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The Summerland Yacht Club supports the Government of BC Serving It Right Policy and has empowered the staff and any sitting member of the Executive to implement the following steps in case of a member or guest who is “apparently intoxicated”.

Listed below, but not limited to, are some of the signs used to determine that a member/guest is “apparently intoxicated”.

  • Deterioration of fine motor control ( hand to eye coordination)
  • Deterioration of gross motor control (standing, walking etc.)
  • Change of speech volume or pace
  • Slurred speech
  • Red Eyes
  • Sweating
  • Decreased alertness
  • Slow or shallow respiration
  • Sleepiness
  • Sharp emotional changes, sudden anger/ crying.


Staff and any sitting member of the Executive are empowered to:

a) Request a member’s or guest’s car keys. Member signing in guests should assist when dealing with an intoxicated guest.
b) Refuse to serve alcohol if they believe a member/guest is intoxicated. They must trust their own judgment to try to reduce the member’s/guest’s consumption.
c) Call a cab and charge it to the club. The cost of the cab will be charged to the member’s/ guest’s tab for the evening.
d) If a member/ guest ignores points a, b, c, and proceeds to get into any motor vehicle to drive, the employee or member of the executive is required to call 911 and report the incident to the authorities.
e) Reciprocal Guests or members staying aboard their boat are to surrender their key and be escorted to their boat.

No sanction will be brought against any Club employee or executive member who proceeds through the steps listed above and implements this policy.

Members who drive after being advised by staff or an executive member that they should not drive, or who attempt to intimidate or deter the staff or executive members in any way from implementing this policy, against themselves or another member or guest, will be subject to such sanctions as the executive may deem to be appropriate