I hope everyone is safe and well during this time and that the recent lifting of the lock down restrictions have allowed everyone to get out and about a little more often?
The General Committee of the club have been working hard over the last few weeks discussing how we can make the most of the government guidance on outdoor exercise, British Canoeing guidance on paddlesport activities and the most recent update from Chipstead Sailing Club.
As a club, we can make the most of the current government and British Canoeing guidance and offer our club members the opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy a paddle at Chipstead Lake. Whilst this is not a “regular” Chipstead paddling session, the recent relaxing of lock down restrictions and the opening of the lake by Chipstead Sailing Club, means club members can take to the water and enjoy a Friday night paddle.
It must be stressed immediately that, like must adaptions we have had to make, this opportunity to paddle will not be like our regular Friday night paddling sessions at Chiptead. Instead, following all the guidelines provided by the government, British Canoeing and Chipstead Sailing Club, the lake is open for is to paddle on a restricted basis.
These restrictions have been discussed by the General Committee of the canoe club and we have decided that we can resume Friday night paddling sessions, albeit on a restricted basis. Therefore, club members can paddle this Friday at Chipstead. However, the following restrictions are in place and the attached guidance must be adhered to:
1) Club members who wish to paddle at Chipstead Lake must book a launching time slot on the club website. This will allow us to stagger the launching of paddlers whilst maintaining social distancing. Club members must not turn up to the lake without booking their time slot.
2) Club kit (boats, paddles, decks, buoyancy aids and waterproofs) are not available to borrow. This is to protect club members from the potential cross infection. Therefore, club members must arrive at the lake with all their own kit and the equipment they need to safely paddle.
3) The clubhouse, changing rooms and showers are not available for use. However, the toilets are available to room with a restriction on the number of people in this area at one time. This means club members must either arrive at the lake dressed for paddling or be prepared to change at their vehicle.
4) Social distancing must always be adhered to. Paddling sessions have been staggered to promote limited use of the foreshore and the launching / landing areas. Please launch from the jetty / area closest to the clubhouse. Paddlers must disembark from the foreshore area away from the jetty to maintain a safe distance.
5) Family members may paddle as a group. Individuals must paddle as a pair, whilst maintaining a safe distance from each other. Under 18 paddlers must paddle with a suitably qualified and experience adult paddler preferable from their own family unit.
Club members must be fully aware that these Friday night sessions are not an organised club paddling session. The club is providing an opportunity for club members with experience and their own kit to paddle during the agreed timings made between Bromley Canoe Club and Chipstead Sailing Club.