The Covid 19 restrictions start to lift from 29th March, so we hope to get a limited club programme going after that. The rules allow six people to meet outdoors, so you can see that group paddles will be possible. All group trips will need to be run in Covid-secure ways, which we are all familiar with already.
What we have in mind is that a designated leader plus assistant will lead up to four people. This fits well with the remit for British Canoeing’s ratio of one leader to four people.
Our plan is for trips to take place on Sundays, subject to weather, providing easy/moderate trips. Many people have their own boats but club boats and kit are available. Numbers will be limited by the numbers of leaders and assistants available, but a weekly programme is what we aim for.
For paddlers wanting to progress their sea kayak skills, we hope to start running Thursday evening sessions again, aimed at achieving the Sea Kayak Award (old 3 Star).
For paddlers already very competent and working towards Leader/Coach awards, a peer paddle system will enable them to work together at days/times which suit them.
Trips on the Lower Barle will hopefully be organised in April although a lot of rain is needed!
Trips on the easy sections of the estuary will take place throughout summer.
All river trips are subject to water levels, weather, tides and safety cover. Maximum number on a trip will be six.
Emma, our surf expert, will be running separate sessions for beginners and improvers on Monday evenings.
Trips will be advertised by email to all club members.
Pete Thorn and Pat Williams