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COVID 19 UPDATE – Liverpool Canoe Clubs Return to Paddling

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COVID 19 UPDATE – Liverpool Canoe Clubs Return to Paddling

7th June 2020 LCC

Following yesterday’s Stewardship discussion where we reviewed the latest guidance and the club’s position, we have now moved to Stage 2. Many scenarios were discussed and evaluated. The club always operates totally within the British Canoeing and the Government guidance operating at the time.

We have now moved to stage 2 (See below).

Stage 1 – Promotion of club led trips on easy water currently with up to 5 others.
Stage 2 – Club led trips allowed to launch from Coburg Dock (but paddlers must use their own equipment as the compound will not be opened).  Parking is available on the top car park if the barrier is not open (£1 per hour)!
Stage 3 – If the named leader of these Coburg Dock trips is also a key holder and is willing, they can allow people in their group access to the compound to collect and sanitise one set of equipment. A full Covid-19 risk assessment will need to be consulted.
Stage 4 – Allowing more than 6 on site at any one time but this will depend on Government advice for mass gatherings.

We are now promoting club paddles on any sheltered or local water with up to 6 paddlers. This includes the Liverpool South Docks from the Coburg Slip, but we are NOT opening the club’s compound at this moment in time. This means that you will have to use your own equipment to paddle.

Therefore, if you wanted to coordinate a paddle at the docks, or any other local venue, provided you are on the list of sheltered water Leaders or coordinators, you could ask for it to be put on the club calendar and then send an email to the google group asking for others to join you.

Sheltered Water Leaders and coaches

Guidelines for club Paddles and Trips

Template for google group email……

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

FAQ – Club promoted trips.

What are the current guidelines: Social distancing must take place at all times along with frequent hand washing or hand sanitising. Currently no more than 6 people may meet for exercise at an outdoor venue.

How do I organise a club paddle: Contact to add the trip to the calendar. Brief details are then 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 for members outside a household 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 to an email about a trip if you are 100% certain you can make the paddle