Due to the new slight relaxing of the Government regulations concerning the virus the Committee are using the BCU guidance about club sports to begin the weekly paddling events. There are still obvious areas to be aware of and the risk assessment (in the link below) has been created to highlight those areas. These are the main points:
1 Members to follow social distancing guidance except if there is risk to life or of serious injury, in which event immediate safety is paramount.
2 Until further notice, members should where possible use own equipment or ask to borrow club equipment on a long term basis (subject to the discretion of the committee). Equipment should not be stored in the club compound except where strictly necessary (again at the discretion of the committee).
3 Informal paddling outside the Club’s supervision can continue outdoors in groups of six (the rule of 6) or two households.
4 Members should minimise travel.
5 Members should follow government advice if they have C-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone with symptoms.
6 Members should follow good hygiene practices including:
Regular hand washing, covering mouth when sneezing or coughing, avoid touching face, nose and eyes, Keep Your Distance!
7 Avoid activities that come into close proximity, e.g. sitting in eddy at Cornard Weir, gathering on the bank at start or end of session or at Cornard at half way stage.
8 Because of space restrictions, the club compound is not to be used at present, other than under the supervision of a committee member who should ensure sanitisation of touch points, surfaces and equipment that are likely to be touched by multiple people.
Since the club has no facilities for members to wash, members should ensure they have their own hand sanitiser where appropriate.
We would also like to remind you that both peer and club paddles that do not follow the government guidelines on meeting numbers or distancing could also help spread the virus and your safety should be paramount.
We all love to paddle but the water will still be there when we all return to normality so please be considerate and follow the government guidelines below.
- Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
- Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
- Work from home if you can and only travel when necessary
- If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home
- Wash your hands
You may now:
- Spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines (if you decide to meet to go on the water outside from the club you need to consider whether you are competent, the area is safe from hazards and that you can remain 2 metres apart from those not living with you – be safe!)
Please be aware that you can still spread the virus even if you have had a vaccination or don’t appear to have symptoms.
Many people have contacted the club to ask about membership but at this time we are not able to take on new members because normal club meets have been suspended! Please continue to check this site and keep abreast of new decisions in regards to joining and paddling as a club and hopefully we will be able to accommodate you in the future when the guidelines for Covid-19 change.
Stay safe and well!
Please note that equipment hire, new members, trial sessions and new membership fees have been halted at this time due to Covid 19 restrictions.
Equipment Requirements and Hire
The club has a selection of kayaks and canoes that can be hired for a nominal fee and included in this are paddles, buoyancy aids, spraydecks and helmets (if required). We also have a selection of dry cags and waterproofs but do recommend that club members source their own kit once they have decided that paddling is for them. (For summer paddling, just a t-shirt and shorts is often sufficient!)
Costs and Membership Fees
|Boat/Buoyancy-Aid/Spraydeck hire – Adult:||£5:00|
|Boat/Buoyancy-Aid/Spraydeck hire – Child:||£3:00|
|Pool Fee (pool training evenings):||£10:00 p.p|
There is an additional charge of £2.50 for those wishing to join the club but who are not BCU members.
Paddlers – young and old:
Young paddlers – In addition to our weekly paddles, the club does run special sessions for youngsters – Paddlepower, which teaches basic paddling skills in a fun and friendly environment. All club coaches and committee members follow the DBS directive and we adhere to the BCU Child and Vulnerable Adult policy. We also have two junior reps on the committee and a Junior Officer who is responsible for all aspects of the junior members’ welfare.
Once the basic skills are mastered, unaccompanied children are welcome to join our weekly club paddles where they will be in the company of other keen youngsters. We do ask that contact details are left with the duty officer as children can sometimes get very cold and need to return from the paddle early.
Older paddlers – Our weekly paddle supports developing skills for those new to paddling as well as supporting an environment of sharing good practice across disciplines. The club includes members who have wide-ranging skills in open canoeing, freestyle and squirt boating, sea kayaking, touring and white water and the club acts as a hub for paddlers to find the right focus. We also organise introductions to white water trips, camping weekends and away day paddles as well as internal training and external courses.
Our aim is to have fun, be safe and share skills!
- Club Chairperson – Peter Narvidge
- Club Secretary – standing in Louise Horsely
- Club Treasurer – Catherine Brighton
- Membership ((Child Protection officer 2) – Kyrstie J Hall
- Equipment Manager – Nick Kempson
- Events Co-ordinator – Jonathan Halden
- Junior Officer (Child Protection officer 1) – Louise Horsley
- Fund-raising Officer – Steve Timms
- Senior Rep – Fred Welham
- Junior Rep(s) – Taylor and James (in training – Josh)