With the current change in Social Distancing regulations I am pleased to inform you that club sessions are back on 😊, albeit with a few extra rules and precautions still in place.
- We must limit access to maintain 2m social distancing – so you must book your place; 6 people per slot.
- Changing rooms are closed.
- Shower is closed.
- Equipment must be cleaned and hands washed; there are plenty of cleaning supplies in place.
- There are plenty of slots now – the purpose of booking is to spread people out so that social distance can be maintained.
- Tuesday and Thursday at 18.00pm and Sunday at 10.00am
- A revised opening rota is being created and we endeavour to open the club for all club sessions. If no-one has booked for a session then the key holder will be able to see the empty list and will not necessarily be hanging around. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
What to do if I’m having trouble booking?
Email me or call me or any of the committee can help.
Paddling at other times
The other slots for paddling remain bookable.
What does this mean?
I shall try to summarise. Current members can book and paddle using the spreadsheet linked below.
Previous members (those who have been a full member in the past) who haven’t yet joined for this year are invited to do so by (completing the application form and making payment using BACS) so that they can come and enjoy the sea again!
Using club Equipment
This updated guidance relates to people wishing to use club equipment – 03/06/2020
Competent paid-up members may now access club equipment. Any paddling at outside of club sessions (Tuesday / Thursday 18.00 and SUN 10.00) not a club activity.
We are setting up a booking system that allows groups of six per slot, bookable in advance.
Individual paddling cannot be advised.
The club can be opened to access boats and PPE only. As per the regulations no changing facilities are currently available. Each arch can be used by one paddler (or family) at a time, to place a bag or bicycle while paddling, for example.
Hands should be washed using hot water and soap in the sink prior to and after handling equipment.
Equipment needs to be rinsed before and after use. Spraydecks, helmets and buoyancy aids should be hosed down thoroughly and then disinfected using the materials provided, including the dip-tank. Kayak paddles and cockpit rims should be wiped with a disinfectant wipe after use.
Parking and access
Please remember Madeira drive is officially closed to vehicles at present, however it may be possible to access the club by car. We have no official rights to parking, only access.
For these first few weeks a booking calendar has been set up to ensure that social distancing can be maintained.
Access to the calendar is restricted as a default and I will need to allow access individually; once you click the link and request access, I receive an email and will then grant you permission so you can complete the booking process.
As with all things, when it works it’s great but when it doesn’t it can be frustrating; it is a google product so in order to access it you will need a google account.
In case of trouble then email me at [email protected] including your phone number and I will to sort it out as soon as possible. Alternatively all of the committee can access the spreadsheet and help out.
Paddling remains a high-risk activity in its own right. Be aware of sea conditions and paddle responsibly and well within your capabilities. Don’t take unnecessary risks, if it feels like a bad idea then it probably is.
We rely on all members keeping a social distance and have prepared a risk assessment to enable responsible access to equipment. Ultimately it is up to you!