Club Access Procedures (Updated 17th May 2021)

In line with government and British Canoeing guidance we can reopen the club, run club sessions.  As of 17th May informal outdoor gatherings can be for up to 30 people, so a ‘peer paddle’ can now be for up to 30 people.  You must still social distance (at least 2m) from anyone outside of your household.

The club’s latest Covid-19 risk assessment is available here.

Access to the club by members is on the following conditions:

  • You must not access the club sessions if you have suspected Covid-19 symptoms or have been told to self isolateyou should be following government guidance and self-isolating at home.
  • Access for peer paddling must be pre-notified to the club. You can do this by sending an email to You will received an automated reply with a reminder of key information for your visit to the club.
  • Access for club sessions must be pre-booked online – details here
  • You should assume all surfaces may be contaminated, and that you can contaminate them. Please operate on a ‘if you touch it, clean it basis’, as well as thoroughly washing / sanitising your hands regularly.  Please pay particular attention to frequent contact points including: padlocks, door handles, and light switches. The club has provided (both upstairs and downstairs) plenty of soap, paper towels, spray disinfectant and anti-bacterial wipes for your use, plus a bin for used paper-towels etc.  The club will be checking supplies and topping these up regularly, but if supplies are running low please let one of the committee know.
  • Access upstairs is to get your boat in or out of the club to paddle at the club (or elsewhere).
  • From 19th April we are opening changing rooms in a very limited way – please see full details below.
  • Please maintain social distancing at all times (2m). This applies on the water, in the club buildings and around the mill area.  Please collect or return your equipment and vacate the building as quickly as possible when others are waiting.
  • Club equipment will be available for use on pre-booked club sessions and activities and must be cleaned/isolated after each use – Details here By booking to us club equipment, members agree to follow these club procedures. 
  • Junior members must be supervised by a responsible adult.


Limited Changing Room Access (available for 19th April) 

A relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions allows us to re-open changing rooms. However, use of the changing rooms carries an increased risk of Covid-19 transmission and government guidance is very clear that use should be minimised as much as possible.
So members are advised and strongly encouraged to avoid their use by continuing to change at home as far as possible, or if essential, keep time in the changing rooms to an absolute minimum.

If at all possible you should arrive and leave the club in your paddling kit. We suggest plastic bags/sheets on car seats, or park in the Market car park and change discretely at your car. Do not change elsewhere in the club buildings, and to maintain good relations with residents please do not get changed in the mill area.

Use of the changing rooms is on the following basis:

  • Maximum capacities must not be exceeded.
  • Gents = Max 2 people changing and access to the toilet by 1 other person
  • Ladies = Max 1 person changing and access to the toilet by 1 other person
  • Disabled = Max 1 person changing or using the toilet
  • Room capacity may be increased by 1 to enable a young child to be assisted by their parent.
  • Members (or their parent) must clean down their changing area immediately afterwards using cleaning materials provided.
  • Members advised to aim to limit time in the changing room to 5 mins at a time.
  • Shower at home, to reduce the amount of time in the changing room.
  • Personal effects/bags must be left on the high-level shelves, or removed from the changing room (stored upstairs).
  • Consider wearing a face covering when in the changing room.


Other considerations:

  • Please remember we are based in a residential area, so maintain appropriate social distancing, stepping back to allow residents space to access their properties and vehicles as necessary.
  • On the water you should paddle well within your capabilities and be able to self-rescue to ensure you do not put yourself or others at risk. As always, paddling alone is not recommended. Advice on appropriate river levels can be found on our website (here) and on the noticeboard downstairs.
  • When paddling with people from outside your own household you should maintain a 2m social distance. If paddling on the white-water please consider in advance how you will do this in circulating eddies and flows. You may want to consider paddling in smaller groups on the white-water course.



Why do I need to pre-book my visit?
This is based on guidance we have from British Canoeing that we should know who is accessing the club should a member test positive and ‘track & trace’ be required.  It also means that if someone develops Covid-19 symptoms after visiting the club we can advise other members who may be at risk and arrange additional cleaning as required.

How far in advance do I need to pre-book?
There is no set time before your visit that you must do this. All we ask is that you do email before each visit so we have a record of who is using the club. We feel this approach protects the club and its members while still allowing a ‘spur of the moment’ decision to go for a paddle.

Why is changing rooms use so limited?
While restriction allow use of the changing rooms the guidance is very clear that we should avoid and minimise their use as much as possible. Therefore it is better if you can arrive and leave the club in your paddling kit, either using plastic bags/sheets on car seat or park in the market car park and change discretely at your car.

The size of our changing rooms means that their capacity is severely restricted to enable members to socially distance (ie you have a 2m x 2m area to change in).

We have allowed access to the toilet in each changing room which enables the disabled toilet to be used as a further changing room.

Can I get changed in lobby or in the boat store?
These areas are need for members to access boats and equipment so can not be used for changing.

Can I use club boats and equipment?
Use of shared equipment does pose a risk of transmitting Covid-19, so additional safeguards are need to manage this risk.  Club equipment can be used on pre-booked club sessions and activities . All club boats, helmet and paddles must be disinfected after each use. All club buoyancy aids, spray decks and cags must be put in isolation for a minimum of 72 hours after each use (full details here). By booking to us club equipment, members agree to follow these club procedures.

When booking on your session you will be asked if you need club equipment and to give details.

What is happening with Winter Pool Sessions?
Currently Salendine Nook School Pool has not reopened. We don’t know when this is likely to happen, or what procedures will be in place for those hiring the facility.  We are keeping in touch with them and will update as and when there is any news. However, limited numbers are likely to mean pool sessions are not finanically viable so at present we are not anticipating being able to run pool sessions this winter.