Rules of Training

A.  Safety and use of approved steerspeople during practices

  • No training will take place in COVID Alert Level 3 & 4.  
  • COVID Alert Level 2 - Team Managers to keep attendance register and scan in their team for each training.  All shared equipment is to be sanitized before and after use.  Teams to adhere to the boat buddy system for handover of equipment to minimise contact.
  • COVID Alert Level 1 - Click here
  • All teams must adhere to the ADBA Safety Operating Procedures
  • Log any Near Misses or Incidents immediately so we can elimate, isolate and/or manage.
  • Non-swimmers are not permitted in the Dragon Boats, all members must be able to swim a minimum of 50 metres. 
  • All team practices are required to have a NZDBA L2+ Certified sweep on board.
  • New Sweeps must registered with the Level 2 Sweep Accreditation program.

B.  Use of the boats, training equipment and facilities

  • All teams must be registered teams of the ADBA to use dragon boats for training, guest members are allowed on a casual basis, next of kin details and contact details must be gathered by the team manager and full safety briefing provided by the sweep.
  • All members are responsible for ensuring ALL gear is securely locked up before going on the water and when leaving the site.  This includes all life jackets, support boats, the lockers.
  • Team managers, sweeps or coaches are to report any damages where ADBA could be perceived to be held accountable to via the ADBA Leaders Facebook group asap.
  • Ensure you have all hands on to lift the boat, use the hand holds provided.
  • Do not stand on the seats.
  • Do not bang your paddles on the side of the boat.
  • Do not rub wax on any part of the boat.
  • Sweeps must ensure the team break well before the wharf and approach slowly to minimize damage.

C.  Cancellations

  • If your team will not be attending training, you must notify the ADBA Training Manager 2hrs prior to training and post on ADBA Leaders Facebook Group.
  • Generally in regards to weather the ADBA will only cancel training if there are white peaks, waterspouts, lightening strikes, water contaniments or out of the ordinary hazards we cannot mitigate.  This allows coaches to modify training slots to landbase without interference or confusion from the association.
  • If for some reason the ADBA needs to cancel training, notices will be posted on the ADBA Leaders facebook group by 3pm.

D.  Conducting practices

  • Training sessions are 1hr slots.  Boats are to be returned to shore by the hour, no later. 
  • When practice alongside another boat keep 2 meters clear water between paddles and front and back.  In an event of a capsize this will prevent paddles or the gunnel from the other boat hitting people in the head.
  • Always be on the look out for swimmers.
  • Don't give a wake to model boats or paddle boarders.
  • No stopping in the middle of the working channel.

E.  Lifejackets

  • ADBA supplies shared lifejackets however members are encouraged to supply their own.
  • All persons on board must wear a lifejacket.
  • ADBA Lifejackets are to be kept in bundles of 11.
  • Lifejackets are never to be left outside lockup.
  • Lifejackets are to be returned to the lockup in roped up into batches of 11 and hung on hooks.
  • Hang them high off the ground.
  • Any intentional inflation of a lifejacket will incur a $25 charge to replace the canister.

F.  Use of the Lockups/Trailer Lockers

  • Ensure the door is closed when you leave if no other teams are around.
  • No personal gear is to be stored in the lockup during training, this includes team paddle bags.  This area includes safety equipment and must be freely accessible at all times. The ADBA will take no responsibility for any loss incurred of personal gear.

G.  Use of Westhaven Marina

  • Boats are only to be taken under the barrier arm closest to the toilet block.  
  • The public boat ramp and car access areas are legal roads - keep them clear at all times.
  • When warming up keep to the yellow no parking areas by the public toilets, the Saint Mary's Bay pontoon, or grassy knoll by NZ Marine Pier X/Y.  
  • When loading your boats into the water, there are only 2 ramps.  These are shared with other marine users, keep all dragon boats on one ramp, load immediately and vacate the ramp.  At high tide 4 dragons can be loaded on one side.  This minimises our spread and allows other marine users access.
  • 6pm crews handing over their boat to 7pm crews should dock on the St Mary's Bay Pontoon unless it is very low tide.
  • 7pm crews should make themselves visable on St Mary's Bay Pontoon by 6.55pm, if crews are not visable the 6pm crews should take their boat in.
  • Ticket operator in this area, pay your parking or park at Pier X for free.
  • Ensure you put your rubbish, drink bottles, coffee cups etc and more into the bins at Westhaven.
  • Showers available for use, ask your team manager for combination.

H.  Training wear

  • Jeans and heavy cotton are not allowed by anyone on board the dragon boat.
  • Footwear is a must at boat ramps due to the risk of cuts.
  • Evening trainings are cold in Spring and Autumn.  Appropriate clothing is - long sleeve thermal, dri gear top, bike shorts, boat shoes.  

I. Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking

  • Auckland Dragon Boat Association has zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol and drugs.
  • World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules apply, please see IDBF website.
  • No alcohol is to be consumed within the 8 hours before the use of a Dragon Boat.
  • Teams are not permitted to drink alcohol at training.
  • Auckland Dragon Boating has a no smoking policy and ask all smokers to refrain from being seen smoking or vaping at training or in a dragon boat uniform.

J. Make It Greener Policy

Auckland Dragon Boat Association has a Make It Greener policy.  We ask all participants to not only take out what rubbish they bring to training and races but pick up any extras left in the areas we use.  

K. Code of Conduct

  • ADBA Codes of Conduct
  • Be nice.
  • Be supportive.
  • Respect our officals.
  • Respect other users on and off the water.
  • Help each other to become better sportspersons on and off the water.