Safe Sport

Safe, inclusive sport environments help make sport rewarding and enriching for all. Safe Sport Training gives you the knowledge and skills to create those environments by recognizing, addressing and preventing maltreatment in sport. As a member association of Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC), OMCKRA/CKO-Marathon follows the Safe Sport policy set out by CKC.

The Canadian Sport Help Line is available to provide you with advice, guidance and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.

Anyone with a concern should feel comfortable reaching out to this free and confidential service as well. Information on their services and how to contact them can be found at;

​The abuse free sport phone and texting line is accessible at 1-888-83-SPORT, and is monitored from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time.

Rule of Two

The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable and justifiable. Its purpose is to protect participants (especially minors) and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present. There may be exceptions for emergency situations.


Canoe Kayak Canada Safe Sport Policy Updates

August 2021 

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) has made updates to its Safe Sport Policies as part of the organization’s commitment to ensure the sport is a safe and healthy environment for all participants. These updates come into immediate effect.

A summary of the significant updates in the policy can be found here (EN/FR).

In addition, CKC has developed a Safe Sport Role Description document which details the roles involved in a complaint process. This resource can be accessed here (EN/FR).

To view the complete updated Safe Sport Policy, please click here (EN/FR).

Member Adoption of Policies:

OMCKRA is a member of the Marathon Canoe Racing Council (MCRC) of Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) and as such adopts the CKC Safe Sport Policies. In the interest of having a harmonized safe sport system, CKC has designed its policies so that every member organization can adopt the CKC Safe Sport Policies.

The steps for adoption are laid out in this graphic.