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Local Volunteer Access Officer's and Lead Volunteer Access Officer

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Sunday, 19th July 2020 @ 10:20am

Hello All,
 
As you are aware over the past few months there has been an explosion of River users across Essex and other counties across the country. We are finding that traditional access points are under pressure. At times parking at access points have become dangerous with both parish and local councils are deploying new parking restrictions.
 
Essex Waterways Ltd (Chelmer and Blackwater Canal) are a small team and do their best to accommodate us but with increased usage their limited facilities are under strain. An example is Hoe Mill even before the Covid-19 outbreak on one weekend last year there were 28 DofE groups walking past Hoe Mill. Paper Mill has a small car park for those with boats 28 parking slots and yet there are 72 boats so it is clear there are challenges. A development plan is needed for our ever-expanding county and it is going to take a Multi-Agency approach to help shape access for all. This being toilet facilities, Access and Carparking, we cannot just expect pubs, landowners and Essex Waterways to magic up facilities it will take a concerted approach from Parish, local and County Council as well.   
 
To this end the Essex Canoeing Association would like to recruit Volunteers from the paddle sport community who understand the issues in their locality and what ideally needs to be done for sustainable paddle sport growth.
 
There are two volunteer roles, the first is Local Paddle Sport Access officer’s we need a number of volunteers who truly know their area’s what is being affected and what ideally you would like to see for continued access.  
 
The Second role is a Lead Paddle sport access officer who can bring together, discuss and help influence a sustainable access plan with multiple agencies.
 
I truly believe that with your help we can make a huge difference and just like the Medway improve access across the County.
 
Look forward to hearing from you
 
Best Regards
 
Paul   

CHELMER & BLACKWATER NAVIGATION NEWSLETTER

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Thursday, 16th July 2020 @ 4:14pm

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CHELMER & BLACKWATER NAVIGATION NEWSLETTER
COVID-19 AND THE NAVIGATION


The Navigation remains fully open to all users and, with effect from 4th July, Government has lifted all restrictions on boating activity. Users are reminded, however, of the continuing need to adhere to Government recommendations on social distancing and to be considerate to others on and alongside the waterway.

RECORD VISITORS

During the weeks of lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government, and subsequent bans on staying away from home and distant travel, use of the Navigation, particularly by walkers, cyclists, canoeists and the local population in general has been at record levels, and this has brought considerable challenges in managing the consequences. 


Whilst the vast majority of visitors have been well behaved and considerate, a minority have left a great deal of litter, caused damage to lock structures and distress to fellow users and neighbours. We have done our very best to cope with these challenges, clear the litter, repair broken items and calm difficult situations.

PARKING AT PAPER MILL & HOE MILL

One of the consequences is that the parish councils covering Paper Mill and Hoe Mill locks have both been alarmed at the number of visitors and inconsiderate parking in these areas. 


The result is that extensive ‘no parking’ restrictions have been applied in these areas, with double yellow lines a considerable distance either side of the road crossings at these locations. Our car parks remain available for your use at these locations but, understandably, there is likely to be increased pressure on space with fewer alternative parking facilities – so please close and lock car park gates immediately after entering or leaving, and watch for attempts at tailgated entry. 


Please also ensure that your parking permit is displayed. The car park adjacent to the tea room at Paper Mill (open 10.00 am to 5.30 pm daily) is now operated by the farmer who owns this land, and a charge of £5 per day introduced to everyone except those with disabled driver badges.

WELCOME BACK TO OUR VOLUNTEERS
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and not only are we pleased to see boaters return to the Navigation, but we are especially pleased to see our volunteers return – their support is invaluable and if you would be willing to help too, you will be made especially welcome. There is something for everyone, whether it is litter clearance, vegetation control, cleaning and painting equipment along the Navigation or minor repairs at the moorings. The more jobs that can be tackled by volunteers, the greater the benefits for all users of the Navigation and the more tasks our employees can tackle to improve the Navigation and its infrastructure.

KIOSK & CAMPSITE REOPENING

The kiosk at Daisy Meadow re-opened in June, the campsite at Hoe Mill re-opened on 4th July and we hope to bring the trip boats back into use when we consider it safe to do so, and in line with Government and NHS advice. In each case, the risks of re-opening have been carefully assessed and additional precautions are in place to mitigate against any spread of infection. Please do not visit the Navigation if you have any symptoms that might possibly indicate an infection.


Photo: Daisy Meadow Kiosk is now open for business for drinks, snacks and canoe licences.
 
BOATY BITS
 
BOATS ON THE HARD STANDING AT HEYBRIDGE BASIN

Additional charges were due to come into force on 1st July 2020 for vessels that had been out of the water for more than six months. This date has now been put back to 1st October 2020.


UNIDENTIFIED BOATS AT THE MOORINGS
We still have a number of vessels with no name on. Please make sure the name of your vessel is clearly displayed so we can read it from the towpath. This is a requirement of your Mooring Agreement and helps us identify the owner if we need to make contact due to any problem. We are also finding boats moored in the wrong places, which is confusing and has knock on problems. The owners of boats without names are at risk of having their vessels towed away and with effect from 1st October 2020, an additional administration fee of £50 per quarter will be charged to the owners of boats without adequate identification because of the additional work this creates. If the names are not clear on both sides of your boat, please attend to this as soon as you can to avoid the charge for you and unnecessary work for us. Adhesive vinyl names can obtained locally.

 
WORK COMPLETED
 

PAPER MILL LOCK

A loose coping stone at the downstream end of Paper Mill Lock, which was preventing use of the gates and been fixed and re-set into place.


The access track, alongside Treasure Island, to the moorings on the North Bank at Paper Mill has been resurfaced, partly financed with a contribution by the owners of Treasure Island.


There is now a lock on the outside of the toilet at Paper Mill that requires a code to gain access. The code is 2469. This is to prevent authorised use from non-boaters. Those in possession of a valid canoe licence are permitted to use the toilet facilities along the Navigation, but the car parks are for boaters only and authorised youth groups.


SPRINGFIELD BASIN & LOCKSIDE MARINA

A new sluice has been installed in the sluice room at Springfield Basin. This is similar to those at Sandford and at Paper Mill North Bank, and will allow toilet cassettes to be emptied more easily. The outside of the facilities area at Springfield Basin has been painted.


The landing stage outside Lockside Marina, just above Springfield Lock, has been re-decked, and repairs have been completed to mooring stages along the Navigation.


Photo: Improvements to the landing stage at Lockside Marina.

HEYBRIDGE

The landing stage alongside Tesco at Heybridge has been repaired and re-decked. This was originally provided by Tesco when the store was first opened, but is now our responsibility to maintain.


A new pump out unit has been installed alongside the lock at Heybridge Basin. Boaters are reminded that the use of sea toilets on the Navigation is forbidden, and transgressors liable to prosecution and heavy fines by the Environment Agency.


The steps leading up to the Navigation from Daisy Meadow car park have been refurbished and new hand rail added.

Photo: Steps at Daisy Meadow Kiosk.
OTHER NAVIGATION WORKS


Low water levels in the Barnes to Springfield reach have been resolved by removing a blockage from the sluice by the weir at Barnes Mill.


Repairs have been made to lock gates where pins have been removed by vandals.


Paddle gear at Little Baddow Lock has been fixed. This required a two-day stoppage to dewater the lock so that the repair could be undertaken.


The downstream landing stage at Cuton Lock has been renewed.


A new step has been added to one of the balance beams at Rushes Lock to make operation easier.

Photo: New step at Rushes Lock.

WEEDS & WILLOWS

Hot weather this spring has brought on the usual prolific growth of weed, and our weed-cutter boats have been out the length of the Navigation to try to keep it under control. This will continue throughout the summer.


A large willow tree overhanging the Navigation above Barnes Mill has been removed. 


We have also been busy with the usual mowing along the towpath and around lock sides.

 

PLANNED WORK

 

We plan to undertake some piling work adjacent to Sandford Lock to protect the bank there shortly. This work may start as early as the end of this month.


We will be draining Paper Mill Lock on 7th September to survey for new lower lock gates, which we hope to install in early part of the winter, possibly as early as November.


We are also planning to undertake some piling work around the lock island at Paper Mill over the winter. This is to replace the existing failing bank protection and to try to help prevent further slump in the middle of the island. We will be using some very long piles at the upstream end of the island to try to cure any streams of water running under the island, which are considered the most likely cause of the slump.

We have been monitoring small movements to the brickwork at Rushes Weir and intend to undertake some piling to secure the foundations and place iron straps around some of the brickwork to prevent further movement. This will necessitate some vegetation clearance and stump removal as soon as we can without undue disturbance to wildlife.


There will be additional signage put in along the Navigation to remind canoeists (including inflatables) and paddle-boarders that they need to hold a licence, which can easily be bought on line – just enter ‘Essex waterways canoeing’ or ‘Chelmer Blackwater canoeing’ in a Google search.


 

REMINDERS

 

BOAT SAFETY
You should be aware that you must hold a Boat Safety Certificate if you are moored or venture above Hall Bridge. This now includes the requirement to have a carbon monoxide detector. We have two excellent booklets available on Carbon Monoxide and Fire Safety on Boats for you to collect from your local moorings caretaker or the Paper Mill office. The requirement to have a carbon monoxide alarm has been in place since last April, regardless of when your next inspection is. Boat Safety inspections have now resumed following easing of lockdown restrictions. Certificates expiring between 1st March and 31st July are valid up to 31st July, but there are no extensions beyond this date.


BUYING OR SELLING A BOAT 
We are often asked about boats for sale so, if you wish to sell your boat, send Sarah Phillips your boat’s details we can pass this information on to people who enquire. Permanent moorings on the Navigation are almost full at our current capacity. If you plan to buy or sell a boat, please ensure that you contact Sarah well in advance to facilitate mooring arrangements. Please remember that you cannot sell your mooring with your vessel: it is not yours to sell! 


CANOE STORAGE 
We have some more canoe racks at Paper Mill Lock. If you would like to store your canoe there, the cost is £80 per year. Please contact Sarah.  

GENERAL REMINDERS

Lock gate setting – please leave locks full and top gates open with the top paddles half open in case the wind or children close the gates.

Landing stages – please do not alter or add to them without consent.

Speed limit – 4mph

Insurance – evidence of cover must be given to Sarah every year, as soon as you have renewed it, please.

Bank and Towpath – Please do not leave any items on the bank; everything should be stored in your boat when you are not present for safety reasons and so we can cut the grass.


 

AND FINALLY


As a waterway user, we hope that you enjoy your experiences and you may wish to consider membership of our parent organisation, The Inland Waterways Association, to support their valuable work and help to reopen another 500 miles of waterways for navigation.

JOIN IWA ›
 

CONTACT US


Waterway Manager: (Steve Cottis) - 07966 375351, steve.cottis@waterways.org.uk 
Heybridge Lockkeeper: (Grant Everiss) - 07712 079764, grant.everiss@waterways.org.uk
Administrative Assistant: (Sarah Phillips) - 01245 226245, sarah.phillips@waterways.org.uk


Chelmer Cruises: victoria@waterways.org.uk or Sarah Phillips (as above)

 

The beautiful Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation was saved from closure in 2005 by The Inland Waterways Association and is looked after by its not-for-profit company, Essex Waterways

It is now more than ten years on and the waterway continues to go from strength to strength, with protected heritage structures, improved access, better paths, clearer water and more facilities.

 

ECA Catch up meeting

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Monday, 6th July 2020 @ 8:51pm

Hello All

What a few months we have been having, hope you are all well and have been able to get out for a paddle.

I aim if we can to keep this call to an hour, although we can go on if we need to. I
 supect many of you have had more video time than you care to mention.



Best Regards

Paul 




Catch up 

Tue, Jul 7, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (BST) 

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/766131397 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United Kingdom: +44 330 221 0097 

Access Code: 766-131-397 



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ECA Draft AGENDA 7th July 2020.docx

ECA Catchup meeting

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Wednesday, 1st July 2020 @ 5:14pm

Hello All

What a few months we have been having, hope you are all well and have been able to get out for a paddle.

if you would like specific items included please email me and I will re-send the invitation by Sunday with the agenda attched.

I aim if we can to keep this call to an hour, although we can go on if we need to. I
 supect many of you have had more video time than you care to mention.

Best Regards

Paul 



Catch up 

Tue, Jul 7, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (BST) 

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/766131397 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United Kingdom: +44 330 221 0097 

Access Code: 766-131-397 



New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/766131397 

Update email from James Hinves

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Monday, 1st June 2020 @ 7:42pm


Evening All, 
 
I hope this email finds you well. 
 
I wanted to bring your attention to the updated BC guidance in response to the Government's change of advice allowing up to 6 people to meet. You will notice that club activity is now permitted and coaching sessions can commence with a ratio of 1 coach to 5 paddlers. This is positive news for junior coaching sessions as these can now take place. 
 
The link below will take you through to the BC website with the full statement. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me. 
 
https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2020/a-return-to-paddling-in-england
 
We will be running webinars on Thursday and sessions to support affiliated clubs and answer any questions you may have regarding the changes.
These sessions will take place online at:

·       2-3pm, Thursday 4th June 

·       2-3pm, Monday 8th June 

·       7-8pm, Monday 8th June 


These sessions are open to Club Chairs and Secretaries, if you would like to take part please contact clubs@britishcanoeing.org.uk with your name, club, role, and any questions you have.
 
Many thanks and have fun on the water
 
James
 

James Hinves
Senior Area Development Officer

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Tel: 01158968817 
Mobile: 07834 583369
Email: james.hinves@britishcanoeing.org.uk

Updated Guidance

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Monday, 1st June 2020 @ 7:41pm

COVID-19 Update: Guidance for British Canoeing affiliated clubs

1 June 2020

Introduction

Further to the advice issued by British Canoeing on the 12 May 2020 about a return to paddling and new guidance released by the Government on 1 June, we are pleased to provide additional guidance to British Canoeing affiliated clubs in England.

In addition to facilities associated with outdoor sports being permitted to re-open from 13 May, (subject to them being ready to do so safely) from 1 June groups of six are now permitted to meet, subject to social distancing restrictions being met.

This means that club activities can now take place, where any paddling activity within the club has had due diligence and a risk assessment carried out by the relevant and accountable club representative(s), is organised and delivered in groups of no more than 6 club members.

British Canoeing welcomes that restrictions continue to be lifted and would like to thank all paddlers and clubs for responding so responsibly during this lockdown period. 

This guidance should be read in conjunction with documents issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport published on the 1 June 2020.

Our priority remains to protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff and help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

We recommend that members continue to follow the government and public health guidelines and to stay at home as much as possible. Anyone who is symptomatic or suspects they have been exposed to the virus must not take part and remain at home.

#stayalert #controlthevirus #savelives

This guidance relates only to affiliated clubs in England, as policy and guidance in Scotland, Walesand Northern Ireland is subject to the devolved governments and their respective national governing bodies.

Considerations for clubs

It is important to remember that this is not a return to normal operations – only the absolute essential areas of clubs should be opened and only to facilitate access to boats and equipment. At this stage, communal areas, gyms, bars, changing rooms and other similar facilities should remain closed and there should be no organised club activities or gatherings involving more than 6 people.

Before reopening any of its facilities, clubs will need to put in place plans and COVID-19 risk assessments to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus through the use of any areas of the club or shared equipment. Every club will have slightly different considerations. However, we have listed below some suggested areas to think about.

There are a number of other important considerations for clubs when they are developing their plans for allowing access to their facilities. These are presented within the UK Government published guidance for providers of outdoor facilities.

Some clubs may also need to coordinate with other clubs operating from the same premises and/or facility owners to agree their protocols.

Clubs should only re-open when they have completed the necessary planning and feel able to do so safely. 

Managing access to the club

Whilst access to the club must be limited, it is very important to put in place plans to help people to follow social distancing guidance.  Clubs should consider:

  • limiting the number of people allowed into particular areas at one time;
  • limiting the number of people accessing the boathouse by implementing a timetable or online booking system;
  • managing access to shared equipment by implementing a online booking system;
  • putting a one-way system in place; and,
  • checking members have the appropriate keys and locks to access the required facilities.

All members when using the facility must follow the Government’s social distancing rules.

Social distancing

Clubs should have plans in place to ensure the management of social distancing including;

  • carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment
  • maintaining 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible, such as by re-designing spaces to maintain 2 metre distances between people or by opening more entrances and exits
  • reinforcing cleaning processes, cleaning more frequently and paying close attention to high-contact objects like door handles and keyboards.

Club Activity

Club Associate members can now take part in any club activity (and are covered for third party liability insurance) for any paddling activity within their club that has had due diligence/risk assessment carried out by the relevant and accountable club representative(s).

Organised club activity will be delivered in groups of no more than 6 club members and is promoted on the official club calendar, website, social media or noticeboard.

Led, coached or guided activity at clubs

Led, coached, or guided activity may now take place on a 1:5 basis so long as social distancing is maintained. Anyone leading a 1:5 activity should ensure appropriate safety frameworks are in place, that delivery is in safe and familiar environments and that the paddler is self-sufficient and no equipment is shared.

Clubs and coaches are reminded that any coaching of under 18s and adults at risk on a 1:1 basis should be avoided. The relaxation of the government guidance on social gatherings now means that group coaching (up to 1:5) or individual coaching with parent/carer supervision can now take place. Clubs and coaches are reminded of the principles of British Canoeing’s safeguarding policy. 

More information is available in our guidance for paddlesport coaches and leaders.

Communication

It is really important that clubs make communication with members very clear including;

  • how members are able to access equipment/facilities and their responsibilities when on site
  • what they are doing to reduce risk and what they expect from users to do the same
  • opening times and how to use booking systems
  • what users need to know and do to secure the club when leaving.

Which areas of the club to open

Clubs are advised only to open the minimum facilities required to allow access to boats and equipment in a safe manner. Gyms, changing rooms and social spaces should remain closed.

Clubs may open toilets but only when handwash is provided and water has been switched on and checked to be safe. Clubs should also consider limiting the number of people entering and toilet facilities to allow for social distancing.

Clubs are required to manage hygiene and should consider:

  • encouraging members to follow good hand hygiene practices at all times;
  • placing hand sanitiser at entrances/exits and common contact touch points (e.g. padlocks, door handles);
  • appropriate protocols and products for cleaning any shared equipment before and after usage; and,
  • putting in place a regular cleaning plan, particularly for any common touch points (door handles, locks etc.).

This is detailed within the government guidance here.

Access to water

Clubs are responsible for checking to ensure that if their members are planning to paddle on a licensed waterway, that there are no paddling restrictions in place. Further information on Navigation Authorities can be found at the British Canoeing website.

Boats and equipment

Clubs are urged to ensure that the use of shared equipment is kept to a minimum to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus. Ideally, place any unnecessary equipment in storage. 

Club boats can be used subject to a booking system being in place and a rigorous cleaning and hygiene procedure being followed to clean the boat after use.

Safety

It is the responsibility of the club to plan for and ensure that paddling activity takes place within the government guidelines and existing safety frameworks. Clubs must be mindful that members who are not individual British Canoeing members are only covered by the insurance and waterway licence when participating in club activity.

In this first phase of return to activity, we are recommending that paddlers restrict their paddlesport activities to environments which are well within their capabilities. 

All activity at the club needs to fall within the club’s safety plan and British Canoeing Paddlesafe guidance. Paddlers should ensure that they have a means to call for help at all times.

Changing rooms and car parks

Indoor facilities, apart from toilets and through-ways should be kept closed. You may re-open car parks if you need to.

Further information

British Canoeing will continue to develop more guidance and advice for clubs as more information becomes available.

British Canoeing - A return to paddling in England

DCMS - Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

HM Government Coronavirus COVID-19 website

UK ACTIVE Guidance on cleaning at sports facilities

Club Covid 19 Risk Assessment Template (PDF)  

Club Covid 19 Risk Assessment Template (Word)

A return to paddling in England LATEST UPDATE - Monday 1st June 2020

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Monday, 1st June 2020 @ 4:06pm

A return to paddling in England

First issued 12 May 2020

Latest update 1 June 2020

The government has announced that from 1 June people can go outside more than once a day for exercise, alone, with members of their household, or with up to, but no more than 5 people from outside of their household as long as they are following social distancing guidelines.

If you are a personal trainer/coach you can work with clients outdoors, providing you are meeting no more than 5 other people from outside of your household, outdoors, and you are staying a minimum of 2 metres apart.

This guidance relates only to England, as policy and guidance in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is subject to the devolved governments and their respective national governing bodies.

Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England

Further details as to how the new guidance will apply to clubs and hire providers will be published shortly.

Club Covid Guidance Webinars

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Friday, 29th May 2020 @ 5:16pm

Due to the change in government guidance we will be running three more webinar sessions to support affiliated clubs and answer any questions you may have regarding the changes.
These sessions will take place online at:
2-3pm, Thursday 4th June 
2-3pm, Monday 8th June 
7-8pm, Monday 8th June 
These sessions are open to Club Chairs and Secretaries, if you would like to take part please contact clubs@britishcanoeing.org.uk with your name, club, role, and any questions you have.
 
Kind regards,
David

Covid-19 Cashless payment platforms (helping to manage risk)

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Thursday, 21st May 2020 @ 12:23pm

I recevied a message from BC Yesterday that provided a risk assesment

"The risk assessment can be accessed here and the guidance for clubs is available here"
 

I was looking at the BC Covid-19 risk assessment within it there is mention of on-line payments, some clubs may be sorted in regards to online payment however thinking about providers and clubs who may have on-line payments there are options and here are a few, hope this is helpful. 

1) Bank Transfer

2) Eola

3) Stripe

4) izettle for contactless payments 

There is no one size for all, all business/clubs are different and hope this helps  

1) Bank Transfer but you do need to keep an eye on who has paid and chase up if payment is missing

2) As a club we have been using Eola for our pool bookings the system allows for limiting the number of spaces available, they are a UK based company they have a small team and are outdoor enthusiasts. The product is secure and flexible it is also having new features added based on user demands, they also provide. Many SUP organisations use it but it does allow you limit group sizes etc. It is free to create an account if you just want to look around the product and there’s a flat fee per booking of 4% (4p in the pound). If you have questions  Just speak with Besma she is really helpful.

 

Besma 

Partnerships

Tel : +44 7732858500

Email: besma@eola.co


  

I just need to point out that BC is developing its own platform for competitions etc but in the mean time this platform is good to go,

3) Another option is STRIPE payments  it is free to set up an account and you are provided with a Sandbox (non live)  environment where you can customise your own invoice 

Two key learning points from when I set these system up was 1)Tthe dummy credit card number is US based so you will find that it asks for a ZIP code eg 111111 (numerical) rather than a UK card with will ask for a postcode (in the test enviroment). 2) by using the US dummy card the test payment shows Stipe takes 2.9% commission but in real life with a UK credit card it is 1.4%.

You can also use code to place a payment button on to your website but unlike eola stripe do not provide technical support for this.

4) iZettle  ideal for taking contactless payments a Reader costs £29 it links to a mobile via bluetooth (it can link to more than one account if you also run a business you do not need a reader per business ) the rate for using the service is 1.75%  

What ever you choose to use hope you all keep safe and well

 

Club Chair and Secretary important Notice from British Canoeing

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Monday, 18th May 2020 @ 3:06pm

In addition to the guidance for affiliated clubs released last week we will be hosting two webinars on Tuesday the 19th May (2pm and 7pm). This will give Club Chairs and Club Secretaries to ask any queries or questions clubs might have about this new guidance. 

If you would like to take part please contact clubs@britishcanoeing.org.uk with your name, club you represent, and which webinar you would like to attend.

If you are a current Club Secretary and haven't been receiving club updates please check your details using the Club Portal or contact clubs@britishcanoeing.org.uk

Update: Guidance for Affiliated Clubs within British Canoeing

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Thursday, 14th May 2020 @ 4:06pm

Update: Guidance for Affiliated Clubs within British Canoeing 

14 May 2020

Introduction

Further to the advice issued by British Canoeing on the 12 May 2020 about a return to paddling and new guidance released by the Government on 13 May, we are pleased to provide additional guidance to British Canoeing affiliated clubs in England. 

This confirms that facilities associated with outdoor sports have been permitted to re-open from 13 May, subject to them being ready to do so safely. 

British Canoeing welcomes that restrictions are starting to be lifted and would like to thank all paddlers and clubs for responding so responsibly during this lockdown period. We are confident that this will be maintained during this next phase as some of the restrictions are lifted. 

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the following three documents issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 13 May 2020.

Our priority remains to protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff and help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We recommend that members continue to follow the government and public health guidelines and to stay at home as much as possible. Anyone who is symptomatic or suspects they have been exposed to the virus must not take part and remain at home.  #stayalert #controlthevirus #savelives

This guidance relates only to affiliated clubs in England, as policy and guidance in Scotland, Walesand Northern Ireland is subject to the devolved governments and their respective national governing bodies.

Considerations for clubs

It’s important to remember that this is not a return to normal operations or club activities – only the absolute essential areas of clubs should be opened and only to facilitate access to boats and equipment. At this stage, communal areas, gyms, bars, changing rooms and other similar facilities should remain closed and there should be no organised club activities or gatherings. 

Before reopening any of its facilities, clubs will need to put in place plans and COVID-19 risk assessments to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus through the use of any areas of the club or shared equipment. Every club will have slightly different considerations. However, we have listed below some suggested areas to think about.

There are a number of other important considerations for clubs when they are developing their plans for allowing access to their facilities. These are presented within the UK Government published guidance for providers of outdoor facilities.

Some clubs may also need to coordinate with other clubs operating from the same premises and/or facility owners to agree their protocols.

Clubs should only re-open when they have completed the necessary planning and feel able to do so safely. 

Managing access to the club

Whilst access to the club must be limited, it is very important to put in place plans to help people to follow social distancing guidance.  Clubs should consider:

  • limiting the number of people allowed into particular areas at one time;

  • limiting the number of people accessing the boathouse by implementing a timetable or online booking system;

  • managing access to shared equipment by implementing a online booking system;

  • putting a one-way system in place; and,

  • checking members have the appropriate keys and locks to access the required facilities.

All members when using the facility must follow the Government’s social distancing rules.

Social distancing

Clubs should have plans in place to ensure the management of social distancing including;

  • carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment

  • maintaining 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible, such as by re-designing spaces to maintain 2 metre distances between people or by opening more entrances and exits

  • reinforcing cleaning processes, cleaning more frequently and paying close attention to high-contact objects like door handles and keyboards.

Communication

It is really important that clubs make communication with members very clear including;

  • how members are able to access equipment/facilities and their responsibilities when on site

  • what they are doing to reduce risk and what they expect from users to do the same

  • opening times and how to use booking systems

  • what users need to know and do to secure the club when leaving.

Which areas of the club to open

Clubs are advised only to open the minimum facilities required to allow access to boats and equipment in a safe manner. Gyms, changing rooms and social spaces should remain closed.

Clubs may open toilets but only when handwash is provided and water has been switched on and checked to be safe.

Clubs are required to manage hygiene and should consider:

  • encouraging members to follow good hand hygiene practices at all times;

  • placing hand sanitiser at entrances/exits and common contact touch points (e.g. padlocks, door handles);

  • appropriate protocols and products for cleaning any shared equipment before and after usage; and,

  • putting in place a regular cleaning plan, particularly for any common touch points (door handles, locks etc.).

This is detailed within the government guidance here.

Access to water

Clubs are responsible for checking to ensure that if their members are planning to paddle on a licensed waterway, that there are no paddling restrictions in place. Further information on Navigation Authorities can be found at the British Canoeing website.

Boats and equipment

Clubs are urged to ensure that the use of shared equipment is kept to a minimum to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus. Ideally, place any unnecessary equipment in storage. 

Club boats can be used subject to a booking system being in place and a rigorous cleaning and hygiene procedure being followed to clean the boat after use.

Safety

It is the responsibility of the club to plan for and ensure that paddling activity takes place within the government guidelines and existing safety frameworks. Clubs must be mindful that members who are not individual British Canoeing members are only covered by the insurance and waterway licence when participating in club activity.

In this first phase of return to activity, we are recommending that paddlers restrict their paddlesport activities to environments which are well within their capabilities. 

All activity at the club needs to fall within the club’s safety plan and British Canoeing Paddlesafe guidance. Paddlers should ensure that they have a means to call for help at all times.

Led, coached or guided activity at clubs

Led, coached, or guided activity may now take place on a 1:1 basis so long as social social distancing is maintained. Anyone leading a 1:1 activity should ensure appropriate safety frameworks are in place, that delivery is in safe and familiar environments and that the paddler is self-sufficient and no equipment is shared.

More information will be made available in our guidance for paddlesport coaches and leaders here.

Changing rooms and car parks

Indoor facilities, apart from toilets and through-ways should be kept closed. You may re-open car parks if you need to.

Further information

British Canoeing will continue to develop more guidance and advice for clubs as more information becomes available.

British Canoeing - A return to paddling in England

DCMS - Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

HM Government Coronavirus COVID-19 website

UK ACTIVE Guidance on cleaning at sports facilities

Additional Community Emergency Funding Available

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Tuesday, 12th May 2020 @ 6:11pm

Active Essex have produced Guidence on applying for this funding, they produced the question so that you can prepare for the Sport England Form that has to be completed in one go as it cannot be saved. Note:this is emergency funding they will also ask for what reserves you have within the bank (whilst this does not inhibit you requesting funding they just need to know why you are asking for the emergency fund) if in any doubt contact Active Essex.

From Sport England

Though our website and social platforms we have announced that an additional £15 million is being placed into the Community Emergency Fund (CEF) to meet the demand from organisations delivering community sport and physical activity. This extra £15 million is available immediately to help meet the demand of the existing applications and those likely to be submitted in the coming days. The fund will then be paused at 11.59pm on Thursday 14 May, to enable assessors to process all remaining applications as soon as possible. More details can be found here on our website.


Chris Earle
Head of Participation and Club Services

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Tel: 01158968843 
Mobile: 07540716406
Email:chris.earle@britishcanoeing.org.uk

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National Water Sports Centre, 
www.britishcanoeing.org.uk

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England 12 May 2020 British Canoeing’s response to the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy.

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Tuesday, 12th May 2020 @ 5:23pm

England

12 May 2020

British Canoeing’s response to the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy.

Introduction

British Canoeing is pleased to issue this new paddling guidance today, following the lifting of some of the restrictions on paddlesport in England from 13 May 2020. Our new guidance is aligned with the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy, which was published on 11 May.

This guidance relates only to paddling in England, as policy and guidance in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland is subject to the devolved governments and their respective national governing bodies.

Our priority remains to protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff and help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We recommend that members continue to follow the government and public health guidelines and to stay at home as much as possible. We also want to remind members that if you or anyone within your household has coronavirus symptoms, you should continue to self-isolate. 

Whilst we understand the temptation to drive to your favourite paddling place, we urge our members and all paddlers to paddle locally, to take extra care and to paddle responsibly (see more detail below).

If you have any questions about the guidance please don’t hesitate to contact us by using this comment form.

British Canoeing guidance for paddling in England from 13 May 2020

In promoting a return to paddling, British Canoeing strongly recommends the following;

To closely follow all advice from the Government and Public Health England in relation to Coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Paddling only with household members or up to one other person; Paddling can take place alone, or with others from the same household, or with no more than one other person from outside of the household. 

Social distancing; Paddlers must practice social distancing at all times and maintain a distance apart of at least 2 metres. People from different households should not travel in the same car. Paddlers should aim to avoid busy areas and take great care to maintain social distancing at access and egress points.

Travel; Whilst travel to exercise is not prohibited, our strong advice is that paddlers should paddle locally if possible. In the interest of respecting the views of our countryside partners and protecting rural locations from the spread of coronavirus, British Canoeing is discouraging travel to remote and rural locations, as well as long journeys to go paddling.

Safety and paddling well within capabilities; Only competent and experienced paddlers should be on the water independently. Paddlers are reminded that they are entirely responsible for their own safety at all times and that currently the resources of the waterways authorities and the emergency services are very limited. Paddlers should take care to make responsible decisions, paddle in familiar locations, and favourable conditions.

Paddling at the coast; At present there are no RNLI lifeguards on beaches and although volunteer lifeboat crews are fully operational, it is important that only experienced paddlers should paddle on coastal waters and that when doing so they closely follow RNLI safety advice.

Activity must respect local restrictions; Paddlers are responsible for checking to ensure that if they are planning to paddle on a licensed waterway, that there are no paddling restrictions in place. We are aware that as of today, the Port of London Authority still has restrictions in place for recreational boaters, whilst the Environment Agency , Canal & River Trust and Broads Authority have now lifted restrictions but are urging responsible paddling (see below). Paddlers must also only use access points and car parks that are open for use.

Waterways authorities; The authorities have asked British Canoeing to request all paddlers to be particularly mindful of social distancing with other waterway users and especially those who are living aboard their boats and who may be vulnerable or self-isolating. They have also advised that the channels may have not been checked for several weeks, there may be obstructions and that water quality and patrols on the waterways will be varied. They are advising that waterway users must accept responsibility for their own activity.

Sensitivity to the environment; A prolonged cessation in boating activity on all waterways has allowed nature to reclaim habitats. Paddlers must take care to avoid the disturbance of nesting birds and other wildlife that may have returned to the water and are reminded that it is an offence to disturb rare birds when they are nesting. 

British Canoeing membership; Paddlers are reminded that a waterways licence is required to paddle on licensed waterways. 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

Respect other users; Paddlers should be aware and respect that other water users such as anglers may also be returning to the water after a prolonged spell away and should actively demonstrate a willingness to share the space

Green and Clean; It is more critical than ever, for paddlers to thoroughly wash their hands and equipment before and after activity. Paddlers should make every effort to avoid the ingestion of water, so as to minimise the potential for water borne illness from such as Weils Disease and from undetected pollution incidents. This behaviour is also encouraged to help to stop the spread of invasive non-native species. http://www.nonnativespecies.org/checkcleandry/

Further advice for individual paddlers; In this first phase of return to activity, 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.

Further advice for led, coached and guided activity; Led, coached, or guided activity may now take place on a 1:1 basis with social distancing. Anyone leading a 1:1 activity should ensure appropriate safety frameworks are in place, that delivery is in safe and familiar environments and that the paddler is self-sufficient and no equipment is shared.

Further advice for clubs and all club activity; This stage of return to paddling only allows households to paddle together or for up to 2 paddlers who are not from the same household to paddle together. Clubs facilities should remain closed and there should be no group paddling or club activity at this time. More information about the re-opening of clubs and centres will be shared as it becomes available.

Further guidance

Full details can be found on the Government’s coronavirus website

Sport England 

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus

Environment Agency 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environment-agency-waterways-coronavirus-covid-19-update

Canal and River Trust

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-boating-faqs

Broads Authority

https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/

RNLI 

https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2020/may/11/rnli-statement-following-uk-prime-minster-announcement-on-10-may

Update from British Canoeing CEO David Joy (PDF Attached)

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Friday, 1st May 2020 @ 11:23am

Update from British Canoeing CEO David Joy.pdf

An update from British Canoeing about a return to paddling
                                                                                                                                          1 May 2020

I want to share with you again our advice about paddling at this time and also to reassure you that we are working hard behind the scenes on behalf of members to encourage the government to allow a return to socially responsible paddling as soon as possible.

The Big picture: Taking a step back to look at the big picture first, all forms of sport and active recreation other than running, walking and cycling have been suspended. No other community sport or active recreation is being encouraged. This is being driven by the government and reinforced by the arms’ length organisations including Sport England and the Environment Agency.

Public health risks are real: There remain significant public health risks associated with COVID-19 and the way in which it can be spread. There is currently no effective treatment or vaccine for the virus which we know can be fatal in some cases. We all recognise that the NHS is under massive strain and the country is still in lockdown until further notice.

Our advice: Our strong advice of 26 March remains in place, that paddlers ought not to paddle at this time until some of the restrictions are lifted.

The frustrations: We fully recognise that this is a deeply frustrating position for our members and the wider paddlesport community, as our paths and parks are full of people walking and running, there are more cyclists on the road than normal, and yet our waterways are empty and paddling is being discouraged.
 
 
 
 
The case for a return: Whilst we can make a compelling case why independent, socially responsible paddling should be allowed now and that that paddling can be done safely within social distancing guidelines, many other organisations will argue the same for their sport; angling, open water swimming, single sculls rowing, horse riding, rambling, climbing and golf to name just a few. The government is not yet ready to make the call for further relaxations at this time, for all the reasons we understand when we watch or read the news.

Social and economic impact: Government recognises that activities such as paddling are really helpful to an individual’s physical and mental wellbeing and that this lockdown is impacting not only on the health and wellbeing of individuals but also significantly affecting the economy of professional and amateur sports. The economic impact on our clubs, centres, self-employed providers, trade and retail and on British Canoeing as the NGB is significant. These social and economic drivers cannot be totally ignored.
 
 
 
 
Actively working with national agencies: We are working closely as part of an Outdoor Recreation Stakeholder Group, led by Natural England, to put plans in place for a phased return to sport and active recreation. We are working hard to ensure that paddlesport can be in the first phase. The government is unlikely to consider a sport by sport return to activity. By working closely alongside colleagues in the British Mountaineering Council, Outdoor Industries Association, the Ramblers, National Trust and many more, we can ensure that we have a consistent and clear approach that delivers a swift and safe return to activity for our respective communities.

We will also continue to work closely with the Environment Agency, Canal & River Trust and the Broads Authority to assess the risks and put plans in place for a return to paddling on our 5000km of Public Navigations.

Long term relationships: It is our preferred and considered approach to work in collaboration across the sector and with national agencies. Many of the agencies and government departments with whom we are working to achieve a return to paddling, are the same ones that will help to create a change to legislation to bring clarity around rights of navigation and who will support us in our long term promotion and development of paddlesport.
A phased return for sports: The risks that different sports and activities present are very different, and so we are advocating that a phased return to activity is the best approach and that NGBs should take a strong lead in issuing guidance to their members and participants. We are working with other NGBs and Sport England to further develop this approach.

A return to individual paddling: We believe that the first phase of lifting restrictions ought to include a return to individual paddling. When this is agreed by government, we are likely to have to agree some limitations and guidelines for paddlers and these may include;

Remain local; be alone, with family members or in small groups; be well within capabilities; respecting rural communities and other users; be once a day for a short time; respect social distancing; respect access points and local restrictions; be sensitive to the environment; be clean, washing hands, equipment and #check clean dry.

Remaining patient: Patience is still required, but that’s the same for all aspects of the situation we find ourselves in. I am confident that we are taking every step possible to encourage a relaxation and a return to individual paddling as soon as possible. We are planning behind the scenes about what further phases will look like around club activity, courses and events and these reintroductions will probably come a little later in the year. Getting individuals back on the water is a clear focus at this stage.
 
 
 
 
Stronger Together: We have made a lot of progress within British Canoeing in the last three years through working in a joined up way. This approach offers the best way forward on this issue too. We are working hard at national level and we are being heard. Members could best support this process now by respecting the strong guidance we have issued to refrain from paddling for a little longer and by sharing the messages with your local waterway authorities and MPs about the importance of a phased return to active recreation and how responsible paddling fits into the first phase of this.

Regular communication: We recognise the importance of communicating with you and realise that many have wanted some news a little sooner. We and many other national bodies have been dealing with some significant challenges within our respective organisations and it is only in the last week or so that there has been some meaningful collaboration between partners around the return agenda. This is true of government also. I will ensure that we communicate again as soon as anything significant occurs around the return agenda and that we share an update at least every two weeks.
Finally I would like to thank you for your patience, for respecting the guidance we have issued and for your continued support of British Canoeing during this challenging time.

Kind regards

David Joy

Email from James Hinves British Canoeing

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Wednesday, 25th March 2020 @ 6:04pm


Good Morning Clubs in the East.
 
I hope you and your members are OK as we go through this time together.
 
British Canoeing have just published more guidance on Paddlesport Activity https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2020/british-canoeing-coronavirus-update-on-paddlesport-activity
 
This email is just a quick note to find out if you need any additional support, or if you are prepared to showcase what you are doing to keep your clubs connected over this time? There are some really good examples of clubs running online exercise classes, Trip planning sessions and group online meetups.
 
Please could I ask that you check your contacts are up to date either through your club online portal or letting me know, having up to date contact information would really help us to help you stay informed and possibly with other areas of support as they become available.
 
The Midlands RDT and ADO have organised a Club webinar to look at what clubs are doing and how we can help each other, would you be interested in us holding something similar?
 
River Dart Land appeal – Many of you will use the land that British Canoeing own at the River Dart and will know that it needs some expensive repair following the winter floods, there is an appeal to paddlers to contribute to the repair here https://britishcanoeing.azolve.com/workbench/public/events?ref=444BE5DA2A2ED185A1C928C415072B3ECAFCBEFE  If your club or any of your members use the River please contribute to its upkeep.
 
Please find attached the Port of London request to users of the Tidal Thames. If local please can you promote to your membership.
 
There is a useful BBC article on Government advice for help to small businesses that some clubs may need, especially if they have staff or premises  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52005137
 
We are obviously advising all clubs and paddlers to follow Government advice at this time.    
Government Advice on the Corona Virus is here https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
British Canoeing, Covid 19 Statements are found here https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-updates
 
HM Coast Guard Advice http://hmcoastguard.blogspot.com/2020/03/hm-coastguard-advice-visiting-coastal.html
 
Other links that might be of use:
 

·        Connected Coaches is a great resource with lots of ideas to improve your Coaching https://community.ukcoaching.org/

·        St Johns First Aid offer this Club planning resource for teaching First Aid to young people https://www.sja.org.uk/get-advice/set-up-a-school-first-aid-club/planning-activities/ perhaps some of these could be done online with your members?

·        The Scouts have produces this activity programme again for your young paddlers https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/


 
Many thanks and please stay in touch
James

James Hinves
Senior Area Development Officer

 
 

Tel: 01158968817 
Mobile: 07834 583369
Email: james.hinves@britishcanoeing.org.uk

 

 
www.britishcanoeing.org.uk

 

 

31st Blackwater canoeing tour April 19th 2020 - CANCELLED

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Sunday, 22nd March 2020 @ 3:15pm

Dear All

It is with regret that the tour for this year is cancelled.

 
This decision is taken following the government directives, British Canoeing notices of cancellations plus the support from the Essex Canoeing Association.

I am sorry but would you please forward this to all those booked to come along with you?

Please reply to confirm that you know about the cancellation.

I know that you have all been looking forward to this trip, so I hope you will book again next year.

Thanks

Mike

(Corona Virus) British Canoeing Guidance for Clubs

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Tuesday, 17th March 2020 @ 5:03pm

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17 March 2020

On the 16th March, the UK government advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus. Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.

After further reviewing the guidance provided, British Canoeing has cancelled most British Canoeing events whilst this guidance is in place.
 
Clubs are advised to consider if and how they are able to run activities which adhere to the government advice, specifically regarding travel and social distancing recommendations. For some clubs and in some circumstances, club committees might assess that some activities can continue safely. However, the way that clubs operate and the facilities available to each club varies greatly which means that some club activities will need to be suspended for the time being. 

We must all act in the interests of protecting the health and well-being of paddlers, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider paddling community. This is also aligned with actions taken by the national associations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and is similar to action taken by other sports.

Where possible, paddlers at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments. The government advice on hand washing and taking steps to avoid coming into contact with the virus remain key.

British Canoeing will continue to review and monitor government advice, and provide detailed updates on the impact to our sport in the coming weeks. We appreciate that the current measures will undoubtedly place our member clubs in a difficult situation and we are working with Sport England, UKSport and other organisations on the best way to help alleviate this. We will update you as plans evolve.
 
Social distancing and advice
Social distancing measures (such as not spending more than 15 minutes and not being within a 2-metre distance when talking to someone) are now advised not only if we test positive or have symptoms, but in day-to-day life. As well as current travel advice, the current UK government is advising anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature and those they live with need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Click here for NHS advice on infection control

Click here for the government's advice if you have symptoms

Click here for the government’s advice on social distancing

We should all take sensible steps to reduce the risk of picking up infections. This is particularly applicable to anyone with a higher risk from viruses such as cold or flu. Click here for NHS advice on infection control - it is summarised below:

- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work

- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

- Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus

- Use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Click here for the government's advice if you have symptoms.

 

Postponement of the British Canoeing Regional Workshops

E-mail sent by Member 182c56c, Monday, 16th March 2020 @ 5:47pm

Hello All, 

Just to let you know that British Canoeing is postponing the regional workshops, you may wish to share this within your clubs and to check updates on the BC website for Guidence regarding Club activities along with discpline specifics for competitions etc


Best Regards

Paul


Essex Canoeing Association

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