Final course assessment is yet to take place, however, this is forewarning that a number of additional measures will be in place; restricted entry, compulsory buoyancy aids, mobile phone to be carried.
Restricted Entry / Course Assessment
Thameside 1 is a challenging 12 mile course with 12 portages. Although we take every possible action to minimise risk to paddlers, it is critical that paddlers, coaches and parents assess whether they are able to complete the course safely.
We are continually assessing the course on four key measures; flow, temperature, visibility and wind speed.
Paddlers need to assess their own competence against experience, paddling ability, equipment and support. Competence Form
We are currently scoring the course for Thameside 1 (23-Feb) as 16, paddler competence needs to be equal or higher than 16. For those who don’t meet the criteria, will have the option to transfer entry to Thameside 2 or refund.
All boats should be fit for purpose and fitted with sufficient buoyancy, there will be checks of paddler kit and boats prior to the start.
Next update will be Friday 16:00