Q & A

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding joining INCC. Please read this. If you still have questions, email the Membership Co-ordinator.

Q1. How do I join INCC?

A1. The enrolment process for new members is as follows:

  1. Decide if you should participate in the introductory paddling lessons run by the club. New members who have not previously paddled touring or racing kayaks are asked to participate in these lessons.
  2. Payment for the lessons is made through the on-line registration process. Complete the on-line registration process. You can pay by credit or debit card, or via a PayPal account.
  3. Arrange a time with the Membership Co-ordinator for an orientation to the club if you are not participating in the introductory lessons. Orientations are normally conducted on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am and take approximately 10-15 minutes. If you are participating in the introductory lessons your orientation will be conducted by your coach. Please read the “orientation” overview available on the website prior to attending your orientation to make efficient use of your time on the day.
  4. Provide evidence of your paddling competence through practical demonstration with our coaches or discussion with the Membership Co-ordinator.
  5. A key to the clubhouse will be issued following orientation and evidence of paddling competence.

Q2. Does the club provide lessons for beginners?

A2. Yes, the club provides lessons for beginners and recommends all inexperienced paddlers participate in the introductory lessons. Details…

Q3. Does the club provide boats for members to use?

A3. Yes, the club provides a range of single and double touring and racing kayaks for members to use. The cost of using these boats is covered by the annual membership fee.

Q4. What sort of boats does the club provide?

A4. The club provides a range of single and double touring and racing kayaks (TK1, TK2, K1 and K2). Despite the club’s name (Ivanhoe and Northcote Canoe Club) the club does not provide canoes.

Q5. I want to participate in the Murray Marathon. Does the club compete in this race?

A5. Yes, members from the club participate in the Murray Marathon each year in a number of teams or individually. New members can form their own team or join an existing team.

Q6. What sort of Australian Canoeing / Canoe Victoria membership do I need to participate in the Murray Marathon?

A6. AC/CV “Recreational” membership is sufficient to compete in the Murray Marathon. AC/CV “Full” membership is also suitable.

Q7. What are the benefits of joining the INCC?

A7. Membership includes access to the club house and the club’s facilities and equipment. Facilities include showers, change rooms, lockers and toilets. Equipment includes boats, paddles & personal floatation devices (PFDs). Over 40 club boats are available including K1, K2, K4, TK1, TK2, as well as two K1 ergo machines. Equipment can be used in club sanctioned races. For those with their own equipment, personal boat and paddle storage is provided subject to availability. INCC membership also includes membership to Australian Canoeing, the sport’s governing body. AC is affiliated with the International Canoe Federation (ICF) and Australian Olympic Committee (IOC). Membership of AC provides paddlers with public liability and personal accident insurance coverage.

Q8. Can I try kayaking before joining the club?

A8. Yes, the INCC offers those interested in joining several options to try kayaking. [star_list]

  • if you know an INCC member, they can host you as a guest for up to 3 times
  • the club offers single ‘come and try’ sessions during the summer for a small fee, or
  • our beginner program provides three two-hour sessions designed to get you paddling safely and independently[/star_list]

Q9. I want to join with my son or daughter. What sort of membership do I need?

A9. If just one parent and one child (under 21  years) want to join then it is cheaper to join as an adult and a junior, rather than as a family. If you have more than one child that wishes to become a member joining as a family is cheaper.

Q10. Can my son or daughter join on his or her own, or does a parent or guardian also need to join?

A10. Yes, your son or daughter can join on his or her own, although we expect the parent or guardian to use his or her judgement as to whether this is appropriate, given the child’s age and experience. Similarly, it is the parent’s or guardian’s responsibility to ensure that his or her child is appropriately supervised while paddling.

Q11. Does the club offer boat storage for members?

A11. Yes, the club offers boat storage (one boat per member) subject to availability. Please note that at times demand for storage exceeds availability. Boat rack allocation is managed by the Clubhouse Coordinator. You should contact the Clubhouse Coordinator prior to joining to establish whether storage is available for your boat.

Space considerations within the clubhouse can restrict the type of boats that can be stored; for example long (double sea kayaks) or wide (plastic sit-on-tops) boats cannot be accommodated.

Q12. Can I join for part of the membership year, say for the summer only?

A12. No, we do not offer part-year memberships. We are a not-for-profit organization and the fees are struck to balance the cost of providing facilities to our members. In special circumstances, such as a member relocating overseas or long-term injury, we may at the Committee’s discretion refund the remaining portion of the membership fee, subject to the member returning his or her key and removing his or her boat from the clubhouse.

Q13. Can I receive my key as soon as I have joined?

A13. We provide a key to new members once the member has completed an orientation to the club and provided evidence of paddling competence. We don’t give keys immediately to new paddlers because we wish to ensure that every member has a safe and enjoyable paddling experience. We have found through experience that members who have not paddled touring or racing kayaks need instruction before being able to safely paddle the club’s boats. Touring and racing kayaks require a higher level of balance than the Canadian canoes, plastic boats and sea kayaks that some new members may have been used to paddling