activities at TWC and hereby assume all the risks of doing so.

In consideration of TWC agreeing to allow us to participate in the club activities accompanied or unaccompanied (meaning with or without a safety/coach boat), using TWC’s public equipment and permitting use of club facilities, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is acknowledged, I hereby agree not to hold TWC, and its directors, officers, employees, agents, coaches, volunteers, members, independent contractors, subcontractors and representatives, all of whom are herein after referred to as the “Releasees”, liable for our personal injury, death, and/or property loss, and;

TO WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS THAT I HAVE OR MAY HAVE IN THE FUTURE AGAINST THE RELEASEES AND TO RELEASE THE RELEASEES from any and all liability for any loss, damage expense or injury including death that I may suffer or that my kin may suffer as a result of my participation in the club  activities, on land or on water, due to any cause whatsoever, including NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF ANY STATUTORY OR OTHER DUTY OF CARE INCLUDING ANY DUTY OF CARE UNDER THE OCCUPIERS LIABILITY ACT ON THE PART OF THE RELEASES AND FURTHER, INCLUDING FAILURE ON THE PART OF THE RELEASEES TO SAFEGUARD AND PROTECT ME FROM THE RISKS, DANGERS AND HAZARDS OF THE CLUB ACTIVITIES REFERRED TO ABOVE.

I agree to hold harmless and to indemnify the Releasees from any and all liability for any property damage or personal injury to any third party resulting from our participation in the club activities. I agree that this agreement shall be binding upon my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators and assigns in the event of my death. In entering into this agreement, I am not relying on an oral or written representation or statements made by the Releasees with respect to the safety of the club activities other than as set forth in this agreement.

I have read and understood this agreement and I am aware that by agreeing to it, online or in hard copy, I am waiving certain legal rights which I or my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, and assigns may have against the Releasees.

Equipment Storage Policy and Conditions

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding storage please contact the storage coordinator.

Storage rental is for Toronto Windsurfing Club members only.

The rental term is from May 1st of the current year through to the last week of April of the following year.

Security is everyone's responsibility.

It is the responsibility of every member to ensure the security and well-being of the club.

  • Always lock up your trailer when you leave the club. This is a security issue that affects us all.
  • If you are the last one to leave the club, check to make sure that the gate, clubhouse, trailers and bathrooms are all locked.
  • It is up to the individual members of each storage trailer to do their share in maintaining the organization and cleanliness of their trailer. Please give your trailer a quick sweep from time to time. There are brooms in the clubhouse.
  • Please label ALL your gear with your name. This will help should anything be forgotten or misplaced.
  • Your storage slot should never be overpacked. An overloaded slot will infringe upon someone else’s space.
  • Only labelled, 1-piece masts can be placed in the trailer rafters. Everything else must be stored in your slot.
  • The aisle needs to be kept clear at all times. This is a safety issue.
  • Please do not leave your damp wetsuits hanging in the trailer as they can cause mould and mildew. Take them home to dry.
  • Please remove fins from all boards so that they do not damage someone else’s gear.
  • TWC does not insure stored members’ equipment and is not responsible for any gear placed in storage.
  • Storage slots cannot be shared unless included in a family membership.
  • Your storage slot cannot be transferred or sold to another person.

Expired storage and unclaimed equipment

It is the Member’s responsibility to ensure that their membership and storage dues are paid in full by May 1st for the current season.

  • In the event that equipment remains in storage after the expiration of the paid storage term, TWC will attempt to notify the owner via the
    email address and/or phone number(s) recorded in our database during the Member’s registration.
  • If no response is received, TWC will relocate the equipment to a temporary on-site storage location.
  • By September 1st of the delinquent term, any equipment that still remains unclaimed and/or unidentified may be disposed of as per TWC policy.

Power Boat Use Policy

This Power Boat Usage Policy (the “Policy”) provides guidelines and direction to Toronto Windsurfing Club (“TWC”) members and instructors on power boat use. Members are expected to report any behaviour that does not adhere to this Policy to the TWC Board of Directors. Disregarding this Policy may result in suspension or termination of your TWC membership. Only TWC members in good standing or current TWC instructors may use the TWC power boats, unless prior approval is given by the Board of Directors.

Purpose of use:

  • Coaching during SUP/Windsurfing instruction for TWC programmed classes.
  • Race committee or safety boat for TWC hosted races, or as TWC approved supplemental safety boat
    for other racing events.
  • Rescue of a person or vessel in the water that is in distress and requires assistance.
  • Other safety and/or training related group activities.

All use of the power boats is subject to the following conditions:

  • Operator of power boat must have Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (PCOC) and Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit (PVOP aka Harbour Licence).
  • Operator of power boat must follow Transport Canada guidelines regarding safety equipment required on the vessel and will be responsible for any passengers. Everyone on board must wear a legal Personal Flotation Device (i.e. PFD or life jacket).
  • Operator of power boat must operate the boat in a seamanlike manner, without recklessness and without being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or drugs which may affect judgment or abilities.
  • Smoking and/or filling of gas tanks on board are prohibited.
  • Anyone on board using the VHF radio to transmit must hold a ROC (M) permit, except in case of emergencies. No license is required to monitor stations.
  • Operator of power boat has learned the proper techniques for operating and launching the boat from an experienced and designated TWC member.

BBQ and Propane Use Policy

  • The club barbecue is available for use by members.
  • Please note that propane tanks must not be brought into the clubhouse or the adjacent shed. 
  • Propane tanks are to be stored only in the lockable bench, which can be opened using a general club key.
  • When you want to use the barbecue, please take a tank from the bench, place it beside the barbecue, and connect it using the quick connect hose at the back of the barbecue.
  • Once finished barbecuing, please disconnect the tank and lock it in the bench.
  • Please remember to clean the barbecue when finished. Remove burnt food off the grills and heat plates.
  • Check that there is not a build up in the grease tray and grease catcher to avoid flare ups - The Anatomy of a Gas Grill Parts Guide

Clubhouse Rules, Garbage and Recycling

Blue recycling bins with clear liners

  • Only add empty pop cans, bottles, coffee cups, plastic, cardboard, paper.
  • No liquids! Empty all bottles, cans and cups first.
  • No dirty plates.
  • No fruit. No food.
  • All large cardboard boxes should be taken directly to the big blue bins behind the clubhouse and collapsed first.
  • When recycling bins are full, remove the contents in the clear liner and take to the big blue recycling bins behind the clubhouse. Replace with a clean, clear liner.

Black garbage cans with black liners

  • Only small items including dirty plates, tissues, paper towels and old food and fruit like banana skins.
  • All other large items like broken windsurfing gear to be taken to the big blue bins behind the clubhouse.
  • When garbage bins are full, remove the contents in the black liner and take to the big blue garbage bins behind the clubhouse. Replace with a clean, black liner.

Nothing hazardous! All paint and aerosol cans, batteries, light bulbs and electronics need to be sorted separately and taken to a drop off centre. See: http://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/60/101000038860.html

Please keep the club house tidy!

  • Please look around for discarded coffee cups, bottles and pop cans and drop them EMPTY into the recycling bin.
  • After food preparation, wipe down counters, return condiments to the fridge and plates to the cupboards.
  • Fold up tables and stack chairs after use.

Lost and found

If you find something lying around that is not yours, place in the Lost & Found shelves in the club house on the right of the change rooms.

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