Team Rules

General Rules
1.1 Membership

  • Any persons who wish to partake in any MUWWT club events, use club equipment or ride on the club boat must be a paid and signed   member of MUWWT or one of its associate clubs (see 1.2) for that given year
  • Cost of annual membership is as follows:
  •  $25 for Melbourne University students*
  • $60 for Melbourne University Alumni*
  • $100 for all other persons*

1.3 Trips and events

  • Costs of each trip is determined by the Boat Marshall organising the event, and dependant on location, time of year and number of persons attending
  • General costs are as follows:
  • $60 per day for between 5 and 7 attendees*
  • $50 per day for 8 to 14 attendees*
  • These costs include tow fee, unless otherwise stated by the trip’s Marshall prior to departure
  • These costs may be incorporated into camp fees when determined so by the Committee.
  • Where applicable, camp deposits are non-refundable, unless in extreme circumstances. 
  • Extreme circumstances are determined by a majority committee vote, at any meeting, and dependant on an individuals’ circumstances.

Boat Rules
2.1 Permitted use

  • Use of the club boat is only permitted to club members (as determined in section 1.1)
  • All Marshalls, Drivers and passengers must at all times abide by the rules and regulations set out by Transport Safety Victoria in the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) and Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic)

2.2 General Cleanliness

  • No smoking in or anywhere near the boat (especially when refuelling)
  • No alcohol or drugs are permitted on the boat and nobody under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be permitted on the boat at the relevant boat Marshall’s discretion
  • Non alcoholic drinks are permitted as long as they are sealed (ie. no cups or open drink containers)
  • No food is permitted to be consumed on the boat; we will stop for lunch breaks. Notify the driver or Marshall if you wish to stop for a lunch break
  • No muddy feet on the boat. Use the water and your towel to wipe them down
  • No shoes are to be worn on the boat under any circumstances
  • No leaning on the windscreen
  • No jumping on the seats or on the duckboard
  • No equipment is to be placed on the seats
  • Lube is only permitted to be used on the duckboard
  • Absolute care must be taken when getting onto and leaving the boat
  • Absolute care must be taken when packing equipment into, and removing from, the boat
  • Any damage to the boat is to be reported to the relevant Marshall immediately to avoid further damage.

2.3 Long Term Care

  • Only Licensed drivers who have also been authorised as an MUWWT Driver after undergoing a period of training are permitted to drive the boat (unless the driver is being trained by an approved driver)
  • All rubbish must be placed in the bucket provided immediately after use 
  • The radio must be turned off at the mains switch after every day of use
  • Rubbish and all easily removable items must be removed from the boat after every day of use
  • Towels, bags and all other personal items must be removed from the boat after every day of use
  • The boat is to be wiped down after every day of use (including seats, windscreen, board racks and tower) and the seats are to be placed on their side to dry
  • The boat must be covered after every day of use (wait until engine has cooled down)
  • The boat key must be kept safe with the Marshall’s folder after every day of use
  • When pulled out of the water, the boat must be drained fully of water
  • When the boat is put back into the shed it must be quickly vacuumed to ensure no grime can set in.
  • The trailer lock is to be used at all times when the boat is stationary
  • Batteries must be disconnected if boat is placed in the shed and will not be used for a month or more.
  • If the boat requires a service, notify the president and table it  at the next committee meeting

2.4 Towing

  • The boat weighs in excess of 1750kg fully laden, ensure the tow pack on the car is sufficiently rated to handle this
  • The boat is insured by the university, the car is not. The person towing must have adequate insurance
  • The boat may be towed by anybody that the relevant boat Marshall deems appropriate. The relevant Marshall must therefore be present and sober in the tow car and is responsible for anything that may happen to the boat
  • Ensure that the tow-ball is installed properly and the trailer brakes and brake lights are on

Equipment Rules
3.1 Permitted use

  • Use of all club equipment is only permitted to club members (as determined in section 1.1)
  • Members must take responsible care when using club equipment and use it in the way that it was designed to be used.

3.2 General Cleanliness

  • All Club Equipment may only be used with the consent of the relevant boat Marshall and as per their instruction.
  • The club has attempted to provide equipment to cater for all skill levels, ages, shapes and sizes so please use the equipment that best suits you. If you’re unsure about this the relevant Boat Marshall can be of assistance.
  • No equipment is to be changed/adjusted without the consent of the relevant Boat Marshall. When this consent is given please take care with bindings and screws as they can break easily and are expensive to replace.
  • Members must never put a ski or board on whilst on land, this can damage the base of the equipment.
  • When you’ve finished using the equipment you must rinse it off in the water and put it away in it’s relevant storage facility.
  • Any damage to equipment is to be reported to the relevant Marshall immediately to avoid further damage.

3.3 Safety 

  • Australian approved buoyancy vests must be used at all times when using equipment on the water.
  • Helmets must be worn at all times when using rails, boxes or other jump structures.

Boat Driver Rules and Regulations
4.1 Legal Requirements

  • All drivers must at all times abide by the rules and regulations set out by Transport Safety Victoria in the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) and Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic).

4.2 Club Requirements

  • The boat driver must hold a current boat license, and must ensure their license is in the boat and be valid when driving at all times
  • The boat driver must be an authorized boat driver of the club who, after extensive training in all water and weather conditions including through the slalom course, must be assessed by two boat club Marshalls before approval.
  • Even after approval from both Marshalls, a driver must be approved by the committee as an MUWWT Authorised Driver, and this authorisation must be renewed each year at the AGM
  • A trainee boat driver must have an MUWWT Authorised driver AND an observer when at all times when driving the boat
  • Trainee drivers hours must be recorded accurately in the Boat Drivers folder
  • The boat driver must have a BAC of 0.00% at all times when driving 
  • The boat driver is responsible for all persons in the boat
  • The boat driver must ensure that all boat rules and equipment rules are abided by
  • The boat driver must ensure that the observer knows all the correct signals and are observing the skier/boarder at all times
  • The boat driver must ensure that all skiers and boarders know the correct signals, especially beginners
  • The boat driver must switch the motor off when bringing a fallen skier/boarder into the boat
  • The boat driver must switch the motor off when the wedge is being put up and down
  • The boat driver must never put the boat into reverse when there is a person in the water
  • The boat driver must turn off the motor before beaching the boat and driving the boat onto the trailer

4.3 Observers

  • All observers must know the correct signals to be able to properly interact with the skier/boarder and with the driver
  • The observer must have a BAC of 0.00% at all times when observing
  • If a trainee driver is driving, an observer must share the front seat with the MUWWT Authorised Driver and report to both drivers of all signals made by the skier/boarder
  • The observer must pull the rope in when the skier/boarders run is over or when it is necessary to avoid driving over the rope and damaging the propeller. When pulling in the rope, the observer must not wrap it around a body part under any circumstances to avoid serious injury

Boat Marshall Rules and Regulations
5.1 Legal Requirements

  • All Marshalls must at all times abide by the rules and regulations set out by Transport Safety Victoria in the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) and Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic).

5.2 Club Requirements

  • The boat Marshall must hold a current boat license, and must ensure their license is in the boat and be valid at all times when running a trip
  • To become a MUWWT Authorized Marshall, a person must be a member of the club and an MUWWT Authorised Driver for at least 12 months to be eligible
  • If eligible, a Marshall must apply to and be approved by the committee as an MUWWT Authorised Marshall, and this authorisation must be renewed each year at the AGM
  • A boat Marshall can have his/her position revoked at any time if the legal and club requirements are not abided by
  • A boat Marshall must have organised at least two trips in the previous year to be eligible to have his/her position as an MUWWT Authorized Marshall renewed at the AGM each year
  • The boat Marshall must take on all responsibility when organizing a trip including bus/carpooling, accommodation, number of drivers per passengers and ski lists each day
  • The boat Marshall must organize the drivers and ski lists for each day to ensure that time limits and a sense of fair play is adhered to and that new members are given preference to ski/board before other members
  • The Boat Marshall must read through the last few Log Book entries to ensure that the boat is fit for use and if there are any issues that they need to keep an eye on
  • The Log Book, Marshall folder, Driver Folder and cash box must be taken on every trip
  • The Boat Marshall must advise the President at least two days before a trip 
  • The Boat Marshall must be aware of the nearest hospital to the trip location on all trips
  • A camp/trip may be split between two Marshalls if this is agreed with the President
  • The Boat Marshall must be present at all times when running a trip, including moving the boat into and out of the shed, when boat is in transit and when the boat is being launched into and taken out of the water
  • The Boat Marshall must have a BAC of 0.00% at all times when the boat is being used whilst running a trip
  • The Boat Marshall is responsible for all persons in the boat
  • The Boat Marshall must ensure that all boat rules and equipment rules are abided by
  • The Boat Marshall must ensure that the boats oil and fuel is full at the beginning of each day of use and must be topped up at the end of each day to ensure it is ready for the following day
  • The Boat Marshall must ensure that the Jerry cans are brought on camps and must ensure that they are filled during the camp so that there is little wait time when refuelling is required
  • The Boat Marshall must ensure that all cleanliness issues (noted in section 2.3) are taken care of at the end of each day of use or when required
  • The Boat Marshall must ensure that all Log Book details are recorded correctly after every day/camp. A report detailing this must be submitted at the next Committee meeting
  • The Boat Marshall must ensure that all correct fees have been collected and accounted for. All fees and spending’s must be recorded in the Log Book and all receipts are to be kept. A report detailing this must be submitted at the next Committee meeting
  • The Boat Marshall must ensure that the cash box is secure the entire trip and is returned to the Treasurer as soon as possible following a trip
  • The Boat Marshall is responsible for all parts of a trip and as such he/she has the final decision in all matters. If the Boat Marshall sees an urgent need for a change of rules, he/she has the authorisation to do so immediately but must be answerable at the next committee meeting to justify his/her actions

Committee
6.1 Committee

  • Any person who is a signed up member of the club is able to join the General Committee or come along to Committee meetings
  • Committee meetings are held every two weeks during peak season and every four weeks during the off season
  • The Executive Committee is elected yearly at the AGM and all positions are able to be applied for if you are eligible
  • To be eligible to apply you must have held a position in the Executive or General Committee in the previous year, or have been to at least three Committee meetings in the previous year
  • To be eligible to vote you must have held a position in the Executive or General Committee in the previous year, or have been to at least three Committee meetings in the previous year however you cannot vote on a position that you have applied for
  • If any member has a query or demand about any part of the club, they must contact the Secretary and request an opportunity to be tabled to speak at the next Committee meeting
  • All decisions made by the Committee must be agreed upon by the majority and as such their decision is final

*Prices are subject to change at any time

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