CANI Guidance on Covid-19 Restrictions from Fri 11 Dec 2020 Friday 11th December 2020

Please check the most up to date guidance from CANI here:

Date published: Friday 11th December 2020

CANI confirm that paddlesport can continue (with robust mitigating measures in place – as below) under the new restrictions coming into effect today.

No end date has been set for these restrictions, please check for changes in the guidelines before planning to engage in paddlesport.

CANI has taken guidance from NI Executive, Sport NI, British Canoeing and other National Associations.

Link to NI Public Health Guidelines from 11th December

If you are self isolating or have symptoms
Do not leave home to take part in sport or physical activity if NI Executive advice means you should stay at home because you, someone you live with or another “close contact”, has or has had symptoms of COVID-19. Most people who are symptomatic should self-isolate for 14 days. Please see NHS Guidance for further information.

CANI recognise that these are challenging times for us all and our first priority is the safety and health of everyone, as we do our level best to stop the spread of the virus. We really appreciate the level of creativity and innovation shown by many within our community to keep people connected at this time. We are confident that we will emerge from this an even stronger community of paddlers.

CANI’s Recommendations:

CANI recommends that the following steps are followed for all paddlesport:

  • Paddlesport can resume with robust covid 19 mitigating procedures in place as below. This includes contact training and the use of shared equipment. As outdoor contact sport is permitted, during “active participation”, social distancing measures do not need to be adhered to. For paddlesport, active participation can be considered to be any action that is specific to taking part including essential preparatory and concluding activities, for example; safety briefings, warm-ups, moving and launching paddlesports craft, etc. At all other times, before and after active participation and when using any facilities, please follow the NI Executive and Public Health regulations and guidelines including; those on group size, keeping at least 1m apart and handwashing. This would be for example; when travelling, on arrival, registering attendance, paying, changing and showering, etc. CANI is obliged to make the most reasonable interpretation of government guidance in the service of its members.
  • For Individuals: Up to 15 people can meet outdoors as a group and paddle for exercise, maintaining social distance and following all Public Health guidelines e.g. for travel, etc.
  • For organised paddlesport (clubs, centres and providers): More than 15 people (up to 500) can meet outdoors for paddlesports activity subject to a risk assessment with measures in place to limit the risk of virus transmission – see more below including links on further guidance for clubs, centres and providers..
  • Indoor (pool) sessions are permitted on a one-to-one basis with an instructor and with groups of up to 15 for “non-aerobic” activities (i.e. skills coaching but not fitness training that would cause participants to get out of breath) following the regulations for indoor sport.
  • For courses with a classroom element, under the current circumstances, please consider running as much of the course in the outdoors as possible utilising “outdoor classroom” facilities. If working indoors, all covid mitigating procedures (e.g. mandated wearing of face coverings) need to be adhered to.
  • To operate within the scope of the British Canoeing/CANI insurance, you must be following the NI Executive Guidance. If utilising independent insurance, check with your insurer.
  • Activity must respect local restrictions. (i.e. Waterways Ireland and the Coast Guard).
  • Follow current government guidance on travelling and public transport (no unnecessary travel should be undertaken). CANI advise to avoid popular spots and take the appropriate measures at places where you have to touch shared surfaces, lock gates, etc.
  • Expect public toilets and handwashing facilities to be closed. Use your toilet at home, and be extra sensitive to the need to observe best practice at all times.
  • Consideration should be given to the sharing of equipment. If sharing equipment, an equipment quarantining and/or rigorous cleaning process should be in place as per Health and Safety Recommendations and following equipment manufacturers instructions.
  • Ensure a first aid kit is available and understand the changes in guidance during this COVID-19 period.
  • For organised paddlesport (e.g. lead, coached and guided activities from providers, clubs and centres, etc) providers should; conduct and record Covid-19 risk assessments, put in place mitigating procedures, covid consent forms (for agreeing; not participating if you have symptoms, to contact organisation if you develop symptoms and for track and trace), keep attendance records, follow government guidance on the use of facilities, conduct staff/volunteer training and raise participant awareness. Further guidance for providers is linked below.
  • Many individuals and organisations may wish to take further measures at their discretion, beyond the current guidelines to reduce the spread of covid-19 e.g. suspending some organised activities for the time being, reducing group sizes, keeping people in “bubbles”, running lower risk sessions and more.
  • Managing a confirmed or suspected Covid 19 case, please follow link for Guidance for Sport and Clubs

Further guidance for providers of organised paddlesport activity is available in the links below:

Guidance for Clubs

Guidance for Coaches and Leaders

Guidance for Centres and Hire providers

Guidance for Training and Assessment courses

General links

British Canoeing Paddlesafe guidance.

NI Executive Coronavirus public health information

Sport NI Return to Sport

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