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Richmond Canoe Club 2020 Paddle Camps

Paddle Camps at Richmond Canoe Club are five day beginners’ kayak and canoe courses for children from aged 10 – 14.

Course format:

  • In July and August 2020, each week we will run a set of 2 courses of five sessions each, Monday-Friday
  • Each course will consist of five 1.5-hour sessions; course sessions times will vary to coincide with the safest conditions on the Thames (no tidal flows)
  • Courses will be conducted entirely in single-seat boats, allowing for social distancing within Government and British Canoeing guidelines
  • Each course is limited to 16 participants; children will be led by a team of four coaches and four assistants, allowing for 2-to-1 ratio
  • Price for a course is £125 per child for five sessions over a week

Course times:

  • Course 1: 9:30 – 11:00, Mon 20 July – Fri 24 July
  • Course 2: 11:00 – 12:30, Mon 20 July – Fri 24 July
  • Course 3: 13:30 – 15:00, Mon 27 July – Fri 31 July
  • Course 4: 15:00 – 16:30, Mon 27 July – Fri 31 July
  • Course 5: 9:00 – 10:30, Mon 3 Aug – Fri 7 Aug
  • Course 6: 11:00 – 12:30, Mon 3 Aug – Fri 7 Aug
  • Course 7: 13:00 – 14:30, Mon 10 Aug – Fri 14 Aug
  • Course 8: 15:00 – 16:30, Mon 10 Aug – Fri 14 Aug
  • Course 9: 9:00 – 10:30, Mon 17 Aug – Fri 21 Aug
  • Course 10: 11:00 – 12:30, Mon 17 Aug – Fri 21 Aug
  • Course 11: 13:00 – 14:30, Mon 24 Aug – Fri 28 Aug
  • Course 12: 15:00 – 16:30, Mon 24 Aug – Fri 28 Aug

Covid distancing rules: assuming no change in current regulations, we will have the following measures in place:

  • Anyone who has symptoms of a virus must not attend
  • Sessions will be conducted outdoors; no use of indoor facilities is permitted with the exception of toilets
  • Paddlers will use only single-seat boats or crew boats where they can be more than 1m apart
  • All club equipment used by paddlers (buoyancy aid, paddle, boat) will be cleaned before each session
  • Cleaning materials and hand gels will be provided on site and use encouraged
  • Equipment swapping will not be allowed
  • Paddlers will boat in groups of maximum of 4 paddlers with one coach and one assistant (i.e. a maximum of 6 households)
  • Paddlers will be reminded throughout about the social distancing rules
  • Physical contact between coaches and attendees would only be allowed in emergencies (i.e. capsize or safety situations)
  • The club will retain a record of attendance for at least 21 days for the track-and-tracing purposes

We hope that with these measures in place we can minimise the risk of spreading the virus. However if you have a vulnerable family member or are shielding someone that may come into the contact with one of the children, we expect you to make your own risk-assessment.

Final couple of notices about Paddle Camps:

  • Courses are aimed for children aged 10-14 as an introduction to the sport. They are not suitable for children older or younger than this age range mainly because of equipment size (paddle lengths, boat sizes). Younger children may not be suitable because of water-safety considerations.
  • Capsizing is a part of the sport (and part of the fun!) and is to be expected: while all children will wear buoyancy aids at all times, they must be comfortable in the water and able to swim at a basic level
  • We reserve the right to cancel a course due to a change in Covid rules, in which case full refunds will be offered.

To apply, complete the application form and pay using our page on WebCollect. See our FAQs and T&C pages for full information.

We will publish photos and videos from completed courses on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

For more information please contact paddlecamps@richmondcanoe.club