COVID-19 and the Club – update – 13 June 2020

Following the government announcement at the end of May, advice around paddling changed again, and can be seen on British Canoeing’s  https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2020/a-return-to-paddling-in-england.

The committee has met and discussed how this affects the Club, and are now able to offer some limited paddling.

Our Club regular Wednesday evening coached sessions will not recommence until government and BC guidance changes.

For those members with no boat rack at the club who have passed a Key Assessment a kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis to be used by them in the same way as members who have a rack to store their own boat at the Club.

i.e. they may use it with the following restrictions:-

  • To maintain social distancing, only members of one household/bubble 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/s 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 before and after touching surfaces people from outside your household/bubble 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.) except the numbered equipment which has been allocated to you 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.

2020 members were contacted via e-mail and asked to respond by Friday 12th June so that kit could be assigned.  Members from 2019 who haven’t renewed yet will be able to request a set of kit subject to availability as part of the renewal process.

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 https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2020/a-return-to-paddling-in-england.

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 https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2020/british-canoeing-update-on-paddlesport-activity

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.

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

Training at Windsor Canoe Club

The club runs try-it sessions during the summer months to allow prospective members to have a go before deciding whether to join.

Training run for members includes:-
-Courses for beginner paddlers & those developing their skills
-Flatwater racing introductory sessions
-Slalom introductory sessions
-Swimming pool sessions during the winter months