The main revisions the Committee agreed on what we can now do to operate in a safe way are summarised below. The full set of rules are at the end of the email and these will also be posted in the club
1. Up to 6 paddlers can now go out together, keeping 2m apart at all times, at the clubhouse, on the pontoon and on the water
2. Boats can be taken away for day trips, people should travel in their own car, up to 6 paddlers maximum on a trip
3. Improvers sessions and courses will restart soon, more details to follow, with a maximum group size of 6 people. (all courses fully booked and waiting list now closed)
4. A paddler should only go afloat if they are confident they can get in and out of the boat completely unaided, and rescue themselves if required. Nobody should rely on another paddler coming within 2m at any time to help them, except in an emergency. You need to be a self sufficient paddler. Improvers sessions are for improving fitness, confidence and stamina but you must be able to look after yourself if say you capsize or need to get out at a high bank. (we will be arranging some rescue sessions now the water is a bit warmer as lots of people need a refresher on this)
5. If your family has re-joined the club, any family members that have not completed a one star or Hampton Paddler course or an assessment can only paddle with the primary member who has completed one of these.
6. Hygiene at the club and for all club equipment is a top priority so please wash your hands frequently, and thoroughly wash paddles and boats with soapy water and then dry with a towel. Please only use the anti-bacterial spray on BA’s as we are getting through gallons of the stuff.
7. Tamra has completed a risk assessment of the club house for COVID-19 safety following BC advice which you will be able to view on the safety page of the club web site as soon as it has been uploaded
· Paddling safety is important so don’t start paddling on your own if you have not previously paddled solo. Only competent and experienced paddlers should be on the water independently.
· A paddler should only go afloat if they are confident they can get in and out of the boat completely unaided, and rescue themselves if required. Nobody should rely on another paddler coming within 2m to help them except in an emergency, you need to be a self sufficient paddler.
· Please follow the government rules and BC advice that you may only exercise with five other people outside your household, or with members of your own household
· Try and paddle at various times throughout the day to avoid congestion at the club
· Boats can be taken away for day trips, people should travel in their own car, up to 6 paddlers maximum on a trip
· British canoeing advice is that it is not safe to paddle in a K2 or C2 except with people in your household
· All paddlers must have rejoined as club members before going afloat, and have completed the membership form
· If you can, please pay 75% of the full fee now, or if money is tight, when you are able to. People who have already paid full fees will get a discount next year. (i.e. first quarter of the years membership fee is waived and the rejoining fee is waived for this year)
· Pay boat fees in batches of 5 paddles (GBP15) in advance to the club account and avoid cash, if possible
· Wash hands on entry to the club and before and after paddling and use gloves if possible
· Use paper towels provided for hand drying, all towels have been removed for hygiene reasons.
· If you have them use your own BA, paddle and boat
· If you use a club BA then after use spray with the anti-bacterial/anti-viral spray on the desk
· Thoroughly wash your boat and paddle with soapy water, especially the cockpit, seat and surrounds
· Bring your own towel to dry boats or use a club towel and take it away with you for washing
· Bring your own drinks and do not use the club glasses and mugs
· Minimise time inside the club-house and always keep 2m from other people
· Try to arrive ready to paddle but if you need to use the changing rooms then one person at a time in a changing room
· If you use the toilet then spray the toilet and basin with the anti-bac spray
· If you visit the club and subsequently experience any symptoms please let the committee know
· If you have any symptoms, or are self-isolating, please do not visit the club
Happy & Safe Paddling