This June, with Covid-19 restrictions still firmly in place, our Junior Coach Freddie Kemp arranged a two-day First Aid course to be run at the Club for 10 people. Freddie himself needed it to gain his Level 2 Coaching certificate, but we also had seven other club members giving up their weekend to learn all about First Aid. That included four of our Juniors, who help out with coaching already.
The course was run by Sea Cadet Stuart Spencer, who had paddling experience himself. Despite it being one of the first courses he’d run since the Covid-19 restrictions had been relaxed, he was very clear on procedure on how to keep everyone safely distanced.
An intensive weekend, well worth the time. And it’s good to know that we have another seven highly competent First Aiders at the Club.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to contact somebody.
Paddle safely and well within your capability. Please now read the document attached.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.