Updated January 6, 2021
Our national governing body, the Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) has updated the paddling and travel guidance for Level 4 areas. The message for those on Mainland Scotland is ‘Stay at home guidance’ and by law you can leave your home (or garden) only if you have a reasonable excuse. Please see the full SCA guidance for more information on what paddling can take place.
In summary, all outdoor activities are now restricted to 2 people (excluding under 12s) and indoor activities are not permitted. For those in a level 4 area, Scottish legislation now means that you can only leave your home for an essential purpose, which includes local outdoor recreation, sport or exercise, that starts and finishes at the same place (which can be up to 5 miles from the boundary of your local authority area) as long as you abide by the rules on meeting other households. Travel no further than you need to reach a safe, non-crowded place to exercise in a socially distanced way.
If you are an LKR member and need to use a club boat, you can do so as long as you follow all of the guidance. Please remember to sign-in and clean up properly. Please get in touch and let us know if have questions or if you need help.
The SCA continues to work with sportscotland, the Scottish Government and other governing bodies of sport to ensure that sport and physical activity is delivered safely in line with the guidelines. We must all keep doing as much as we can to help suppress the spread of the virus. We encourage everyone to download and use the Protect Scotland app.
The Government’s Recovery Plan means that we CAN still do some things – but there are very important responsibilities which all members need to understand if we are to be able to continue to paddle. These are:
- Any participant who is symptomatic for COVID-19 must not attend any paddlesport activity. They should self-isolate and follow Scottish Government guidance.
- All participants from all age groups must ensure 2m physical distancing is maintained at all times and adherence to all the measures we are already accustomed to, involving signing in, cleaning and disinfecting.
- “Informal paddling” can take place, but only 2 people from a maximum of 2 households. This applies particularly to adults – different age groups have different arrangements – see page 3 of the SCA guidance document for full details. Additionally, see important travel restrictions for informal paddling below.
- “Organised Activity” can take place, but only 2 people from a maximum of 2 households (including the Coach). Organised Activity is defined as: activities are undertaken in a structured and managed way, AND
- activities follow SCA guidance, AND
- activities are overseen by an appointed COVID Officer who has completed the free sportscotland elearning AND
- a documented risk assessment is undertaken and mitigating actions put in place to ensure the health, safety and welfare of participants, coaches, officials and the wider public, AND
- adherence with the important travel restrictions for organised activities below.
- The two exceptions to the 2m physical distancing are:
a. planned, momentary and incidental reduction of the 2m physical
distancing during specific British Canoeing training and assessment
courses authorised by the Scottish Canoe Association. In such cases this
will have been risk assessed in advance, mitigation measures are in
place and tutors and assessors have attended a community of practice
b. an unplanned situation involving safety necessitates it
6. Travel restrictions – please note these important new updates (for further information see page 5 of the SCA guidance document):
- By law, in a level 4 area, you can only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose, one of which is “local outdoor recreation, sport or exercise, that starts and finishes at the same place (which can be up to 5 miles from the boundary of your local authority area) as long as you abide by the rules on meeting other households. Travel no further than you need to reach a safe, non-crowded place to exercise in a socially distanced way”.
- The travel restrictions are contained in legislation.
As a club, we ask all paddlers to:
- restrict group sizes to a maximum of 2 paddlers from 2 households
- maintain strict 2m distancing from anyone who is not in your own household, on land, in Workshop 5 and on water
- ensure that only 2 people enter Workshop 5 at any one time
- wear face coverings when inside Workshop 5
- sanitise all equipment after use and return to storage location
- whoever uses a key to unlock club premises is the ONE PERSON for that visit who is responsible to clean and sanitise everything which that group touches (boats, paddles, locks etc).
- all members using club premises must first sanitise their hands using the hand sanitiser provided (courtesy of Linlithgow Distillery), then sign in in the diary (log your name, date and time of paddling). You’ll find a supply of anti bacterial spray and a roll of paper towel to wipe down LKR boat decks, cockpits and paddle shafts. These materials are only to be used for club property, and should not be used for your own personal boats/equipment. User the hand sanitiser again at the end of the process. If supplies of hand sanitiser, anti bacterial spray or paper towels run out, please tell a tell a Committee Member so that we can replenish.
- please dispose of any litter in the litter bins provided in Workshop 5 or beside the canal boats at Manse Road basin. We have been asked not use the LUCS wheely bins as LUCS are charged by WLC for emptying them. Many thanks for your help with this.
Why do we do all this? Because, COVID-19 is not over, and if we get it wrong the consequences could be a lot worse than us needing to close up the club again. We ask that all our members adhere to the advice given by our appointed COVID Officer, Derek Marshall, who has undertaken the required training. We must all follow the practical steps outlined in LKR’s Return to Paddling Method Statements (over 12; under 12). And we must all take personal responsibility to understand how we can all reduce the risks by reviewing LKR’s Risk Assessment Documents (over 12: under 12).
These arrangements allow us to carry on while reducing the risk of becoming infected. Please read through these documents and learn what it is that we all need to do, in order to carry on paddling just now. Please be responsible and lets trust each other to do it right. Thank you!