COVID-19 and the Club – update – 9 November 2020

British Canoeing have informed us that under Lockdown 2 all club activities must cease. This means that paddlers who are not personal “on the water” members of British Canoeing will not be covered by the club waterways licence (for the Thames) or insurance should they go paddling.
If you want to become an “on the water” member of British Canoeing, you can do so here https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/membership/on-the-water-membership , otherwise you must not paddle using club equipment during the current Coronavirus National Restrictions in place until 2nd December.

We must all avoid gatherings of any kind –  so the following restrictions remain in place at the boat-house:

  • 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 – absolutely NO changing inside.
  • If on arrival you find the building unlocked, you may not enter.  Wait at a distance of at least 3 metres from the door 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 boat-house 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 etc.) except the numbered equipment which has been allocated to you and only the boat-house will be accessible.

Faulty Car Park Barrier update

Update – 6/8/2020 – the padlock has been replaced.  The key in the club will open it as usual.

2/8/2020 – There is an issue with the padlock to the barrier – members are reporting they cannot get the key into the padlock.

The Membership Secretary has spoken to the Council, who are sending someone out to look at it during the week ending 8th August.  An update will be posted when they have been.

Please bear with us while we try to get this fixed.

 

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 usual 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.