COVID-19 and the club – update – 12 May 2020

Following the government announcement on Sunday, advice around paddling changed.  British Canoeing have issued the following

Our Club activities will not recommence until government and BC guidance changes.

Members who have their own boat stored at the Club may use it with the following restrictions:-

  • To maintain social distancing, only members of one household are permitted in the building at any time.
  • Please arrive to the building dressed in your paddling clothing – no changing inside.
  • If on arrival you find the building unlocked, you may not enter.  Wait for the occupant to get their equipment out, (or put their equipment away), lock up and leave.
  • If the building is locked, you can safely assume there is no-one inside and proceed to get your boat out/put it away.  Please minimise the time you spend inside the building so that others may access it after you in a timely manner.
  • It is your responsibility to keep yourself safe, so use hand sanitizer or wash your hands thoroughly after touching surfaces people from outside your household may have touched.

For clarification, to avoid cross-contamination no club equipment is to be used at this time (boats, paddles buoyancy aids, gym equipment etc.) and only the boat-house will be accessible.  The combination to the rest of the club (changing rooms, toilets, club-room, gym) has been changed, so please do not try to enter.

COVID-19 – Club Closure – 27 March 2020

You may have seen yesterday’s update on paddlesport activity from British Canoeing

We previously notified members that club sessions (Try-it, Coaching, Wednesday evenings) will not take place for the foreseeable future.
In light of British Canoeing’s and the Government’s latest updates, we have taken the decision to completely close the club.  This means that club facilities and equipment (boats, paddles, buoyancy aids, gym equipment etc.) are NOT to be used until further notice.

Please follow the Government and Public Health England’s advice in the meantime, and Stay Safe.

COVID-19 and the Club

Please note that due to the current  COVID-19 crisis we will be delaying opening of the club and all club activities including Try-it sessions, Coaching and Wednesday night club sessions until further notice. Please follow the Government and Public Health England’s advice in the meantime.

Hopefully we can use this time to reflect on all the lovely paddling adventures of the past and update our goals for the future when we can be back on the water.

Look after yourself, your family, friends and neighbours during this very difficult time.

Cafe winter closure

From November 6th until the spring, the cafe will not be operating on Wednesday evenings.  If you aren’t a key-holder, this means that you’ll need to check whether anyone with a key is going to be here before coming down on a Wednesday evening.

Winter Paddling

All members are responsible for checking the speed of the river before paddling, this should be by both visual inspection and checking what the Environment Agency reports.

Club equipment may not be used at any time on the water when the Environment Agency are showing the river between Boveney Lock and Romney Lock as on yellow or red boards except by members with three star skills.  Information from the EA feed is displayed here.

The club has been in existence for more than 50 years. Based on the banks of the River Thames in Windsor, Berkshire, the club house offers a club fleet of various general purpose, slalom and racing kayaks; club room; male and female changing and showering facilities; training area and refreshments.  Hot food and snacks are available on club nights, with hot drink making facilities available 24/7.

The River Thames is a superb location on which to learn to canoe, train or participate in recreational activities.

The club-house is accessible to suitably experienced club-members 365 days a year, and “Club night” between March and November is Wednesday night from about 6:30 p.m.

Club members participate in a wide variety of canoeing including:
Sprint Racing (short races over 200, 500 & 1000 metres in lanes)
Marathon Racing (longer races for endurance)
Slalom Racing (negotiating a zig-zag course through gates)
Recreational Kayaking (for those who do not want to race, just enjoy their paddling)

Limited indoor boat storage for members’ kayaks is sometimes available. There is a long waiting list.

Windsor and District Canoe Club is affiliated to British Canoeing