MEMBERS PADDLING AT THURLBY LAKE – COVID 19 UPDATE

Following further guidance by British Canoeing we are now better placed to bring you up to date with the future re-opening of Newark Canoe Club.

Currently, paddling is authorised in groups of up to 6 people applying social distancing of 2m, with the exception of those from the same household. People are not allowed to share equipment; paddlers should paddle only in waters within their capability and self-rescue is essential. Paddlers should stay local rather than travelling to find water.

We currently authorise those paddlers with their own equipment and who have been issued with a gate key based on their qualification level to access the lake for a couple of weeks now. The next phase for us is to open the Club to all paddlers that have their own equipment and we shall advertise the opening times for that in the coming days.

For those members who do not have their own kit and wish to use Club equipment, BC have advised that is now authorised based on a single use of loan items with washing and safe/secure storage of the equipment after use for at least 72 hours before it can be used again. In addition, BC require the Club to have an appropriate Covid19 Risk Assessment specifying safe operating practices that ensures people are protected from cross contamination.

The Committee will now begin work on producing safe procedures to allow all members to use the club during open sessions that will include the use of hand sanitizer, disinfectant and washing facilities for returned equipment. Naturally, this may extend the period that those without equipment have to wait to be able to paddle beyond the time that those with equipment can return to the club. Whilst this is disappointing it is essential that we can ensure members are protected and operate in a safe paddling environment.

The process of developing a suitable process will start on Wednesday night with a Risk Assessment walk through. Once we have agreed a process, we shall begin to purchase the necessary elements to implement the system and then allow all members back to the club, including those who need to use club equipment. We shall also be looking at an on-line booking system so we can prepare loan equipment in advance. It is important to understand that we are not restricted to only 6 people on the water on one time, but groups cannot be larger than 6. This means we need to be able to get people on and off the water with social distancing in mind, particularly at important potential choke points.

BC have advised that Club houses, changing facilities, toilets, etc should not be used at the current time. That means for the foreseeable future, members using the club will have to take account of the limited facilities as part of their paddling planning.

Please bear with us as we seek to ensure that you can safely return to the club to paddle whilst at the same time ensuring that those who have to manage the open sessions are also safe. More information will be available as soon as we are able to.

Newark Canoe Club Statement – May 2020 – COVID 19 – Valid from 13 May 2020 for members of the club

Following the Government relaxation of strict exercise rules as part of the update to the lock down requirements, British Canoeing have issued guidance on how these should be applied to canoeing.

Firstly, BC has stated that there should be no club activity at this time. As a result, Newark Canoe Club will remain closed until further notice.

Individuals can go canoeing within the guidelines set out in Government policy. That means they should only paddle with other members of their household, or with one other person from outside of their household.  This is on the proviso that they maintain social distancing at all times.

Those people that do decide to go canoeing should stay local to their area and not travel long distances to find water.

Canoeing should only be undertaken on water that is easily within individual capability so that there is little risk of capsize and the need for others to effect rescue.

Only those Newark Canoe Club members who have their own equipment which have been certified competent and issued with a key for the gate, will be able to canoe on the lake subject to the requirements above. i.e:

Paddle with only other family members or with one other person from outside of your household provided you keep to the appropriate social distance requirements.

In addition to the principles of Covid 19 safe practice, members should follow the following additional requirements for the use of Thurlby Lake:

a. Only those people who are paddling should attend the Club. Do not bring other family members as spectators.

b. There are to be no picnics or overnight stays at the lake at the current time.

c. If more than one group arrive to use the lake at the same time ensure that you observe the appropriate social distancing and do not mix with others.

d. Ensure you park in such a way that you do not put others ability to social distance at risk.

e. You are exclusively responsible for your own kit. No sharing of equipment or assisting others to move equipment to or from your car, unless they are members of your household.

f. Ensuring that the gate is secured against parking on the site by non-members and making sure that the last person on the site locks the gate.

This opportunity is conditional on members not creating gatherings at Thurlby Lake and respecting the need to remain committed to the Government Coronavirus rules for individual safety. Failing to paddle consistent with this instruction will result in the use of the lake being withdrawn.

NCC Open Weekend 16 & 17 May 2020 – Cancelled due to Caronavirus

Newark Canoe Club will hold its annual Open Weekend on 16 & 17 may 2020.  All members and visitors are welcome to join us over the weekend to get on the water. A range of different craft including a range of kayaks, canadian open canoes, Stand Up Paddle Boards, sit on top canoes and sea kayaks will be available to try.

The cost is £6 per person for a 2 hour session.  Boats and safety kit are provided.  All you need to bring is a change of clothes and a towel in case you get wet.  The Club offers changing facilities, car parking and a cafe facility.

CORONAVIRUS/ COVID-19 – NEWARK CANOE CLUB

As a result of the Government policy to restrict all non essential travel and on the recommnedation of BC, Newark Canoe Club will be closed and all club sponsored activities will be cancelled until further notice.

I will update you as often as I can as to future opening.

I hope that you will continue to support us through in the future and wish every member and visitor the best of health during this challenging time.

Gordon Smith

Chairman NCC

CORONAVIRUS 19 – NEWARK CANOE CLUB

As a result of the Government policy to restrict all non essential travel and on the recommnedation of BC, Newark Canoe Club will be closed and all club sponsored activities will be cancelled until further notice.

I will update you as often as I can as to future opening.

I hope that you will continue to support us through in the future and wish every member and visitor the best of health during this challenging time.

Gordon Smith

Chairman NCC