Duty Family responsibilities

Once you’ve been a Full Member of Salterns for a year, you’ll be asked to sign up for “Family Duties.” This can be a bit daunting, especially if you have your own little people to look after. Worry not – you’ll not be ‘on duty’ alone, you’ll be part of a team of other Duty Families, Duty Committee Member and at least one member of the Junior Committee. Here is a quick checklist of what being a “Duty Family” entails…

Duty Family Responsibilities

Arrival Time before 1.45pm

Please bring with you:

  • A cake or cupcakes or biscuits
  • Your lifejacket / buoyancy aid/ waders (if you have your own – otherwise there are lots in the changing rooms – if you’re lucky you might find a pair without a hole!)

When you arrive, sign in with the Duty Committee Member. There will be several families on duty and between you:

  • Unlock the loos (put keys back on hooks in clubhouse)
  • Turn on the water heater for hot tap water (behind urn), fill urn and switch to high to boil
  • The Duty Committee Member will get out the money tin (for drinks/cakes payments), help to arrange the cakes and biscuits on plates
  • Open double doors on to pontoon and put out hoses and tap keys
  • Help get out the rowing boats – one needs to stay on pontoon as a safety boat

Ways you can help during the Informal Afternoon Sailing Session:

  • Welcome any new members and visitors. Visitors should complete the Guest Book (usually located on the desk between the changing rooms) and pay £5 for any visiting child (non-members) who wants to sail. Please note temporary visitors can only visit 3 times per year and family members should bring no more than one guest family at a time.
  • Serve tea, coffee, hot chocolate, squash and cakes/biscuits in the kitchen, taking appropriate payment (usually up on the board next to the kitchen)
  • Keep a watchful eye on sailing activities, although parents should be watching their own children and ensuring complete safety of their own children on and off the water. Check that all children on or near the water are wearing buoyancy aids, plus adults on or in the water. Remind that there should be no swimming and it’s recommended small rowing boats (peanuts) stay in area over to the left of the clubhouse. One large rowing boat ready as safety boat at all times.

Tidy up after 4pm:

  • Encourage members to help put the boats they have been using away after washing them down. Use sponges and bailers stored under bench to get all water out.
  • Check all the boats are locked up
  • Turn off the immersion heater and urn, unplug urn
  • Wash, dry and put away all crockery and clean kitchen
  • Return tuck and money tin to Duty Committee Member to be locked away
  • Clean loos and mop loo floors with suitable floor cleaner, turn off lights, empty toilet bins
  • Mop the clubhouse floors with the floor cleaner, rise out mops in hot water
  • Remove any perishable items from fridge
  • Check changing room for lost property
  • Put away hoses and tap keys, make sure all keys are back on hooks
  • Record any problems with the boats in the Bosun’s Damage Book in the Clubhouse
  • Turn off clubhouse lights
  • Lock up clubhouse, gear stores and toilets
  • Take away all black rubbish bags (Council doesn’t collect)
  • Departure time: 4.30pm or when all of the above has been completed!

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