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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)

Covid-19 Update, 23rd May 2020

We are pleased to announce the next phase of re-opening Reading Canoe Club, as described in the document attached. We would like to thank Hannah Sealey, Dave Sackman and Trevor Mills for their many hours of help in driving these new steps forward.

Please read this carefully. It clearly identifies what we expect from you and which facilities we are opening up.

Please remember, no member who has the identified symptoms of Covid-19 or is currently self-isolating should enter the site. Also, if you have visited the Club and are subsequently identified as being positive for Covid-19, please let the Club know asap (info@reading-canoe.org.uk).

We will review the processes weekly to address key emerging issues and will communicate any changes primarily by Facebook. If you don’t use Facebook, please let us know.

It would be really helpful if you could email the Club with good and bad experiences on using the boatshed and toilets, so we can modify the process to suit, if needs be.

We are now working to finalise the process for those wanting to use Club equipment and hope to be in contact over the coming days.

Please leave the Club Clean and tidy and take responsibility for cleaning up after yourselves.

Thank you

RCC Process for Paddling during restrictions – Phase 2 (PDF)

Reading Hasler and K4 races 2020

Reading Circuit 24th May – Postponed

We are hoping to reschedule this event for late July/early August. We will confirm this as soon as we can.

Reading K4 races

Our first K4 race day, scheduled for 31st May, is cancelled due to the current circumstances. However, we hope to hold one on 11th October, circumstances permitting.

Zoom into exercise

Missing the Club, your pals, some exercise while you’re stuck indoors? Join the Zoom classes online. Core, circuits – It’s lively and fun and you can see those people you’re missing … exercise and have a chat.

Zoom is easy to load and work on your laptop. All details are on the Reading Canoe Club Facebook page.

See you there … virtually, that is!

Thameside 2 – Cancelled

Unfortunately following yesterday’s government announcement, and the British Canoeing statement on events and gatherings in light of COVID-19, RCC will need to cancel the Thameside 2 race this year.

Please contact us via info@reading-canoe.org.uk if you require a refund.

Thameside 2 – Postponed

Regrettably we have not been able to secure a suitable replacement finish for Thameside 2 on Sunday. Therefore we have taken the decision to postpone the event.

The only viable date is Sunday 22-March, between Watersides C & D. We are currently starting the process to make this happen. Further updates to follow.

Please contact us via info@reading-canoe.org.uk if you require a refund.

Thameside 2 2020 – Update 1

Quick update, the weather conditions mean that we will not be able to to use Longridge Activity Centre for the finish. We are currently looking at alternatives and hope to post an update later today.

Special Measures – given the river conditions there will additional measures in place and entry restriction. Details to follow.

Thameside 1 2020

As always a big thank you to everyone supporting this year’s event on and off the water. Apologies to those who were not able to take part due to the restrictions, and a special acknowledgement to paddlers who have donated their entry despite not racing.

Check out the final results for T1 2020

Refunds or transfer to T2 – All requested refunds have been processed, so if you have not heard from us and still want a refund or transfer to T2 please drop us an email.

Feedback is a gift, feel free to share any constructive feedback.

See you all at T2