About SCC – {Covid-19 update}

Due to the relaxing of the Government regulations concerning the virus the Committee are using the BC guidance about club sports to develop 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 make sure they feel safe with respect to social distancing except if there is risk to life or of serious injury, in which event immediate safety is paramount.

2 Equipment can now be hired from the club compound but care may be taken when fitting to avoid close contact where possible. Show and tell policy or care taken to minimise contact. 

3 Informal paddling outside the Club’s supervision should continue outdoors in safe groups which include competent paddlers.

4 Members should follow government advice if they have C-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone with symptoms.

5 Members should follow good hygiene practices including:

Regular hand washing, covering mouth when sneezing or coughing, avoid touching face, nose and eyes, remember Covid has not gone away!

6 The club compound is to be used with care and under the supervision of a committee member or delegated club member/volunteer.

7 Sanitise hands after paddling and before eating (this is a general rule because you have been in contact with river water!)

Since the club has no facilities for members to wash, members should ensure they have their own hand sanitiser where appropriate.

We all love to paddle but need to be considerate and follow the government guidelines below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

The government is removing remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated

  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside

  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces

  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive 


Please be aware that you can still spread the virus even if you have had a vaccination or don’t appear to have symptoms.

New Membership:

Many people have contacted the club to ask about membership and we are now taking on new members but please contact us to ask for more information and remember that the weather can mean a cold paddle. 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 soon.

Stay safe and well!

SCC Covid 19 Risk-Assessment March 2021

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): Adult

Pool Fee (pool training evenings): Youth



Individual membership: £30:00
Family membership: £40:00
Junior membership: £25:00

There is an additional charge of £2.50 for those wishing to join the club but who are not BC members.

Paddlers – young and old:

Young paddlers – In addition to our weekly paddles, the club will run special sessions for youngsters  in the warmer months – 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 BC Child and Vulnerable Adult policy. We also have three 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!

Please be aware that the club occasionally takes photos or videos, of its members. These may be used on our website, social media, local press, British Canoeing website and elsewhere to generally promote the club. Should you be un-happy for images of you or your dependents to be published please inform our Data Protection Officer [ see paragraph 2.1 of the Sudbury Canoe Club Data Privacy Policy 2018 ].


  • Club Chairperson (Child Protection officer 2) – Kyrstie J Hall
  • Club Secretary –  Louise Horsely
  • Club Treasurer – Catherine Brighton
  • Equipment Manager – Tony Wheadon
  • Events Co-ordinator – Peter Narvidge
  • Junior Officer (Child Protection officer 1) – Heather Palmer
  • Risk Assessment Officer/membership – David Harkness
  • Fund-raising Officer – Steve Timms
  • Senior Rep – Fred Welham
  • Junior Rep(s) – Taylor, Dylan and Jack

SCC Data Privacy Policy January 2021

SCC Risk assessment (Kingfisher Pool) 2020

SCC Risk assessment form River Stour 2021


SCC Standard Operating Policy 2021

SCC Health and Safety Policy 2021

SCC Covid 19 Risk-Assessment March 2021

SCC Code of Conduct 2021