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Covid 19 update – how the club intends to respond

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Covid 19 update – how the club intends to respond

Following tonight’s Stewardship meeting where we reviewed the latest guidance and the club’s position. Many scenarios were discussed and evaluated. The club always operates totally within the British Canoeing and Government guidance operating at the time.

  • The docks and compound remain closed until further notice
  • Club trips with less than 7 participants can now be promoted and will appear on the calendar but only if the guidance below is followed.

While in theory, we could allow a small group of less than six to operate from our base at the docks we simply do not have the facilities to control the spread of the virus with shared club equipment. This would mean that only members with their own boats would be allowed and such restrictions would not fair to all. Sessions at the Marina have traditionally been for all with free use of the club boats. The clubs main aim is to promote paddling for all and it was felt that only an elite few would be able to use the facilities with the current guidelines. With this in mind, the Stewardship group felt we could not open the compound for club activities at this time. We intend to review the situation again on 15th June when some non-essential retail opens and possibly a further relaxing of the guidelines.

However, from Monday people can meet outside in groups of no more than six provided full social distancing and frequent hand washing etc are maintained. Therefore, the club is now able to promote club paddles at local venues provided all current advice is followed. Local venues……

Therefore, if I wanted to coordinate a paddle on a local canal (or other local venue) provided I was on the list of Leaders or coordinators I could post it via the google group using the template provided. (See below for approved leaders / guidelines)

If you have an idea for a paddle and would like help or advice to organise it please email

FAQ – Club promoted trips.
Brief details sent around by google group email –
Members are then free to reply confirming they would like to take part and give brief details of experience etc if not known to organiser. Coordinator then confirms place (or not) on the trip and time / meeting place etc

What if someone brings a friend without confirming with the organiser meaning the group is now larger than 6 – both will be asked to go home and not paddle with the rest of the group. (absolute maximum of 6 people – including children). Only people booked on should attend and only people from the same household in the same car or boat.

What if I do not have my own equipment – unfortunately we are not opening the compound at the moment so you cannot borrow club equipment.  The only exception is a key holder who pre-books a kayak for themselves for a club trip and can return it the same day with their key!

Can the trip be A to B with a car shuttle – Social distancing guidelines say no car sharing so these kinds of trips are unfortunately not possible at the moment.

What if a paddler drops out – this may result in others being turned away and should not happen – only reply if you are 100% certain you can make the paddle