Introduction and Overview

This risk assessment covers normal club operations for Richmond Canoe Club, including water based training, safety boat operation, gym, club house and the boat sheds. For each event and race that we run, there is a separate risk assessment.

This document is presented in five parts;
Section 1. Introduction and Overview.
Section 2. On the water training (also referred to as ‘paddling’).
Section 3. Club House, Gym and Boat Sheds.
Section 4. Safety Launch operations.
Section 5. Junior Paddle Camps.

How to contact the club
Richmond Canoe Club address is; Landsdowne Boathouse 81-83 Petersham Road Richmond upon Thames TW10 6UT which is the location for the club house, gym and boat sheds. There is no fixed line telephone number for the club. Contact is made, either by postal service or by emailing the appropriate Club Officer, for example;

Where we train
The majority of on-the-water activities typically take place on the River Thames between Teddington Lock and Richmond Half Lock, making use of navigation routes around Glovers Island, Eel Pie Island and Corporation Island. Certain sessions take place further along the River Thames, upstream as far as Dreadnaught Reach, Wokingham Canoe Club. At other times club sessions take place downstream to Chiswick and Putney bridge and as far as Westminster Bridge. From time to time, training also takes place on the Grand Union Canal, Wey Navigation, Basingstoke Canal, Kennet and Avon Canal and the River Kennet and this risk assessment also covers Coach led water based training on all of these locations.
Assessment completed 8th December 2023

Robert Ames, Richmond Canoe Club Safety Officer


General paddler risk assessment

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Safety launch risk assessment

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Club house and gym risk assessment

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Paddle Camp Risk Assessment

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