Covid-19 Update – Members use of club equipment

We have updated our guidance to include adult members who seek to use club equipment to paddle. Please read carefully and ask if you have any questions.

Before paddling we strongly advise you read BC guidance about return to paddling

https://gopaddling.info/kayaking-safety-checklist/

and be aware of the current status

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

NB Juniors, who normally paddle using club equipment in coached sessions, will need to wait until the restrictions are lifted further and / or the current position is clarified.

Adults who would like to paddle under the current restrictions are invited to be assessed by our coaching team for competence to use club equipment on our stretch of the river. If you wish to be assessed, please email info@reading-canoe.co.uk identifying:

  • your British Canoeing Membership no.
    • NB: Members of clubs who are not full members of British Canoeing are only licensed and insured to paddle on waterways when taking part in organised club activity. At this stage no organised club activity is allowed to take place. If paddlers want to ensure they are insured and licensed they can take out full British Canoeing membership here: https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/membership/join-us-online-here
  • if you require a key fob (£25 refundable deposit) to independently access the club
  • if you require a buoyancy aid
  • the club has decided buoyancy aids will not be shared. Ideally members would buy one themselves (Marsport is a good source), otherwise the club can loan a buoyancy aid for a period, for which the member will be responsible – to take home after paddling and bring back
  • if you would like to be shown the process of how to access the club and its equipment, clean equipment,and secure the premises after use
    • NB we have several experienced paddlers who are happy to accompany an adult in a club boat on the water. You can either use the Reading Canoe Club facebook page or info@reading-canoe.org.uk to contact somebody.

Paddle safely and well within your capability. Please now read the document attached.

Covid19 – Use and cleaning of club equipment (PDF)