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OC1 Orientation – mandatory before OC1 use

OC1 Orientation – Mandatory

Have you been paddling in Crew boats – Dragon Boat, OC6 – and now want to paddle solo in an OC1 Outrigger boat?  Or are you new to the Club and want to start using our OC1s?

Then you should sign up ASAP for one of our OC1 Orientation sessions.  Learn what equipment we have, how to rig it, care for it and paddle it – in a safe and supervised environment.

Rules for Using FCRCC OC1s

Before being allowed to take out any FCRCC OC1 on the water, paddlers must:

  1. Be a Full Member of FCRCC.
  2. Complete an OC1 Orientation program or its equivalent
  3. Successfully complete a huli drill. Preferably an ocean huli.
  4. NOTE: The club is encouraging all FCRCC OC1 users to do an annual huli.
  5. Have their club picture ID card on them when using any of the small boats.

NOTE: Dock marshals from the club will be doing periodic random checks to ensure that users of small boats have their membership ID with them.

In addition,

Before being allowed to take out a Huki OC1, paddlers must also:

  1. Complete a specific Huki Orientation.
  2. Apply the “Huki Orientation” sticker on their membership card. Stickers can be picked up at the office during office hours once the formal Huki Orientation is complete.

NOTE: Dock marshals will be doing random checks for the stickers.

Instructors are FCRCC Members who are experienced OC1 paddlers – 1 or 2 per session.

Schedule and Registration

Sessions are currently scheduled on Sunday, approximately twice a month.  More sessions may be offered, as demand dictates.  Sessions typically run from 10 am – 11:15am, and are expected to take approximately 1 hour – but may run longer if needed (the boats are booked for 3 hours).

Note that any session may be cancelled if there are not enough participants signed up.  In that case, anyone who has signed up will be notified, and can sign up for a later session.

If you sign up for a session, but later find you cannot attend, please contact the Program Coordinator as soon as you know, so the spot can go to someone else.

To register go the the Events calendar and sign up on the doodle.

Topics Covered

To see a list of topics covered please click here:FCRCC OC1 Orientation_July_01_2020

Huli and Recovery

Knowing how to recover quickly and safely from a huli is perhaps the most important element of being safe out on the water.

And so, proving to yourself – and to your Instructor(s) – that you can get back in the boat, is required, in order to complete the orientation successfully.  You will do at least one huli and recovery – though it’ll be inside Alder Bay, and with the Instructor(s) right there to help, if you have any problems.  But you’ll be very wet and cold, afterwards … so be sure to bring a change of clothing and a towel!

The huli test will be right at the end of the session.  And since the FC Community Centre is open until 4 PM on Sundays, you will be able to shower and change into your dry clothing right after you finish the session.

Optionally, you can do just the huli test at a later session – talk to your Instructor(s) to arrange it.  We recommend that all FCRCC paddlers do an annual cold water huli recovery drill under supervision in  order to prove to yourself that you can recover and react properly in cold water conditions.

Other Items

Please wear suitable cold-weather paddling clothing!  Much of the time will be spent on land and the Alder Bay dock – but there will be time on-water, too.  The sessions run rain or shine!

Wearing a PFD is mandatory – you can use your own, or one of the Club’s.  If you have an Outrigger paddle, bring it; if not, you can use one of the Club’s.

Remember to bring your own lock for the FCCC lockers (a good solid padlock – there are break-ins all the time in the FCCC locker rooms), and a dry-bag for your wallet and valuables; or plan to leave your clothing and valuables in a secure place in your car.

Please get there early … the sessions will start on time.  Keep in mind that traffic on and near Granville Island by noontime on weekends is often slow, and parking is usually difficult to find.