British Canoeing have issued revised advice to clubs regarding use of club facilities which means we can allow members access to the boatstore and permit some paddling activity at the club subject to the following:
Members who are self isolating or symptomatic with the virus must not visit the club.
Members who discover that they may have been carrying the virus when they attended the club should alert the club secretary as soon as possible so that other members can be alerted. No personal information will be released.
We must respect Government guidelines on social distancing, not gathering in groups, and hand sanitising. This also means there will be no access to the changing rooms, toilets and social room, so you will need to arrive ready to paddle and probably leave a bit damp.
We are running open sessions for members on Saturday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm. However these will not be the normal ‘turn up when you fancy and do whatever you want’ sessions. We must limit the number of members on site at any time and you will need to book an arrival time in advance following the instructions in the guidance circulated to members, state what boat you will want to use, and then follow the instructions of the session supervisor when you arrive. The committee will regularly review these sessions and adapt the guidelines and booking process as necessary.
A document giving details of the guidelines and conditions for paddling can be found here: CLUB PROCEDURE.
The club will provide hand sanitiser and equipment cleaning spray at the clubhouse, but please bring some hand sanitiser of your own to clean your hands before you arrive, and after you have left the club.
What all this means for you:
their own equipment -
You will be able to access the boatstore as normal, to paddle when you wish to
outside of club session times. You will need to book an arrival time if you
want to paddle on Saturday mornings. Club guidelines are clear on your
responsibilities for the cleaning of the locks etc when you arrive and leave
which you MUST follow for your safety, and also the safety of the members using
the after you. Please clean the contact points
on your own equipment after use in case another member needs to move it in the
clubhouse for some reason.
Keyholders who wish to use club equipment - All the above points apply, plus we strongly recommend you sanitise all the
contact points on any club equipment you want to use BEFORE you use it, and you
must do so AFTER using it.
Non-keyholders - you will be able to attend a
Saturday morning session as usual, subject to there being sufficient capacity
in the booking system for arrival times. If the plan for Saturday open sessions
works effectively, then we may be able to add other weekly sessions to
give you more paddling opportunities, such as a weekday evening.
members - we’d like to
be able to get you back on river too but the requirement for you to be
accompanied by an adult on the water makes that especially difficult to
organise. If you can arrange to paddle with an adult club member from your
family, or another adult club member you know, then that will be fine. If you
do want to paddle at the club and you normally just join in with a group,
that’s the difficult bit that’s not allowed at the moment, so for the time
being you’re not going to be able to paddle. We’ll get you back on the water as
soon as we can.
everything else we do at the moment everybody’s safety depends on all of us
doing our bit to stop the virus spreading. Whether you are paddling at a
Saturday club session or at another time it is imperative that you follow the
Government and Club guidelines, particularly for social distancing and cleaning
This instruction will be reviewed and further communications will be issued when new guidance becomes available.