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Safe Sport

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SAFE SPORT
SURF CANADA

Surf Canada believes that everyone has the right to enjoy the sport at whatever level or position they participate. Athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination.
Surf Canada believes the welfare of everyone involved in the sport is foremost and that the protection of children/athletes in the sport is the responsibility of each individual, member and special interest group in the surfing community.

Canadian Sport Helpline
Independent Third Party
Policy
Safe Sport Training
Background Checks
Resources
Concussion Guidelines For Surfing

CANADIAN SPORT HELPLINE

The Canadian Sport Helpline is an anonymous, national toll-free helpline offering assistance to victims or witnesses of harassment, abuse or discrimination. The helpline will provide you with advice, guidance and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.

Canadian Sport Helpline

Surf Canada - Process - English

Surf Canada - Process - French

INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY

Surf Canada has contracted Sport Law & Strategy Group to serve as its Independent Third Party Safe Sport Office. One of their experienced staff will guide you through the complaints process and/or explore other options where appropriate. This Independent Office is empowered to supersede Surf Canada staff and launch appropriate policies as required based on evidence or a situation reported. Your contact with this Independent Third Party is confidential, subject to certain legal limits.

The existence of this Independent Third-Party does not prevent individuals from contacting Surf Canada directly with complaints if they are comfortable with the process.

You may contact one of their experienced team members directly at: safesport@sportlaw.ca

SAFE SPORT POLICIES

Surf Canada is currently in the process of developing and approving policies to adhere to Safe Sport standards set out by Sport Canada. As policies are developed and approved, they will be posted here:

SAFE SPORT TRAINING

Sport Canada requires that individuals affiliated with a funded organization complete appropriate mandatory training on preventing and addressing harassment and abuse. “Individuals affiliated with the organization” includes an athlete, a coach, an official, an athlete support personnel, an employee, a contractual worker, an administrator or a volunteer acting on behalf of, or representing the recipient in any capacity.

The following Safe Sport training options are currently approved by Sport Canada:

This Safe Sport Training eLearning Module is developed by the Coaching Association of Canada to give you the tools to recognize, prevent and address maltreatment in sport. The 90-minute free eLearning module is available in English and French, works across all platforms and devices, meets accessibility guidelines and is available now in the Locker. Click HERE to learn more.

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The Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders Program educates youth leaders, coaches, officials and participants (14-years and up) to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). CLICK HERE to access the Surf Canada Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders Training Program for a reduced fee. For additional support, you can access the Respect Group’s fully bilingual Help desk Support 7 days a week from 6 AM to Midnight MST.

SAFE SPORT – BACKGROUND CHECKS

Surf Canada understands that screening personnel and volunteers is a vital part of providing a safe sporting environment and a common practice among sport organizations that provide programs and services to the community.

For more information on Background Screening, please consult the Surf Canada Screening Policy and visit Sterling Backcheck to get your Enhanced Police Record Check completed.

RESOURCES
SAFE SPORT – RESOURCES FOR CLUBS, SURF SCHOOLS AND PROVINCIAL SURF ASSOCIATIONS

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The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport that aims to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all participants. Connect HERE for resources for parents, coaches, and sport organizations, including a RCM implementation tool kit.

SPORT CONCUSSION GUIDELINES FOR SURFING

Surf Canada has developed Sport Concussion Guidelines in order to protect and manage the health and safety of all participants in the sport of surfing in Canada, including summer and winter training and competition. This document is based on the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport (Parachute, 2017) and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network Sport-Related Concussion Guidelines for Canadian National and National Development High-Performance Athletes (COPSIN, 2018).

Surf Canada Concussion Protocol – English

Surf Canada – Concussion Guide for Athletes and Parents (Handout) – English.

Surf Canada – Concussion Guide for Athletes and Parents (Handout) – French.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

https://parachute.ca/en/injury-topic/concussion