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Canoe and Equipment Use Policy

This policy applies to outrigger canoes, accessories, paddles, tents, trailers, and material or equipment belonging to Kihei Canoe Club.
  • Other than regularly scheduled/published member paddles or ashes/wedding ceremonies, all requests for use of club canoes and equipment must be made in writing to the board and approved in advance by the board or it's representative. Email requests are acceptable.
  • Persons wishing to use the trailer must show proof of a valid driver license and insurance to a board member in advance.
  • All commercial and fundraising events requesting use of club equipment must be coordinated by the Board or it's representative. This includes quoting for equipment use, arranging member participation as required, etc.
  • Non-profit or community organizations may make requests for equipment use through the Board or it's representative in writing and are invited to make a donation to the club.

Two Boat Rule

Members may paddle at any regularly scheduled and published time. As a general policy, two club canoes should always be together on the water during these times. On rare occasions during these times, a board or coach approved steersman with experienced members may take one canoe as long as they paddle within 100 yards of shore between Ko`ie`ie Fishpond and the "river mouth" at Kealia pond. A board or coach approved steersman is the following:
  • has taken the club's steersman's training course and completed the sign off procedure or is recognized by the Board and Paddling community as an accomplished steers person
  • has at least two years experience steering OC-6 canoes in a variety of sea and wind conditions
  • knows how to right a canoe after a huli
  • carries a signal whistle, horn, marine radio or mobile phone
  • will take full responsibility for the crew and canoe while steering it

Canoe "Surfing" Policy

KCC does not approve surfing it's OC6 canoes on near shore, breaking waves. Near shore waves are those that surfers, standup paddlers, boogie boarders, etc. typically catch and ride to shore. The water is shallow and the ocean floor is shaped so that waves curl or break near shore. Attempting to ride breaking waves in shallow water can lead to serious injury in a OC6 canoe and significant damage to the canoe.

However, sometimes there are small 1' to 2' waves ("bumps") in the near shore area . Waves of this size do not break or curl. These "bumps" can help steersmen and their crews safely learn more about paddling while increasing skills. Riding "bumps" in a canoe is permitted with the following rules:
  • Steersmen who ride bumps are responsible for assuring all the rules below are followed
  • Steersmen must be approved for riding bumps by the KCC board or one of its coaches. A list steersmen approved to ride bumps will be in the hale.
  • Lightning, Mirage, Vantage and Striker canoes may not be used to ride bumps. Double hull canoes may not be used!!
  • NO bump riding on waves that are breaking, during low tide or in shallow water, or when there are others (surfers, SUP's, OC'1, swimmers, etc.) in the vicinity
  • Bump riding crew members must take responsibility for each other, wear PFD's, be comfortable with huli's and swimming
  • Non-members or guests are not allowed in bump riding crews
  • Per KCC By-Laws, any damage to canoes, iakos, ama's must be repaired at the crew's expense


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