Code of Conduct & Policies

ANSC and all of it’s zones adopts Australian Sailing’s Code of Conduct, Child Safety Policy and Member Protection Policy. Please follow the below links for more information.

Attachment B1: General Code of Conduct

Australian Sailing and its State Associations endorse the following code of conduct for members, service providers and employees, particularly those responsible for activities involving members under the age of 18 years. As an individual possessing a valid Australian Sailing number (see definition of Member), a service provider or an employee you should meet the following standard of conduct:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
    • Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealing with others.
    • Be professional in, and accept responsibility for, your actions.
    • Make a commitment to providing quality service.
    • Be aware of, and maintain an uncompromising adhesion to, Australian Sailing’s standards, rules, regulations and policies.
    • Operate within the rules of the sport including national and international guidelines that govern Australian Sailing.
    • Do not use your involvement with Australian Sailing, a State Association or an Affiliated Club/Class Association to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of the Relevant Organisation.
    • Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under 18 years of age, as your words and actions are an example.
    • Avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with persons under 18 years of age, wherever possible.
    • Refrain from any form of harassment of others.
    • Refrain from any behaviour that may bring Australian Sailing, a State Association or an Affiliated Club/Class Association into disrepute.
    • Provide a safe environment for the conduct of the activity.
    • Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
    • Be a positive role model.
    • Understand the repercussions if you breach, or are aware of any breaches of, the Member Protection Policy.

Attachment B6: Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct Parents should:
• Remember that children participate in sailing or boating for their enjoyment, not yours.
• Encourage children to participate, not force them.
• Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
• Encourage children to sail or boat according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility, violence or abuse.
• Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a race.
• Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skills displayed by all participants.
• Support all efforts to eliminate verbal and physical abuse from sport.
• Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
• Show appreciation of the efforts of volunteer coaches, officials, administrators and other helpers as without them there would be no sport for your children to participate in.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Attachment B7: Spectator Code of Conduct Spectators should:
• Applaud good performance and efforts from all sailors, boating participants and teams. Congratulate all sailors/boating participants on their performance regardless of the event’s outcome.
• Respect the decisions of officials and teach young people to do the same.
• Never ridicule or scold a young sailor for making a mistake. Positive comments are motivational.
• Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by other spectators, coaches, officials, sailors or boating participants.
• Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no event.
• Encourage sailors or boating participants to follow the rules and the officials’ decisions.
• Do not use violence, harassment or abuse in any form (i.e. do not use foul language, sledge or harass sailors, coaches, officials or other spectators).
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Attachment B4: Sailing/Boating Participant Code of Conduct
Competitors are expected to comply with the Basic Principle outlined in the Racing Rules of Sailing. As a competitor you shall:
• Be tolerant of other users of the waterways and surrounding environs.
• Never argue with an official.
• Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other sailors/boating participant, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviour.
• Not abuse other crew members.
• Abide by the Australian Sailing Anti-Doping Policy.
• Work equally hard for yourself and/or your crew. Your boat’s performance will benefit and so will you.
• Be a good sport. Applaud your opponents when they get one up on you.
• Treat all participants as you like to be treated. Do not bully or try to take an unfair advantage of another competitor.
• Cooperate with your fellow sailors/boating participants, without them there would be no competition.
• Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit not just to please others.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion