Canoe Etiquette

Prepared by Calvin Kelekolio and Rafael Ramirez

Rules for Respecting Canoes:

  • All paddlers must help hapai (carry) canoes from and to the water.
  • All paddlers must learn to rig the canoes and assist whenever possible.
  • All paddlers must assist in maintenance and repair of canoes.
  • Do not sit or play on canoes when not in use.
  • Always board and disembark from canoe on the ama side, take your seat without standing or walking in the canoe.
  • Do not talk, swear, or argue in the canoe, only your captain (steersperson) should talk and give positive reinforcement.
  • Bail the canoe before and after each use. Be sure there is a bailer; your steersperson will ensure there is an extra paddle. Each paddler is responsible for his/her own paddle.
  • Clean paddlers in a clean canoe = good clean fun!
  • Never leave a canoe unattended in the water.
  • Rest the canoe on horses when on the beach, and in the shade where possible.

General rules of conduct for Keoua members

  • Respect the coach’s decisions. Do not argue with your coach.
  • Do not use foul or abusive language on the beach or in the canoes.
  • There will be no physical confrontations allowed.
  • Respect the property of others / Respect each other – No exceptions.
  • No drinking of alcoholic beverages or smoking during practice hours 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm. If you must, do so on your own time, elsewhere.
  • Be on time for practice. If this is not possible, inform your coach or crew captain ahead of time.
  • Violation of any of these rules may be grounds for suspension or expulsion from the club.