COVID-19 – important information for all members

Updated October 9, 2020

Following the First Minister’s announcement on October 7, the SCA updated the Paddlesport Guidance for Phase 3 with the addition of Appendix G containing specific guidance for the following areas:

  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran (North, South and East Ayrshire)
  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, and Inverclyde)
  • NHS Lanarkshire (North and South Lanarkshire)
  • NHS Forth Valley (Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk)
  • NHS Lothian (Edinburgh, East, West and Mid-Lothian)

The restrictions will apply to these NHS Health Boards and local authorities from 0001hrs Saturday 10 October until midnight Sunday 25 October, 2020 but be aware these may change if infection rates increase in other parts of Scotland.

If you reside in, or your paddling activity involves going to any of the areas covered by local measures, you must read Appendix G which supersedes other sections of this guidance for these areas.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Travel to or from the areas above to undertake sport or physical activity should where possible be avoided.

Meanwhile, within your “health board region” Phase 3 of the Government’s Recovery Plan means that we CAN still do some things as a club – but there are important changes which all members need to understand if we are to be able to continue to paddle. The key changes are:

  1. Adults (18 years or older), unless from the same household, within Scottish
    Government local measures or restrictions should not participate in
    paddlesport activity where it is not possible to physically distance by 2m. 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

2. Children and young people under 18 years of age can continue to take part in
organised outdoor paddlesport activity without the need to physically
distance. if all relevant guidance is followed.

The relevant guidance is detailed in full here and continues to be:

  • Paddling can take place in groups of up to 6 people from a maximum of 2 households. Under 12’s don’t count towards this total, providing they are from the two households.
  • Organised Activity can take place in groups of up to 30 people. Organised Activity is defined as: 
    • activities are undertaken in a structured and managed way, AND
    • activities follow SCA guidance and any other relevant guidance (e.g. local rules or lockdowns), 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.

As a club, we ask all paddlers who are using the LKR boat locker (referred to as “the locker”) to continue to:

  1. sanitise your hands
  2. adhere to max group sizes (detailed above)
  3. stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your own household, when you are on the land
  4. whoever uses their key to unlock the locker 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 the locker must first sanitise their hands using the hand sanitiser provided (courtesy of Linlithgow Distillery), then sign in on the sheet hanging in the locker (log your name, date and time of paddling). In the locker 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 that is stored in the locker, and should not be used for your own personal boats/equipment. Bin all used paper towels in the green lidded bin outside the locker. User the hand sanitiser hanging inside the locker 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.

Why do we do all this? Because, its 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 guidance 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).

None of us expected this as a “return to paddling”. 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!