Re-Starting Paddling

What Next?

The first tentative steps have been taken by the Government to re-open England for business and recreation, but there is along way to go. The Current status of canoe-sport is on our Covid-19 page.

Technically people can now go out paddling in kayaks and canoes, but on a very restricted basis, much the same as any other outdoor activity. You can paddle with your household and one other person providing you keep to social distancing rules. Canoeing is one of the better sports for maintaining social distancing, but the restrictions are such, that it is impossible for Club Sessions to take place at present.

What are The Sharks Doing?

We have opened our facilities to coaches and staff, so that they can begin to prepare for a return to Club sessions, the opening up is within the strict Government and British Canoeing Guidelines. We will adhere to these guidelines and work with our partners for the opening up of sessions when it is safe to do so. Currently all competitions and events are cancelled until the end of June 2020. Therefore we do not envisage any activity until July 1st at the earliest, but we are ready and can start as soon as it is safe to do so and legal to do so. Please not safety is our prime concern, which does mean if we do not envisage it is safe to open certain sessions after legal barriers have been lifted, we will not.

Our Plans for Re-opening

Shark Planned approach to safe paddling pdf

Osterley

We will work with the National Trust to ensure this facility can operate as soon as it is safe to do so. In many ways this is our most complicated site to open as it involves more staff and casual people. When this site opens it may well be with further restrictions than normal, we will make a full health and safety/risk assessment before we open. This will be done in conjunction with the National Trust at Osterley Park and British Canoeing.

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Once we resume, we will run sessions on Saturdays, Sundays and during the school holidays (or whilst schools are shut) Wednesdays as well. See our web page for details of times etcetera.

Harefield

Our Harefield Site will open for slalom sessions as soon as possible after the lifting of restrictions, although there will be measures put in place to ensure everybody’s safety. These sessions will be on Monday and Wednesday at 5pm.

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Southall

These sessions will initially start on Tuesday only at 5pm, although we will hope to add a second day as soon as possible.

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NW10, Harlesden/Park Royal

We will start these sessions as soon as we on Thursdays at 4pm, we will try and add a second day  in as soon as it is viable to do so.

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Please do keep in touch, call us on 07951 770241 or email: canoeing@thesharks.org.uk. We hope you are keeping safe and healthy at this difficult time. We will keep you informed of what we are doing and what we have planned and we hope to see you soon.