Latest Covid Rules Update – Dec 22, 2020

 Greater London and most of Surrey went into Tier 4 on Sunday. After much discussion it was decided that:

  • Londoners can use the clubhouse and boats, if the club is local for them. Paddling must be to and from the club – do not take the boats elsewhere to paddle. 
  • A maximum of 1 person in the clubhouse at a time with the doors open, and they need to wear a mask.  So people need to be able to get boats in and out by themselves.
  • You can paddle:
    • by yourself
    • with the people you live with
    • with your support bubble,
    • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.
  • Most of Surrey is also in Tier 4. British Canoeing have stated that going paddling is not sufficient grounds to travel between neighbouring areas in the same tier, and Surrey and London are different areas. Therefore Surrey people still can’t go to the clubhouse.
  • The changing rooms are still closed. As people have been using the changing rooms they will be locked, and the key for the men’s changing room will be removed. 
  • The toilet is open but should only be used if you’re desperately in need; it is important this is NOT used as a changing facility.

The flow is strong at the moment so only go out if you are an experienced and competent paddler. 

This might all change if BC updates their guidance. 

All the current covid reminders

  • If you have any symptoms or are self-isolating, please do not visit the club.
  • If you visit the club and subsequently experience any symptoms please let the committee know.


Limits on number of people

  • Maximum group size of 2 people who live in London.
  • There should be a maximum of 1 person in the clubhouse at a time with the doors open, and they need to wear a mask.
  • K2 and C2’s may only be used by members of a household or support bubble.


Clean everything

  • Wash/sanitise hands on arrival and before and after paddling
  • Sign in/out like usual
  • Clean and dry the boat and paddle after use – bring your own towel (spares in drawers but they must be returned washed)
  • Use the soap and water for boats and paddles please as the spray isn’t easy to come by
  • Spray the club BAs with the antibacterial spray supplied


  • Arrive ready to paddle. 
  • You may use the toilet; spray the toilet and basin with the anti-bac spray.
  • The tea and coffee facilities are not in use. 
  • Paddle locally – only paddle from the clubhouse, and don’t take club boats away from the clubhouse.

General reminders:

  • It’s now getting cold…bring your dry bag with hat and spare clothes, and pogies or non slip gloves
  • Bring a towel for the boat (hopefully not for yourself, but a micro fibre towel is a good investment)
  • Check Thames river conditions regularly here:
  • Avoid going out on yellow or red boards unless you are a very competent paddler
  • Check the weather and wind speed as paddling in wind over 16mph will be hard work 


  • If you need help with shopping, dog-walking or anything else or just a chat then let one of us know and we can help you out.

Current BC info is here 


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