Announcements have been made by Government, Sport England and British Canoeing permitting some relaxation of the COVID lockdown.  The notes below describe how the club will adapt and start paddling again.  Above all, standard 2m social distancing must be maintained, with exceptional 1m distancing with face covering when off the water.

British Canoeing advice was updated 30 Jun 20.

Clubs and all club activity:  Groups of up to 6 are now permitted to meet, subject to social distancing restrictions being met.  Clubhouse facilities remain closed although use of toilets is permitted, but please clean after use – bowl, doors, taps, switches, etc.  Communal areas on the top floor, gym, changing rooms remain closed.  Boat and kit stores can now be accessed but cleanliness is essential.  Only 2 people on the store at a time with only a single boat being moved.

Trips and Coaching:  Trips and coaching activity may now take place on a 1:5 basis with strict social distancing.  Activity should ensure appropriate safety frameworks are in place, that delivery is in safe and familiar environments and that the paddlers are self-sufficient and no equipment is shared.

Individual paddlers:  All individual paddlers should restrict their paddlesport activities to environments which are well within their capabilities, alert friends and family to their activity and predicted return times, and ensure they have a means to call for help, handy at all times.

BCC – How it affects us:

Paddling from Clubhouse.  Members may launch from the club’s riverside access.  You must either change outside or before you turn up, do not use the clubhouse.  Sign in on the sheet inside the front door (name, time, activity) so that our track and trace responsibilities are met.

Use of Clubhouse

·         The BCC clubhouse changing rooms are closed for use and so are the showers, kitchen, gym and all rooms upstairs.  The cleaner has stepped up the cleaning regime on Tue and Fri but that focuses on the used areas. 

·         Access to boat and kit stores is now permitted.  The change of locks and publishing details will happen within a few days – check the key code for more details.

·         If you do enter the clubhouse, restrict to 2 people in the stores at a time, calling out before entering, and use cleaning materials provides to wipe door handles and keypads after use.

Site Access.  The gate key code is once again available for members.  Remember to bring hand sanitiser with you so that you can wash after touching locks and doors, plus where wipes are available clean the used areas as well.

Club Boats and Kit.  Boat and kit borrowing will return to normal.  Members who have borrowed boats are requested to contact Paul ( to arrange return.  The booking board for boats which is located in the basement store should be used especially prior to trips. 


For safe paddling it is recommended that groups of at least 3 venture out together.  Where less that 3 are on the water it is even more important to take no undue risks.  Avoid the weirs and take care of branches and trees in the water especially after winds and heavy rainfall.  Do not burden the emergency or medical services.

The wildlife has now been undisturbed for many weeks with young starting to appear.  Please keep your distance from them as well as one another!

Club Activities

Pool nights and social evenings remain suspended.  We hope to be able to offer more trips and start to arrange some courses in the remaining summer.

River paddling is permitted but restricted to groups of no more than 6.


The suspension of all membership and boat storage fees will close on 23 Jul 20.  The aim will be to add 4 months to all membership periods but this will take a while to complete.  Please renew your membership normally when requested to preserve your access to the web site and related resources.  If you have any concerns about your membership please email either or


If anyone finds themselves to be overwhelmed, distressed or needing help in any way, please contact a member of the committee.


In summary, please do consider paddling again but only with very careful preparation, considerate execution, and fastidious post paddle cleansing. Maintain social distancing throughout.  Be safe for yourselves and all others.

Useful Links

National guidance can be found at:

8 Jul 20

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